Poll Results: Larks and Ravens

At the April 2nd dance, we ran a trial of using Larks / Ravens instead of Gents / Ladies, and the polled people at the break:

Poll, not a vote: How did you like dancing to
“Larks and Ravens”? (Circle a number.)

I hated it!.................. I loved it!
1         2         3         4         5

___ I like the idea but prefer different terms


We received 129 responses:

As you can see, more dancers liked Larks / Ravens than disliked it.

Twenty four dancers (19%) checked "I like the idea but prefer different terms", and fifteen (12%) wrote that they preferred lead / follow terms.  No other alternate wording term was suggested by more than one person.  Notably, no one suggested Jets / Rubies.

The people who disliked Larks / Ravens were mostly concerned that it was confusing, especially for newcomers.

Sixty-five dancers (50%) left comments, so if you'd like to understand more how people were thinking you can look at the full data.

We're still trying to figure out what we should do next.  If you have thoughts, we'd love to hear from you!


  1. I appreciate the intent, very much, but it isn't intuitive and the idea is to be a welcoming, accessible dance space so that non-dancers can begin and feel comfortable. Lead and follow are better and need not be gender-linked. Thanks for doing this!

    1. "Leads up, Follows down"? Doesn't scan much...


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