Identifying women dancing as men

Adam Hughes

Message 33617 · 29 Jan 2003 22:56:11 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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Lara D. Friedman wrote:
> I'm curious, how many groups out there have individuals dancing as the
> "other sex" (I assume that 99% of the time this would be women dancing the
> men's role) wear something to identify them as such? We have never done
> so in our area.

We (CUSRC) tried for a about half a year (3 years ago - with fetching
tartan ribbon sashes), but too many people lost arms trying to turn
corners and partner...

Around here, the sex imbalance varies from week to week (more or less
depending on the turn out of one particular group of about 10 women from
a particular college...), but is rarely more than a whole set one way or
the other.

While I agree there is a falseness to mark out people dancing as the
wrong sex, it is a useful crutch for beginners, especially since we
insist on using the words "man" and "woman" even when the set just
doesn't break down that way.

Still, we don't do it that way anymore.

Adam
Cambridge, UK.

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