Amen & Hallelujah, Martin!!! I couldn't agree more. And start with eye
contact. After all, Miss M. Herself said "Dance with your Soul...." Right?
I certainly don't find it interesting to dance with either my feet or the
floor. Hook 'em first. Maybe Teacher is not a bad term for those who have
had happy Teacher-experiences. I just think SCD is not about breeding Prima
Donna mentality, said in the same breath with respecting and promoting
standards. If a Teacher does not mis-use the class as an opportunity to
power, but rather as an encourager and a source of information, I think
we'll be ok. I have noticed a tendency for teachers & "students" to fall
into a dependency relation. Personally, I prefer the approach that we are
all in discovery together. Maybe because I clearly don't know it all and
never will. But then I prefer to be taught-led by those who openly welcome
Marilynn Latta Knight
In the office, but maintaining sanity thanks to Anselm and all of y'all here
in steamy SC
From: M Sheffield [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 25, 2000 10:47 AM
Subject: young people
The age problem is not confined to SCD
I ust read this on an ECD list:
>> 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.