Rather than doing extra walk thrus, I've even just had the group do a
couple of extra progressions to break up clumps of new dancers....1
walk thru....coupla extra progressions....2nd walk through and then
At 03:06 PM 1/26/2009, you wrote:
I have seen something similar and have been taught this by my
the walk through several times so as to move those beginners into
groups of 4 and/or ask one group of 4 to move to a different line
balance the sets". This way you move them around but without drawing
attention to their inexperience and getting them into a better
learn the movements with more experienced dancers.
On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 1:25 PM, Jerome Grisanti
I recently had the following exchange on a different
Shapiro (guitarist with U4):
>>> U4 just played the SwingShift weekend in Lexington/Berea. The
Barbara Groh. She did something that I think most callers should
do, but I
haven't seen before. After the sets were formed
and people had
four, she then broke up the beginners sets that had formed at the
lines. She asked then to move forward and intersperse themselves
more advanced dancers (so that they were more toward
line and the foursomes were not all beginners).
She was also good at letting the music be heard ...
>> Regarding the caller asking sets to reform in order to spread
experienced dancers throughout the hall, much tact is
callers strive to avoid calling attention to
when asking people to watch a demonstration, but
asking people to
sets can have the effect of making them feel like
them. In addition, newish dancers want to dance with
if those friends may also be newish dancers.
>> Speaking to the entire crowd, I do encourage experienced
their experience by asking someone they've never met to dance at
in the evening, and praise the community for being so
dancers. So while I might be thinking "let's
break up this clump
confusion," it would not be good to say something
"you people right here."
>> I have asked, off mic, for a set of experienced dancers to
repartner with a set of inexperienced dancers down the
To this list, I ask:
I'd be interested in the wording that Barbara Groh used (which I'm
was quite gentle). I'm also guessing other callers
on this list
developed tactful ways to address this issue.
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