pennsicdance: Pennsic European dance class requests now open
lyev at verizon.net
Mon Jan 26 07:28:00 PST 2004
Requests to teach classes, organize balls, or evening dancing are now being
taken at http://www.PennsicEuropeanDance.org/
I'm sticking with Greg's system of ball-prep, focused beginner and absolute
beginner classes that has worked great. On St. Patrick's Day, I'll schedule
the class requests that I've gotten by that point, and then remaining time
slots for classes will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.
As dance class requests come in, I'm going to post on the list and the
webpage for things that need covered. For example, "Five people are
teaching 16c Italian, but no one yet is teaching French or English 16c" or
"Could someone please teach Rufty Tufty and Hearts Ease, since neither are
being taught so far?"
Here are a couple things that I'll especially need your help on ("you" as
in the part of the dance community that's interested enough to be getting
this list ;-)
1. More teachers are needed
Without new teachers, we will gradually lose all the stalwart teachers who
have made Pennsic a great dance event. Our modern culture is far more
mobile than most period cultures were; job issues might make people have to
skip Pennsic or accept employment where travel to Pennsic is impractical. I
would very much like to keep a group of new teachers going, ready to step
in and take the lead.
To further this, there will be an expanded mentoring program this year.
There are many heads of local dance guilds and travelling dance instructors
that come to Pennsic each year, and I would be very happy if each one of
them offered to teach just one class this year.
2. People to run evening dance
Last year, evening dance almost didn't happen a few evenings for lack of
dance organizers. After-midnight dance in the barn actually didn't happen a
few evenings for the same reason. I'm willing to run several evenings
again, but I greatly need your help to cover the rest. Sadly, I can no
longer fight on the field all day and dance all night (it's the
get-a-real-job and not-be-a-student thing ;-) So I would appreciate people
to cover the after-midnight open dancing.
Thank you again for your service in past Pennsics, and I hope this year
will be even better!
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