As someone who is in the process of fledging from 'beginner' to 'less
experienced dancer', I find myself attending dances where I don't know (and
haven't covered in a class) most of the programme. Cue for much time spent
in private working out how dances go before I attempt to do them in public.
I'd heartily agree with the many comments posted to this list that say
something like: "You can't learn new dances from cribs or Pilling, you need
to look at the original instructions"
Thanks to the fabulous generosity of a no-longer-dancing friend (cheers,
Hamish!), I have about half the RSCDS books (26-45) which are a great start.
I read sight-read music reasonably well, so having the tunes you can
hum/whistle as you planning your phrasing has been a definite plus.
All this prompts the question: Which books, leaflets, collections of dance
instructions do you have that get consulted so often that they're
effectively 'core' and everyone should have a copy?
What would be on the list of books which every dancer should acquire for