The role of gender in devising Scottish Country Dances

Iain Boyd

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Greetings everyone,

I thought I would add a different perspect to the debate about gender.

Curiously, when I devise dances I often 'see in my mind' a movement being performed by circles and squares rather than the usual men and women.

Be that as it may, I still devise dances with physical men and women in mind and will often reject a movement because it is not 'balanced' gender-wise.

For example, if a dance includes 'tandem' reels on the diagonal I prefer the man to be in front if the reel begins by passing a woman and the woman to be in front if the reel begins by passing a man.

Regards,

Iain Boyd
Wellington
New Zealand

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