Adam Hughes Oct. 9, 2001, 5:14 p.m. (Message 27824)
Defining Calling (Re: Cribs)
T L Harris wrote: > ...The idea is that the dances are called, but not walked through... What do you mean by calling? What do other people understand by the term calling. By calling, I mean the MC uses a microphone to be heard over the music, and announces the movements to be performed a little ahead of the time they will happen. This is how it is done in many American styles of dance. I have heard Scots use the term "called" to mean "announced" ie the MC calls out the dance's name, and then everyone dances it, and I've heard other people (most recently, a South African, which I why I ask) use "called" to mean what most people on this list have been terming "briefed", ie the MC gives a brief description or summary of the dance before the music starts. Adam Cambridge, UK.