Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2019-05-16 Thread Laur via Callers
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On Thursday, May 16, 2019, 1:31 PM, Rich Sbardella via Callers 
 wrote:

Hello all,Just a quick note to say there is a facebook page called "Community 
Dance", and we would love anyone to post community level dance videos 
(preferred) or descriptions on the page.Thanks,Rich
On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 12:06 PM Ann Fallon via Callers 
 wrote:

Do you know "Double Double This This"?  It can be done as a mixer or keeper.  
Concentric circles, partners facing each other 
Partners tap 2 fists together at chin's height 2 times: "Double, 
double"Partners tap 2 hands together, palms together 2 times: "This, 
this"Partners tap 2 fists together 2 times: "Double, double"Partners tap 2 
hands back to back 2 times: "That, that"Partners tap fists 1 time, and open 
palms 1 time: "Double, this"Partners tap fists 1 time, and backs of hands 1 
time: "Double, that'Partners tap 2 fists together 2 times: "Double, 
double"Partners tap open palms together 1 time and backs of hands 1 time: 
"This, That!"Repeat the above with same partner (or shift to the next person in 
the circle if making it a mixer)B Right hand allemande your partner;Do si do 
partnerLeft hand allemande partnerDo si do partner
At this point you can throw in an elbow swing or a promenade.  I've done it 
with ages 9-10, never tried it with younger.  



-Original Message-
From: Charles Abell via Callers 
To: Callers@Lists.Sharedweight.net ; John 
Sweeney 
Sent: Wed, May 15, 2019 8:51 am
Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

 I'm sure there is already a thread on this somewhere, but I'm wondering what 
are your favorite dances for those in the 4-10 year old range. Specifically, 
dances that are not mixers since many younger dancers prefer to stay with a 
particular partner the whole time. I have a number of good ones already 
(Alabama Gal, Haste to the Wedding, La Bastringue, etc), but I'd like to expand 
my existing collection of dances geared towards "little ones".
Let 'em rip!

From: Callers  on behalf of John 
Sweeney via Callers 
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:58 AM
To: callers@lists.sharedweight.net
Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances Since so many people enjoy the 
contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
enjoy this one as well:

Suicide Square
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9

It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts the
next Heads Gallop.

I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:

Start in a big square around the room
A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
into the centre and back
A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form an
inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop

There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11

    Happy dancing,  
   John 
    
John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
940 574 
http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent  


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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2019-05-16 Thread Rich Sbardella via Callers
Hello all,
Just a quick note to say there is a facebook page called "Community Dance",
and we would love anyone to post community level dance videos (preferred)
or descriptions on the page.
Thanks,
Rich

On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 12:06 PM Ann Fallon via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> Do you know "Double Double This This"?
> It can be done as a mixer or keeper.
>
> Concentric circles, partners facing each other
>
> Partners tap 2 fists together at chin's height 2 times: "Double, double"
> Partners tap 2 hands together, palms together 2 times: "This, this"
> Partners tap 2 fists together 2 times: "Double, double"
> Partners tap 2 hands back to back 2 times: "That, that"
> Partners tap fists 1 time, and open palms 1 time: "Double, this"
> Partners tap fists 1 time, and backs of hands 1 time: "Double, that'
> Partners tap 2 fists together 2 times: "Double, double"
> Partners tap open palms together 1 time and backs of hands 1 time: "This,
> That!"
> Repeat the above with same partner (or shift to the next person in the
> circle if making it a mixer)
> B Right hand allemande your partner;
> Do si do partner
> Left hand allemande partner
> Do si do partner
>
> At this point you can throw in an elbow swing or a promenade.  I've done
> it with ages 9-10, never tried it with younger.
>
>
>
>
> -Original Message-
> From: Charles Abell via Callers 
> To: Callers@Lists.Sharedweight.net ; John
> Sweeney 
> Sent: Wed, May 15, 2019 8:51 am
> Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances
>
> I'm sure there is already a thread on this somewhere, but I'm wondering
> what are your favorite dances for those in the 4-10 year old range.
> Specifically, dances that are not mixers since many younger dancers prefer
> to stay with a particular partner the whole time. I have a number of good
> ones already (Alabama Gal, Haste to the Wedding, La Bastringue, etc), but
> I'd like to expand my existing collection of dances geared towards "little
> ones".
>
> Let 'em rip!
>
>
> --
> *From:* Callers  on behalf of
> John Sweeney via Callers 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:58 AM
> *To:* callers@lists.sharedweight.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances
>
> Since so many people enjoy the contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
> enjoy this one as well:
>
> Suicide Square
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9
>
> It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
> band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
> partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
> decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts
> the
> next Heads Gallop.
>
> I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:
>
> Start in a big square around the room
> A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
> into the centre and back
> A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
> B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form
> an
> inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
> B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
> Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop
>
> There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11
>
> Happy dancing,
>John
>
> John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
> 940 574
> http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
> http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
>
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2019-05-15 Thread Ann Fallon via Callers
Do you know "Double Double This This"?  It can be done as a mixer or keeper.  
Concentric circles, partners facing each other 
Partners tap 2 fists together at chin's height 2 times: "Double, 
double"Partners tap 2 hands together, palms together 2 times: "This, 
this"Partners tap 2 fists together 2 times: "Double, double"Partners tap 2 
hands back to back 2 times: "That, that"Partners tap fists 1 time, and open 
palms 1 time: "Double, this"Partners tap fists 1 time, and backs of hands 1 
time: "Double, that'Partners tap 2 fists together 2 times: "Double, 
double"Partners tap open palms together 1 time and backs of hands 1 time: 
"This, That!"Repeat the above with same partner (or shift to the next person in 
the circle if making it a mixer)B Right hand allemande your partner;Do si do 
partnerLeft hand allemande partnerDo si do partner
At this point you can throw in an elbow swing or a promenade.  I've done it 
with ages 9-10, never tried it with younger.  



