Young people and attittudes.

Miriam L. Mueller

Message 21594 · 22 Jun 2000 18:55:50 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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You make a good point. There is a youth class (under 18) in the
Sacramento, California branch - a couple of years ago I attended that
Branch's annual ball and saw them, appearing to delight in long dresses
and kilts. They danced Bonnie Anne with lightness and enthusiasm, looking
as if they rarely touched the floor. A lift to the hearts of those with
older feet.
I don't know where or how they draw in those young dancers. The Golden
Gate (San Francisco Bay area) also has children's classes.
Miriam Mueller - SF

On Thu, 22 Jun 2000 10:07:40 EDT Xxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx writes:
> 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
>
> --
> Xxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx
>

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