> Oh thank you, Harry, for bringing up the 7 couple set. It works brilliantly, > especially if you don't mention that it's a wee bit complicated before you > teach it!! > > Di Evans > Skagit SCD > Washington State > USA
I've found that works for a lot of things. Two years ago, I took over a class
that had only been going for 1 year. We have always had a good group of
beginners, and this year my class is at least 3/4 beginners, with most of the
others having only 1-2 years of experience.
We started small, so the 7-couple set was something we needed. It went over
very well indeed, especially when I did not tell them it was difficult! A
recent dance "in the city" had Saughie Haugh on the program. I had been doing
Strathspeys all along (from the first class), and as some of my class was going
to the social, I decided to teach the dance - the rondel and full round pousette
being brand new to almost the entire class. It worked! The rondel went
extremely well, the pousette less so, but their timing was right, and there were
Last night we did Berwick Johnnie - turn corner, partner, corner, partner and
all. Napier lists it as a level 3 dance, but they managed it quite well.
I am finding that "if you throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick".
It doesn't always work of course (especially on the nights when the class is
mostly the beginners), but the class seems to thrive on the challange - the more
so when I don't tell them that the dance was hard until after we have done it.
This is of course heresy in some circles I expect!
Osgoode Scottish Country Dance Group
Osgoode (Ottawa) Ontario Canada