-Original Message-
From: Charles Abell via Callers 
To: Callers@Lists.Sharedweight.net ; John 
Sweeney 
Sent: Wed, May 15, 2019 8:51 am
Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

 #yiv2122591051 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}I'm sure there is already a 
thread on this somewhere, but I'm wondering what are your favorite dances for 
those in the 4-10 year old range. Specifically, dances that are not mixers 
since many younger dancers prefer to stay with a particular partner the whole 
time. I have a number of good ones already (Alabama Gal, Haste to the Wedding, 
La Bastringue, etc), but I'd like to expand my existing collection of dances 
geared towards "little ones".
Let 'em rip!

From: Callers  on behalf of John 
Sweeney via Callers 
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:58 AM
To: callers@lists.sharedweight.net
Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances Since so many people enjoy the 
contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
enjoy this one as well:

Suicide Square
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9

It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts the
next Heads Gallop.

I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:

Start in a big square around the room
A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
into the centre and back
A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form an
inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop

There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11

    Happy dancing,  
   John 
    
John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
940 574 
http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent  


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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2019-05-15 Thread Winston, Alan P. via Callers

On 5/15/2019 5:51 AM, Charles Abell via Callers wrote:
I'm sure there is already a thread on this somewhere, but I'm wondering what 
are your favorite dances for those in the 4-10 year old range. Specifically, 
dances that are not mixers since many younger dancers prefer to stay with a 
particular partner the whole time. I have a number of good ones already 
(Alabama Gal, Haste to the Wedding, La Bastringue, etc), but I'd like to expand 
my existing collection of dances geared towards "little ones".

Let 'em rip!


I don't know how this would with exclusively 4 year olds (really, all I know 
how to do with exclusively 4-year-olds is a variation on 
wind-up-the-ball-of-twine where you bring the snake around into a cricle, do 
into the center and back, circle left and right, and then break the snake off 
again, repeat until you feel like you're done), but I'd think 8 year olds could 
handle this fine, and it's just fine if you have talls and smalls mixed up.


UP THE SIDES AND DOWN THE MIDDLE

(I have it from community dances manual, which says it's from the village of 
Symondsbury)

4 or 5 couple longways (you can maybe do 6 but you'll end up less phrased)


Lines facing, do step-swing balance r-l, r-l.

Drop hands, cross right shoulder with partner and face back in.


Repeat all that to home.


Top couple raise an arch and walk slowly down the middle WHILE

second couple, with the the rest of their line following, cast off briskly down 
the outside and go under the arch to the top.

Original tops finish at bottom, original seconds at top.

Whenever you get to thtat spot, swing partner until the end of B2.


(This was collected with a very specific tune that changes meter for the lead 
down.  When I have  a band I tell them "bouncy reels, jigs, or polka" but when 
I have to do this with recorded music I like "Sandy Boys" (or, specifically, a 
"Sandy Boys"/"Kitchen Girl" medley by Pig's Eye Landing.)



-- Alan
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2019-05-15 Thread Sivier, Jonathan E via Callers
I lead dances at a local library for their annual Fairy Tale Ball. 
We get a variety of people who participate, but my overall impression of 
the event is a room full of knee-high princesses.

I generally start with a no-swing, non-mixer version of Circassian 
Circle.  The participants have partners, sometimes more than one, but 
they stay together and I don't worry about who is on the right or left. 
Instead of ladies and gents to the center I say things like, "Everyone 
wearing red to the center," or "Everyone with black hair to the center," 
and so on.

I then typically do Galopede and that tends to work OK.  After that 
I have a variety of dances I like to lead.  Chimes of Dunkirk usually 
works well and I do a longways, non-mixer version of the Heel and Toe 
Polka that usually works OK.  If the older kids pair with the younger 
ones you could do Cumberland Reel and other similar dances.

Jonathan
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A: It depends on what dance you call!


On 5/15/2019 7:51 AM, Charles Abell via Callers wrote:
> I'm sure there is already a thread on this somewhere, but I'm wondering 
> what are your favorite dances for those in the 4-10 year old range. 
> Specifically, dances that are not mixers since many younger dancers 
> prefer to stay with a particular partner the whole time. I have a number 
> of good ones already (Alabama Gal, Haste to the Wedding, La Bastringue, 
> etc), but I'd like to expand my existing collection of dances geared 
> towards "little ones".
> 
> Let 'em rip!
> 
> 
> 
> *From:* Callers  on behalf of 
> John Sweeney via Callers 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:58 AM
> *To:* callers@lists.sharedweight.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances
> Since so many people enjoy the contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
> enjoy this one as well:
> 
> Suicide Square
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9
> 
> It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
> band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
> partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
> decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts the
> next Heads Gallop.
> 
> I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:
> 
> Start in a big square around the room
> A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
> into the centre and back
> A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
> B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form an
> inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
> B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
> Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop
> 
> There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11
> 
>      Happy dancing,
>     John
> 
> John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
> 940 574
> http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
> http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent

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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2019-05-15 Thread Bree Kalb via Callers
   Linda Leslie wrote some really good ones. Do Si Three is always a big
hit when I call it for kids and parents (as well as at weddings and other
parties where most people have never danced.) She has many more.

