SCD is challenging, not fun

Don MacQueen

Message 52889 · 23 Jun 2008 04:22:00 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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At 10:41 PM +0100 6/22/08, Robert Lambie wrote:
>People don't do the unusual dance tempos because they have never
>danced them. What they have never met they are wary of trying.

There's an implicit assumption here that they (whoever "they" are)
*ought* to be interested in doing unusual tempos, or at least
shouldn't try to avoid them. Why? Perhaps they, gosh, *like* what
they're doing the way it is.

> I recall JCM trying to get us to dance a triple time dance - and
>failing to interest us at all. The different tempos take quite a bit
>of getting used to, as any beginners class could testify on meeting
>strathspey for the first time.
>I think that the problem lies in the teaching of the RSCDS teachers;
>that they have no background to the development of Country Dancing.
>They learn RSCDS technique and theory in a vacuum.

Eh?

I've danced Irish country dance, English country dance, American
square dancing, American contra dancing, Scandinavian couples and set
dances, and Israeli, Balkan, and Greek folk dance. Careful with the
generalizations there.

And, while I certainly haven't seen all of what those various dance
traditions have to offer, within what I have seen, there was no sign
of anything but 4/4, 6/8, and maybe 3/4, in the Irish, square, and
contra dancing, all of which I consider to be within the same general
category/tradition as SCD.

-Don

>I was interested in the historical and theoretical side by Hugh
>Foss, and then was told by JCM that he was very dangerous! In those
>days any history taught by the Society was myth, and I don't know if
>this is still the case or not - though I hope not! If the RSCDS
>teachers knew rather more of the wider aspects of their subject,
>both in theory and practice, they would be more likely to introduce
>their pupils to that which is, was, and probably will become even
>more an important part of SCD in the 21st century, the currently
>missing part. As I remarked in a previous e-mail, the Americans are
>already doing it, John Drewry has got round to trying some waltz
>tempo dances, and I know of and have danced a Canadian waltz tempo
>demonstation dance - can't remember the name and I am on holiday at
>the moment, so can't look it up!
>
>PS I have deleted as requested, but I found it useful to look and
>see what e-mail was being replied to when reading the reply.
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