Hi Tom,

I think non-standardization is just fine. We've lived with it in the contra world since . . . whenever. I think it's a strength, not a problem.

I brought up the Callerlab concept because some of the issues we are having today with terminology were analogous issues in the square dance world in the 50s and 60s. Different details but comparable issues. Their response was to form a national association where one of its goals was to standardize things. (It was a different culture back then.) If we are aware of the similarities and cultural pressures, we can possibly learn from history, gain understanding of that system and appreciation for where we are now, and not repeat the same mistakes. I don't want anything like that response now, but I think we should be aware that it happened once before in the community dance world.


On 3/30/2018 4:29 PM, Tom Hinds wrote:

I haven't heard anyone suggest standardization and I'm not pushing for it.  My whole issue has been freedom so whatever people want to use if fine by me.

 At one time, around 2011 I thought the use of different terms by callers might lead to problems but now I don't think that's the case.