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  • Adam Hughes

    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.
          

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