Elitism

Sheila Kidney

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Slightly off topic, but on a similar 'attitiude' theme.

Last night we took some of our young dancers (one aged 6, the others 10/11)
to a social dance being run by one of the Edinburgh clubs. The club is keen
to encourage young dancers and asked us directly if we would bring some of
them along.

With no time to teach all of the dances on the programme, we adopted our
usual approach - 'No, you haven't done this one, but it's quite easy' or
'yes, and you enjoyed it'.

They had a thoroughly good evening and are looking to the next time (sooner
rather than later). Those that didn't come are jealous! The adults were
all helpful and supportive and complimented us on their ability to dance
socially.

Our 'parents' don't want them to enter competitions but they do want them to
be able to dance socially, so we teach a wide variety and number of dances
without necessarily expecting them to remember them in detail.
Consequently, naming a figure in the middle of a crowded noisy dance flloor
usually gets a response, to say nothing of boosting their ego and confidence
when they succeed. Their footwork may not be up to scratch but they are
enjoying themselves, and that is the main thing in my book.

Today they did a display for some old folks at a Burns Supper (all 23 of
them ages 5-13). Again they did us proud, especially the two who have only
been dancing for a couple of weeks and wanted to come!

Make it fun, never say any dance is difficult. Youngsters will believe you
(most times) and achieve much more than you would expect. They are our
future, something that was said a number of times last night, so please
encourage them to dance socially with adults at 'proper' dances.

Sheila Kidney

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