Casey, In a one hour gig with lots of newbies, I would suggest not using any progressive contras. There are too many fun dances that usr similar basics without the complication of progression.
I have been hired to call such contra dances, but found the most success calling dances likes "Rakes of Mallow", La Bastringue, Rural Felicity, Heel & Toe Polka, etc. Few people in the crowd understand what a "modern" contra dance is, they just want to move to the music. Goodluck, Rich Sbardella Stafford, CT On Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 10:05 AM Casey Carr via Callers < email@example.com> wrote: > 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 > > _______________________________________________ > List Name: Callers mailing list > List Address: Callers@lists.sharedweight.net > Archives: https://firstname.lastname@example.org/ > > > _______________________________________________ > List Name: Callers mailing list > List Address: Callers@lists.sharedweight.net > Archives: https://email@example.com/ >
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