I would also start with a circle - teach giving weight, hand holds, 8 counts.  Might teach La Bastringue (keeping partners and 2 hand turn instead of swing). I would definitely not teach swings in an hour - no ladies chains.   Just circles, stars, allemandes, dos si dos.

Depending on the crowd could start with Gallopede or Virginia Reel, then Family Contra would be perfect and end with another simple contra.

Casey Carr

On 3/29/2019 8:52 AM, Liz Burkhart via Callers wrote:
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?

Thanks,

Liz Burkhart

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