>... anything which >can be handled on the spot by non-SCDers is overwhelmingly boring for >experienced SCDers, (...) > what you've >described seems to create a very thorny dilemma.
Sounds like a great setup to get together people of different backgrounds.
Of course, it depends whether you are going to teach/walkthrough the dances
or not, which I would say is absolutely indispensible. All those different
dancers will be used to rhythm and moving to the music. As long as you
don't expect them to do Muirland Willie-type dances (everyone doing
something different at the same time) or Caddam Wood types (where you are
never quite sure who you should be dancing with) or to try to get them to
adopt pointed toes before they are ready, you should have a good evening's
Start off with ceilidh dances (Virginia reel, Cumberland square, Dashing
WS, RSCDS Nice to meet you, even StW if you're short of ideas. Go on to
Posties' Jig to have a giggle, Happy Meeting (collisions guaranteed, but
who minds?), Wind on LF, as it has an obvious pattern, Garry Spey to
flatter their self esteem ...
and avoid all the dances that the RSCDS peddle as suitable for children
in Grenoble, France.