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  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith May 12, 2006, 9:53 a.m. (Message 45254)

    Re: Attracting Young Folks/Music Tempo

    If we were "brutally honest" we would lose more than one enthusiastic
    member, and would be much the poorer for it. I have met some 'superior'
    dancers in my time that were only technically perfect, and it would have
    been a more enjoyable occasion for everyone if they were not in the set
    clearly showing their impatience with the less able, even on occasion
    actually ignoring them.
    In my book a 'superior' dancer is one who having mastered the technique
    will not make the less able feel unwanted, but will make them feel
    positively welcome, and will make the less able feel that the 'superior'
    dancer has enjoyed dancing with them as much as if they were dancing with
    another 'superior' dancer.
    There may be "nothing worse than one head bobbing out of sync" from a
    critical spectator point of view, but remember that dancing is for the
    dancers, it is not a spectator sport.
    Even in the most sophisticated demonstration I would suggest that the most
    important aspect is that the audience feels first and foremost that the
    dancers are enjoying themselves and enjoying the music and the dance. There
    is then a very good chance that they will be distracted from bobbing heads
    and untidy feet by 'the spirit of the dance.'
    Technique does make a difference, obviously, but it is not the only measure.
    Enjoyment, sociability and respect for others are of the greatest
    importance, IMHO.
    Bristol, UK
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Don & Margaret Sarna" <>
    To: "Strathspey articles" <>;
    "Strathspey items" <>
    Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 8:09 PM
    Subject: Attracting Young Folks/Music Tempo
    > To me, one sign of a 'superior' dancer is someone who can adapt to the
    > tempo.  As someone who's watched more dancing (and demo's) than I care to
    > remember, there's nothing worse than one head bobbing out of sync with the
    > others.  This happens even in 8 hands around and back: 7 heads in sync,
    > not.  It is a glaring, obvious error that the audience sees over all other
    > 'mistakes.'
    > To be brutally honest, if a person can't pick up the beat from Scottish
    > Country Dance music--and slow down or speed up to match--they should sell
    > their ghillies.  (;)
    > Margaret Sarna
    > Michigan

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