Not disagreeing with anything but explaining that when I tell dancers
"squares are just like contras only you have to listen" I am not so much
characterizing one or the other, but asking, even begging, the dancers to
pay attention to what the caller is calling. Many contra dancers are
notoriously bad listeners, especially experienced ones and they tend to set
an example for inexperienced dancers, good and bad. Noit listening in a
contra can lead to problems. Not listening in a square is often an outright
disaster. That's all.
On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:00 PM, Ron Blechner via Callers <
I didn't read Cary's comments about squares as
an "objection", just
that Cary was rebutting the comment by George: "squares are just like
contras, only you have to listen."
On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:40 PM, Jacob Nancy Bloom via Callers
Cary, some of your objections to squares seem a
bit contradictory. Let
re-state them, and see if I've understood you
Some squares are unphrased, and those squares have less opportunity to
connect your movement to the music.
Many squares are danced for a shorter time than contradances are usually
danced, and therefore take relatively longer to teach compared to the
Many squares are mixers, and therefore have less time dancing with your
original partner than in a contra.
Some squares have visiting couple dances, in which the dancers can only
movements in place during some of the music.
In all square dances, the need to listen for the calls interferes with
relationship you would like to have with the
Have I understood your points correctly? Or have I not quite understood
On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 10:34 PM, Cary Ravitz via Callers
Some things that people to not like about squares -
less movement/music connection due to lack of strict phrasing
having to listen to the caller breaks the movement/music connection
mixer squares breaks the partner connection
visiting squares leave people "out of the dance" for long periods.
I find squares and contras completely different.
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