The "Get Through It Syndrome" or The Case For A Second Walk-Thru

Larry Jennings

I briefly review some reasons why a caller should strive to make do with a single walk-thru. I then offer some reasons why a second walk-thru may be desirable. I conclude that these latter reasons sometimes outweigh the former. In fact, I might go so far as to assert that there is something wrong with the programming or the teaching if there are not a few dances (out of the entire evening's program) where the caller is best advised to invoke a second walk-thru.

First the case for a single walk-thru:

When, then is a second walk-thru acceptable, or even desirable:

I refer to these avoidances of a second walk-thru (and perhaps other, similar, short cuts) as the "Get Through It Syndrome"; they may be significant contributors to a deterioration in the quality of dancing.

Lest I be misunderstood, let me be perfectly clear: I feel that a well prepared caller with an interesting, but not over-taxing, program will choose to do a second walk-thru about 1/3 of the time. Of course, that means that about 2/3 of the time there "should" be only one walk-thru, or none.

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