I also use "face-to-face", which I learned from Eric. I've heard Steve Z-A
and Lisa G switch to these terms, at least where I've heard them call.
I also use "right shoulder round" when it's a multi-caller event and
what people like. We agreed to this for Flurry Festival last month, and it
worked well all weekend with thousands of dancers.
I want to also echo that anything that sounds too much like g*psy is going
to rub at least some people the wrong way. I also thought jets/rubies was a
winner, and I've acknowledged that too many people think jet is a problem.
On Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 12:00 AM Eric Black via Callers <
I’m still bemused and befuddled that not so many years
ago, this dance
move was decried because of perceived forced invasion of personal space.
People did not want to be told that they had to make eye contact when they
were not comfortable with it, that they did not like being told to flirt
with people they did not choose. Some of us callers told dancers that the
eye contact was optional, that the essential part of the move was that it
was a face-to-face do-si-do, no spins or twirls, just moving around each
Now the argument against the name of the move has completely lost all
ground on that front.
For some years I’ve used “face-to-face”, teaching it with the memorable
description “imagine a short gold chain joining the rings in your noses”.
Eye contact is optional, and not directed; dancers will or will not make
eye contact as they choose. In private communication with a young caller
who is very vocal in various discussion fora I said there was no need to
attribute the term to me. Maybe I should have insisted.
I’ve tried “right [left] shoulder round” with favorable reception.
ANYway, if we’ve been making progress in removing real or perceived
invasions of personal space, and gender issues, why regress in order to
change the name of a dance move to make progress in removing real or
perceived ethnic slurs?
And no, “spiral” is out of the question. It’s a different move that
includes changing the distance between the dancers, whereas the move under
discussion does not. English dancers know the difference.
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