DanDann
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Gender Roles in Dance

Generally in partner-dances like the Lindy Hop, the person leading the dance is usually male, and the person following is usually female. 

Lindy Hop: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfDw7eZhR-8/



Sometimes, however, dancers like to mix up tradition and expand their skills by learning to dance both lead AND follow, regardless of their genders. If you look closely in this next video, for example, you can see one dance pair made up of two men, one pair of two women, and one pair where the woman is leading and the man is following.

Lindy Hop with non-traditional gender roles: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfEC4b2nK6c/


Sometimes, men, or leaders, are afraid to let go of their role in order to let someone else lead.  Sometimes, the role of follower is often seen as a weaker role.  However, it takes a lot of personal strength to let someone else guide you.  It also takes a lot of trust, and a surprising a mount of skill.  For example, followers have to learn to read body language and to mimic it, very quickly.  Sometimes, people are afraid to dance with someone of the same gender, thinking that it is weird or that it means anything, when in reality, it often just means that the dancer has a wider range of versatility.  Learning to both lead and follow can help make a person a much better dancer, as they are able to understand what their partner is actually experiencing and expecting.  Being able to lead and follow also guarantees that the dancer never needs to be bored at an event, as they can dance with anyone.


What do you think about the roles of lead and follow?

Do you think that one role is more difficult than the other, or that one is strong and the other weak?

Do you think there is anything wrong with learning both?

Do you think that being able to dance as lead And follow can make someone a better dancer?

Are you comfortable with letting someone else lead you?

Have you ever danced with someone of the same gender?

Were you comfortable or uncomfortable?

Do you think that there is anything wrong with dancing with someone of the same gender?

Who do you think makes a better dance leader, men or women?

What are your favorite dances?


Feb 11, 2018 5:06 PM
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