In their EMail of 21st June, Malcolm and Helen Brown writes:
>I'm sorry, but to the vast majority of the people who do "Scottish Country >Dancing" it actually has a very narrow definition, which approximates >usually to that described by the Society.
>.This started out as flippant reply, but the more I write the more I am >convinced that a belief that the Society's way of dancing is the only
proper >way of performing Scottish Country Dancing , (with its concentration on >footwork, handing, posture, phrasing, covering, etc.), is not a problem in >most of the world.
I think the attendees at the St Andrews Balls in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Seoul,
Jakarta, Bangkok, Manilla and all the other places in the world that ex-Pat
Scots exist might disagree with this assertion as the 'vast majority' of
them are Reelers. The Hong Kong Ball is an excellent example, 500 people,
about 50 of whom are RSCDS (from the Hong Kong Highlanders) and the rest
Reelers. Everybody dances in their preferred style and the buzz at the dance
is quite amazing. Fun is definitely the most important, if not the only,
priority for the evening.
I have never heard a reeler complaining about someone dancing in the RSCDS
style, but constantly hear RSCDS dancers complaining about reelers and other
styles of dancing (not in Hong Kong I hasten to add - the Highlanders are
the most fun-loving of people!).
With this narrow-minded view prevalent in the RSCDS it is small wonder that
they are not attracting new people into their "code" of dancing, whilst
Reeling seems to be going from strength to strength.
For the record, I am not a Reeler and personally prefer the RSCDS style (for
wont of a better term). However the atmosphere at the Reeling parties that
my band plays
at, is ALWAYS fantastic and rarely matched at RSCDS dances. We could learn
at lot from their approach.