|February 10th, 2014|
In contra dance there's a common move "ladies chain". Danced traditionally it looks something like this, though more commonly people will put in a twirl. As it's one of the few figures in contra dance that is done from one gender position but not the other, people have tried to make a gender-reversed version. There were basically two ways this could have gone:
- Mirror image: gents start on the left, pull by left, reverse courtesy turn.
- Gender swap: gents start on the right, pull by right, courtesy turn.
It's possible that if I had never danced a ladies chain as a lady I wouldn't see a problem with the gents chain, but lots of people dance both roles so many people are in this position. As it is I dislike the figure enough that I wish people would stop calling it, but perhaps we could fix it and do it the other way?
 Modern contra dance history is all recent enough that this person may well be known, and is perhaps even on facebook. Who was it? Own up!