> I believe that the >vast majority of the RSCDS "insiders" do NOT put pleasure and enjoyment as a >secondary consideration.
No, of course not. I've thought a bit harder about the reasons for my
comments and realise that my concerns are probably not universal and not
suited to such a public forum.
However, I do have a concern which *is* probably applicable to all areas
(though being somewhat remote, I can't be sure of that). I'm not a tutor
and am never likely to be, so my comments here are quite disinterested.
I feel we ask an awful lot of our tutors, who put enormous amounts of time
and effort into helping the rest of us. It seems quite unacceptable to me
that we should ask these pillars of the RSCDS to undergo training at their
own expense. I know you can't reduce everything to dollars and cents (o.k.
pounds and pence to some of you), but our future tutors have to attend two
summer schools with a quite considerable cash outlay, just for other
people's benefit. They can't even really enjoy the schools as their time is
so taken up with studying for the exams that they have no time to attend
social functions. It would seem reasonable to me that the annual
subscription should include an amount to at least subsidise, if not pay for,
the summer school costs for these tutors. Presumably the A.G.M. of one's
own branch is the place to ask this question, but I would really like to
know if other dancers have some thoughts on this.