> 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.
> 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 > fun.
> 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 ...
Barley Bree instead of Virginia Reel to keep it Scottish; couple facing
couple round the room to avoid three-couple progression (not common
anymore in contras and unfamilar to square dancers); once and to the
bottom Mamie's Jig; Jack's Maggot (English dance) to test their familarity
with reels of three.
> and avoid all the dances that the RSCDS peddle as suitable for children > and/or beginners.
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US