I learnt a long time ago that it's not necessary to provide too much variety at the Tuesday class; in fact most people are quite happy dancing familiar dances over and over again - so I am well aware how hard most people are working at the moment - many of the dances we are currently doing are unfamiliar and some are just plain confusing to the less experienced dancer.
I was going to apologise, because of course, the reason for all this hard work is the impending visit of the RSCDS International Branch, and not everyone is interested in being involved in that; but this week really proved how 'up for it' most of our dancers are, and although I know it slows things down I am also convinced of the importance of learning new things to maintaining our mental health - just doing stuff we know is great fun but we can so quickly loose the ability (if we had it in the first place) to concentrate and take in new information - it's also good for us all to go wrong every now and again - sorting ourselves out requires even more co-operation and team work than just going through the prescribed formations and ending at the bottom of the set, at the right time, with the right partner (i.e. the one you started with) - although that is pretty nice too!
I'd also like to say, because I know a new dance is a challenge, that it is extra nice for me to hear people coming of the floor saying what a lovely dance they've just done, if I know people enjoy them I can confidently include them on future programs, plus the more we widen our repertoire to include currently popular dances, the more we will gain from visiting dancers, and the easier it is for people here to enjoy dancing in the UK if they find a group local to themselves. See you next Tuesday Jx
Originated in Manchester, England: Worked almost 20 yrs in the Emirates: Lives in Cyprus, Teaches Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS qualified 2015) -just the average life. Also loves Photography & Photoshop, Gardening, Music, Sewing, Design, Reading, Sudoku, God, my husband & my cats (not necessarily in that order). Hates - cooking, housework, TV, politicians, cruelty and greed of any kind.
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