http://lindalesliecaller.contracorner.com/dances/very-easy-dances.html


On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 8:51 AM Charles Abell via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> I'm sure there is already a thread on this somewhere, but I'm wondering
> what are your favorite dances for those in the 4-10 year old range.
> Specifically, dances that are not mixers since many younger dancers prefer
> to stay with a particular partner the whole time. I have a number of good
> ones already (Alabama Gal, Haste to the Wedding, La Bastringue, etc), but
> I'd like to expand my existing collection of dances geared towards "little
> ones".
>
> Let 'em rip!
>
>
> --
> *From:* Callers  on behalf of
> John Sweeney via Callers 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:58 AM
> *To:* callers@lists.sharedweight.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances
>
> Since so many people enjoy the contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
> enjoy this one as well:
>
> Suicide Square
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9
>
> It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
> band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
> partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
> decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts
> the
> next Heads Gallop.
>
> I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:
>
> Start in a big square around the room
> A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
> into the centre and back
> A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
> B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form
> an
> inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
> B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
> Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop
>
> There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11
>
> Happy dancing,
>John
>
> John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
> 940 574
> http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
> http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2019-05-15 Thread Charles Abell via Callers
I'm sure there is already a thread on this somewhere, but I'm wondering what 
are your favorite dances for those in the 4-10 year old range. Specifically, 
dances that are not mixers since many younger dancers prefer to stay with a 
particular partner the whole time. I have a number of good ones already 
(Alabama Gal, Haste to the Wedding, La Bastringue, etc), but I'd like to expand 
my existing collection of dances geared towards "little ones".

Let 'em rip!



From: Callers  on behalf of John 
Sweeney via Callers 
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:58 AM
To: callers@lists.sharedweight.net
Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

Since so many people enjoy the contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
enjoy this one as well:

Suicide Square
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9

It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts the
next Heads Gallop.

I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:

Start in a big square around the room
A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
into the centre and back
A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form an
inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop

There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11

Happy dancing,
   John

John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
940 574
http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent


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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-13 Thread Mark Hillegonds via Callers
Hi all,

Here's another contrary circling dance that I've had good success with:

*Esmerelda's Revenge*
Beth Parkes, Circle Mixer

A1  Circle in and back   /   Circle in, Ladies stay in (face in), Gents
back out (face in)
A2  Ladies single file to L, Gents single file R   /   Turn around, Back to
Partner
B1  Partner DSD   /   Corner (to L of Partner) alle L 1x, Pass Partner by R
B2  Next person (new partner) B & S


On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 4:58 AM, John Sweeney via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> Since so many people enjoy the contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
> enjoy this one as well:
>
> Suicide Square
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9
>
> It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
> band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
> partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
> decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts
> the
> next Heads Gallop.
>
> I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:
>
> Start in a big square around the room
> A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
> into the centre and back
> A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
> B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form
> an
> inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
> B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
> Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop
>
> There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
> http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11
>
> Happy dancing,
>John
>
> John Sweeney, Dancer, England   j...@modernjive.com 01233 625 362 & 07802
> 940 574
> http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
> http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
>
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-13 Thread John Sweeney via Callers
Since so many people enjoy the contrary circling in The Wheel, you might
enjoy this one as well:

Suicide Square
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=9

It is extremely chaotic!  You can reduce the chaos slightly by getting the
band to stop randomly during the circling, at which point everyone grabs a
partner; the band waits a few seconds while everyone finds a partner and
decides whether they are Heads or Sides, then gives two notes and starts the
next Heads Gallop.

I modify it to give a bit more recovery time:

Start in a big square around the room
A1: Head couples take partner in a ballroom hold and gallop eight steps
into the centre and back
A2: Sides gallop eight steps into the centre and back
B1: All the men form an outer circle facing in, while the ladies form an
inner circle facing out. All circle left then find a new partner
B2: Partner Swing - stop early enough to decide whether you are now
Heads or Sides - Heads get ready to gallop

There is also The Muffin Man Jig:
http://www.ceilidhcalling.co.uk/danceviewpage.php?view=1=11

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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-04 Thread Rich Sbardella via Callers
Why not just have everyone face left and single file promenade instead of
circle to the left?  The circles are still moving in the opposite direction
and right shoulders are adjacent for the Dosido.
Rich


On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 11:21 PM, K Panton via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> (aside: I love this list! So very helpful)
>
> RE: The Wheel
>
> Bill Olson noted that the dance can be challenging with the ladies in the
> outside circle, due to their generally shorter arms.
>
> Given that the promenade is a long 16 beats, Has anyone tried adding a two
> hand turn after 12 beats to put the gents on the outside? I wonder if this
> is one of the things that Rick Mohr tried while attempting to reduce socket
> injuries. ??
>
>
> Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 21:06:54 +
> From: Bill Olson 
>
>
> Yeah, That's what I was more thinking of than moderately difficult dances
> like Beneficial Tradition.. I like Gene Hubert's circle mixer "the wheel"
> :
>
>
> The Wheel, circle mixer by Gene Hubert
>
> A1 Promenade (CCW)(16)
> A2 (face partner Gents facing out, Women facing in) join 2 hands with
> partner and walk ~8 steps IN (8), join hands in concentric circles and walk
> ~8 steps back out (8)
> B1 all circle LEFT (opposite directions obviously)
> B2 *SWING* (nearest person)
>
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-04 Thread K Panton via Callers
(aside: I love this list! So very helpful)

RE: The Wheel

Bill Olson noted that the dance can be challenging with the ladies in the
outside circle, due to their generally shorter arms.

Given that the promenade is a long 16 beats, Has anyone tried adding a two
hand turn after 12 beats to put the gents on the outside? I wonder if this
is one of the things that Rick Mohr tried while attempting to reduce socket
injuries. ??


Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 21:06:54 +
From: Bill Olson 


Yeah, That's what I was more thinking of than moderately difficult dances
like Beneficial Tradition.. I like Gene Hubert's circle mixer "the wheel" :


The Wheel, circle mixer by Gene Hubert

A1 Promenade (CCW)(16)
A2 (face partner Gents facing out, Women facing in) join 2 hands with
partner and walk ~8 steps IN (8), join hands in concentric circles and walk
~8 steps back out (8)
B1 all circle LEFT (opposite directions obviously)
B2 *SWING* (nearest person)
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-04 Thread Dale Wilson via Callers
I'll second "Happy as a Cold Pig..." but you have to call it to the right
crowd.  You need people who won't get upset when "everything went wrong but
I still found my partner."  You'll see six people stars, three people
stars,  one person stars! but everyone will be smiling.

Dale

On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM, Jack Mitchell via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> I really love “Happy as a Cold Pig in Warm Mud by Mike Borshig
>
> Not obviously silly, but much more fun if the dancers allow themselves to
> be silly
>
>
> A1 N B
> A2 gents Alle L 1.5
>   P alle r 1.5 (end facing up / down, partners facing in opposite
> directions)
> B1   Walk forward, make a Left Hand Star (in theory with N, Shadow and one
> other person)
> LHS 1x
> P Sw
> B2Circle L 3/4
>  Ring Balance, CA Twirl
>
> This dance is best when people don't take it too seriously.  Secret is not
> to worry about whether you went the right way for the star -- turn a star
> all the way around and you'll get back to your partner.  Also works if you
> and partner both go the same way (and make a 5 person star).  Challenge
> dancers to make stars with more people.  Come down off the stage and jump
> into the stars yourself.  :-)
>
> J
>
>
> On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 1:30 PM Robert Green via Callers <
> callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
>
>> Here is a photo of The Wheel from the original Dizzy Dances
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> On Feb 1, 2018, at 9:27 AM, Bill Olson via Callers <
>> callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
>>
>> Rick and Mac and all, I also tried various "fixes" like promenading
>> clockwise but like a lot of  times I have tried to "fix" a dance, it gets
>> clunky and I end up going back to the original. Since the "Wheel" is the
>> most fun with a hall packed with dancers, I have settled on calling it only
>> for large crowds when the original "circle up" has the dancers pretty much
>> pushed up against the walls. Then when they get in promenade position, that
>> all loosens up but during the circle lefts the women's arms are saved.
>>
>>
>> bill
>>
>>
>> ----------
>> *From:* Callers <callers-boun...@lists.sharedweight.net> on behalf of
>> Rick Mohr via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net>
>> *Sent:* Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:11 PM
>> *To:* callers@lists.sharedweight.net
>> *Subject:* Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances
>>
>> "The Wheel" has been a favorite of mine since 1994. Around here some call
>> it "Wheel of Misfortune" -- hilarious! (i.e. who will the fates deliver
>> unto you for a swing?)
>>
>> I could never find it in my Gene Hubert books -- apparently because it
>> was published in his first collection "Dizzy Dances" (
>> https://www.ibiblio.org/contradance/index/DD1.txt
>> <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibiblio.org%2Fcontradance%2Findex%2FDD1.txt=02%7C01%7C%7C697c6daa31f44b462fe008d569759a6a%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435%7C1%7C0%7C636530876176927415=sHtXOykMuVYBbufQ70v4aoayq3Pe3RwFtzlHHkuqgEw%3D=0>
>> ) which I don't have. I never thought that was a problem, since "Dizzy
>> Dances II" is subtitled "Featuring the best of Volume 1 plus...". But now I
>> wonder how many other great dances that Gene didn't consider "the best" are
>> hiding in that book!
>>
>> I've also long struggled with the "women's arms pulled out of their
>> sockets" problem, and tried a couple fixes that failed spectacularly.
>> Mac, your solution looks brilliant and I'm excited to try it!
>>
>> Rick
>>
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-03 Thread Jack Mitchell via Callers
I really love “Happy as a Cold Pig in Warm Mud by Mike Borshig

Not obviously silly, but much more fun if the dancers allow themselves to
be silly


A1 N B
A2 gents Alle L 1.5
  P alle r 1.5 (end facing up / down, partners facing in opposite
directions)
B1   Walk forward, make a Left Hand Star (in theory with N, Shadow and one
other person)
LHS 1x
P Sw
B2Circle L 3/4
 Ring Balance, CA Twirl

This dance is best when people don't take it too seriously.  Secret is not
to worry about whether you went the right way for the star -- turn a star
all the way around and you'll get back to your partner.  Also works if you
and partner both go the same way (and make a 5 person star).  Challenge
dancers to make stars with more people.  Come down off the stage and jump
into the stars yourself.  :-)

