[Callers] Organizing open calling

2016-05-23 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
Hello, all, After losing monthly open-calling evenings to venue schedule conflicts last year, the local contra group where I live (Louisville, KY) are re-implementing them on 5th-week dances (so, about four or so times a year). I am "organizing caller" for the first of these, next Monday, and I'm

Re: [Callers] videos of rolling starts / musical walk thrus

2016-06-03 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
Gallimaufry at Sandywoods (I don't know the caller): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqhxqdRsuSs . The drone of a (giant) hurdy-gurdy lends itself well to a rolling start. I recall seeing one of Nils Fredland and Elixir, but I haven't been able to find it again. Any others out there? This is

Re: [Callers] On Balances, Box circulates, Allemandes, Circles & Timing

2016-08-22 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
Thanks for your commentary, Erik. In regards to the direction of balances before allemandes, I agree for the most part, but I see one aspect you left out: eye contact. I know not everybody uses eye contact when balancing towards someone, just as not everybody uses eye contact in swings or

Re: [Callers] Wrist-Lock Stars

2016-10-10 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
I tend to consider my home dance, Louisville, KY, and nearby Lexington, as two of the last bastions of hands-across-by-default. Wrist-grip seems to be the default (for contra; squares are a different matter) even in relatively nearby cities: Indianapolis, Bloomington, IN, Nashville, Cincinnati.

Re: [Callers] Wrist-Lock Stars

2016-10-11 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
ered the calling scene 6-7 years ago, I > was surprised and bemused upon calling in Louisville to learn of the high > regard held for their ‘traditional’ hands-across star style. > Susan McElroy-Marcus > > *From:* Chet Gray via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net> > *Sen

Re: [Callers] Another vote for "jets" and "rubies"

2017-01-29 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
Michael, is there any real reason to maintain the conflation that a male person ends a swing on the left and a female person ends a swing on the right? I see none. Nobody is proposing "funny terms for people when [...] we already have perfectly good terms". There aren't *any* terms for people.

Re: [Callers] Another vote for "jets" and "rubies"

2017-01-29 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
In regards to the present variety in role terminology, I may be fairly alone in this opinion, but I hope we never intentionally arrive at a grand consensus. I love that different terms for roles have sprung up in different communities, just as I love that so many wonderful terms have sprung up

Re: [Callers] Name that Dance, part 3312

2019-03-03 Thread Chet Gray via Callers
The first one is, indeed, Nils' "Have I Danced This Before". — Chet Gray dance caller Louisville, KY (502) 419-7008 <+1-502-419-7008> On Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 1:15 PM Alexandra Deis-Lauby via Callers < callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote: > If nils called the first one it might be “have I