pennsicdance: Dance Suggestions
torlanswingmeister at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 24 16:27:32 PDT 2005
Going to put my four ha'pennies in here:
> Folks are taught
> that GOOP are "the fun dances", and novices tend to
> internalize that
> quite readily. By implication, they wind up defining
> period dance as
> "not fun", and many of them wind up relatively
> resistant to it.
This is the kind of mentality which I am doing my best
to change when I teach dance. Fun dances need not be
hard to be period.
> > Next, I think that the 'dance parties' should be
> invitation to come to a "party".) That's a good
> point, and implies that
> we should think about our terminology.
Perhaps dance event would be more appropriate.
> > I think that they are also
> > too concentrated on a certain kind of dance.
> Maybe. All of them tried to be inclusive; some
> succeeded better than others.
The whole point of the dance tent events was for this.
I disagree with changing it, since it allows one to
enjoy a particular genre (or genres).
> > Now to my suggestion. I think that we should have
> > beginner/intermediate dancing in the barn at night
> where the dances
> > are taught and newer people can have a chance of
> learning them.
This is what I had tried to do when I led dancing in
the barn - I made sure everyone knew the dance that
was next, and if not, I taught it through. I don't
think that there should be more open dance in the
tent, unless that is the plan for that evening.
> the sites. We really need to be thinking about ways
> to encourage better
> cross-pollination, and I think this approach of
> dividing the venues by
> skill level is likely to be counter-productive...
I don't think it's necessarily counter productive. I
think that the barn can give comfort to those who may
be a little intimidated at first, and then ease them
into taking the next step. For example, I thought I
saw a couple people who showed up first only at the
barn, and then, later in the war, at some of the dance
events in the tent.
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