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  • Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov

    Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov Oct. 4, 2001, 3:28 p.m. (Message 27740)

    Re: Cribs (was Re: Square dancing.)

    Quoting Adam Hughes <xxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xx.xx>:
    > Is it the norm outside the UK (or even in the UK) for dances to be
    > briefed?
    
    Yes, I'd say it is the norm for dances to be briefed in the United 
    States and Canada, from my experience anyway (I've been SCD dancing in 
    California, Washington state, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, 
    Minnesota, and Ontario).  
    
    However, I found that in Scotland, where I learned to SCD in the 1980s 
    and early 1990s, it was not the usual practice to brief dances at 
    social events (at least not at that time).  When I first started 
    dancing here in the U.S.  I thought that giving briefings was kind of 
    wimpy, but now I believe they are a very good idea.  For one thing, 
    they make a dance far more welcoming to people who are newer to SCD or 
    who have a different learning style (who take things in better by 
    hearing them rather than reading).  It also makes the dance more 
    welcoming to people from out of town, who may not be as familiar with 
    the dances on the program as the local folks.
    
    --Lara Friedman-Shedlov
    Minneapolis, MN  USA
    
    
    
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