[Callers] emerging artists / Dave Colestock dances

Charles M. Hannum root at ihack.net
Tue Aug 25 21:14:38 PDT 2009

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 03:46, Tina Fields<tfields8 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Men in Plaid has a Gent's Chain. With which hand is this typically done? Gents pull by R as ladies do, or by L?  I just called a dance this weekend with this move, and a discussion with the male dancers about this both ahead of time and afterwards yielded mostly that they're unaccustomed to the move. The dance I called had this chain followed by a 1/2 hey, and one thing that is clear is that they have to be congruent (e.g., gents chain by L --> gents pass by L to start the hey).

One way to look at it is that the chainer is following the same
pattern as the leader in a hay.

For example, if you're in normal couples and you're doing a ladies
chain (you might call it a "belles chain"), the ladies shift left to
pass each other by the right, then shift right again, and finally are
swept around the end.  If you diagram it, the walking pattern (for the
ladies) is exactly the same as "ladies start a half hay".

Likewise, if you're in normal couples and you're doing a gents chain
("beauxs chain"), the men must shift right, pass by the left, shift
left again, and then go around the end.  This is equivalent to "gents
start a half hay".

So it depends on whether the gents start on the left or right.  But if
you picture it as a hay, it's obvious where they go.

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