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 <
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
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
"hand 'round" in different communities. I love that "dosado"
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
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On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 11:42 AM, Donna Hunt via Callers <
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.