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    redrose_solutions March 7, 2006, 9:44 p.m. (Message 44537)

    RE: Difference Between Briefing a dance and Recapping a Dance

    I agree with Malcom that a succint re-cap is fine (I'm not arguing in favour
    of no recaps at all - at the moment).
    A more detailed briefing would be OK if a dance is new, perhaps written for
    a special occasion, and is being taught to everyone in the room for the first
    time (this happened with Napier's Index at the Sydney Branch 50th Anniversary
    Ball a few years ago). Or perhaps for a very "local" dance when the organising
    Branch or group is aware of a large number of out-of-towners wanting to join
    I would certainly want to know the programme and ideally have instructions
    or source references for any unusual or local dances in advance. I would
    also be prepared to put some effort into learning some, though not necessarily
    all, of the dances unknown to me, and also to sit out anything I didn't know
    or didn't feel confident about.
    However, I fail to see why one would need both a briefing and a recap of
    the same dance, one more or less immediately after the other, all the way
    through an evening's programme. Perhaps this is a reflection of an underlying
    cultural /educational difference between the UK/Europe and North America?
    Susi Mayr
    Vienna, Austria
    >-- Original Message --
    >From: "mlamontbrown" <>
    >To: "'SCD news and discussion'" <>
    >Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 18:17:03 -0000
    >Subject: RE: Difference Between Briefing a dance and Recapping a Dance
    >Reply-To: SCD news and discussion <>
    >While I have no objection to a brief re-cap, I really cannot see the justification
    >for anything more. Presumably it is possible to get hold of the programme,
    >and the
    >instructions, before going to the dance - what is wrong in putting in a
    >homework, or even learning the dances while travelling to the dance?
    >How many teachers and MCs have given in to a request to walk a dance, and
    >"that was a complete waste of time" as people still go wrong? (give right
    >instead of left, cast up instead of down, etc.)
    >Yes the out-of-towners need to be looked after, but if that's because there
    >are a lot
    >of home-grown dances on the programme then perhaps that is the fault of
    >Making everyone stand through a detailed description of a dance they already
    >know is
    >as bad as making people dance an unknown dance without any help.
    >Malcolm L Brown
    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> From:
    >> []
    >On Behalf
    >> Sent: 07 March 2006 17:22
    >> To:
    >> Subject: Re: Difference Between Briefing a dance and Recapping a Dance
    >> There are 6+ dance parties all within driving distance in the space of
    > about
    >> 4 months. 16 dances per party, that's 96 dances to be learned by  heart.
    > Not
    >> possible.  Perhaps there are some repeats but not  many.  This is why
    >> briefings and recaps.
    >> Sylvia Miskoe, Concord NH USA
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