Patricia Ruggiero Oct. 4, 2001, 11:45 p.m. (Message 27751)
RE: Contr(a/y)/Square, etc.
Adam wrote: "The most interesting difference for me is that the Contra dances will say Ladies' chain where the Scottish dances would say half Ladies' chain." The terminology may be regional. In the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., the way I'm used to hearing it phrased during a walk-through is: "ladies chain over"; then, if the figure is to be repeated back to place, the caller says "ladies chain back." It is not uncommon, if the caller says only "ladies chain" during the walk-through, that the women will pause, not automatically assuming that they are to chain back, because very often they don't. Once the track is established, the phrase "ladies chain" is a sufficient call for either possibility. The phrase "half ladies chain" certainly eliminates all doubt in this regard. At least I've never seen that only half the women execute the figure while the other half stand still.... Pat