Young people and attittudes. was Illustrated SCD Book and Posters

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Message 21592 · 22 Jun 2000 18:08:21 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Being a young person myself, I can speak firsthand of the problems that exist
in getting young people to start dancing. I've done it for five years, since
I was nine, and I don't think I'll ever stop, but there has only ever been
one other person below college age in my class, and she is the daughter of a
dancer. (It must be said that my class is the class at Bryn Mawr College,
but as far as I know, none of the other classes in our branch have young
people.) The main problem is that teen-agers, and younger, find it difficult
to understand how spending an evening with adults could be fun. This leads
to the question: Well, couldn't we get a group of teenagers, so they'd feel
more comfortable? This isn't so easy. You have to get that group in in the
first place. So it goes in a sort of loop--you can't get them in until
they're in. Also, these teen-agers find it hard to believe that you can
dress up and go and do something that is rather regimented, and still have
fun. The other problem is that the young people who already do a form of
Scottish dancing, i.e., Highland, turn up their noses at SCD.
I'm not saying that anybody should stop trying to get young people, but it is
a more universal problem than many seem to think.
Regards,
Eleanor Mulhern
RSCDS DVB

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