To my way of thinking, talk throughs are never over kill. I dance socially,
have danced for years and teach. But I enjoy that last minute talk through
at a dance. I'm a busy person and don't have time to look up the directions
for each dance. I tend to skim the cheat sheets to see if the dance is one I
can get through with a reminder and will enjoy. As dances become more
complicated, walk throughs will become more frequent. If one wishes to avoid
walk throughs, keep the ball programs simple.
A recent Tartan Times publication included notices for about 5 dance parties,
covering about 75 dances. I know folks who will attend all five parties, I
doubt they will have researched all the dances listed to avoid the necessity
of talk/walk throughs.
If we all did the same 100 dances, we'd never need a briefing of any kind.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH