On Wed, 18 Oct 1995, Terry Harvey wrote: > > The only way to get men involved is to show them what fun it is and > hope they don't run away; to provide opportunities for Highland > dancing at dance parties and ceilidhs; and to stay away from > competitions. Show men that Highland has a life outside the Games > circuit. > > Explain to men that the dancing that is done at the Games is > Competitive Highland, and they don't need to physically or mentally > compete with those professionals on stage (this is very hard > for men to understand); that they can enjoy the dance, and enjoy > performing the dance for others, even if it looks different from what > is on the competitive stage; and that they don't have to decry the > existence of little girl dancers to justify their own. >
This is what is potentially so exciting about the Riverdance phenomenon
in Ireland. The lead dancer, Michael Flatley (who is from New York, I
believe) has done this. He clearly enjoys his dancing and performing
it. It remains to be seen what long term effects this will have but I'll
bet that he has given new respectability to male Irish dancers which
should encourage lots of them to start and continue.
St. John's (Newfoundland) Branch