Wehave a problem here of too many "folk dancers" who want to do SCD with
'yemenite steps",contra styling and other stuff.
If we relax the standards we will end up having nothing distinctive.We will
also draw the casual "folk dance" crowd who consider even minimal technique
abhorrant.It may increase your group's day by day numbers but will lead to an
even more desultory style of dancing. Further ,over a goodly number of years
of dancing I've noticed that that group of "folkies" doesn't stick with SCD
(or Morris or Irish)but hares(hairs) off after the current fad dance type.
Experienced dancers will not come regularlyif they must cope with people who
are "there to have fun" especially since their idea of "fun" seems to consist
of "personal" expression ie doing whatever one feels like whenever one feels
like it.It's a bit like listening to third rate jazz singer "wannabees" who
change the lyrics,rhythm and tunes to standards and think they are
artistes.If you want casual dancing there are many other places to find it
(at least in Minneapolis-St Paul).