The Complaynt of (Dancing) Scotland

Jim & Marilyn Healy

Message 3195 · 27 Nov 1995 13:39:52 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In an aside on the thread regarding a definitive database for SCD, Ian Price
said:

> If you feel the RSCDS is broke, get in there and fix it rather than chucking
> it out and starting over.

The problem is that while many people feel that the Society needs fixing to
some degree or other, there is disagreement about what exactly it is that
should be fixed. At residential courses in particular, groups of dancers will
talk into the wee small hours about what needs changing. At the Open Forum
in Troon this year, a loud message was given that the Society needs to
improve its communications (read: PR) and I agree that is a priority as it is a
major source of dissatisfaction. But what does it mean and what will fixing it
entail? Also, it is not the only complaint as this list so often testifies.

For the last couple of years I have been trying to summarise those late night
sessions (and the Strathspey discussions) into a series of discrete items which
could perhaps be addressed separately and brought to conclusions rather than
the usual generalities culminating in a throwing up of hands and references to
the "fuddy-duddies in Edinburgh" - Hey, that's me youre talking about :-)

The summary is done and by chance there just happen to be ten items. Note
that I personally do *__not__* agree with all of these; they are a distillation
of views I have heard and are intended to form a basis for further discussion
bearing in mind that "No" is also a conclusion. Some of the items have
already been the subject of lengthy correspondence on this list.

The "recommendations" are deliberately stated positively and set out
completely at random as I hope that any discussion will include the definition
of priorities.

1. The Society should stock and sell a large selection of popular dances,
whether "official" or not.
2. The Society should attempt to integrate and influence Ceilidh Dancing,
not ignore it.
3. The Society should improve the quality and frequency of its
communications with members.
4. The Society should do more to encourage childrens dancing.
5. The Society should change the administrative structure to reflect the fact
that policy is no longer set by one person.
6. The Society should maintain a comprehensive index of all Scottish
Country Dances.
7. The Society should produce more exciting recordings.
8. The Society should update its examination process to reflect current best
practice in education.
9. The Society should concentrate more on teaching the enjoyment of SCD
and less on demonstration or exhibition standard dancing.
10. The Society should publish more dances, more often.

Over to you!

Ciao,
Jim Healy
Perth, Scotland

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