Interesting approach John. I'd personally hesitate to introduce both chain
and a hey in the same dance for mostly new dancers. Do you draw an
extensive parallel of the motion on the floor for the ladies?

As for apostrophes; well, contra I'm willing to teach. English, I've just
about given up on learning it, let alone teaching it ;-)

Yoyo, I like how you look at where they can enter the next move if they're
late. The difference between trying to get into a star versus trying to get
into long lines for accessibility; I think that's a good lens. The sequence
you jotted would be pretty forgiving. But I wonder about becket vs
improper. Do you use a lot of becket dances with brand new dancers? They're
(in my opinion) closer to the circle of couples that are often used as
beginner lessons. Going from circle of couples to becket to improper over
the course of a couple dances could segue a new crowd.

On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 6:40 AM, John Sweeney via Callers <> wrote:

> Hi Luke,
>         It depends on the skill levels in the hall.  If I have a lot of
> first timers or perpetual beginners I use a very simple dance like
>         For teaching I would much rather do the chain there and back to
> give more practice; the Yearn means that the dancers are set up ready to
> start the chain (no guarantee they will be in the right place after a
> beginner swing!); and the ladies flow out of the second chain to start the
> hey.
>         By the way, I see you put the apostrophe in “gent’s chain”, so
> surely it should be “ladies’ chain” ☺
>             Happy dancing,
>                    John
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