[Callers] name of dance

Alan Winston - SSRL Central Computing winston at slac.stanford.edu
Tue Sep 30 11:42:13 PDT 2008


Deb wrote:


> Holy cow, I am feeling so out of it!!  I have heard of a mad robin
> but have no idea how to teach one and I haven't even heard of a half
> pousett.  Would one of you kind master callers fill me in when you
> get a chance?  Thanks!!!


"mad robin" or "sliding doors" is derived from the english dance "Mad Robin".
It's essentially a neighbor gypsy (along the side of the set) with your
attention on your partner.

So this one is:

  gypsy neighbor
  (mad robin): walk the same track with your eyes on your partner


Half-poussette is half of a whole poussette.  (I know, that really helps.)

Think of a non-twirling do-si-do.  Each person remains facing the same
direction the whole time; both people walk a more-or-less O-shaped track, going
sideways and forward, sideways behind the other person, backing up and a little
sideways to place.

                W/>    </M  (they orbit each other, passing right shoulders
                             going, left shoulders coming back, 
                            always facing the same wall, to get back to place).

A poussette is like that for couples.  They face partner and take two hands,
and travel as a unit (which means one is backing up while the other goes
forward).

                 F1<=>M1  -->
            <--  M2<=>F2

(This is the starting position for this poussette.  the ">" represents both
arms, so you can see that the women are facing in the initial direction of
travel, and will go forward first.)


(The secret to a good poussette, by the way, is firm yet flexible arms, and
_both partners push_, so that the person backing up is offering some 
resistance, which gives the person going forward something to work with on 
steering.)

In a whole poussette, you orbit the other couple all the way and go back to
where you started.  In a half poussette, you walk the first half of that track
and end up in the other couple's place.


So this dance has the incredibly flowy sequence:

Neighbor gypsy 1x,
keep moving in the same track with eyes on partner,
take two hands with partner and women move forward, men back up (the way the gypsy momentum
pushes you) to change places with other couple
slide from the poussette into a partial (it's actually 5 changes) hey for four,
men (who are the ones with forward momentum by then) passing left to start
when you see your partner (just past a half hey), swing

and then it gets conventional (or gives you a chance to catch up) with 
chain and star.

The half-poussette takes you from

             F1=M1
             M2=F2
to
               M2=F2
              F1=M1

and when you fold in for the hey it's: F1<M2<>M1>F2


As Erik cheerfully acknowledges, the guts of the dance are stolen from a very
cool English-type dance by Victor Skowronski, called "Companions", which is to
a very driving Renaissance tune.  If I had the right band for contra (with,
say, Jim Oakden, Shira Kammen, or Jon Berger in it), I'd encourage them to play
that tune for this.

-- Alan



> On Sep 30, 2008, at 12:32 PM, Deborah Comly wrote:

> > That's "Joyride" by Eric Weberg.... a very fine dance!
> >
> > Deb
> >
> > On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 9:33 AM, Tom Hinds <twhinds at earthlink.net>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> I just learned a great contra that has great flow.   I'd like to
> >> know if
> >> anyone knows the title or composer:
> >>
> >> A1      gypsy neighbor, mad robin.
> >>
> >> A2      one half pousett, hey (about 3/4 hey) men pass left.
> >>
> >> B1      swing partner
> >>
> >> B2      ladies chain, star left.
> >>
> >> thanks.
> >>
> >>
> >> On Sep 29, 2008, at 12:00 PM, callers-request at sharedweight.net wrote:
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> >>>   1. Re: Another Name That Dance (crunchymama at juno.com)
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> >>> Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 23:00:04 GMT
> >>> From: "crunchymama at juno.com" <crunchymama at juno.com>
> >>> Subject: Re: [Callers] Another Name That Dance
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> >>> I am relieved to hear that it is in fact "Cure for the Claps"-
> >>> locally
> >>> it's been called as "Cure for the Clap" and in spite enjoying
> >>> dance I've
> >>> always shuddered at the name. Never made the connection to the
> >>> clapping on
> >>> petronella till now. :o)
> >>>
> >>> -Alison Murphy
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -- richgoss at comcast.net wrote:
> >>> Cure for the Claps - Bob Isaacs
> >>>
> >>> -------------- Original message --------------
> >>> From: Walter <walterdaves at alltel.net>
> >>>
> >>>  So, what's the name of this one? I saw it on YouTube, from All
> >>> Soles
> >>>> Dance, with the Great Bear Trio playing**
> >>>>
> >>>> * *
> >>>>
> >>>> *A1: Balance the ring; Petronella twirl, Swing partner
> >>>> A2: Balance the ring, Petronella twirl, Swing neighbor
> >>>> B1: Down the hall, turn single, return
> >>>> B2: Circle left 3 places, balance the ring, California twirl
> >>>> *
> >>>>
> >>>> Thanks,
> >>>>
> >>>> Walter Daves
> >>>> **
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