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  • Andrea Re

    Andrea Re March 13, 2006, 12:29 p.m. (Message 44667)

    Teaching and guns (was: Where are the RSCDS???)

    Sorry, I would have replied earlier, but I was busy oiling and loading 
    my gun:)
    
    In reply to Campbell's e-mail I would say:
    
    1) probably the long established classes don't welcome new members 
    because, and rightly so, they can't be bothered with the Cumberland 
    reels and the likes of it. If the group can't be bothered organizing 
    beginners' classes, the group is to blame, not the teaching of steps.
    
    2) SCD footwork is easy. No, let me say this better, SCD footwork is 
    VERY easy, especially compared to other forms of dancing like ballroom, 
    highland, salsa, etc. There are only 5 steps to be mastered and the most 
    difficult one (PdB in my opinion) doesn't take years of classical 
    training to learn. The proof of what I am saying is that /I/ can do it....
    
    3) The class does only what they are requested to do. If one doesn't 
    tackle footwork and since they are beginners they won't know any better 
    and they'll do as they are instructed, no more and no less.
    
    It is not so much a matter of keeping standards, but a way of getting 
    from A to B in a dance without tripping over. Besides, the steps are 
    EASY, so I don't see what the problem is in teaching them. I am not 
    saying you should spend 20 minutes per class going over the "close 
    behind" in skip change, but a few minutes per class (if it is a class we 
    are talking about) won't hurt too much. Indeed, the instructions 
    shouldn't be delivered with so much gravitas as if we were trying to 
    describe a life or death situation, but even if in a lightweight manner 
    delivered they must be. After all, if you were attending a pottery class 
    wouldn't you want to be told how to handle clay?
    This is selling ourselves short!!
    
    Andrea (fae Dundee)
          

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