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Thread #103732   Message #2116484
Posted By: GUEST,Ex-squire
01-Aug-07 - 10:35 AM
Thread Name: Morris segregation
Subject: RE: Morris segregation
Admirable aims.

And then team politics comes into it...

Why is the worst dancer (almost always) the most willing, not only to turn up, but to do other stuff too?

Who are we dancing for? Ourselves, primarily, I suggest, but for the buzz of the public too - otherwise we'd only ever dance in private. (Hmm - back to the Ring feast?)

I remember someone from the Fed commenting years ago that the male team squires complained they could never get some members to practice, but dance-outs were never a problem, whereas for women's teams it was the opposite way round. (Still something to do with having the kids & shopping in tow, I suspect, despite years of 'equality')

How do you encourage people to improve when they just want to be social? With some small village/community sides there's not a lot of choice - you take what comes, and those who want to make it good have to dance with those less concerned, or not dance, or travel miles and miles to find an alternative.

But I agree totally with 'engaging the audience'. You can't fail to have noticed the ones who stand at the front are the other dancers - it's as if we never contemplate the public might actually WANT to watch!

Afternoon ramblings...