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  • suepetyt

    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 
    Skype Sue Petyt
    -----Original Message-----
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    Sent: 11 March 2006 14:03
    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
    adult team performances. What a shock NO RSCDS Teams entered at all,
    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.
    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  

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