Marilynn Knight Oct. 8, 2001, 8:04 p.m. (Message 27789)
It amazes me when this is blatant, especially when it seems dancers at an away dance book ahead to dance with their own area dancers. It's so much fun to dance with new dancers, IMO. In this sense, I really do offer a policy that a neighboring city's Contra Dance Group has and upholds: They do not let visitor dancers sit out. And, it is so fun to dance with them. I know one prominent SCD dancer/teacher will not say a kind word about a certain week end away because no one there asked said person to dance, and yet the same dancer does the same thing repeatedly when his home group is host.... How blind we are. Warmth offered; warmth returned, or does it really work that way? I really wish RSCDS would double-check to see if it's Certificated and non-Certificated emphasized exquisite social behavior, both by example and by teachings. Marilynn Latta Knight It's Monday. I didn't dance this past week end, ... might be feeling a bit grumpy. Please excuse.
Fyreladdie Oct. 9, 2001, 1:47 a.m. (Message 27800, in reply to message 27789)
In a message dated 10/8/01 11:05:49 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: << It amazes me when this is blatant, especially when it seems dancers at an away dance book ahead to dance with their own area dancers. It's so much fun to dance with new dancers, IMO. >> Marilyn, I have to agree about all this pre-booking dances. When I travel, I enjoy the company of many new faces and dancers. It is disappointing to ask a new person, only to hear they have been booked already. At one workshop, which I will not mention, I had to sit out 3 dances because I could not get a partner. It's strange as I always have had to hide otherwise, to avoid getting asked. I am guilty of some pre-booking but it is usually with my students who have never danced at a ball or other social function. "Paying my dues" is not a chore, however. But I do leave my card free for new people whenever I can. Bob Mc Murtry Felton, Calif