Alexandre Rafalovitch April 2, 2006, 7:04 p.m. (Message 44953)
Re: Over 700 schoolchildren dance in Glasgow
On 4/2/06, Dick Daniel <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Anselm wrote > > What the RSCDS needs in Scotland is not »loosening up«. It just needs a PR > campaign to educate people. From that point of view the Glasgow event is a > Good Thing." > > In response... > > Incidentally, I WAS one of the RSCDS people in the thick of it, and my nose > remains unwrinkled. Further, I do not see the RSCDS in Scotland [or > anywhere else] as "a stuffy assemblage of old fogeys, who are intent on > taking all the fun out of dancing". I agree with both parties here, but neither seems to be talking concrete actions. So, let's bring this discussion into the realm of what is actually possible and doable: 1) Has anybody done a survey why young people do not enjoy RSCDS dancing? Yes! I believe I have seen the mentions of that. What about the surveys of young people who do enjoy RSCDS? I have seen less of them. And while the negative ones gets passed around and discussed, the positive ones are not. The result is that it is much easier to find negative surveys. What to do? Find the good surveys and push them out. Via RSCDS web site if required, other ways are possible. 2) Are the events like described above great publicity? Yes! But how do people find out about them unless they were there, or members of this mailing list. Where are the pictures from the event, where are the interviews with organisers, where are the follow-up actions? And not in the members' magazines or school board meetings, because that is preaching to the converted. Where are they in public sources and/or on the web? 3) If you having troubles convincing scotish youth to dance, fine. Get the international community to participate. Germany has lots of youth dancing? Get them to tell everybody in the world why it is great. Knowing that somebody else gets excited by what is yours, can do wonders. 4) Do you know where the youth hang out? Does RSCDS check if they appear there? Let me run a small list: 1) Photograph sharing: www.flickr.com - where are the pictures of the young people dancing and enjoying themselves? The best I found is this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/scottishcountrydancing/ What to do? Upload your ball photos, especially with young people on them. If you have a digital camera, you can do it. 2) www.myspace.com - a website where more than 4 million (that's 4000000) predominantly young people hang out and talk about things they like and don't like. How many people mention RSCDS there? One: http://www.myspace.com/bloodyangel89. What to do? Next time you have a young person in your class (<20 y.o.), ask them if they have a myspace profile. Ask them if they mention RSCDS on it? Get them to be the embassadors and write about RSCDS. Anything will do: dances they liked/disliked most, preparation for teachers exams, etc. 3)Blogs, where people say what they really think? I think there might be 3. Mine is one of them at (http://alwayslearning.wordpress.com/tag/rscds/). Where are others? They are free to setup, they are very easy to start with and you can talk about anything (favourite dance, music, problems with the steps, etc) What to do? Make one yourself or convince another RSCDS dancer to make one. Free blog space is available at http://www.blogger.com, http://wordpress.com, http://www.livejournal.com/ . I will help anybody willing to really try and having troubles. 4) Wikipedia - only a community built encyclopedia that Nature magazine compared to Encyclopædia Britannica . Does it have an article on SCD/RSCDS? Yes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSCDS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_country_dance Can it be expanded? Yes. I know Anselm contributed, but more is possible. 5) Podcasts - Ten minutes of Scottish music, dance descriptions and talks with famous RSCDS people will reach the audience that is too busy to visit a class, but will be happy to listen to things in the car or while exercising. What to do? Early January Sue Petyt talked about podcasting about RSCDS. Did anybody get excited and offered to help or contribute? No. Let Sue know that you like the idea and/or happy to contribute your voice to the segment. 6) RSCDS has people from all walks of life. And some of them would be happy to contribute their skills to make RSCDS better. Does RSCDS know who those people are and what skills they could bring to the table? No. One way or another, people do contribute, but usually in very local ways that go unnoticed by a large community. With a push by the society behind them, a much greater reach and impact could be made. What to do? Make a competition and publish the results in the magazine on the web. For example, a best drawing related to RSCDS. I have seen some amazing drawings with pencil and paper of confused couples. It is hilarious, but has only been seen by members of a particular branch and guests. And it is not enough to just ask for stuff to be sent in. Somebody should be actively looking for interesting stuff. Again, find embassadors, get behind them and push. Maybe integrate that into teaching examination. The examiners are travelling all over the world already, maybe they can look out for interesting things specifically as part of the visit. I am sure local teachers would be happy to highlight interesting materials. These are just low-hanging fruits. There are other ways and avenues, that are possible. Some of them (like organising the event described) are even being done. But the more complex/important an event is, the more chances it will fail and/or will be too late. Start with low-hanging fruits and see if that will generate enough momentum to get people behind other efforts as well. Now, who is in? Private as well as public replies are very welcome. Regards, Alex.