Lee Fuell Oct. 1, 2001, 11:31 p.m. (Message 27633)
Re: What do you think about this?
Related question, Does contra dancing have as rigorous a teacher certification process as SCD, with the significant emphasis our process places on at least seeking perfection in technique? Personally, I enjoy the challenge of seeking (but failing to obtain...) perfection, but as my branch well knows, I fear over-emphasis on technique at the expense of just having fun is a major deterrent to mass participation (and perhaps a contributor to declining numbers in SCD groups). Every group has its own personality, of course, but I think our teacher certification process inherently selects for an emphasis on technique. It's a bit of a conundrum, actually - it's the technique that makes SCD Scottish; but it's the technique that makes it hard. Without the technique, it's not SCD, but with too much emphasis on technique, no one does SCD... Thoughts? Counter-points? Lee Send reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Marilynn Knight <email@example.com> To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com> Subject: What do you think about this? Date sent: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 11:41:50 -0400 > It hit me in the wee hours of this morning. What is the principle > difference between Contra Dance Groups and Scottish Country Dance > Groups, both ostensibly social: one puts people ahead of perfection, > the other puts perfection ahead of people......??? > > Marilynn Latta Knight > Now, why don't I just keep quiet!!!! >