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Fata Morgana
2004-03-06 01:36
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jubilant ... but tired.jubilant ... but tired.
Last Friday I went to an awesome showcase at Metronome Ballroom. Recent gold medalists at the Gay Games in Sydney performed first a five-dance Latin, then a five-dance Standard showcase. Two other Latin couples did a tag-team five-dance showcase while the first couple was changing. Here's a pic of the Standard showcase:

The guys were great dancers, and they would nonchalantly switch lead and follow throughout the dances. It was brilliant! I liked their Paso Doble, where at times they were both the bullfighter, cape, or bull.

The show was in part sponsored by Sacramento DanceSport, which I haven't heard of before. I'll have to make sure that they know same-sex couples are welcome at Berkeley's competition, which I've been furiously pulling together in the last few weeks. I don't think ballroom should be so conservative in its definition of leaders and followers. Even at the Gay Games, male-male and female-female couples competed separately, and both USABDA and NDCA only allow male leaders with female followers. I rather like to lead, though I can't lead at the level I can follow. Apparently there's a big same-sex ballroom scene in Europe, though.

Speaking of ballroom, last Monday I had a tryout with a new ballroom partner. It looks like I'll finally be dancing again! In non-dancing news, my databases project group and I got the last (hopefully) bug ironed out and our project running 10 minutes before the midnight deadline. I've consumed so much sugar and caffeine the last few days working on it that it'll take a while to get myself back in balance. I'll start with sleep. :~)
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Gaia
temperategoddss
2004-03-06 19:03 (UTC)
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Wow... that picture is confusing at first when you look at it, the coattail of the one man drapes over the leg of the other, making it look like he's got an extra leg.

Tha's awesome, though! I don't think ballroom should be so restrictive in its definition of leaders and followers either, it's just one more manifestation of religious conservatism in this country though. Remember the times we had at the MAC doing "same-sex" dancing? That rocked ;)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-03-06 19:17 (UTC)
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Yay for the MAC! I loved those times.

I am excited about the chain reaction in states across the country after the Massachussetts ruling that banning same-sex marriages was in violation of their state constitution. The conservative powers-that-be haven't been able to do much about that yet. :~)
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Gaia
temperategoddss
2004-03-06 19:20 (UTC)
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Not yet, but they're working on it I'm sure. Thank the gods the courts set precedents. :)
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Becca
rebbyribs
2004-03-06 22:38 (UTC)
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Is it common for partners in same-sex dance to switch roles? Is that specifically prohibited during opposite-sex dance competition? Are there some same-sex couples where one always is the leader and the other is always the follower?

It seems like the setup you describe here makes same-sex and opposite-sex dancing very different sports, whereas it might be better to have separate classes for "fixed-leader" and "leader-switching" styles of dance.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-03-07 00:21 (UTC)
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I haven't seen many same-sex couples dance, but of the six or so that danced in the showcase, two were clearly switching roles (maybe more, but it was hard to tell who's doing which role in some of the open Latin choreography). Switching roles is prohibited at many competitions by the "male=leader, female=follower" rule. I'm not sure what the Gay Games' stance on this was. They did separate male-male and female-female couples into separate heats.

I'm not sure separating male and female events was necessary, given that male and female ballroom dancers come in all builds, and your partner should have a build (or at least a height) close to yours. I can imagine how switching lead and follow could be confusing for judges, though.
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2004-03-07 11:39 (UTC)
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The showcase at the Metronome sounded like a blast. Wish I could have gone. And I agree with you on overly restrictive gender definitions for leaders/followers. It's inertia. Give it time, and it will change for the better.

Incidentally, your partner's research sounds more interesting than mine. Well, abstracts always do.
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