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Message 6070 · Sandra Rosenau · 10 Jan 1997 20:39:06 · Top

I've often wondered how groups of dancers respond to "famous"
out-of-town visitors. At weekend workshops well-known teachers are
brought in, who of course attend the Ball. I've heard it said that one of
the unfortunate aspects of workshop teaching is that nobody asks you.
Is this true? I'd like to hear from people who teach workshops. Being
basically a shy person (believe it or not) I am myself hesitant to ask the
workshop teacher to dance, thinking that he/she may just want to sit
after teaching up a storm all day; but sometimes I've seen the teacher
sitting on the sidelines and maybe they were not asked. Then of course
the Mel Briscoes of the world practically have to hide if they want to sit
down!

I've also been asked in my class if it's OK to ask the workshop teacher to
dance. There is a concern on the part of the average dancer that "the
workshop teacher wouldn't want to dance with me anyway" or that
they might be too stuck-up to accept. The stuck-up concern is more
pronounced with some of the elegant British ladies who come in to
teach, who perhaps seem a bit standoffish to the average American
dancer, due to their British ways...Any thoughts out there?
Sandra Rosenau, Dayton, Ohio, USA
sjrosenau@tasc.com

Miss Manners

Message 6075 · JohnPerry · 10 Jan 1997 21:15:35 · Top

Regarding asking a visiting teacher to
dance, why make the decision for the
teacher? Ask him/her to dance and be
understanding if the answer is that the
teacher is too tired. I don't think that a
teacher would ever turn down a student
on the basis of wanting to dance with
someone more experienced.

Miss Manners

Message 6077 · unknown · 10 Jan 1997 22:56:03 · Top

regarding booking ahead. I have a solution to booking ahead. It's
called "booking behind". Instead of looking at people's heads when
looking for a partner, you look only at their behinds. Normally, you
can tell a person's gender from the shape of this part of the body, so
you can locate a suitable opposite gender partner. However most
people don't remember an individual's behind, so this guarantees a
certain degree of randomness in partner selection.

Miss Manners

Message 6084 · ERBRUNKEN · 11 Jan 1997 07:38:16 · Top

In a message dated 97-01-10 13:46:38 EST, you write:

> I'd like to hear from people who teach workshops.

Well, I am relatively new to the workshop circuit, and this is only 'mho'
... I love to dance and am delighted to dance anywhere, anytime, with
whomever will ask me!

But, I am finding the dilema of people (especially the men) being
intimidated by the 'guest teacher'. There is nothing to be afraid of, we
(the guest teachers) mess up as often as everyone else! okay I can't speak
for everyone.....but I know I do!

Recently Marjorie Mclaughlin and Bob Blackie taught our weekend. we all
ended up in the same set for Argyle Strathspey, (they were dancing together).
In the tournee's involving either of our couples, we got 1 tournee
correct! The whole set spontaneously cheered when we (the 'famous' teachers)
got the turns the right way! You could see the tension leave all the other
dancers when We messed up the first tournee.....and it wasn't deliberate!

Noone should be intimidated by any other dancer. We are all at different
levels and we can learn from each other. So go confidently and ask the best
dancer in the room! and ask the out of towners, whether or not they are the
guest teachers.
E

Miss Manners

Message 6117 · Chris & Linda Gaul · 13 Jan 1997 19:44:59 · Top

>From a Brithish lady who teaches workshops, tries to be elegant and tries not to be stuck
up!

Most of us teach workshops because we love dancing and wish to pass on our
knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to others.
I am always happy to dance with anyone who is kind enough to ask me. If I am tired or
injured I hope I refuse courteously. I am also happy to have a partner _sit this one out
with me_:>)

Linda Gaul
Pitlochry

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