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Scary Demo Day
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jducoeur
This season has mostly been off from demos for me. That's sad but probably necessary: I've concluded that the grey in my beard makes me less effective at college activity fairs than I used to be. (Borderline counterproductive.) But today is a dance demo, which is normally my meat and drink. It's bloody scary, though, for one simple reason: the target audience is ages 11-14.

It's going to be at the Swampscott Library, part of an educational program there; Valerian is running some fighting and I'm running some dance. I've never taught this age range before, though, and I'm guessing wildly about what I can expect. Moreover (and this didn't occur to me until a couple of weeks ago), I'm not sure how much the "cootie factor" is going to come into play. The *vast* majority of our dances require partners, and I don't have a clear sense on how much of a problem that's going to be.

So I'm going to play it by ear. Fortunately, expectations aren't very high or concrete here. So I'll teach a dance or two, and adjust from there. I figure that I'll run anywhere from 2-10 dances, depending on how they're received. If need be, I'll stress the bransles and keep the partnered dances to a minimum. One way or another, it's going to be a learning experience...
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I think you should be able to run some of the ECD set dances pretty easily. Just split the kids into two groups and call them ones and twos like they do in contra or modern ECD. This age is pretty quick about learning things too. You might even be able to get up to cruciform dargason.

But yeah, I'd keep away from most of the Italian repertoire...

I've concluded that the grey in my beard makes me less effective at college activity fairs than I used to be.

When hudebnik shaved off his [by now mostly-white] whiskers, nearly everybody said that he looked 10-15 years younger....

Just sayin' :-)

I'd like 10 years younger and 30 pounds heavier, I suspect. Not sure that's a win. (Besides, I wouldn't recognize myself: I've had this beard continuously since I was 16...)

Just have them dance as same sex pairs. :)

In practice, that's what happened when I asked for "take a partner". Worked out okay. (But did confirm that partner dances just weren't the thing for this particular class...)

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