Thanks Bruce. Indeed, can we please avoid "one/two more couple(s)
please" as much as possible.
We should not pressure those who have opted to stay out. But more
importantly: all those standing want to move on and dance, and not
waste so much time. It is so frustrating to have to wait.
We can do it if we are all flexible. The MC should be prepared and
act quickly. 2C dances are easy: make one or more 3C sets. For a 3C
dance in a 4C set, form one or more 7C "beg and borrow" sets. All
dancers should know that progression as a basic skill.
"One more couple" is only justified for a 4C or 5C dance (longwise or
square) where sets cannot be combined, and "one more" may enable a
whole set to dance. Still there are a few 5C dances (like The Black
Black Oil, Kinfauns Castle or The Black Mountain Reel) that can also
be danced in a 3C or 7C set. Leave that to the MC.
Waiting for "One more couple" probably costs us more dancing time
collectively (in lost encores and extra's) that we would lose if we
just danced on without waiting.
On 2 Aug 2011 at 12:55, Bruce Herbold wrote:
> <snip> The dragging of people onto the dance floor to round out a > set always sets my teeth on edge. They may be sitting out for a > variety of perfectly good reasons and we wield the power of a > roomful of people to override those choices, they may not be > comfortable with the dance, they may not like the dance, their feet > or other parts may be in agony, the dance may have special meaning > that they do noot wish to dilute, -- any number of things and yet, > we do not honor their choice because we want their warm body on > the floor. Yuck! > > In my branch a 7-couple set is very standard and can be used in a > dance hall to make pretty much any number of couples who wish to > dance able to do so. Failing that, a 5 couple set with the last two > sharing certainly will solve any uneven numberof couples on the > floor. Of course, for two couple dances the solutions are even > easier. And if there's an odd-number of dancers, than the emcee > makes up a couple and we are good to go. No need to twist anyone's > arm; but people still do. Sigh. > > Bruce Herbold > San Francisco > (who has earned a reputation for never sitting out any dance, but still....)
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