The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163266 Message #3892918
Posted By: BobL
09-Dec-17 - 03:53 AM
Thread Name: the teaching of dancing
Subject: RE: the teaching of dancing
Ten dances a session - sounds to me like a lot, but it depends on the length of the session and how active the dancers are. I regularly called 12 in an evening for keen dancers who, as soon as one dance finished, started forming up for the next. At most clubs it was more like 8 or 9, fewer if a "workshop" dance was on the programme. Whom are you teaching - evening classes, youth organisations, school groups?
It's the caller's job to see that people enjoy themselves, they won't come back if they don't, and learning will follow if they do. Choice of dances has a lot to do with it: standard ceilidh fare should be OK, plus some of the simpler historical dances just to show there's another side. No A-level dances with beginners!
Are you playing solo or in a band? The quality of the music is more important than you'd think, both musically (but you'll have to be the judge of that) and, with amplification, technically - at least these days we don't have to suffer cassettes or scratchy vinyl.
Wish you all the best.