> During one of the dances, one young man got a cell
phone call. He stepped out of line to take the call! His partner carried on for a moment
or two, but then the line started to break down.
Funny, I had the same experience some time ago.... except, on top of what you described,
in my situation, the cell phone talker was a young lad who came in during the second half,
was new, missed the beginner session and first half of easier dances. The young group
that came in late also looked like they had been partying (alcohol, but I can't be
I couldn't get down to the floor quick enough (wasn't using my wireless mic due
to one dancer's sensitivity to wireless equipment), so I turned to the sound guy and
asked him to go down on the floor and ask the young lad to either step outside to talk on
his phone, or get off the cell phone and dance. The line had started breaking down a bit,
but luckily the cell phone talker was towards the top of the set.
In the end, he got off the phone and continued dancing.
One never knows what will pop up in the course of the evening, which I think is what
keeps calling fun, challenging and full of spontaneity.
Cynthia Phinney <cynth(a)gwi.net> wrote:
Ah, the impacts of technology. I was recently calling for a contradance at
the Maine Social Forum. It was a crowd of primarily beginners, with only a
smattering of experienced folks. During one of the dances, one young man got
a cell phone call. He stepped out of line to take the call! His partner
carried on for a moment or two, but then the line started to break down. I
had to jump into the line and grab his partner - calling while we danced -
to keep it going. It worked. Fortunately I'd had a little practice on this
at another dance earlier this summer when an elderly gentleman simply
decided to step out and sit down during a - thankfully - very simple dance -
and I had done the same thing rather than stop or let the line crumble.
Just wanted to "share"
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