Putting together a dance program

Sandra Rosenau

Message 2742 · 16 Oct 1995 19:42:07 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Another 25 cents on programs. I devised one recently and had many
compliments over it. These are the principles I used for decision
making:

1) Something for everyone: new dancers, energetic dancers, smart
experienced dancers, I'm-lost-again dancers, infirm dancers
2) Variety as discussed recently: variety in tempo, figures, types of
music, and set form (2-cpl, 3-cpl, 4-cpl, square, round the room, couple)
3) Something old, something new (familiarity of the group with the dance)
4) "Balance" - how does each dance relate to its immediate neighbors
on the program?
5) Start each section with warmup dance (something like Knit the
Pocky), build to a crescendo (more difficult and exciting), then ease off
with something familiar and simple to get everyone back on the floor
before taking the intermission (Flowers of Edinburgh).
6) Mostly RSCDS but not emphatically so; about 70-80%.

Sandra Rosenau, Dayton, Ohio, USA
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