It saddens me that an activity that has so much to offer to our wider culture, at a time that we need it desperately, is being hijacked by those with a leftist political agenda
Gendering is an issue. An equally important issue is the touching of another dancer without permission.
I also got sent home once because I came straight from work and was wearing pants instead of a skirt. Those days are past, thank goodness.
Gender free terms lower people’s expectations about the person coming toward them in line, allowing them to just enjoy rather than attempt control
We had encountered more animosity in that one dance in our regular dance community than all the previous years dancing there combined!
I was in my 20s and 30s in the 1980s and 1990s when the dances were such flirt-fests. I wish I could redo that time with the sensibilities of today
Dancing the “ladies” role hurts my right hip. It was a lovely relief when we switched to larks & robins to not be called a “gent” 100 times in an evening!