harvey Oct. 3, 2001, 5:36 p.m. (Message 27697)
Re: What do you think about this?
My perspective is that a major difference between SCD and Contra is the commitment to learning. Almost all people who want to do SCD well have to go to classes; as a result, most SCDing ends up being in a classroom setting. This produces many effects: 1) dancers will travel far and wide looking for a great teacher 2) teachers have great need to combine sociability, fun, and education 3) dancers who love lessons and learning will feel at home in SCD 4) dancers who don't yearn for perpetual lessons and self-improvement sometimes get fed up. I think the focus on classes is what builds strong SCD communities. I LOVE an evening of dancing; but I think that my strongest social connections have been built in class settings over time. (why?) The extreme example of a classroom relationship is that between student and teacher, and (while I am not a Contra dancer very often) it is hard for me to imagine that kind of relationship building between a caller and dancer. Terry