from the Dancing Associations
At the beginning of 2006
we ran a survey of Modern Sequence Dancers to find out
more about this form of dancing and the desires and problems of the dancers.
This survey was conducted by means of a questionnaire which was completed
through our web site and it was a more detailed version of one which was
previously conducted two years ago. It has attracted a wide response from
all around the country which included professional teachers, ordinary club
leaders, and general dancers. All questions were asked in an unbiased way so as
to find the facts about this very popular form of dancing, and the problems
which dancers envisage in the future. A copy of the report is still
We also gave dancers the opportunity to
comment, in their own words, on the problems and improvements which might be
considered for the future of modern sequence dancing and there were some 250
separate comments which are still
In April we sent a letter and copies
of the report to all the Professional Dancing Organisations who are
members of the British Dance Council - ten in all plus two personal copies to
members of BDC. We asked them for their comments, and to
consider what could be done to promote modern sequence dancing. Initially
eight were sent to published e-mail addresses but there was not one single
response from those e-mails although our independent monitoring copy came
through. Seems technology has not yet been mastered by the dancing
organisations! Most did however eventually respond to ordinary
We set out in the a table below a summary of
their responses. Most express interest in the information, and some
say they will be considering the report in the future. However not one so
far has indicated that they intend to take any action to help promote our
form of dancing or to try to overcome any of the problems which have been
identified. This is as at 5th October 2006 and will be updated
if further responses are received.
|British Dance Council
Letter from the Chairman of the
Sequence Advisory Committee (23/09/06) Copy here. (Note that the
Chairman in 2003 said that they. are only involved with the Inventive
Dance events at Stoke on Trent. In the letter shown here they take
responsibility for all events).
|Allied Dancing Association
||Problems because of change of
address but the report will be presented to their Executive on 13th Sept.
|British Association of Teachers
||Being passed to their Ballroom
Committee which meets in September, (See also below from their President)
|International Dance Teachers
||Interested - but no action
|Imperial Society of Teachers of
||Was to be presented to their
Sequence Dance Faculty in June but no further response.
|National Association of
Teachers of Dancing
||Little to add to report except
that it confirms opinions which have been prevalent for a considerable
time. Comments that the greatest population growth is in the over 60's.so
modern sequence should be even more popular.
|Northern Counties Dance
||"The NCDTA do not wish to
comment and suggest that you contact the British Dance Council Sequence
Advisory Committee for their views."
|Scottish Dance Teachers
||Telephone reply and discussed,
but they don't see what can be done.
|United Kingdom Alliance
||No response to letter (28 May)
or reminder(19 July).
|Welsh Alliance (WAPDT)
||Will refer to BDC
representative to raise.
|Mr R Sharpe (Chairman BDC
Sequence Advisory Cttee and President of BATD)
||(Note these are his personal
comments and not from his official bodies.) Felt that most of the comments
related to too many dances and that they are too close together. His
personal experience is that not all the dances are taught but a selection
are spread out over a period of time. This reduces the learning process
and encourages new and younger people into dancing. He mentions that
it is difficult to reduce the number of dances - the organisers have had
them so long so who is to say who is to be dropped. They have also
tried to move the dates of events but other factors define this.
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