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    0AM7L@SIA March 14, 2006, 5:29 p.m. (Message 44705)

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

    > I agree with Andrea.  Footwork IS important, it IS easy to learn (if you
    bother to), and should be emphasized.  There's nothing worse than watching a
    demo team with sloppy footwork: toes pointed skyward, off-beat, shuffling
    (noisy) and out of sync with others.   Conversely, nothing looks better than a
    group of people smartly keeping time to the music with neat footwork.  I do not
    enjoy watching  'galloping horses,' 'chimpancers' slugs or snails (except for
    those physically unable to lift their feet properly, who are actually few and
    far between).  
    
    After all, it's just as easy to dance 'correctly' than sloppily.  It's all
    in IF want to do it correctly, and how much you care.
    
    Margaret Sarna
    Michigan
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    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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