Ceilidh vs SCD

Alan Paterson

Message 35434 · 5 Jun 2003 10:16:22 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Bryan McAlister wrote:
>
> >I am not expected to take part in other forms of
> >social Scottish dancing that do not appeal to me
> >(because of limited repertoires, lack of technique and
> >discipline and an apparant complete lack of desire on
> >the part of the participants to improve).
> >
> >
> >Iain Boyd
> Come on Iain. Even you could learn Ceilidh Dancing!

Let's assume that that was somewhat tongue-in-cheek. This is THE Iain Boyd,
remember.

But why should he? He made it quite clear that (exactly as I feel myself)
his personal sources of pleasure from dancing are not present in the
'ceilidh' style.

Really. This is getting a bit too Politically Correct. Why is it perfectly
OK for the ceilidh dancers not to want to do RSCDS style, but we are
castigated if we don't want to do ceilidh?

And again. The asides regarding the 'real' world. I consider myself to be
quite firmly in the 'real' world and resist strongly that I need to take up
ceilidh dancing in order to gain admittance to same.

In another mail it was suggested that pleasure being obtained in one dance
form should automatically make all other dance forms attractive. Sorry, but
this ISN'T automatic. As well as being a SCD dancer, I am a passionate
tap-dancer. I have done Highland. I attend classes in Salsa and Tango
Argentino and delight in dancing Quickstep, English Waltz and Rock'n'Roll.
On the other hand, I find Samba, Cha-Cha, Jive, 'normal' Tango and most
other forms of 'folk'-dance quite unpleasant.

Horses for courses. Please allow people to have their own preferences.

Alan

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