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GUEST,Malcolm Storey the teaching of dancing (59* d) RE: the teaching of dancing 13 Dec 17

Nice to see a thread on dance.

Over the years I / we have been mainly facilitaters of dance although we both enjoyed dancing when we were younger and less involved in wider things.

We have started again (in our seventies) by getting to the monthly sessions on Sunday evening in York when we can.

Teaching from the off is always going to be difficult and one of the best at it is Madeleine Smith / Hollis but she is in our age range and not as active as she once was.

The one move per dance method is certainly the most productive. More than ten type of dances in an evening is probably a little too adventurous - especially when keeping newcomers within some sort of comfort zone.

Perhaps seven or so progressive dances and then two or three at the end suitable to what you have taught. Make a promise that all will be welcome at the next session where what they have learnt can be added to - and now that they are experts they can help with any newcomers!

As Mr Red and we say - keep dancing.

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