J


On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 1:30 PM Robert Green via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> Here is a photo of The Wheel from the original Dizzy Dances
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Feb 1, 2018, at 9:27 AM, Bill Olson via Callers <
> callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
>
> Rick and Mac and all, I also tried various "fixes" like promenading
> clockwise but like a lot of  times I have tried to "fix" a dance, it gets
> clunky and I end up going back to the original. Since the "Wheel" is the
> most fun with a hall packed with dancers, I have settled on calling it only
> for large crowds when the original "circle up" has the dancers pretty much
> pushed up against the walls. Then when they get in promenade position, that
> all loosens up but during the circle lefts the women's arms are saved.
>
>
> bill
>
>
> --
> *From:* Callers <callers-boun...@lists.sharedweight.net> on behalf of
> Rick Mohr via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net>
> *Sent:* Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:11 PM
> *To:* callers@lists.sharedweight.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances
>
> "The Wheel" has been a favorite of mine since 1994. Around here some call
> it "Wheel of Misfortune" -- hilarious! (i.e. who will the fates deliver
> unto you for a swing?)
>
> I could never find it in my Gene Hubert books -- apparently because it was
> published in his first collection "Dizzy Dances" (
> https://www.ibiblio.org/contradance/index/DD1.txt
> <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibiblio.org%2Fcontradance%2Findex%2FDD1.txt=02%7C01%7C%7C697c6daa31f44b462fe008d569759a6a%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435%7C1%7C0%7C636530876176927415=sHtXOykMuVYBbufQ70v4aoayq3Pe3RwFtzlHHkuqgEw%3D=0>
> ) which I don't have. I never thought that was a problem, since "Dizzy
> Dances II" is subtitled "Featuring the best of Volume 1 plus...". But now I
> wonder how many other great dances that Gene didn't consider "the best" are
> hiding in that book!
>
> I've also long struggled with the "women's arms pulled out of their
> sockets" problem, and tried a couple fixes that failed spectacularly.
> Mac, your solution looks brilliant and I'm excited to try it!
>
> Rick
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-01 Thread Robert Green via Callers
Here is a photo of The Wheel from the original Dizzy Dances

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 1, 2018, at 9:27 AM, Bill Olson via Callers 
> <callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> 
> Rick and Mac and all, I also tried various "fixes" like promenading clockwise 
> but like a lot of  times I have tried to "fix" a dance, it gets clunky and I 
> end up going back to the original. Since the "Wheel" is the most fun with a 
> hall packed with dancers, I have settled on calling it only for large crowds 
> when the original "circle up" has the dancers pretty much pushed up against 
> the walls. Then when they get in promenade position, that all loosens up but 
> during the circle lefts the women's arms are saved.
> 
> bill
> 
> 
> From: Callers <callers-boun...@lists.sharedweight.net> on behalf of Rick Mohr 
> via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net>
> Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:11 PM
> To: callers@lists.sharedweight.net
> Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances
>  
> "The Wheel" has been a favorite of mine since 1994. Around here some call it 
> "Wheel of Misfortune" -- hilarious! (i.e. who will the fates deliver unto you 
> for a swing?)
> 
> I could never find it in my Gene Hubert books -- apparently because it was 
> published in his first collection "Dizzy Dances" 
> (https://www.ibiblio.org/contradance/index/DD1.txt) which I don't have. I 
> never thought that was a problem, since "Dizzy Dances II" is subtitled 
> "Featuring the best of Volume 1 plus...". But now I wonder how many other 
> great dances that Gene didn't consider "the best" are hiding in that book!
> 
> I've also long struggled with the "women's arms pulled out of their sockets" 
> problem, and tried a couple fixes that failed spectacularly. Mac, your 
> solution looks brilliant and I'm excited to try it!
> 
> Rick
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-02-01 Thread Rick Mohr via Callers
"The Wheel" has been a favorite of mine since 1994. Around here some call
it "Wheel of Misfortune" -- hilarious! (i.e. who will the fates deliver
unto you for a swing?)

I could never find it in my Gene Hubert books -- apparently because it was
published in his first collection "Dizzy Dances" (
https://www.ibiblio.org/contradance/index/DD1.txt) which I don't have. I
never thought that was a problem, since "Dizzy Dances II" is subtitled
"Featuring the best of Volume 1 plus...". But now I wonder how many other
great dances that Gene didn't consider "the best" are hiding in that book!

I've also long struggled with the "women's arms pulled out of their
sockets" problem, and tried a couple fixes that failed spectacularly. Mac,
your solution looks brilliant and I'm excited to try it!

Rick
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-31 Thread Mac Mckeever via Callers
You have identified the same issue I found with this dance - the women with 
shorter arms make the larger circle.  I deal this by having the ladies roll to 
the inside at the end of the prominade so they make the inner circle.  Even new 
dancers have no trouble doing this.
Great dance for all skill levels.  The banner photo on our group's web site is 
a photo of this dance being done a the local botanical garden around a circular 
fountain.  Unfortunately, this time they had the fountain turned off (the water 
shoots up through the grates we are dancing on) - it is even more fun soak and 
wet.
www.childgrove.org
Mac McKeeverSt Louis
 

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 3:07:01 PM CST, Bill Olson via Callers 
<callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:  
 
 
Yeah, That's what I was more thinking of than moderately difficult dances like 
Beneficial Tradition.. I like Gene Hubert's circle mixer "the wheel" :





The Wheel, circle mixer by Gene Hubert

A1 Promenade (CCW)(16)
A2 (face partner Gents facing out, Women facing in) join 2 hands with partner 
and walk ~8 steps IN (8), join hands in concentric circles and walk ~8 steps 
back out (8)
B1 all circle LEFT (opposite directions obviously)
B2 *SWING* (nearest person)

This dance is a riot. needs MANY couples in circle and resist urge to make 2 
sets because even when dancers line up originally in circle NEXT to partner, 
they are never that way in the actual dance. Lots of craziness at swing, lost 
and found in the middle. gender changes happen here, also if dancer cannot find 
a partner at swing (or promenade) stay in dance with "invisible partner" and 
try again. Needs many couple to make it work, especially since women are on the 
outside of the concentric and have shorter arms on the average. If this becomes 
a problem 9womens arms being pulled out or arm sockets) tell dances "big steps 
in, short steps out"..  often, after a few times thru, I tell the dancers to 
"let the music tell them when to swing" in B2, then it's REALLY a riot. This 
works for dancers of ANY level! I've never had experienced dancers not have a 
good time.

