Hi David and All --
As David knows, I'm a caller on the newer end of the spectrum. I
would love a workshop on triplets and chestnuts. I picked up your
book and since I haven't danced many of the dances and the formats
are new to me (and the crowds that I call to), a session dancing them
and learning how to call them would be really helpful. I don't yet
"get" triplets, and knowing how to do them would solve an occasional
issue of calling dances for a very small crowd.
I'm a birder. When I look at a bird and try to identify it, I'm
parsing out the features (beak type, size, flight pattern, etc) and
then there is that ahah moment when the bird is identified. I'm still
waiting for that to happen for me with contras -- I can imagine that
there is a pattern to clusters of them. Maybe this is something that
can only be felt and not taught, but if there are any useful tips on
how you "recognize" a dance I would find that useful. I'm thinking it
will help me with putting down the card and calling from memory.
Count me in!
Also agree. Was just at the board meeting for our local dance group,
and one of the things we were talking about was the need for the caller
to reinforce good dancing. Have had a number of folks recently
complain about dance floor injuries from people dancing out of their
space. Strangely enough, we had more issues at a dance that was well
attended, but not overcrowded than we did at a really crowded dance.
Theory was expressed that people possibly felt that they had more space
and expanded to fill it (and didn't really have as much space as they
thought). Then theres issues with allemandes, late twirls,
Would love to hear what you come up with (or other people's ideas) for
ways to get things like that across without being preachy or just
having the dancers stop listening to you.
At 07:48 PM 12/15/2009, you wrote:
I would also add - how to do the same with "community-building": how
people feel welcome, glad to be there, relaxed with the other
friendly, and full of good humor, all without being preachy.
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM, Alan Winston - SSRL Central
> David wrote:
> > So, what are topics that _you_ would like to see in a workshop?
> > one already has the nuts and bolts of programming an evening,
> > and delivering the calls in good fashion, what skills would be
> > address?
> How to teach/sell 'good dancing' without seeming like a pedant.
> it's an easy trap for callers in all country dance genres to aim
> competence/efficiency in teaching _dances_, and neglect teaching
> You pretty much have to slip that style/skill instruction in while
> dances, and that's a skill in itself.)
> -- Alan
> Alan Winston --- WINSTON(a)SSRL.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU
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