Are you Bi-dance-ual or Ambi-dance-trous?

Many clubs have more female dancers than male dancers. In order to keep form sitting on the side lines many gals have learned to dance the guys part. By being flexible and willing to do something different they keep dancing. It doesn’t matter which side you are on, Belle or Beau, Gull or Buoy, the dance is the object. If you are the one who can fill out a square by dancing which ever position is needed, you keep seven other people dancing.

One night we made an all female square. All of us in the square could dance either position. Of course, we danced right in front of the caller. Of course, he refused to look at us. We kept exchanging positions as we were dancing. Was that the reason he ignored us? Or was it the spare girl that kept cutting in?  At the end of the set he referred to us as a bi-dance-ual square.  Since then I have heard another term is ambi-dance-trous.  

The easiest way to become bi-dance-ual is to go through  lessons, from the beginning, in the other position. While you are at lessons you need to stay on the new side. Don’t switch back and forth. Once you are in the mind set you will learn faster. It helps if you at least start with an experienced dancer for partner and your corner. The left allemande is one of the hardest parts to relearn because it is one of the first things we learned.

When new dancers see the wrong sex coming at them in a right & left grand it throws them off. Make brightly colored tabards with BOY in large letters on the front and back. Wearing one of these will help all the dancers know you are in the guys part. A small badge can’t be seen. A cap is a good idea for a girl dancing the man’s part because the caller can see the top of her head and be reminded that she is on the he side. The British driving cap I wear seems to help remind me that I am a gent, maybe its a foreign weight on my head that triggers my thinking “I’m a boy, I’m a boy, I’m a boy.” 

I was admiring a large stretchy beaded bracelet on a gal at the last national and she told me it was her boy-girl bracelet. When she danced the girl side she put it on her right hand to remind her to side through turn right and when she danced the boy side she wore it on the left wrist to slide through turn left. The Japanese dancers at Nationals wore a wide diagonal sash when they danced the male side. 

Some people think that going to new dancer lessons is boring. They know how to dance so well they don’t want to dance with new dancers. Well, I challenge you to go through lessons and become ambi-dance-trous. Let’s see how fast and how well you learn on the other side.  

When I make a mistake while dancing the boy side, I excuse it by saying, “The sex change operation didn’t go very well!”

 Spokane Area Council, Spokane, Washington