The Ramsey Method is a simple, universal mechanism for improv “on-the-spot” communication between dancers and drummers based on the principles of improvisational tribal belly dance and practices of improvisational drum circles. The method allows dancers to send suggestions for tempo and rhythm changes to the lead drummer using a set of simple zill patterns and a defined sequence for communication.

The Ramsey Method was created by Erin Francesca and developed in collaboration with a group of drummers and dancers (Ramsey Gonzales, Marceau de Valcourt, Gordon Rieck, Suzannah Badgett-Parks, Jorden Kolding, and Robin Dodder) from the SCA and Arizona Belly Dance communities. It was named to honor the memory of Ramsey Gonzales who was instrumental identifying the problem the method was created to solve, but was killed by an impaired driver shortly after it was created.