"You're classifying everyone who attends a dance with gender-free
calling as having wanting it to be gender free, but I'm sure some are
attending in spite of it being gender free, and many more don't care
If that's the case, one would assume there are also plenty of traditional venue dancers who don't care either way. To that effect, genderfree roles are not as scary as some have claimed.
"The particular dances that have
been gender free for a long time are mostly doing fine, but it doesn't
look to me like they're growing tremendously. Instead, newer
fast-growing dances are either started as gender free or are switching
to it. I don't think the causality goes the way you're suggesting."
Dances using gents/ladies up and down the East coast are dwindling in attendance. I'm hearing that from nearly every organizer I speak with.
I don't understand discounting new dances at all. If there was a demand for a genderfree dance, and it was filled, how is that not proof of growth of overall genderfree dancing?
"Some pushback seems reasonable to me. Just like I think people should
be able to dance either role at any contra dance, I think all contra
dances should move to being gender free. Not immediately -- it's fine
to take some more time to consense on terms, have some brave dances
try them out, have callers get used to calling them -- but I do think
moving entirely to gender free terms is what we should be doing as a
That may be in many peoples' beliefs, but I hadn't seen it specifically brought up by anyone in this email discussion until now. I might have understood pushback had it been brought up, but it wasn't.