Accurate dance descriptions.

Anselm Lingnau

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Robert Lambie wrote:

> Wait a minute! This SCD is supposed to be a social activity. AS such,
> variations are to be expected, and no amount of preaching by RSCDS experts
> will alter that.

I've seen »RSCDS experts« do things on the social dance floor that they would
presumably never countenance in their classes (and I have photographs to prove
it).

This doesn't necessarily mean that the Society's approach makes no sense in
the real world. Think of the Society as the analogue of FIFA, the soccer body
(but without the rampant corruption). Soccer has rules, promulgated by FIFA,
which at a competitive level are meticulously enforced (in theory, anyway),
but one can still have a lot of fun kicking an empty soda can along the
street, to which no rules apply (the analogue of social dancing). Even so, if
you are taking part in organised soccer, even in grade school, your coach will
make very sure that you know the rules and will be able to adhere to them
(mostly) where it counts. In the same way, we expect RSCDS teachers to be able
to teach the RSCDS's ideas of SCD. What people do with that outside of their
classes is up to them.

> Mr Cosh found that no matter what he said
> about left shoulders in his dance Mairi's Wedding, right shoulders were
> used. The force of law does not apply to social dancing; only the rules of
> courtesy

And exactly what does that have to do with the idea that dance descriptions
should be as unambiguous as possible?? The instructions for Mairi's Wedding
are about as unambiguous as they come as far as the shoulder issue is
concerned, and responsible teachers will teach the dance according to Cosh's
instructions. Whether dancers will choose to remember any of those in social
dancing is their business.

Anselm
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