I miss Gene!
bill







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Subject: Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances Ninepins?

-Chris Page
San Diego, CA

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Sue via Callers
<callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are
> particularly playful, quirky, sillysomething that typically gets the
> dancers laughing.
>
> You get the idea. What are your favorites?
>
> Sue Gola
> Princeton, NJ
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-31 Thread Tepfer, Seth via Callers
I find Monkey in the Middle (by Sherry Nevins) a friendly variant of Ninepins.  
You are choosing a partner rather than scrambling and a person feeling left out.

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> On Jan 31, 2018, at 3:59 PM, Chris Page via Callers 
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>
> Ninepins?
>
> -Chris Page
> San Diego, CA
>
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Sue via Callers
>  wrote:
>> Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are
>> particularly playful, quirky, sillysomething that typically gets the
>> dancers laughing.
>>
>> You get the idea. What are your favorites?
>>
>> Sue Gola
>> Princeton, NJ
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-31 Thread Bill Olson via Callers
Yeah, That's what I was more thinking of than moderately difficult dances like 
Beneficial Tradition.. I like Gene Hubert's circle mixer "the wheel" :


The Wheel, circle mixer by Gene Hubert

A1 Promenade (CCW)(16)
A2 (face partner Gents facing out, Women facing in) join 2 hands with partner 
and walk ~8 steps IN (8), join hands in concentric circles and walk ~8 steps 
back out (8)
B1 all circle LEFT (opposite directions obviously)
B2 *SWING* (nearest person)

This dance is a riot. needs MANY couples in circle and resist urge to make 2 
sets because even when dancers line up originally in circle NEXT to partner, 
they are never that way in the actual dance. Lots of craziness at swing, lost 
and found in the middle. gender changes happen here, also if dancer cannot find 
a partner at swing (or promenade) stay in dance with "invisible partner" and 
try again. Needs many couple to make it work, especially since women are on the 
outside of the concentric and have shorter arms on the average. If this becomes 
a problem 9womens arms being pulled out or arm sockets) tell dances "big steps 
in, short steps out"..  often, after a few times thru, I tell the dancers to 
"let the music tell them when to swing" in B2, then it's REALLY a riot. This 
works for dancers of ANY level! I've never had experienced dancers not have a 
good time.

I miss Gene!

bill




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Ninepins?

-Chris Page
San Diego, CA

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> Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are
> particularly playful, quirky, sillysomething that typically gets the
> dancers laughing.
>
> You get the idea. What are your favorites?
>
> Sue Gola
> Princeton, NJ
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-31 Thread Chris Page via Callers
Ninepins?

-Chris Page
San Diego, CA

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Sue via Callers
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> Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are
> particularly playful, quirky, sillysomething that typically gets the
> dancers laughing.
>
> You get the idea. What are your favorites?
>
> Sue Gola
> Princeton, NJ
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-31 Thread Delia Clark via Callers
Good to know! I’ve only done it at low-key community dances without aggressive 
dancers and people seemed to enjoy it and laughed at the goofiness of doing 
“the bump”, but it sounds like a good dance to avoid with certain audiences for 
sure. Thanks!

> On Jan 31, 2018, at 3:45 PM, Amy Wimmer  wrote:
> 
> I heartily second Maia's opinion. I know someone who tries that move on women 
> every time there's a LLFB and it really rankles me. It's intrusive, and some 
> people bump too hard, causing bruising. Not fun.
> -Amy
>  
> 
> On Jan 31, 2018 12:31 PM, "Maia McCormick via Callers" 
> > 
> wrote:
> At the risk of being a wet blanket, I've found Carmen’s Contra (the dance 
> with the hip checks) to be pretty uncomfortable to dance -- that's some 
> pretty close contact mandated by the choreography. If anyone on this list 
> chooses to the call this dance, I'd encourage you to offer an alternative 
> move that fits with the music but is less close/pelvic-ly intimate so that 
> dancers can make that choice for themselves.
> 
> Yours in wet blankets,
> Maia
> 
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 8:15 PM, Delia Clark via Callers 
> > 
> wrote:
> Here are a few dances I’ve found can enhance a silly atmosphere!
> 
> Carmen’s Contra, which I think is by Lisa Greenleaf
> NOTE:  Men empty right pockets before dance!!
> 
>  A
> 
> Circle left ¾, pass through – (8) (progression)
> 
> Do-si-do next neighbor – (8)
> 
> 
> With same neighbor: clap, clap, bump, bump (clap two hands, bump right hips) 
> – (4)
> 
> With that neighbor swing – (12)
> 
>  B
> 
> Long lines forward and back – (8)
> 
> Women allemande right, 1 1/2 – (8)
> 
> Partners balance and swing – (12) 
> 
> 
> 
> Aw Shucks! by Carol Copp
> NOTE: To teach the clapping, have everyone say together “Right, left, both, 
> turn! Right, left both, swing!”
> A
> 
> Ones sashay down center – (8) 
> 
> Ones sashay back up stopping between the twos – (8) 
> 
> Ones face each other, clap one beat each: right, left, both and turn to face 
> neighbors – (4)
> 
> Neighbors facing each other clap: right, left  – (3)
> 
> Neighbors swing – (9)  End facing down the set in line of four
> 
> B
> 
> Down the hall in lines of four holding hands twos in the middle – (8)
> 
> Turn as a couple (gents back up while ladies go forward), and come back up, 
> ones in center – (8)
> 
> Ones drop hands in middle of line, fall back into long lines (progressed) 
> Ladies chain across – (8) 
> 
> Ladies chain back – (8)  Ones are ready to sashay again, stopping between the 
> NEXT twos.
> 
> 
> 
> Casino Polka by Tony Parkes
> 
> NOTE: It’s fun if neighbors take a dramatic cheek-to-cheek ballroom position
> 
> A
> 
> Neighbors, heel, toe, sashay (start with gent’s left foot, lady’s right foot) 
> (4) back in (4)
> 
> “Heel and toe and step together, step”
> 
> Repeat (8)
> 
> Do-si-do neighbor (8)
> 
> Swing neighbor (8) (End facing across) 
> 
> B
> 
> Gents allemande left, 1 ½ times around (8)
> 
> Partner swing on the side of the set (8) 
> 
> Circle left 1 ¼ times (8) (end facing down or up)
> 
> Pass right shoulders through to next couple (8) (progression)
> 
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-31 Thread Amy Wimmer via Callers
I heartily second Maia's opinion. I know someone who tries that move on
women every time there's a LLFB and it really rankles me. It's intrusive,
and some people bump too hard, causing bruising. Not fun.
-Amy


