Vision Statement: At the Gender Bender Recess Workshop Weekend we are not only challenging, encouraging, and empowering social dancers to step outside of their normal gendered role on the dance floor, but by introducing new techniques and concepts we will bring into question the very need for a gender-binary in partner dancing.
Rather than creating Leads that follow, Follows that lead, Fleads or Lollows, insert your colloquial binary-driven pronoun of choice, we will develop the idea that we are all partner dancers who have the ability to both speak (traditional lead role) and to listen (traditional follow role), as well as what it means to be a receptive speaker, and a listener who interjects and affirms.
Many of the workshops will be led in like-gender groups. This will allow dominant leads to perfect follow/listener-specific skills with an experienced lead, and similarly allow dominant follows to hone lead/speaker-specific skills with an experienced follow.
Time for group discussion and processing will be scheduled multiple times throughout the weekend as we work on ourselves as dancers, as a community, and as people attempting to cultivate a less-gendered world.