Denise wrote: >... and men end up dancing with each other; there is always some >comment.
Having a group where there are often more men than women, we quickly got
past the silly comments stage (it's as if people think they have to make a
comment about men, for fear of looking unsophisticated, or something ?).
Recently, I felt we had really overcome some prejudices when my group
danced in public (St Andrew's Night) and men danced together quite
spontaneously (one of our ladies had hurt her feet). Since most of the
public were non-dancers they probably didn't even notice !
>Do many of you encourage your beginners to become comfortable dancing in >either sex right from the beginning?
No. In another group with few men, I prefer dancers to keep to the same
side of the dance at all times -- easier for them to remember where they
should be, where their corners are, and easier for me to see if anyone is
going wrong. The most experienced dancers can do as they please, but most
prefer not to cross over.
Who asks whom?
Since most of the dancers here never get to any dances away from home, they
haven't had the experience of a more formal occasion and just get on the
floor with whoever is available. There are however a few that have somehow
not yet got the message that one should find a partner before starting, and
sort of hover around, half in, half out of a set, until someone tells them
where they should be. Would you believe that, even after some years of
dancing, we have dancers capable of putting themselves into a set resulting
in 3 people on one side and 5 on the other? -- and waiting to be put right
in Grenoble, France.