I'm not going totalk about the jig-strathspey-reel pattern, RSCDS vs.
non-RSCDS dances,first or last dances, working with a band, major vs.
minor keys, or which dances don't belong on social programs.
I am going to discuss an aspect that I think of as the energy (joy) of the
Many years ago in my effort to pour a little culture into my overly
technical mind, I read E. M. Forster's "Aspects of the Novel." "Oh," I
said to myself, "That's how I should design a dance program."
How can I describe the energy of the overall program? Perhaps by
describing some ways that I have visualizeded programs. Like a roller
coaster -- start high, coast for a while, and end with a bang. Like
erosion -- I start out with a high, but the forces at work in the evening
gradually pull against me til I sit out a dance and don't get up to dance
again. Like a marathon -- never mind the course; only the finish line
matters. Like a mosaic -- maybe I'm viewing too closely; maybe if I
stand back farther it will all come together. Like the novice course
at the Mad River (downhill) ski area -- after an easy, leisurely run
through nice scenery, it ends in a cliff. Or like a symphony -- yes, a
fixed pattern; yes, repeated rhythms; and yes, a glorious almost
inevitable build to a climax. And after it's over, it goes on singing in
Priscilla Burrage (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vermont USA (email@example.com)