On Jan 31, 2018 12:31 PM, "Maia McCormick via Callers" <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> At the risk of being a wet blanket, I've found Carmen’s Contra (the dance
> with the hip checks) to be pretty uncomfortable to dance -- that's some
> pretty close contact mandated by the choreography. If anyone on this list
> chooses to the call this dance, I'd encourage you to offer an alternative
> move that fits with the music but is less close/pelvic-ly intimate so that
> dancers can make that choice for themselves.
>
> Yours in wet blankets,
> Maia
>
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 8:15 PM, Delia Clark via Callers <
> callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
>
>> *Here are a few dances I’ve found can enhance a silly atmosphere!*
>>
>> *Carmen’s Contra, which I think is by Lisa Greenleaf*
>> *NOTE:  Men empty right pockets before dance!!*
>>
>>  *A*
>>
>> Circle left ¾, pass through – (8) *(progression)*
>>
>> Do-si-do next neighbor – (8)
>>
>> With same neighbor: clap, clap, bump, bump *(clap two hands, bump right
>> hips)* – (4)
>>
>> With that neighbor swing – (12)
>>
>>  *B*
>>
>> Long lines forward and back – (8)
>>
>> Women allemande right, 1 1/2 – (8)
>>
>> Partners balance and swing – (12)
>>
>>
>> *Aw Shucks! by Carol Copp*
>> *NOTE: To teach the clapping, have everyone say together “Right, left,
>> both, turn! Right, left both, swing!”*
>>
>> *A*
>>
>> Ones sashay down center – (8)
>>
>> Ones sashay back up stopping between the twos – (8)
>>
>> Ones face each other, clap one beat each: right, left, both and turn to
>> face neighbors – (4)
>>
>> Neighbors facing each other clap: right, left  – (3)
>>
>> Neighbors swing – (9)  *End facing down the set in line of four*
>>
>> *B*
>>
>> Down the hall in lines of four holding hands *twos in the middle* – (8)
>>
>> Turn as a couple *(gents back up while ladies go forward)*, and come
>> back up, ones in center – (8)
>>
>> Ones drop hands in middle of line, fall back into long lines
>> *(progressed)* Ladies chain across – (8)
>>
>> Ladies chain back – (8)  *Ones are ready to sashay again, stopping
>> between the NEXT twos.*
>>
>>
>> *Casino Polka by Tony Parkes*
>>
>> *NOTE: It’s fun if neighbors take a dramatic cheek-to-cheek ballroom
>> position*
>>
>> *A*
>>
>> Neighbors, heel, toe, sashay *(start with gent’s left foot, lady’s right
>> foot)* (4) back in (4)
>>
>> *“Heel and toe and step together, step”*
>>
>> Repeat (8)
>>
>> Do-si-do neighbor (8)
>>
>> Swing neighbor (8) *(End facing across)*
>>
>> *B*
>>
>> Gents allemande left, 1 ½ times around (8)
>>
>> Partner swing on the side of the set (8)
>>
>> Circle left 1 ¼ times (8) *(end facing down or up)*
>>
>> Pass right shoulders through to next couple (8) *(progression)*
>>
>>
>>
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>> PO Box 45
>> Taftsville, VT 05073
>> Office/mobile: +1-802-457-2075 <(802)%20457-2075>
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>> www.deliaclarkconfluence.com
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-31 Thread Maia McCormick via Callers
At the risk of being a wet blanket, I've found Carmen’s Contra (the dance
with the hip checks) to be pretty uncomfortable to dance -- that's some
pretty close contact mandated by the choreography. If anyone on this list
chooses to the call this dance, I'd encourage you to offer an alternative
move that fits with the music but is less close/pelvic-ly intimate so that
dancers can make that choice for themselves.

