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Re: Obtaining Dance Scripts
Posted by annew
8/25/2008  10:34:00 AM
Does anyone know the history of this Christchurch service, and, in particular, whether they have permission to reproduce scripts from the original copyright holders.
Re: Obtaining Dance Scripts
Posted by annew
4/5/2009  5:33:00 PM
Re: Christchurch script library. Having now checked this service out - there are one or two things worth pointing out to potential subscribers -things that are not obvious BEFORE you subscribe - so buyers beware !

Scripts are not available for ALL of the dances listed in the glossary on the public website. In fact the scripts that ARE actually available represent a rather small proportion of those listed (20 - 30%). The scripts that are available are generally the newer ones (so if you are trying to get hold of a fairly old script the service will be of little use to you).

Given the number of scripts actually available in their library, it is obvious that their claim to being "the worlds largest script library" is wholly false - BL offer access to a larger number of scripts.

It is also apparent that Christchurch rewrite scripts using their own format and their own template. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this in and of itself, there is clearly potential for incurring errors during the re-writing. Indeed, on looking through a sampe of the scripts, I found quite a number of errors and descriptions that made no sense (it is possible that those errors were carried over from the original script, but I doubt it). I also suspect that in some cases they have scripted the dance themselves rather than referring to the originals.

If you need fairly old ie pre 1980 scripts, there seems to be little option other than to subscribe to Brockbank - Lane. And if their service ceases, it seems there wil be no way of accessing these old scripts at all -all to be lost in the annals of time it would seem.
Re: Obtaining Dance Scripts
Posted by Telemark
8/27/2008  8:19:00 AM
Given the number of scripts actually available in their library, it is obvious that their claim to being "the worlds largest script library" is wholly false - BL offer access to a larger number of scripts.

I see no such claim: their claim is:

We also have the most comprehensive on-line dancescript library in the world!

I don't know of a larger one - certainly Brockbank Lane have exactly NOTHING online, and they will only supply older scripts, by post, to subscribers to their current script service (£39pa + the cost of any older scripts, as ordered). You can't order and pay online, either, because they do not accept any form of online payment, which a particular nuisance if you are a non-UK customer.

As far as I know, B-L doesn't even have a website. Seemingly, the proprietor is retiring, and the business is for sale. Their marketing methods certainly need a rethink, if the business is to have a future in new hands.
Re: Obtaining Dance Scripts
Posted by annew
8/27/2008  12:16:00 PM
ok. i missed the word "on-line" - in that case their claim is substantiated.

however, i stand by my other criticisms.

with regards B-L. i guess the methods used by B-L have served them well, and not surprisingly, because their clientelle are of an age that generally are not very IT-savvy. you must also remember that the vast majority of sequence dancers are only interested in getting express deivery scripts of the latest new dances as when they are released and so the B-L service is directed at that.

i agree however that BL's policy re the supply of old scripts seems a bit remiss. on the other hand they probably took the (not unreasonable) view that they had the monopoly.

The other plus of B-L is the supply of lady's steps (B-L write these as they are not supplied on the original scripts from the associations), another facility that may soon cease - having said that, i guess that anyone could publish scripts of lady's steps, and indeed sell them, without infringing any copyright laws, after all, how can you possibly copyright something that doesn't exist in the first place ??

Re: Obtaining Dance Scripts
Posted by j davies
4/19/2015  3:17:00 PM
the best place for scripts online today is www.sequencedancescripts.com i've used them for several years and the facilities and service are both excellent. highly recommended.
Re: Obtaining Dance Scripts
Posted by John Wright
6/26/2015  9:06:00 AM
Is it possible to obtain a specific sequence dance script without joining a 'club'?
Re: Obtaining Dance Scripts
Posted by socialdancer
6/26/2015  11:27:00 AM
The answer to that must be "it depends".

Many of the old dance scripts have been published on web sites or in sequence dance books.

Most of the newer scripts are only available from a few licensed publishers and I think these all require subscrion of some kind.

However, some of the societies publish their own competition winners in their member magazines which you may be able to find, and Dance Today magazine publishes some scripts, usually a few months after they first appear.
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