Authoritative opinions (was Airborne)

Martin.Sheffield

Message 8912 · 12 Sep 1997 00:05:08 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Alex wrote:

>And that raises the question of videos
>
>Anyone got recommendations for good videos (or ones to avoid) ?

A few years agone of our members brought back from St Andrews a video of
the new dances, and we were all keen to watch.

Alex: >If you like one - why ?

-- we liked seeing the patterns as filmed from directly overhead; very pretty.

>What is it good for
> - initial teaching,

-- well ...

> - learning in remote areas where no teacher is available

-- mm ...

> - teaching finer points of step technique and figures

-- no.

> - to make it obvious how much fun it can all be ?

-- a resounding unanimous NO !

Fun? the demonstrators had obviously never heard of the word. I have never
seen anything so cold and lifeless. Not a smile, not a wink. Mechanical
hand-giving; puppets would have done as well.

Attract new dancers with this?

-- NO !

So I have not made any attempt to acquire any other offical videos.

(Please don't interpet this as criticism of any of the dancers taking part
int hemaking olf the video; I'm sure they were merely doing what they had
been told to do by authoritative opinions !

Yours, Martin,
Grenoble, France.
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