[SCA-Dance] KWDS report (What I Did on my Summer Vacation...)

David Learmonth david.a.learmonth at gmail.com
Wed Jul 22 03:15:45 EDT 2009

Sorry.  When Lowrie said we had selfish motives, it struck a nerve.  I don't
think hers was phrased politely, but neither was my response.  Both points
have validity, and discussion should be encouraged.

Oh, and definitely we do try to have a mix of skill levels for sure.  We do
want the event to be inclusive and inviting to everyone, and I hope it has


On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 3:01 AM, <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Jul 2009, David Learmonth <david.a.learmonth at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > And not that I'm not up for a potential experiment, and really not
> > trying to be rude about this
> Please *don't* try, then.
> > but I see your view Lowrie as a bit of the selfish one from the
> > other side of things.  You didn't make it to the last few KWDSes
> > (and I do know that other people made it up here from your way,
> > though some came up early so I'm guessing it wasn't feasible for
> > you), and so you are missing dance and want to give yourself more
> > options, potentially at the expense of the quality of the event.
> Please don't ascribe base and despicable motives to other people on
> this list without solid evidence (and I firmly believe that Lowrie has
> not shown such evidence).
> I think I was the one who asked first in this thread about annual KWDS
> events.  I certainly do want more options for dance, as I'm finally
> starting to get a little serious about it, and I think it untrue to
> call a desire for more dance "selfish".
> It is not _my_ intent, at least, to degrade KWDS.  Personally, I would
> like to see more argument on the subject.  What occurs to me is that
> nobody would be forced to present before they're ready, and some
> people would probably like the chance to present more.  So I would
> expect that the number of advanced classes per two years would likely
> increase, or at least not decrease.  People attending two KWDS would
> have more time (2 * the number of days), so maybe they'd have more
> opportunity to learn (fewer class conflicts, more time to absorb)?
> I'm not sure that the average advancitude of the classes is a good
> measure.  If it were, KWDS could be held every 5 years, for example,
> and then only the most spectacular of classes might be taught.
> The average level of the class, one measure of "quality", would be
> high ... but SCA dance overall would not be advanced as much.
> (Indeed, I didn't attend KWDS for two reasons: one was delaying too
> long to get a cheap plane ticket, yes, but also I was worried, feeling
> that I might be out of my depth and get little out of it.)
> I was starting to write here about whether KWDS might serve those of
> us in the intermediate and lower skill levels, but that would be a
> much longer and broader note.
> Dankyn Lincoln
> --
> Tim McDaniel; Reply-To: tmcd at panix.com
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