Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Scary Demo Day

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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