K. from Amarillo
believes if you danced clockwise in the same direction you wind
up a clock you would soon be wound up too tight to dance. I agree
wholeheartedly as I have seen many dancers that were too tight to
dance or even to walk straight for that matter.
Liz, a transplanted British subject, now a self-proclaimed Texan,
states from experience, not only Texans dance counter-clockwise.
The English Gay Gordons, the Military Two-Step and Greek dancing
dating back to sixth century B.C., all dance in counter-clockwise
Some eight respondents agree that the majority of all people are
right-handed and therefore probably right-footed also. (This may
vary.) They place their right hand on their partner's waist, grasp
their partner's other hand in their left hand and yell "charge"
or "Big Balls In Cow Town" then lead in the direction pointed. This
could have originated either in the military or on a Bob
Wills dance floor sometime after the break.
Linda believes the dance direction could be influenced by the equator.
An old adage touts that flushed toilet water north of the equator
swirled counter clockwise while flushed toilet water south of the
equator swirled clockwise. I checked both my bathrooms and can testify
that if this is true, the equator lies somewhere between my north
and south bathrooms.
L.R., a doctor from Amarillo
states, "We dance counter-clockwise because that is the direction
ordained by NASCAR." (This may cloud our opinions of always trusting
our doctor and his or her decisions.)
Some six respondents pointed out that NASCAR, horse races, high
school, collegiate and Olympic races and airport landing patterns
all circle counter clockwise.
We now know that military and Greek dancing go left, cowboys mount
their horses on the left, car steering wheels in America are located
on the left, cars meet and pass to the left, and on and on and on.
So we have determined from all our research, verified by our readers
and backed up from a lifetime of experience, that we
dance around the floor in a counter clockwise direction because
"it seems to be the natural order of things."
Saying it best we quote Buck Owens the famous western singer who
said it in song, "all I have to do is act naturally."
Thanks folks. That was fun!
© Delbert Trew
"It's All Trew"December
21, 2010 column
Delbert Trew is a freelance writer and retired rancher. He can be
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