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Gender-free folk dance
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Author:  ncgnet [ Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:59 am ]
Post subject:  Gender-free folk dance

From Michael K. Hardy in the Boston Globe:
One, two... one, two
A gender-free approach to English country dance thrives in Jamaica Plain

Sue Rosen ... may not look like a revolutionary, but she’s doing something genuinely radical within the context of English country dance, which traces its roots back 400 years and counts Queen Elizabeth I as an early enthusiast.

In the traditional version, the caller -- or person who directs the dance -- gives instructions to “gents” and “ladies.” Rosen doesn’t use those words, and for good reason: In the Jamaica Plain ECD group, a gent can be a lady and a lady can be a gent.


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