Dear Hive, I am also very interested in this thread and would like to see it continue.
One suggestion may be a space somewhere out of the way where people can have a seated square. No falling, train wrecks are mostly laughable, and joy and satisfaction tend to run higher than one might first imagine. If different dancers took turns participating in the seated square (or more than one?), I think it might encourage a broader perspective on what is involved in trying to define dance community. We are all heading there, sooner or later, be it frailty, memory loss, or some form of disability. Paul PS We have been holding a monthly community dance for the past 12 yrs that takes place in the same hall where our most vibrant local series occurs. It has been a place where some dance members feel more comfortable, w/ the slightly slower tempos, less crowded floors, and generally not so difficult levels of choreography. Presently, our community dance does not really accommodate dancers w/ severe memory loss. I am quite interested in providing dance experiences for those who are experiencing this and would like to continue to be part of the community. I also think that finding ways for people to be part of the evening w/o being out on the contra floor is an excellent idea. _______________________________________________ Organizers mailing list Organizers@lists.sharedweight.net http://lists.sharedweight.net/listinfo.cgi/organizers-sharedweight.net