>> My question remains...how do we combat this preconception that Folk is >> for older people? > >Make it sexy. Get attractive icons, not fusty dusty fuddy-duddies. >Get 'em to leap about a bit and stay after at gigs, chatting and >partying, ekt ekt. It's a cheap trick but it works. >And it's huge fun.
I might add: let's stop calling the meetings "classes", and the persons
that lead them "teachers".
I'm sure this can put younger people off -- espceially when compounded with
white hair and a school-mistressy manner.
I was talking recently to a member of a French group, who was saying how
frustrating it was that so many beginners of all ages came to class for a
week or two (all thhrough the year) and then stopped. I said perhaps the
"teacher" was too serious. Instead of starting with stepwork, he should
start by helping people to relax and enjoy thmeselves. When newcomers enjoy
the activity, they may then get the desire to improve their style. My
friend who has been dancing for years and frequents such places as St
Andrews summer school, seemed quite astounded at such a suggestion ...
in Grenoble, France.