Books - popularity of contents

Diane Jensen Donald

Message 52036 · 16 Apr 2008 22:50:16 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I was just thinking about this last night. I have a fairly old edition of
101 Scottish Country Dances that I was looking through, and I think I've
done three or four of them, but the rest of them are all dismayingly similar
and seem so old-fashioned and simple. I guess that's a pretty good ratio of
dances that survive through time, but it makes you wonder how many of the
dances that get written and set aside are worth digging up and trying...

Diane

Boise, Idaho

On 4/16/08, Dick Daniel <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>
>
> I think "James B Cosh" deserves a place. His dances were cutting edge
> inventive when written, and can still provide an enjoyable challenge.
> Dick Daniel
> Brig o' Weir> From: xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
> Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 07:30:28 +0100> Subject: Re: Books - popularity of
> contents> > Bristol will be holding a "Brodie" dance on 10th May. John
> Drewry.> As the flyer states "> [All except two of these dances are
> classified as "Brodie quality" by John > Drewry and listed in his Brodie
> Book. They are his "crème de la crème". > This is just our selection from
> that list, which we think you will really > enjoy.]> > > > This is the
> second time we have run a programme of 'Brodie' dances, but the > first was
> several years ago, and I do not remember the response.> > > > Andrew Smith,>
> > Bristol, UK.> > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Ron Mackey" <
> xxx.xxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx>> To: "SCD news and discussion" <
> xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>> Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 11:41 PM>
> Subject: Re: Books - popularity of contents> > > > Anselm wrote:> > The
> ratio of long-term favourites to »lemons« in a particular publication > > is
> a> > measure of whether the publication was worth the trouble :^) (Now we
> only> > need a definition of exactly what makes a »long-term favourite«.)
> [*]> >> > ---------------------------------------------> > Off the top of my
> head -> > I estimate that to expect roughly 2 worthwhile dances per
> published > > book seems about right. There are a few early RSCDS books
> which have > > larger number of dances but they are offset by the books of
> 12 dances none > > of which are ever done. There are exceptions, Book 20
> being one that > > springs to mind and the two Frae a' the Airts books
> contain quite a > > number.> > Talking of non-RSCDS books there are a number
> of collections which are > > never visited, such as the Dorothy Bell
> collections. This particular set > > contain many teaching dances but no-one
> seems to have heard of them so > > they go about writing their own. There
> are many other collections which > > contain great dances. We went through
> many of John Mitchell's Wheatherley > > dances and found them of high
> quality, as well as Barry Priddey, Iain > > Boyd, Barry Skelton, John Drewry
> etc.etc. Roy Goldring, of course, holds > > a special niche of interesting
> dances simply constructed. In class there > > were many greeted with
> considerable applause but they only made the Class > > Hop programmes and no
> local groups would follow our lead.> > To add interest to a longstanding
> class I can recommend the idea of > > going through a single persons
> collection just to assess the overall worth > > of their efforts. There are
> many excellent dances which never see the > > light of the ballroom. One or
> two new dances a week from a single > > collection can be an interesting
> exercise as can the idea we tried once > > (it was successful so I wonder
> why we didn't follow up?) of distributing > > un-tapped books to volunteers
> in the class to read through and select > > dances they would like to try.>
> > Happy Dancing :)> >> > Ron> >> > Ron Mackey> > RSCDS London, Croydon &
> International Branches> > > >
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