What do you do if you have dancers who are becoming frail, but do not seem to acknowledge
it, and that you are concerned might fall and hurt themselves (or others) at an English
country dance or contra? Particularly dancers who have danced for a long time and given
much to the community, but just refuse to admit that they are becoming hazardous to
themselves and others?
We have some very good and much older dancers, slowing down but still quite capable, and
it is not about these that I am speaking. I’m talking about a dancer that everyone watches
with great anxiety, and who has been gently spoken to suggesting they only dance those
dances that are identified (and we’ve started identifying them) as slow and simple. Did
not take the hint and was rather affronted.
Also, Does anyone have any safety policies? For example, that by participating in the
dance, you are affirming that you believe yourself to be physically able to do it? Or
language to that effect?