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February 16th, 2005
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A dancing plug...
Or maybe not a plug.

lark_ascending has created camdancewithme for "ballroom, Latin, ceilidh and other dancers in Cambridge, UK, especially CDC members, to organise meetups. Talent not necessary, beginners and owners of two left feet welcome!" As I seem to have a fair few CDC people lurking on my friends list that she doesn't know about ;-) I thought it was worth mentioning it here...

Not sure I like the phrasing "to organise meetups" though. I mean, it's not like we're about to take over the organising of GD or the Round ceilidhs. And it's not like any event will be improved by a large prescence of LJ people. I mean, you're all lovely, but so are the non-LJ CDC/Round people. I think I'd have just as good a time with non-LJ dancers as with LJ dancers. The idea of a clique within a clique doesn't appeal either - I mean, there are already lots of CDC classes, and things like GD, and trips to the pub etc. It's bad enough that we have the committee clique, let along an LJ one :-p

And I think it's charmingly naive to assume that the folkies and dancesport types will all sit happilly together in the same community. You'd like to think they'd be united by common interest, but I never fail to be amazed how wide the gulf between the folk scene and the ballroom scene is in Cambridge. Still, I suppose it's because if you take scots, and molly, and the round, you don't have any free time to go to ballroom classes!

All that aside, it seems a nice idea to have somewhere to plug dancing events in Cambridge, especially if I means I notice some of the stranger and more unusual stuff I wouldn't otherwise be aware of. And if it gets me off my lazy arse and drags me out to GD that wouldn't be a bad thing either :-)

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From:rmc28
Date:February 16th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
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You're already *in* the CDC/ceilidh/whatever cliques, though. I interpreted "meetup" as meaning easier arrangement of "I'll see you at X": it's always nice to go to dancing class/ceilidhs knowing that at least one other person you know will be there, even if you don't intend to spend the whole evening glued to their side. Not least, it's an extra incentive to go, because you wouldn't want to let the other person down ...
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From:atreic
Date:February 16th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
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Maybe it's just that I've been in CDC and the round a lot longer than lark_ascending but I would never worry about going to the round or general dancing and *not* knowing anyone there. (I do mention that it's not bad as an incentive in the last paragraph though)
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From:ewx
Date:February 16th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)

A dancing plug...

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Strange image.
From:ex_lark_asc
Date:February 16th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Not sure I like the phrasing "to organise meetups" though

What would you suggest I used instead to express the meaning 'cat-herd a bunch of hopeless backsliders, lazy arses, overcommitters and general disorganised wossnames into getting together to attend events thrown by other people'?
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From:atreic
Date:February 16th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
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"to promote dancing events in Cambridge"? Shrug, I don't really mind, it's your community :-)
From:ex_lark_asc
Date:February 16th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
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It's quite specifically not for promoting dance events. It's for getting together with like-minded others and roughly co-ordinating when to wander along.
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From:atreic
Date:February 16th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh. I'd be interested in a community to promote dancing events, but I generally find that once I've found free time and a dancing event I know enough people in the Cambridge dance community to be certain of liking people there without arranging it.

Sorry if my first post was off topic, I'd missed the point.
From:ex_lark_asc
Date:February 16th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Not off-topic as such, no - it's dancing, you're going, if other people want to come along they know you'll be there, and talking about dancing related stuff keeps us all interested, doesn't it? I'm catering for my own mentality here, where I don't know people yet, and aiming to givce us a general meeting point for randomly hooking up.
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