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· 12 Sep 1997 00:05:08
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>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
> - 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 !