suepetyt March 12, 2006, 5:57 p.m. (Message 44649)
RE: Where are the RSCDS???
As an impartial observer at festivals I have noticed that adjudicators tend to award higher marks for what I would call the 'entertaining' teams which are normally not RSCDS Branches. These usually wear matching kilts/dresses, often have younger members and the teamwork is good, the footwork however is often sadly deficient. I know of one such team which advertises that it does not do step practice. It does however attract a lot of young people, including boys and travels overseas to demonstrate Scottish dancing. The Branches tend to dance with more restraint, and much better footwork, more prim perhaps, and the members of the team tend to be older. I know of some advanced 'RSCDS' dancers who feel that competitive festivals are no longer for them. Is there a lesson here? Happy Dancing Sue Petyt www.suepetyt.me.uk Skype Sue Petyt -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 11 March 2006 14:03 To: email@example.com Subject: Where are the RSCDS??? For the first time in many years I attended the Perth Musical Festival. Having competed there many years ago I was particulaly interested in seeing the adult team performances. What a shock NO RSCDS Teams entered at all, normally we would have had 8 - 10 teams competing - Where were Perth, Dundee, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews, Pitlochry RSCDS branch teams, can't they stand the pressure, and the ajudicators criticism, or are they too busy demonstrating. Or are they getting too old to compete?? An ideal showcase was presented to the society with like minded people to promote the cause but only non-society teams turned up. Even in the junior section only a Perth and Perthshire team turned up!!! out of the whole area. What has happened to all the work done promoting childrens classes? An excellent performance of Macdonald of Sleat was given by two teams of Mothers and Daughters. Young girls of 8 and ten dancing with their mothers. Surely there is an opening there to encourage dancers. An enjoyable evening but a big disappointment that RSCDS were noticibly absent RAE