This is a nice idea, but it happened at a ball I went to once, to which I
had traveled several hundred miles, and the locals still booked ahead, the
women in particular. I was OK -- I'm not shy (at dances, anyway) and don't
mind at all dancing as a man, but a male friend who'd come with me ended up
sitting out almost half the dances on the program. He would ask someone,
they would be already booked, and -- boom! -- the sets were formed, with no
time to find someone else. He was VERY frustrated. Neither one of us has
any plans to ever again attend a dance at that venue.
I am strongly AGAINST booking ahead. I think it works agains the social
principles of SCD. I prefer to find partners among the people around me at
the end of the last dance, and actually I like to dance with strangers or
with people I rarely see. I get to dance with the locals all the time. The
only exception to this is if I'm MCing or briefing the dances, when I'll
arrange for a partner before going up to the mic.
To all who have written about The Strathspey Reel : we're having an ice
storm. If I don't reply within about 24 hours, then my electric or phone
lines are out, or a Fran-weakened tree has gone through my roof. (Those of
you who know that I live in a forest will not be surprised.)
> Something I have seen done at balls or events where there are a number > of visitors or new dancers: After a few dances, when sets are > complete for the next dance, the MC mentions how wonderful it is that > we have so many visitors, then asks everyone from out of town, who > doesn't usually dance with us, or who is new, to raise their hands. > The MC then reminds local and experienced dancers to make a point of > asking someone whose hand they see raised for a dance some time during > the evening.