Contra Dance Lengths

January 31st, 2023
There was recently some discussion on how many minutes callers typically run a contra dance, with a lot of "well, it depends" answers. There's a place for that, but I think it's also helpful to have some numbers. I went back over the last ten evenings where I have recordings:

It looks like 8-9min is pretty common. How much variability is there within an evening?

Most callers stayed between 6.5min and 12.5min: one ran two dances shorter than that; another ran eight longer (in two evenings). If you're going to run dances much over or under 8-9min it's good to warn the band so they can plan.

These were all 3hr evenings, and the callers called 8-12 dances. Two of the evenings with 12 dances had a square: those were shorter (4:51, 4:59) and I didn't count them above. This makes 2/106 squares, well down from 14/19 in 1965. Including the squares, here's the relationship between number of dances and dance length, inversely proportional as you'd expect:

Comment via: facebook, lesswrong, mastodon

Recent posts on blogs I like:

Ideological Abuse, Busyness, and the Importance of Rest

ONE WEIRD TRICK to protect yourself against cults

via Thing of Things June 18, 2024

A discussion of discussions on AI bias

There've been regular viral stories about ML/AI bias with LLMs and generative AI for the past couple years. One thing I find interesting about discussions of bias is how different the reaction is in the LLM and generative AI case when compared to "…

via Posts on June 16, 2024

Conversations I often have about parenting

Topics that come up a lot The post Conversations I often have about parenting appeared first on Otherwise.

via Otherwise June 4, 2024

more     (via openring)