Lead? Follow? How about “Consensus”!

July 01, 2015

by Judith Muse. Some members of our community would like to de-emphasize the concept of gender. One suggestion for removing gender references from contra has been to use the terms “lead/follow” instead of “lady/gent”. This piece, written by TCD member Judith Muse in 2007 and updated for today, does a very fine job of describing contra partnership. Reprinted with her permission. Thanks Judith! Read More »


How to Twirl

March 01, 2008

Some dancers love to twirl, some don't. Although women have more opportunities to twirl, a lot of men enjoy twirling and spinning and work it in when they can. When asked why they love to twirl, both men and women dancers gave responses such as: because it is fun, challenging, satisfying, exhilarating, thrilling, it makes me feel ecstatic and energized, and it intensifies the "runner's high" I get from dancing. Read More »


Dance Trance

April 01, 2007

Dancing is not a fun hobby for me - it's a passion. One of the reasons that I have continued the "habit" for over 25 years is to experience what some call a dance trance. It's also been referred to as a natural high, alpha state, runners' high. and probably some other terms that I haven't heard. Read More »


Partnering Issues

July 01, 2006

I have stopped going to contra dances because no one asks me to dance, and the people don't seem friendly or open to me. (a fairly inexperienced dancer, and also two long-time intermittent dancers) Read More »


Giving Weight

July 01, 2005

Giving weight—a term often used in dance instructions as an essential skill—is not easy to explain and can be elusive to both newcomers and regulars. So, what exactly is it, and why is it so important?

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