Jim Healy March 13, 2006, 1:28 p.m. (Message 44669)
RE: Where are the RSCDS???
Greetings! The answer to this question is contained within it. >We would have had 8 - 10 teams competing. At Perth this year, there were probably less than eight teams competing in all classes. Last year, as one of the Perth Branch class teachers and at the request of some members of the Branch committee, I presented teams in the ladies, mixed (including Andrea fae Dundee) and 'non-competitive' sections. This year, I understand, there was no enthusiasm from dancers or committee to take part. The vast majority of dancers today are not interested in competitive dancing. Indeed, my conclusion is that competitive festivals have had their day and while some, like Perth, limp along only the Newcastle Festival still has a major buzz but then it does attract teams from the length and breadth of Britain. As further evidence, I taught the Dundee Branch technique class for four years. Each year I asked the class members if they wanted to compete at Perth. Each year they declined despite Andrea's efforts to cajole them into it. The same dancers, however, worked their socks off each year to prepare for the Dundee Branch non-competitive Festival when they could 'show off' to their peers without having to sit and listen to some adjudicator spout totally subjective opinions and tell them yet again what their teachers have been saying every week for months. Personally, I will not lament the passing of competitive dancing which I consider alien to the social nature of our pastime. Jim Healy Perth and Monaco