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    Jim Healy March 6, 2006, 9:54 a.m. (Message 44505)

    Greetings!
    
    Doug Schneider’s post and subsequent clarification raises a couple of 
    points.
    
    As I always understood it, the main purpose of the eight (or four) bar intro 
    was to alert the dancers to the change of tempo from the previous dance and 
    give them a feel for the new tempo as they made up sets. The point that has 
    been made elsewhere is that, until relatively recently, there were no recaps 
    at all. The order was: band intro, MC calls for ‘missing’ couples and 
    confirms sets made up, all dance. The introduction of recaps, lengthening 
    the time between the intro and the actual start of dancing, suggests that a 
    re-think of when the ‘intro’ is played, perhaps along the lines Doug 
    suggests, could prove useful.
    
    The second point (from the clarification of the difference in Doug’s 
    terminology between recap and brief) points up a growing trend that, in my 
    view, needs to be stopped. Recaps or whatever you want to call them should 
    be brief! I now flee the room whenever Quarries’ Jig (an excellent dance) is 
    on the programme because the ‘brief’ tends to take longer than the dance. 
    Doug’s suggestion that not only should there be a full length talk through, 
    as one would find in a full dance description, followed by what seems to me 
    to be a recap, fills me with horror – all that dancing time wasted. Given 
    the number of dances on programmes today, recaps are necessary and here to 
    stay: turning social events into classes is not.
    
    Jim Healy
    Perth and Monaco
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    Bryan McAlister March 6, 2006, 11:55 a.m. (Message 44509, in reply to message 44505)

    The MC could do 2 things - they could ask every set whether the 1st 
    couple knows what they will be doing and ask couples to quickly swap 
    position (if everyone does why bother recapping) and they can call the 
    dance 1st time through both of these practices should reduce the amount 
    of time taken.
    
    In addition, dancers could be asked to refrain from applauding recappers 
    who simply read the entire instructions.
    
    
    
    In message <xxxxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx>, Jim Healy 
    <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx> writes
    >The second point (from the clarification of the difference in Doug’s 
    >terminology between recap and brief) points up a growing trend that, in 
    >my view, needs to be stopped. Recaps or whatever you want to call them 
    >should be brief! I now flee the room whenever Quarries’ Jig (an 
    >excellent dance) is on the programme because the ‘brief’ tends to 
    >take longer than the dance. Doug’s suggestion that not only should 
    >there be a full length talk through, as one would find in a full dance 
    >description, followed by what seems to me to be a recap, fills me with 
    >horror – all that dancing time wasted. Given the number of dances on 
    >programmes today, recaps are necessary and here to stay: turning social 
    >events into classes is not.
    
    -- 
    Bryan McAlister
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    Helen Brown March 6, 2006, 3:24 p.m. (Message 44512, in reply to message 44505)

    Greetings
    
    Jim said
    
    >I now flee the room whenever Quarries' Jig (an excellent dance) is 
    >on the programme because the 'brief' tends to take longer than the dance. 
    >Doug's suggestion that not only should there be a full length talk through,
    
    >as one would find in a full dance description, followed by what seems to me
    
    >to be a recap, fills me with horror - all that dancing time wasted. Given 
    >the number of dances on programmes today, recaps are necessary and here to 
    >stay: turning social events into classes is not.
    
    Two or three years ago, I was at the St Andrews Branch Dance during Summer
    School.   John Sturrock was the MC and Quarries' Jig was on the programme.
    John introduced his recap by saying this was the "cheese sandwich dance" - a
    perfect description I think.   When I am MCing and giving a brief recap for
    this dance I usually say it "has the Quarries' Jig formation" although I am
    prepared to elaborate if required.   All our Branch dance programmes are
    advertised two to three months in advance in the Newsletter so dancers have
    plenty of time to swat up on dances they don't know.   We have recaps at
    recorded dances but not at band dances - cribs are provided with the ticket.
    
    Helen
    
    Helen C N Brown
    York, UK

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