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Sharlene Penman (piano), visiting from New Zealand, is the band leader for the 2019 Tea Dance.
Our fiddlers are Sarah Stefanski and Jenny Evans, both local artists.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

25 March 2018 - Loch Leven

Well, It is a different game now. We are pretty much caught up with videoing dances for upcoming balls. Not completely but the timing is now really tight and life keeps happening, so no I am not going there.

What I have been doing is looking at the upcoming ball programs and looking at the videos. For the dances in the local standard repertoire it is a of pretty miserable set of videos. For good reasons I am sure. They aren't the fancy feel good dances and some have some tricky little pieces. The 6 that I noticed were J.B. Milne; Trip to Bavaria; Delvine Side; Fair Donald; Joie de Vivre and Hooper's Jig.

Issues: a couple of the dances was done in a 3 couple set so it was modified for the performance. One dance had 3 videos but all of them from the same performance from 3 different cameras and not one good view among them. There was bad timing and phrasing. the problem I have with that is sub-conscious learning. Dancers who watch those videos for one reason will pick up subliminal inputs - like bad handing or bad phrasing (esp. in reels of four.) To quote Necron99 "Not Good. Very Bad. Not Good".

So this afternoon we danced all of these dances with the intent to video some of these next meeting. They are part of our repertoire. There should be no issues. No spaghetti choreography to get right or to overwhelm the minds. We should all be able to concentrate on good dancing, and we all know those rules.

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