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  • T L Harris

    T L Harris Oct. 9, 2001, 2:15 p.m. (Message 27813)

    Re: Cribs

    >>> xxxxxx@xx.xxxxx.xxx 04/10/01 15:28 >>>
    Quoting Adam Hughes <xxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xx.xx>:
    > Is it the norm outside the UK (or even in the UK) for dances to be briefed?
    
    Hi All,
    
    Our practice here for balls and socials (like our Summer Social this
    coming Friday) is to provide crib sheets before the time. Our teachers
    try to go through the dances on the programme during classes in the
    weeks before the event. At the event itself, the dances are called. At
    our Club, we have an social evening of dancing in lieu of classes once
    a month. Cribs aren't provided for that. The idea is that the dances
    are called, but not walked through, to give especially new folk the
    chance to get used to this. This year, however, we've had a number of
    enthusiastic new folk and for a few of the more complicated dances
    we've actually walked them through rather than just calling them,
    although the easier and more well-known ones are just called. We would
    rather do that and have our new and less experienced dancers join in,
    than stick to the practice of only calling the dance and having the
    new people feel too intimidated or nervous to join in. For the more
    advanced dances, the more experienced dancers also try to partner the
    less-experienced to help them along.
    
    Terry Lynne Harris
    Pretoria, South Africa
          

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