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Sequence Dancing

Survey 2006

Responses 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 available here.   

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 available here.

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 mail.

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.

Organisation Response
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 of Dancing Being passed to their Ballroom Committee which meets in September, (See also below from their President)
International Dance Teachers Association Interested - but no action proposed.
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing 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' modern sequence should be even more popular.
Northern Counties Dance Teachers Assn. "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 Association 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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