academie: fall symposium

KilrRabbit at aol.com KilrRabbit at aol.com
Thu Jul 12 09:44:34 PDT 2001


Well if you want to have one in the southern part of the kingdom I'll talk to the people around here (Notting-hill Coil/ Northern SC) & see if they are interested in hosting it.  I think we even have a site that would work.
Victoria

> Scriptsit Judith:
> >So, any takers on hosting a fall dance symposium?  I would do it myself, 
> >but being a border person, I have no local group to sponsor it....
> 
> Funny you should mention that.  The topic of a Winter symposium was 
> discussed last night at Dun Carraig's business meeting.  Looks like DC is 
> looking to submit a bid for February's University, and the notion of hosting 
> a February Dance Symposium on the following weekend (2/9/02) is attactive.  
> We've already got a very strong lead on a free site.
> 
> This brings up a topic that we probably need to discuss.  The Symposium held 
> in Isenfir last February was great, and we should/will do that again.  
> Arguably, Isenfir is the most active group dance-wise in the Kingdom, which 
> is both a plus and a minus.  On the plus side, a Symposium in Isenfir will 
> be successful, since practically everybody there (it seems) dances.  On the 
> minus side, having it in the same location does not help bring dancing to 
> the rest of the non-Isenfiri Kingdom.
> 
> When we schedule a track of classes at University, we tend to draw from the 
> same core classes.  We need to do this, because we only have 6 hours to 
> teach in, and we will *always* have new people attending those classes.  
> Thus, we will always be teaching the same intro-level material at 
> University, with an occasional lecture or Intermediate class thrown in.  
> It's not the type of environment that is suited for teaching or learning 
> more advanced topics.  Via the Symposia, we can teach to more depth on a 
> variety of different topics, and the cross-training opportunities it 
> presents to members of the Academie are really without compare.  The way I 
> see it, the only way to really improve upon the Kingdom's overall dance 
> proficiency is via our Symposia, but only if the Symposia are taken to where 
> the people are.
> 
> I have a proposal.
> 
> Why not do what University does and rotate the Symposium through different 
> parts of the Kingdom?  We've hinted at this before, but maybe it's time to 
> come right out and discuss it openly.  We could do 2-3 a year, making sure 
> to rotate through Isenfir regularly, but also moving it around to try to 
> capture interest in other groups.  If we move the Symposia around, we can 
> offer that depth to many more people, but we would want to ensure that we 
> came back to Isenfir on a right regular basis, since that's where our 
> largest core is.
> 
> We might have a Symposium in November somewhere in the Carolinas, then one 
> in February in the northern end (Dun Carraig?), then back to Isenfir in 
> (maybe) April.  Rinse, repeat.
> 
> I would *not* want this to adversely impact Isenfir, and I know that whether 
> or not they host a "formal" Symposium in February probably shouldn't hinder 
> their plans for their next "Nothing But Dance" event.  Bryan, what do you 
> think?
> 
> -Vard
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