Three Gender Neutral Dances

I’m happy to have been invited out to call for the gender free dance in Montague, MA a couple times. It always makes me think about dancing, language, and community. While I’m fine with using traditional terms like gents and ladies for calling contras, I appreciate that some dancers prefer other language and I work to accommodate them. (I also enjoy dancing as both a gent and a lady.)

I’ve written a few dances where I strive for gender neutrality, and specifically look for connection and forgiveness in the face of accidental role swaps after a swing. I’d like to collect a bevy of dances where the moves feel remarkably similar dancing as the person who ends on the right or the left after the swing. Here are a few that I wrote to kickstart my collection:

 

Montague Meetings
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Becket-CW

A1 ———–
(8) Long lines, forward and back (yearn left after first)
(8) Neighbor Do-si-do (across set)
A2 ———–
(8) Circle Left 1X
(8) Circle Right 1X
B1 ———–
(8) Left hand Star
(8) Right hand Star
B2 ———–
(8) Partner Do-si-do
(8) Partner swing

 

Capulets Welcome
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Becket-CW

A1 ———–
(8) Balance the ring and spin to the right (petronella)
(8) Balance the ring and spin to the right (petronella)
A2 ———–
(8) Promenade across the Set and courtesy turn with partner
(8) Circle Right 1X
B1 ———–
(8) Partner Do-si-do
(8) Partner swing
B2 ———–
(8) Circle Left 1X
(8) (with P) Yearn left to new couple, and back up straight across

 

Rory & Juliet
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Becket-CW

A1 ———–
(8) Circle Left 3/4
(8) Neighbor Do-si-do 1+ to form wavy lines (N R, L in the middle)
A2 ———–
(8) Balance and slide to the right (as in Rory O’More)
(8) Balance and slide to the left (as in Rory O’More)
B1 ———–
(8) Neighbor allemande Right 1-1/4
(8) Right hand Star 3/4
B2 ———–
(8) Partner Do-si-do
(8) Partner swing
Slide Left to new couple

All three have a P DSD -> Swing, but it’d be easy enough to change those to balances or gypsies.