"It just depends what kind of image you want to project."
I don't know what image the editors wanted to project, but my guess would be
that the cover of the magazine is trying to say that country dancing is for
everyone, including vigorous young men and women, and that you can enjoy it
whether you are soldiers in a camp in Afghanistan or young people in jeans
and bare feet on the sand in California (see the previous issue of the
"Anselm thought of the Reel of the 51st; kudos to him, but what do you think
a casual onlooker is going to think?"
I agree the picture might puzzle a "casual onlooker". But I suspect that a
picture of soldiers doing country dancing would bring The Reel of the 51st
to mind for many RSCDS members. At least over here in the US and Canada,
we quite often see all-male sets for The Reel of the 51st at social
dances. And I've seen a ceilidh act where men dress as soldiers and dance
The Reel of the 51st. So if a "casual onloooker" sees the magazine on a
member's coffee table, they may well hear the intriguing story of the men in
the POW camp in Germany. No harm done!
By the way, what dance do you think the soldiers are doing? Strip the
Chris, New York.
PS. I've just read Mark's message. I think we're on the same wavelength.