Ian Thomson wrote:
> Too many people are only too happy to take advantage of what the
> Society and its Branches have to offer, but are not prepared to pay
> for it.
Oliver Thinius wrote:
> why should they if they can get all the fun from elsewhere?
1) Non-RSCDS dances wouldn't exist in the format they do if there wasn't
an RSCDS to propagate the style. OK, so the RSCDS chose in the past to
publish dances which are... erm... not to my taste. The best way to
influence this is to work inside the society to get more dances like the
Reel of the 51st division, Pelorous Jack, and Dancing in the Street. In
fact given the 11000 dances in Alan's database, and the 41 books of
15-ish dances each (40x15=600), I reckon a 1/3rd showing on programmes
for 600/11000 (~1/19th) dances is a pretty strong endorsement, actually.
2) Social responsibility and cultural imperialism. It's all politics,
and Scotland (like most countries where sleeping outside in winter is a
death sentence) is traditionally quite socialist.
We have choices.
Either, we accept that we all do the same dancing, and need some
administration to keep us in step.
Or, we accept that we are all individuals, and that personal contact and
local identity are paramount.
Or, we continue to tread the compromise path, where no-one is happy,
everyone feels exploited, and the feeling of imminent revolution hovers
at our shoulder.
I'm gonna bet on the third option...
(dammit I can't believe I'm standing up for the RSCDS again.)