John Sweeny below hoped we callers would teach more about hand turns and the 

I've been thinking on this for quite a while. Years ago I had a discussion with 
Brad Foster. We both lamented the loss of the allemande with mildly 
interlocking thumbs to the modern overprotective thumb against the side of the 
palm allemande. At that time I think I was still in Santa Barbara, thus it must 
have been pre 1994. I wrote an article for our dance rag called, "If Allemande 
Left, Where'd Allemande Go?"

I talked about what I do when someone grips my hand-and I think all of us 
should remove that word, "grip" from our caller's vocabulary...

But the most important thing I discussed is:

  *   Our Wrist is Strongest When It's Straight
  *   Our Fingers are Strongest When Curved
  *   Thus, however one does an allemande, it should be a hook, with curved 
fingers and a straight wrist.

Lately I've seen teachers promote the straight fingers, bent wrist, and flat 
palm method. The almost always makes one person's wrist uncomfortable. Not as 
bad as when someone draws the others hand into that 
almost-Aikido-put-them-on-the-ground position, but usually quite uncomfortable.

Thus I hope most of us learn the curved fingers, straight wrist, no grip, and, 
no thumb clamping allemande, ECD hand turn, two hand turn type hand connections.

~Erik Hoffman,
   Oakland, CA

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Subject: Re: [Callers] Name that Dance

Hi Rich,
              I would just call it a "Big Set Mixer".  It is a slight variation 
of the one in the Community Dances Manual.  Callers just make up a 32 bar 
sequence that works for their dancers.

              While it is a good example of all ages having fun together, I 
really wish callers would teach the dancers just a tiny bit about how to do 
better hand/arm turns and swings :-)

            Happy dancing,

John Sweeney, Dancer, England 01233 625 362 & 07802 940 
574 for Live Music Ceilidhs for Dancing in Kent for Modern Jive DVDs

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