Why Have things Changed (was RE: Fugal Fergus)

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At most Balls and Socials, dancers from other groups (close by and
far away) will usually attend. They cannot be expected to know all
the dances beforehand. They should be given a fair chance to join
in.

In this country it is a tradition to make crib sheets available (by e-
mail) well in advance, so any who wish to study the unknown dances
can do so. Dances are briefed; exceptionally walked through, once
only.

Anyone who wants to use my 2000+ crib collection is welcome to a copy
(just ask); most of them are also on DanceData.

Happy dancing,

Eric

On 16 Feb 2012 at 13:19, Gregory Reznick wrote:

> I think that we often forget about the less enthusiastic spouse/partner.
> It's all well and good to say that dancers should work harder and aim
> higher, but when my less enthusiastic spouse (I'm pretty enthusiastic, so
> this is not a surprise) is racked by anxiety at the prospect of a ball
> without briefings it weighs heavily on me. Maybe we should engage in a
> pastime we both can enjoy? Or maybe we can make this pastime more accessible
> to all. Briefings at balls and parties (and, yes, they should be brief) do
> much to address this. When we polled the branch membership on the subject,
> there was broad support for this, so that is now how we do it.
>
> Greg Reznick
> San Francisco Branch
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Becky Sager [mailto:xxxxxx3@xxxx.xxx]
> Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:21 PM
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
> Subject: Re: Why Have things Changed (was RE: Fugal Fergus)
>
> Ah, those Waverley Fugues. Class I used to dance in 20 years ago, seems to
> me we were pretty good at Rob Roy, but never mastered Wing the Wind from
> more than one position in the same evening! Fugal Fergus is the only one
> that has made it onto any program in this area. I'm probably the only person
> still dancing in the Atlanta area who remembers the time when there was one
> event per year, the Stone Mountain Highland Games Tartan Ball, which was
> briefing-free. That changed maybe three years after I started dancing in
> 1982. I have the kind of brain that remembers dances, so I enjoyed the
> challenge of the experience, even in my first year of dancing.
>
>
> Becky Sager
> Marietta GA USA
> "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about
> learning how to dance in the rain." Vivian Greene
>
>
>
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: Rod Downey <Xxx.Xxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx.xx>
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
> Subject: Re: Why Have things Changed (was RE: Fugal Fergus)
> Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:57:32 +1300 (NZDT)
>
>
>
> >
> > Gary states:
> > "...no teacher has even dared to try something like Rob Roy for the last
> 10 years."
> >
> > I taught Rob Roy in Santa Cruz Class on December 7th, 2011.
> >
> > Paula
> >
>
>
> Well I taught that several times in the last couple of years as well as at a
> school in the Midwest. (As well one of my groups did all the waverley fugues
> and the ones on the Glendorrach Sheets)
>
>
> But that is not the point anyway. Surely it it all horses for courses (or is
> that courses for horses?) What is the point of your class? They are not all
> the same. Some are for technique, some are for upcoming dances etc The
> crucial thing is that enabling phrasing and formations are taught.
> If I am teaching a weekly class that is more recreational then I would
> certainly not walk everyone through once, unless it was tricky. If it was a
> technique class then you are seeking as close to perfection as we might hope
> so that is a different thing. If the dance was, say, Wing the Wind I would
> definitely walk people as many times as necessary until we managed it.
>
>
> In terms of briefing. I am not sure what the problem is. If a briefing is
> brief then all the good. One of the things I have always admired about the
> ordganization of the TAC summer school is that they walk one couple through
> the dance (not on the ball) to help the new dancers who otherwise seem
> scared at shools I have seen elsewhere. It seems to take no more time. I am
> not suggesting this for all dances but again it is horses for courses, and
> they have paid as much as me to be there.
>
>
> My wife and I did something called ``sequence dancing'' which is oldtime,
> sequence ballroom (foxtrot, waltz, latin etc) and because there are no
> briefings (likely possible) at the dances, the principal foxus at classes is
> to learn the sequence to memorize it. We found the eschewing of technique a
> bit sad. But when you have to memorize 60-100 (or
> more) sequences
> each of which is 16-32 movements often without standard names and they might
> do 30+ or more dances in a night, you can see why.
> And when you go somewhere else who do other sequences it is a nightmare.
>
>
> rod
>
>
>
>

--
Eric T. Ferguson,
van Reenenweg 3, 3702 SB ZEIST Netherlands
tel: +31 30-2673638

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