RSCDS dances (was RE: Beginners' class, taster days, ceilidh etc)

Ian Brockbank

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Jack wrote (in amongst a long valuable email):

> Teaching SCD in the (Primary) public school system would present some
> problems if I was to stick to RSCDS known dances.

Why is there this perception that branches should stick to RSCDS dances?
There are lots of good dances out there, and being published by the RSCDS
doesn't make it automatically well known (how many people know Euan's Jig
from Book 28, for example) or even good (think of all those dances you only
ever do at day schools, and when you've finished think "I see why no-one
ever dances that").

On the other hand, most people know Mairi's Wedding, or Irish Rover, or The
Luckenbooth Brooch, and there are many nice and useful dances in Roy
Goldring's "Graded and Social Dances" (which deserve to be far better
known), and many groups bring out books of dances, among which there are
usually one or two gems. The aims of the RSCDS start with "to preserve and
further the practice of traditional Scottish Country Dancing", not "to
preserve and promote the output of Coates Crescent".

Cheers,

Ian Brockbank
Edinburgh, Scotland
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