[Callers] What to do with a really bad new dancer?

Ron Blechner via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Tue Mar 7 13:49:52 PST 2017

I'd love to hear suggestions on how to approach a dancer like the one in
question, and broach the subject.

-Ron Blechner

On Mar 7, 2017 1:20 PM, "JD Erskine via Callers" <
callers at lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> On 2017-03-07 0627, Martha Wild via Callers wrote:
>> I’d like to add another point to Neal’s reasoning:
>> As a 5 foot 1 inch woman dancer (and a caller), I can also add that the
>> female of the human species is known to generally be smaller than the
>> male.
> major snip
> In general, then, it’s a lot
>> easier for a big guy to gently direct a small mixed-up woman in the
>> right direction, than it is for me to change the course of the Titanic
>> once it starts blundering among the icebergs. That is definitely another
>> reason people tend to notice the problem with male dancers more. But we
>> have had at least one large dancing-challenged woman whose size made it
>> equally difficult to direct - I occasionally tried dancing as the man
>> with her, but gave it up because it hurt my arms too much.
> Martha
> George Marshall was in town in the autumn. A teaching point that stood out
> for me in his pre-dance/inclusivity workshop was, that if someone is
> still/stationary it's more difficult to move them or guide them to where
> they might go.
> If someone is dancing (simply in motion of some sort), even if in a place
> other than expected, they may be directed more easily.
> (I keep thinking an air-hockey table at work, however I'm from "up here".)
> If our male dancer in question is lumbering, stiff, not moving much, and
> can/may move, then assisting him in that might help make it easier to
> direct him more in the normal flow of the dance.
> To do more certainly would be best with permission, awareness of offered
> assistance.
> Cheers, John
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> J.D. Erskine
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