[SCA-Dance] [SCA-dance] Notes from the Future of KWDS meeting

Gwommy 'Bill' Holderman gwommy at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 10:39:56 EDT 2012

As mentioned during the meeting, if we are going to pay a professional to
come and teach, it makes sense to have that person be the focus of
attention. Therefore, having a master class is a good idea.

Also, it'd be nice to not have to worry about having a class scheduled at
the same time as another teacher that you're interested in learning from.

In the case that there are new people, I think that running a beginner
class against the master track would be best. Surely, there are some
teachers that wouldn't mind teaching beginner classes opposite a more
advanced class. This way, the less experienced dancers will still have
something to do in the case that the 'master' class is over their heads.

Yay! Dancing!

On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM, Justin du coeur <jducoeur at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 2:36 AM, David Learmonth <
> david.a.learmonth at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So, yes, as Adele said, I think that the first main objective would just
> be
> > to not have competing classes, so that we could all be there to learn
> from
> > guest teachers and each other.
> >
> > >From there, how much different would they be from traditional classes?
> >  Probably not much.  I think that they thus would fall in the reasonably
> > advanced end of the spectrum, and though they certainly wouldn't be
> > restricted to only laurels or what have you, I think there would be an
> > expectation, at least expressed class by class / topic by topic, of a
> > certain level of experience, and/or a willingness to proceed at the speed
> > of the class.
> Honestly, I think you have two very different goals here, which are so
> badly in conflict that they shouldn't be combined.
> That is, requiring it to be only one track of classes *and* making that a
> Master track is a very bad idea, IMO.  KWDS isn't just for the advanced
> dancers, and combining these principles really is a slap at everyone else,
> whether you intend it that way or not.
> Advanced classes are a lovely thing, and having *fewer* tracks on Thursday
> is probably not a bad idea.  But having only a single track, where a
> substantial fraction of the attendees aren't welcome -- that would, at the
> very least, prove divisive.  (And counter-productive in the long run: while
> they're not the be-all and end-all, it's crucial to attend to the needs of
> the less-advanced dancers...)
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