Description: The Boys are those dancers who initially squared up as the left-side dancers of each couple.
The Girls are those dancers who initially squared up as the right-side dancers of each couple. The terms
Men, Gents, Gentlemen, and Guys are synonymous with Boys. The terms Women, Ladies, and Gals are
synonymous with Girls.
Comments: No matter the actual genders of the dancers, those who initially squared up on the left-side of
each couple will play the role of Boys; right-side dancers will play the role of Girls.
Some callers emphasize that in square dancing the commands are all given to the Boys. They say that
the Girls have to pay attention and do the opposite action. In modern teaching, choreography, and
patter that statement is misleading and generally not true. Most of the calls are defined without
reference to gender. Most of the commands are given to all the active dancers. Callers should teach
and call in a way that doesn't perpetuate this myth.
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