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  • Patricia Ruggiero

    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....

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