It's the pixels. I can tell.
April 25, 2012 5:51 PM Subscribe
I went to the beginner's lesson at a contra dance the other night and the instructor immediately picked me out as having danced previously. I hadn't danced a single step yet. How did he know?
posted by d. z. wang to sports, hobbies, & recreation (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There were six of us holding hands in a circle and listening to the instructor, who started off explaining that most figures begin and end with the lady on the man's right. I noticed that my partner and I were the only ones switched around, so I started to walk around behind her. Before we finished trading places, the instructor had stopped mid-sentence to ask whether I had danced previously.
As it turns out, I have done, but only a few times, and we hadn't done anything yet. I could believe that if he were to watch me swing he might be able to tell, but I really doubt I walk around a woman's back any differently. So is there some extremely sensitive tell for people having danced contra before?