No disrespect, but ....
This reminds me of a few decades back when a particular programming language introduced some instructions with "WICKED", (I mean WICKED!) side effects.
What ensued were many discussions about how to handle these instructions.
Whereupon one of my colleagues came up with what proved to be the wisest advice of all...


Do Not Use.

(Of course, some even wiser folk will immediately realize that these are PERFECT gems to save for special events....
Like April 1.)
(I recall Jim Popson had a library of such gems with missing beats, added beats and even extra phrases....)
http://keftimes.org/wp-content/uploads/Godecki-Cacak-thread-EEFC-listserv-12.2014.pdf
(I realize this was a different culture, but you'd be surprised how they overlap.)

Bill In HI

Tepfer, Seth via Callers wrote:
See also Franklin flank by nils Fredland for similar (allenandes to star to Allemande, similar feel) and Carol Ormand’s Double Dare.

As is said, half stars are devilishly tricky.

Perhaps someone has fabulous teaching tips with half stars?

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 22, 2018, at 10:13 AM, Bob Green via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net <mailto:callers@lists.sharedweight.net>> wrote:

I have an English dance that has a similar sequence, with one half star, then a full star with new neighbors and another full star back with original neighbors. As Chris suggests, I find that part a bit trickier to teach than I expected. The difficulty is in the orientation (particularly on the ends), not the timing. I set the dance to a half-length version of Larry Unger's /Two Rivers /which is in waltz time, so the timing could be different in contra. I think the hands-across style star used in most English dances facilitates that kind of transition. I think it creates the nice flow pattern you envision, looking forward to trying it. Nice idea, Luke!

Here is the similar sequence in waltz time: http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/ecd/ecd-modern/308-starring-loretta <http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/ecd/ecd-modern/308-starring-loretta>

Bob Green
St. Louis



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