On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:37 PM, Jacob or Nancy Bloom via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
I'll echo this viewpoint.  I value the opportunity to go different places and learn different ways of doing things.  I feel that much more is lost in uniformity than is gained.


On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:03 PM, Chet Gray via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
In regards to the present variety in role terminology, I may be fairly alone in this opinion, but I hope we never intentionally arrive at a grand consensus.

I love that different terms for roles have sprung up in different communities, just as I love that so many wonderful terms have sprung up for eye-turn/shoulder-turn/spiral. I love hearing "allemande", "hand turn", and "hand 'round" in different communities. I love that "dosado" means drastically different things in different long-lived community ("square") dances. I love that some communities default to hands-across stars while others default to wrist-hold stars. I love that there are at least three different promenade positions, and each is default in different communities. As much as my engineer brain would enjoy it, I hope we never have a CALLERLAB to strictly define terminology and steps for contra dances.

— Chet Gray
  dance caller
  Louisville, KY

On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 11:42 AM, Donna Hunt via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
I'm sad to hear that so many groups are using different role terms and such a variety to boot.  Not only do our beginners have to learn a brand new vocabulary (sometimes in a foreign language) and then remember the movement to go with those new words, but now they have to deal with remembering a role that there's no basis for, and that role term changes at different dance locations.  Augh my head hurts just thinking about it.


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