There seems to be a bit of contradiction here. I get the sense, from
reading the "briefings vs. straight-in" discussion, that most groups favour
teaching, walk-throughs and briefings only on class nights and not on
social evenings. Would I be more welcome dropping in on a class than on a
social night? The point has been made that dance programs for social
evenings should generally consist of 'easier' or 'more familiar' dances,
but what is familiar to our group, will not always be what's familiar to
If we knew ahead of time that we would be able to attend a particular
event, we would certainly get hold of briefings, and make sure we were
familiar with the dances, but when we travel we don't always know where
we'll end up! I think I would be intimidated by some of these groups!!!
On the other hand, we wouldn't hesitate to drop in on an evening of
English country dancing or contra dancing; I guess these forms tend to be
a little kinder to strangers.