[Callers] Dances for 3-6 couples

Liz and Bill staf186 at ext.canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Oct 23 20:48:53 PDT 2008

Hi Will,

      Thanks for those dances. Below are few that I've made up that people might
find useful for some variety. I also have a square based on Pride of the Dingle
(which is what I thought the dance was called) for experienced dancers if anyone
is interested.

Cheers, Bill

Triangle #1		3 couple circle  July 2008				
mixer corner progression				
A1	Partner Dosido, RLG (3 hands), Partner Allemand Left 1			
A2	(last few beats of previous AL then )Corner Swing			
B1	Promenade, (back out) Circle Left			
B2	Gents Star Right, Corner Allemand Left			

Triangle #2	3 couple circle   July 2008				
mixer corner progression				
A1	Forward and Back, Gents Star Right			
A2	Corner  (4 beat) Allemand Left, RLG (6 hands)			
B1	Partner Dosido and Swing			
B2	Promenade, Three Ladies Chain (*)			
(*) Ladies leave partner, pass one gent, get courtesy turned by next				

Triangle #3	3 couple circle July 2008				
Keep partners				
A1	Designated Couple Forward and Back, Pass thru, Separate go back home			
A2	(all) Right hand balance, RLG (6 hands)			
B1	Dosido partner, Swing Partner			
B2	Circle Left, Circle Right			
Designated can be #1, #2, #3, but also those in stripes, etc Dance inspired by
Phil Garland's Eternal Triangle dance collected in Aussie				

Pentagon #1	5 couple circle July 2008				
mixer period 5 dance 		
A1	Partner Dosido, RLG (4 hands)			
A2	(next which is) Corner Dosido and Swing			
B1	Promenade, (back out) Circle Left			
B2	Five Ladies Chain (*), Forward and Back			
(*) Ladies leave partner, pass one gent, get courtesy turned by next
Alt B2b: Five Ladies Chain (again, and use twirls to face)				

This last dance is easy to demonstrate, but complicated to describe.
A "barn dance" version (with elbow swings rather than hand hold allemands)
is on video    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6bTMsVFf3E

New Zealand Sheepskin 	Triplet April 2007				
Proper, 3x2x32bar cycle 			
A1	Gents Sheepskin Heye(*) around Ladies			
A2	(continue)			
B1	Gents lead down outside (8) Come back up			
B2	Allemand Right Partner, Allemand Left Partner (8 beats each, same
distance each)			
Repeat interchanging Ladies for Gents and Left for Right.

(*) Sheepskin Heye (Heye in Picking Up Sticks Playford (1651))	: #1 man
leads (no hands) other men up and around outside, weaving in between ladies #1
and #2 etc. BUT last man (#3) takes shortcut around middle lady to lead weaving
on the
way back, the new last man (#2) takes short cut around middle, and leads weaving
back down, then new last man (#1 again) takes short cut and  leads all around
the outside completely back home. This produces a non-permuting version.

A permuting version modifies the Heye by having the last person take a fourth
short cut
and then leads all down around outside. This means after the Men do their hey,
they get
permuted to 3, 1, 2 and ladies are still 1, 2, 3 so the arm turns are with
After the ladies do their hey, both are permuted 3, 1, 2 and arm turns are with
partners once again.

Note the inactives can “help” by moving slightly forward and back to make the
weaving of the actives easier. Also the middle person can interact by reminding,
doing a complete turn with arm around, or just pointing at the shortcut	
takers. However it is best to learn without this help, so as to be responsible
for the "shortcut" decision. The storyline being: "I'm tired of being at the
end, I'll take a short cut!"

More information about the Callers mailing list