Teaching Beginners etc

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Ron, I have looked and looked for the message from Eric to which you refer,
but although there have been several on the subject since your original one,
not to mention my own very lengthy one, I cannot find Eric's. Is it possible
that it was sent to you privately rather than generally to the Strathspey? I
seem to be getting everything else on the Strathspey. (Did others receive
"teaching methods" from Eric?)

Robb

In a message dated 04/24/2003 6:36:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
XXX29@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx writes:

> Subj:Teaching Beginners etc
> Date:04/24/2003 6:36:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time
> From:<A HREF="mailto:XXX29@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx">XXX29@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx</A>
> Reply-to:<A HREF="mailto:xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx">xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx</A>
> To:<A HREF="mailto:xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx">xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx</A>
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>
>
>
> Well some very interesting replies so far, I particularly like the thoughts
> on "teaching methods" sent by Eric Ferguson, I wish I could teach in his
> Branch.
>
> I am old fashioned so perhaps that's my weekness. I formed - together with
> my daughter - the Wirral Branch 20 years ago and we were determined to make
> it fun, sociable - and strictly teaching. We got quite a stern letter once
> from Miss Gibson when she heard that one evening we had a lot of laughs
> learning Elizabethan dancing from some visitors.
>
> To all those overseas - we are an ageing, greying, dilapidated and worse
> for wear bunch of dancers, we have a small number of "dolly birds" who are
> out of mini skirts because they are in their late 40s or early 50's and we
> like a laugh - in fact I tell the class that if they haven't laughed then I
> as their teacher has failed.They like strict teaching
>
> Now the Branch hasa general class which is 99% social dancing with
> instructions being read out - and numbers are dwindling.
>
> I had the task of trying to rebuild another general class and I concentrate
> on teaching - including footwork. As an example this term we did every
> dance with the Tournee and concluded in getting it done to almost
> demonstration standards. Attmepts at set and link particularly with 3
> couples were less than satisfactory to say the least.
>
> However I get back to my original point - beginners who should NOT be in
> the class. They ruin every dance without fail and this results in others
> getting fed up - and in some cases leaving altogether. It is for this
> reason why I personally think that there should be some formal progression
> from one class to the next.
>
> My objective is to get people to undestand re-caps We wanted to do The
> Irish Rover, 1st evening great. Two weeks later - hopeless. A few weeks
> later still hopeless. So I very carefully taught The Whistling Wind, they
> did it without a fault and I explained that bars 9 - 16 and 25 - 32 were
> identical to bars in the Irish Rover and I gave the class a printed recap
> of the Irish Rover and asked then to do it. The usual persons ended up in
> the entrance door , on the stage, did reels of 3 or 5 when they should have
> been 4,all this because of two or three people in three sets.
>
> I rest my case!!!
>
> Ron Taylor
> XXX29@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx
>
> PS Have you got a vacancy Eric?
>

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