And send any reviews to Dance On! too (which is horrible late, due to me having been ill and a family bereavement - but bear with me).
Although most people who publish books of dances presumably would like their costs covered by selling said books, sharing dances should not be looked up as something criminal! - presumably if you have devised a dance, you would want people to dance it!
From: Anselm Lingnau [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 15 June 2012 11:44
Subject: Re: Marie Boehmer dances
Iain Boyd wrote:
> I admit that there are now so many books of dances available, but, a > small investment every now and then over a period of time will ensure > that even the meanest will end up with a sizable collection.
I don't think Peter objects to the idea of buying dance books. It seems to be more a matter of exactly which dance books to get. I think most people would rather spend their money on things that are actually worthwhile, so it is a legitimate question to ask whether any of Marie Boehmer's books are worth getting. After all, there are so many of them that buying them all on the off- chance would presumably be a sizable investment! On the other hand, perhaps this is exactly what one might want to do. There's no telling beforehand.
We have moved from a situation where there was only a small repertoire of dances to one where there are more dances than anyone could ever reasonably dance in a lifetime there are now more than 14,000 dances in our database, and if you go through 6 dances on a weekly dance night, then assuming your group dances 40 weeks a year these would last you nearly 60 years with no repetitions.
So the main problem of SCD dance selection in the 21st century is not finding new dances to try, but finding which of the dances out there are worth trying (this is often called drinking from the firehose). Until we get better tools along the lines of what Amazon does (People who liked this dance/book/CD also liked ) we will probably have to make do with word-of-mouth.
Having said that, if anybody would like to contribute a review of anything SCD-related I'd be happy to post that on the Strathspey Server. I'd like much more original content! Incidentally, I just received a complimentary copy of the new Reel of Seven CD (thanks Andy!), which I'm listening to now and which I can't wait to use in my class.
Anselm Lingnau, Mainz/Mayence, Germany ................. firstname.lastname@example.org I have made mistakes, but have never made the mistake of claiming I never made
one. -- James G. Bennet