There is a difference between what kids consider tasteful and soulful, etc,
and what adults do. For every kid who can be turned on to SCD, or some other
form of tradtional dancing and music, at least ten will not be. Often, it is not
the music, but its association with their parents.
In the Philadelphia area, Israeli dancing is extremely popular with both
Jewish and non-Jewish youth, because, among other things, it has readliy accepted
and assimilated contemporary Israeli pop music, which includes Middle Eastern
/ Euro / techno-pop. Yuck! But the kids love it. And worse, there's no live
music in the Israeli dance scene.
I'm not so sure you can't put a heavy bass and percussion backing to SCD and
come out with something kids wouldn't like, as Ettiene claims. This is EXACTLY
what people like Natalie MacMaster and numerous Scottish and Irish rock
groups have done. These groups are popular with at least some kids. Much more
tastefully (and therefore, probably not as popular with today's youth), groups like
SteelEye Span, Fairport Convention, Einstein's Little Homunculus, and
Philadelphia's own Broadside Electric (shameless plug:-) have contemporized old
British folk songs and created their own tunes in the same style.