Hi Liz,

              I would start with something like:

In a big circle teach: 8-count moves; hand-holds and connection; how to swing


Family Contra so they learn to progress. No swings so that they can’t end on 
the wrong side and mess things up. Tell them not to switch lines when they get 
to the top or bottom!



East Litchfield Volunteers - use wrist-lock stars instead of circles as they 
did circles in the previous dance



              Or I would do a completely different repertoire of easy dances 
since trying to do actual modern American contras with beginners can be a 
disaster :-)


            Happy dancing,                          



John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802 940 

http://contrafusion.co.uk/KentCeilidhs.html for Live Music Ceilidhs             

http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent                               

http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive DVDs



From: Callers <callers-boun...@lists.sharedweight.net> On Behalf Of Liz 
Burkhart via Callers
Sent: 29 March 2019 12:53
To: callers@lists.sharedweight.net
Subject: [Callers] Leading a 1 hr contra dance


I have a gig coming up at a library wherein I have one hour to teach and call 
contra dances. It's a mixed crowd, and I heard there may be a lot of tweens 
present. I think I'd like to focus on bigger picture things - moving up and 
down the line, swinging, interacting with their set. I imagine I may even cut 
out courtesy turns in order to minimize the time we spend on the lesson. I've 
taught for small, mostly inexperienced crowds before but I usually have a lot 
more time. I'd really rather get them moving than to get bogged down in 
teaching. Does anyone have insight, suggestions, or advice? 


Liz Burkhart

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