I find pretty much any dance that ends with three changes of rights & lefts has
people late to the first figure, because they take 8 counts to do those three
changes (rather than 6 counts to do the three changes, and 2 counts to move on).
Jamaica Plain, MA
> On Feb 1, 2018, at 10:26 AM, Rick Mohr via Callers
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> Some dances require skill to make the timing work — like starting a figure
> with dispatch so a later balance will be on time, or doing a figure leisurely
> to avoid being early for the next one. But while many dancers have the
> awareness to make things like that work, many dancers don’t. Since there are
> plenty of fantastic dances without such challenges I tend not to call dances
> which have them.
> But I’ve also found that such dances are great when I’m asked to lead a
> workshop helping dancers improve their skills. Longtime dancers aren't eager
> to change their habits, and having something concrete like making a balance
> on time adds motivation, ideally opening a window where learning is possible.
> Unfortunately though I've discarded or passed on collecting most such dances!
> Have any suggestions of good/great dances where the timing is tight or loose
> in spots?
> One of mine in that category is Crow Flight
> <http://rickmohr.net/Contra/Dances.asp#CrowFlight>). Learning opportunities
> include gents flowing from swing to circle (common with aware dancers but a
> revelation to some), ladies moving efficiently from circle to hey, and doing
> a hey with two steps per pass (possibly realizing the difference between a
> 3-change and 4-change half hey).
> Thanks for any ideas!
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