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  • Jim Healy

    Jim Healy March 6, 2006, 9:54 a.m. (Message 44505)

    Intros and recaps (was Taking the floor)

    Greetings!
    
    Doug Schneider’s post and subsequent clarification raises a couple of 
    points.
    
    As I always understood it, the main purpose of the eight (or four) bar intro 
    was to alert the dancers to the change of tempo from the previous dance and 
    give them a feel for the new tempo as they made up sets. The point that has 
    been made elsewhere is that, until relatively recently, there were no recaps 
    at all. The order was: band intro, MC calls for ‘missing’ couples and 
    confirms sets made up, all dance. The introduction of recaps, lengthening 
    the time between the intro and the actual start of dancing, suggests that a 
    re-think of when the ‘intro’ is played, perhaps along the lines Doug 
    suggests, could prove useful.
    
    The second point (from the clarification of the difference in Doug’s 
    terminology between recap and brief) points up a growing trend that, in my 
    view, needs to be stopped. Recaps or whatever you want to call them should 
    be brief! I now flee the room whenever Quarries’ Jig (an excellent dance) is 
    on the programme because the ‘brief’ tends to take longer than the dance. 
    Doug’s suggestion that not only should there be a full length talk through, 
    as one would find in a full dance description, followed by what seems to me 
    to be a recap, fills me with horror – all that dancing time wasted. Given 
    the number of dances on programmes today, recaps are necessary and here to 
    stay: turning social events into classes is not.
    
    Jim Healy
    Perth and Monaco
          

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