Dr. Dance--on injury awareness

April 01, 2000

With all the great stuff the HEY! has been publishing lately about dance etiquette, could you please address a reminder to some of the guys that they are dancing with others, often women, who don't have as much upper-body strength as they do? Read More »


Dr. Dance--on sleaze dancing, line drift

October 01, 1997

Being an avowed sleaze dancer, I was horrified by your recent comments about sleaze dancing and now you propose to put an end to my fun. Read More »


Dr. Dance--on physicists, flirting

December 01, 1994

I have been dancing less than a year and already I have met more Physicists at contra dances than I've ever met in the past 20 years. What gives? Is there something about contra dancing that attracts these people? Read More »


Dr. Dance--on skirts, twirl choice, booking ahead

January 01, 1993

... it may be said that not all men know how to assist a twirl. Since it's such a lovely and popular activity, many men are eager to do it in order to please and impress their partners. However, until a man has thoroughly mastered the basics (e.g. maintaining a strong center of gravity, giving weight, dancing to the music, beginning and ending all steps on time) he may cause the lady to momentarily lose her balance when he attempts to twirl. Read More »


Dr. Dance--on hands-four, taking flight, turn-downs

November 01, 1992

During the past year or two, the experienced dancers have consistently caused two problems at dances: 1) breaking in or crowding in lines and 2) failing to take "hands -four" long enough for people further down the lines to see the pattern. Read More »


Dr. Dance--bewitched, bothered, and bewildered

September 01, 1992

I've been dancing for about four months and feel like I finally know what I'm doing. Except for one thing that drives me crazy. I don't understand this flirting business. Read More »