Beginners' class, taster days, ceilidh etc

Andrea Re

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I have been following this thread regarding what dances are suitable for
what occasion and I cannot help wondering whether I am unusual with my
approach. For example, with my beginners' class I make up most of the
dances I teach, simply because I want to teach a particular formation
and I want to do a dance that uses that one formation and the ones done
in previous weeks. Since I don't have the time/will to search through a
pile of dances for something suitable, I find it quicker to make
something up that I know suits my objective. Similarly, for a tester day
I had to do, along with the usual nonsense (2-step, barn dances, etc.) I
put together some easy set dances from my class. The same applies to
round the room dances. There aren't very many around, so I make new ones
up (24 or 32 bars) rather than having to depend on an existing repertoire.
To all the people who were asking what to dance in a ceilidh for
inexperienced people or a taster day I would say: make something up;
after all, would anyone know? Would anyone complain because the dance is
not in a RSCDS book? It seems much easier than having to find and make
do with something already published, or am I missing something?

Andrea (fae Dundee)
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