In regards to the misuse of pronouns, I suggest practicing the use of
"they/them" to refer to dancers when you call at dances that use Gents/Ladies or
other gendered terms. For example, "Ladies turn by right until you're facing your
partner, swing them." Another option is to practice not using pronouns (e.g.
"swing your partner"). A traditional dance will likely be much more forgiving
(or not notice) any accidental references, and you'll be more practiced for when you
are calling gender-free dances.
I personally prefer to minimize over-the-mic explanations about why and how the dance has
been strictly gendered. I think most people are aware that almost everything has been
gendered, and that large portions of society have been shifting toward a more fluid and
accepting culture. If people are not aware, it would take more than an announcement to
provide them with sufficient information, and making a speech tends to focus people on the
tensions involved with change instead of just enjoying the dance. If there's a need to
make a statement, I just briefly acknowledge that the dance has previously used gendered
terms, state what I plan to use, and get the dancing started. I usually check in with
people during breaks to see if there are any issues or tension that would call for a brief
announcement over the mic. When I'm not calling, I have more time to talk to people in
depth, listen to their concerns, and provide more insight.
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