I have to concur with Ken not calling frequently compounds for me a brain
glitch that precludes me from memorization. Cannot remember phone numbers
unless repeated 1,000 of times. Cell phone have escaberated this
Practice of course helps, but I honestly do not have the amount of time to
practice this much! I do, however, recognize a dance once walked through
regardless of not connecting moves with title. I envy those wonderful
callers that rarely if ever use a card.
On Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 8:28 PM tom hinds via Contra Callers <
I think you’re correct Sue, two different parts of the
brain, and two
totally different ways of experiencing the evening.
I can walk into a dance and tell if the caller is using a card or not.
In my opinion calling a well memorized dance is far more natural.
I have to tell you a short story of how my memory saved the day when I
called my 6th English dance. A women from the local senior center brought
about 12 of her dancers (still beginners) to our dance which is usually all
experienced. She did this without warning me ahead of time.
I came to the dance without any cards or a written program. It took me
about two minutes to jot down a revised program, all from memory. The
evening went well. Calling from memory is extremely beneficial to callers,
there’s no question in my mind.
We discussed this topic maybe 10 or 15 years ago. I was impressed that
one person said she would try it. I’m curious why some of you haven’t
given it a go.
Lastly it happens that some of your messages are scrambled so I can’t read
them. Any ideas why? Tony, can you send your message to me off list?
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