Risk assessment for Scottish country dance classes

Fiona Grant

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Re: I'd be interested to know whether anyone has actually experienced or
witnessed an accident caused by SCD. I find it hard to imagine.

Hi Martin

Apart from ankle twists, muscle pulls and tears, the odd concussive head
bump, elbow in the eye, kilt pin/jewllery scratch, hard landing on slippery
floor, trips over own or other's feet, stepping on protruding outdoor
shoes/bags escaping from under chairs, fainting from dehydration and/or heat
stress and/or hyper-ventilation, running from the floor/hall in emotional
distress/anger/tears.- it's all added to the excitement over the years. Have
none of these happened at a dance location near you?

There is one particular SCD pianist I know (and known to you too Martin) who
seems to have ladies falling at his feet regularly when he is attending
dance events. Fortunately Ken has many well practised first aid skills and
knowledge from his years of professional doctoring.

But I have to say, not one of these accidents has ever to my knowledge
resulted in a court case or insurance claim against the organisers. It
certainly would be hard to prove that there had been no contributory
negligence by participant dancer/injured party themselves, so I think we can
all tick the boxes on the risk assessment sheet, and keep mentioning to the
class to take care of themselves and others on the dance floor, and so
remain confident that the SCD dancer is not a litigious sort, at least, not
so far.

Happy hirpling,
Fiona
Bristol
UK

(SCH =Scottish country hirpling - a new dance style for the injured)

Thx to Lee and Walter for tips on recordings for the Saltire Medley.

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