[Callers] [trad-dance-callers] Questions on dance style.

Martha Edwards meedwards at westendweb.com
Sat Dec 27 10:02:19 PST 2008


I should like to offer this scan of a wonderful handout created by Chip
Henderson in 1983, titled To Twirl (a Lady) or Not to Twirl:

http://childgrove.org/images/To-Twirl.jpg

M
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On Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 2:41 PM, Dave Colestock
<contradancerdave at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Hi Lois,
>
> Thanks for asking about that.  Yes, there are observed and reported
> issues.  Some more minor than others.  Examples include:  1) youthful
> dancers whose exuberance is too much for the older dancers  2) swinging
> outside the normal side of the set space, or very wildly, and bumping into
> other dancers  3) improper swing holds and hand holds/grips that cause pain
> for one of the dancers  4) being consistently late so you're not in the
> right space for the next move  5) the proper ways to do a courtesy turn
> and/or twirl.
>
> I don't want to just address those specific issues, but would rather
> incorporate them into an evening that presents things that all dancers can
> use, like how to offer a twirl after a courtesy turn, rather than trying to
> force it, or how to hear and anticipate the phrasing of the dance with the
> music to be ready for the next move.  That is why I am looking for what are
> seen as common issues that you would address, or tips you would want to give
> to dancers, given the opportunity.  Thanks again for your ideas,
>
>
> Dave Colestock
>
> www.davecolestock.com
>
>
>
> --- On Fri, 12/26/08, losmp <losmp at earthlink.net> wrote:
>
> From: losmp <losmp at earthlink.net>
> Subject: Re: [trad-dance-callers] Questions on dance style.
> To: trad-dance-callers at yahoogroups.com
> Cc: "Shared Weight" <callers at sharedweight.net>
> Date: Friday, December 26, 2008, 2:38 PM
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Dec 26, 2008, at 2:10 PM, Dave Colestock wrote:
>
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I'd like to tap the collective experiences of the group for a couple
> > of questions.  I have an event coming up where the organizers want to
> > improve their groups dance "style", and are having one of their dance
> > evenings dedicated to providing dance style tips.  I will be calling
> > that dance.
>
> Has there been an effort to receive suggestions from the community
> itself? Have they given you a list of concerns?
>
> Lots of ways to do that.....papers at the table where people pay, with
> pens to write down suggestions, and a big box to put them in. You could
> check them out before the session when you're teaching.
>
> And/or pass out papers like that before you start the dance, on which
> people write comments, have them put in a box or bowl anonymously which
> you collect, you could check them out during the break.
>
> Might be a bit hokey to do that at just any dance, but they've
> specifically asked you to address style, so they must have something in
> mind, or their request was prompted by comments from dancers--they' ve
> shared them with you? You'll share them with us?
>
> Lois
>
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