Yours in wet blankets,
Maia

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 8:15 PM, Delia Clark via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> *Here are a few dances I’ve found can enhance a silly atmosphere!*
>
> *Carmen’s Contra, which I think is by Lisa Greenleaf*
> *NOTE:  Men empty right pockets before dance!!*
>
>  *A*
>
> Circle left ¾, pass through – (8) *(progression)*
>
> Do-si-do next neighbor – (8)
>
> With same neighbor: clap, clap, bump, bump *(clap two hands, bump right
> hips)* – (4)
>
> With that neighbor swing – (12)
>
>  *B*
>
> Long lines forward and back – (8)
>
> Women allemande right, 1 1/2 – (8)
>
> Partners balance and swing – (12)
>
>
> *Aw Shucks! by Carol Copp*
> *NOTE: To teach the clapping, have everyone say together “Right, left,
> both, turn! Right, left both, swing!”*
>
> *A*
>
> Ones sashay down center – (8)
>
> Ones sashay back up stopping between the twos – (8)
>
> Ones face each other, clap one beat each: right, left, both and turn to
> face neighbors – (4)
>
> Neighbors facing each other clap: right, left  – (3)
>
> Neighbors swing – (9)  *End facing down the set in line of four*
>
> *B*
>
> Down the hall in lines of four holding hands *twos in the middle* – (8)
>
> Turn as a couple *(gents back up while ladies go forward)*, and come back
> up, ones in center – (8)
>
> Ones drop hands in middle of line, fall back into long lines
> *(progressed)* Ladies chain across – (8)
>
> Ladies chain back – (8)  *Ones are ready to sashay again, stopping
> between the NEXT twos.*
>
>
> *Casino Polka by Tony Parkes*
>
> *NOTE: It’s fun if neighbors take a dramatic cheek-to-cheek ballroom
> position*
>
> *A*
>
> Neighbors, heel, toe, sashay *(start with gent’s left foot, lady’s right
> foot)* (4) back in (4)
>
> *“Heel and toe and step together, step”*
>
> Repeat (8)
>
> Do-si-do neighbor (8)
>
> Swing neighbor (8) *(End facing across)*
>
> *B*
>
> Gents allemande left, 1 ½ times around (8)
>
> Partner swing on the side of the set (8)
>
> Circle left 1 ¼ times (8) *(end facing down or up)*
>
> Pass right shoulders through to next couple (8) *(progression)*
>
>
>
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-30 Thread Delia Clark via Callers
Here are a few dances I’ve found can enhance a silly atmosphere!

Carmen’s Contra, which I think is by Lisa Greenleaf
NOTE:  Men empty right pockets before dance!!

 A

Circle left ¾, pass through – (8) (progression)

Do-si-do next neighbor – (8)


With same neighbor: clap, clap, bump, bump (clap two hands, bump right hips) – 
(4)

With that neighbor swing – (12)

 B

Long lines forward and back – (8)

Women allemande right, 1 1/2 – (8)

Partners balance and swing – (12) 



Aw Shucks! by Carol Copp
NOTE: To teach the clapping, have everyone say together “Right, left, both, 
turn! Right, left both, swing!”
A

Ones sashay down center – (8) 

Ones sashay back up stopping between the twos – (8) 

Ones face each other, clap one beat each: right, left, both and turn to face 
neighbors – (4)

Neighbors facing each other clap: right, left  – (3)

Neighbors swing – (9)  End facing down the set in line of four

B

Down the hall in lines of four holding hands twos in the middle – (8)

Turn as a couple (gents back up while ladies go forward), and come back up, 
ones in center – (8)

Ones drop hands in middle of line, fall back into long lines (progressed) 
Ladies chain across – (8) 

Ladies chain back – (8)  Ones are ready to sashay again, stopping between the 
NEXT twos.



Casino Polka by Tony Parkes

NOTE: It’s fun if neighbors take a dramatic cheek-to-cheek ballroom position

A

Neighbors, heel, toe, sashay (start with gent’s left foot, lady’s right foot) 
(4) back in (4)

“Heel and toe and step together, step”

Repeat (8)

Do-si-do neighbor (8)

Swing neighbor (8) (End facing across) 

B

Gents allemande left, 1 ½ times around (8)

Partner swing on the side of the set (8) 

Circle left 1 ¼ times (8) (end facing down or up)

Pass right shoulders through to next couple (8) (progression)




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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-30 Thread Bob Green via Callers
Silly? you came to the right place!  I have a couple that fill that bill.
)))

*XYZ *is *Beneficial Tradition* on steroids. Instead of doing the zipper in
parallel with you partner, you go in opposite directions from your partner,
then reverse the zipper and come back the other way to meet up again:
http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/57-xyz

Wes Side Story is a very silly dance with a very somber backstory. It is a
Becket mixer with a seriously modified long lines forward and back.The line
move in parallel rather than in in opposition, and instead of holding
hands, it is done with finger snaps a la Sharks and Jets. Sue, i will send
you the back story off list.
http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/445-wes-side-story

Jim Hemphill and I collaborate/compete to find a sill title that describes
a dance. when i get a moment , I will post a few... )))

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 12:23 PM, Sue via Callers <
callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are
> particularly playful, quirky, sillysomething that typically gets the
> dancers laughing.
>
> Some examples would be "Over the Hill and Still Chased" with the lady
> round two/gent cut through figure, or Beneficial Tradition when the dancers
> throw their free arm up and shout "Wooo!"
>
> You get the idea. What are your favorites?
>
> Sue Gola
> Princeton, NJ
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Re: [Callers] Looking for "fun" dances

2018-01-30 Thread Kalia Kliban via Callers

On 1/30/2018 10:23 AM, Sue via Callers wrote:
Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are 
particularly playful, quirky, sillysomething that typically gets the 
dancers laughing.
Some examples would be "Over the Hill and Still Chased" with the lady 
round two/gent cut through figure, or Beneficial Tradition when the 
dancers throw their free arm up and shout "Wooo!"

You get the idea. What are your favorites?
Sue Gola
Princeton, NJ


"Pirates Across The Atlantic" by Andrea Nettleton has a figure-8 chase 
move at the start that's based on the English dance "Dancing Across The 
Atlantic."  The floor always gets really goofy when I call that one.  It 
has the double advantage of being a nice solid contra dance as well as 
having a silly bit.  It's not just a gimmick with a couple of swings 
stuck to it.


Kalia Kliban
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