Pilling

Ken McFarland

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Becky wrote:
>Am I alone in never having used Pilling, and in finding the diagrams
>irritating and mostly incomprehensible? I'm happy that I've never been to
>a Ball where they were used on the cheat sheets!

I regret to tell you that a few months ago I was at a dance where there were
Pillings
and briefings, but no dance notes using common English language.
I found it awkward because I don't read Pillings and the MC had clearly been
told to keep the briefings short (as they should have been). I think if
there are cheat sheets, both styles should appear.

My own pet peeve about Pillings 'users' is when they interupt a poor MC who
is trying to give a talk through! Several times I've been a dancer on the
floor when another dancer who has been following along in Pillings will
interupt the MC excitedly to correct them. Many times the correction turns
out to be a mistake in Pillings, or a case of mis-reading the Pillings
notes! And it just seems like that borders on bad manners. Of course it's
also true that one does not need Pillings to correct a mis-guided MC ;-) but
that's a whole other issue.

Ken McFarland
Fairbanks, Alaska
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