Hi everyone again,
Angela, Jeff thank you.
I appreciate knowing the emotional attachment many had to the history of these calling
terms. I had no clue. From where I was coming from, it was more of a logistical question
for my calling aspirations, trying to figure out what is easiest for the dancers to
understand. I have had personal experience with it being difficult to remember if I was a
Band or Bare, it seems arbitrary and now I see that this is intentional. It is good to
hear some of the rationale and what others have experienced.
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On Jan 18, 2017, at 18:59, Jeff Kaufman
There is definitely a history! Many dancers don't like lead/follow as terms because
they either don't think contra has a lead/follow dynamic or they don't want to
encourage lead/follow dancing.
Some dance series, primarily ones with younger dancers, do use those terms, but there are
enough dancers opposed to them that I don't see them as a potential community-wide
replacement the way rubies/jets could be.
> On Jan 18, 2017 7:53 PM, "Cara Sawyer via Callers"
> Hello all,
> I am quite new to the list and am only now embarking on learning to call, but I have
to ask a question I have had for awhile as a dancer that I now need to understand as a
caller: is there something wrong with Lead and Follow?
> When I first encountered the creative alternatives in contra, I wasn't sure what
to think. I came to contra from a swing background and that is what is used in workshops
(and sort or in general now), since many people switch in that dance style as well.
> Besides being an obvious description for the dancer role, it had the same 1/2
syllables rhythm as Gent/Lady. And it seems to me to have the advantage of being
intuitively linked to how the dancer is thinking about his/her/their role.
> Just curious if there is a history, I'm sure I am not the first person to think
> Sent to you using thumbs.
>> On Jan 18, 2017, at 10:40, Angela DeCarlis via Callers
>> When I called at PICD (the Portland ME dance), I really enjoyed using Jets and
Rubies. One silly thing I enjoyed any the terms during the beginners' lesson was
coaching palm direction based on the terms: "Jets' palms face up, towards the
sky; Rubies' palms face down, towards the ground."
>> And yes, I realize that *both* are gemstones and that some feel strongly that we
should steer away from the "airplane" association, but it did make for easy
>> Jets and Rubies is also more forgiving for callers new to gender-neutral
language, since the terms are so linguistically comparable to Gents and Ladies.
>> That all said, I also like Larks and Ravens fine.
>> Happy calling, everyone!
>>> On Jan 18, 2017 11:30 AM, "Aahz via Callers"
>>> Not that Portland, the other Portland. ;-)
>>> I personally would prefer to settle on "larks" and
"ravens" because that
>>> seems to have more traction -- but it doesn't matter as long as we get
>>> away from "bands" and "bares".
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