Traditional contra dancing
has two roles: "gentlemen" and "ladies."
Gender-free contra dancing
recognizes that which role you prefer to dance at a particular moment
has nothing to do your
gender. We identify the dance roles as "armbands" and "barearms," (and
we have lovely red armbands for you to wear!). Learning to dance gender-free
gives you an opportunity to experience the dance from both sides, providing
a more well-rounded dance experience. You can change roles during the
course of this workshop (or for the brave of heart, during a single
dance!) to get the full experience in one short hour.
This workshop starts from the ground up,
and does not assume any background in contra dancing, and takes a "learning by doing" approach.
You'll spend the whole session dancing as you learn. Since they know
how to dance both roles, gender-free dancers grow up to be better dancers,
so you'll start off on the right foot in this workshop!