What is gender free calling?

Historically, ceilidh, contra, country dance and related traditions have used the roles “men” and “women” (or “gents” and “ladies”).  People dancing in these roles may do different things at different points in the dance.  Teaching and calling the dance, therefore, involved addressing the “men” and “women” separately:  “women back to back”, “men allemande left”.  In the past, the men’s role was exclusively danced by men and the women’s role by women.

Gender free calling can refer to any style of calling which avoids using gender terms such as  “men”, “women”, “gents”, “ladies”, “girls” or “boys”.  There are a variety of approaches to this, depending on context and dance form.