[Callers] Ricochet hey dances

Ron Nelson callerman at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 10 10:13:08 PST 2010


Good stuff Martha!  Thanks!
 
Ron Nelson
 
> From: mawild at sbcglobal.net
> Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 21:26:25 -0800
> To: callers at sharedweight.net
> Subject: Re: [Callers] Ricochet hey dances
> 
> I have a couple that you are welcome to call. Chris Page has written 
> a nice one that perhaps he would share, too. Oh, and I don't know why 
> when I paste from Word I get double spacing or how to fix it, so sorry!
> 
> King Bee Hey
> 
> Martha Wild
> 
> Duple improper February 21, 2004
> 
> 
> 
> A1 Do-si-do neighbor
> 
> Allemande right neighbor 1 ½
> 
> A2 Ricochet hey (men pass left shoulder, women push off)*
> 
> B1 Men pass left one more time, swing partner
> 
> B2 Men allemande left 1 ½
> 
> Women join in behind partner for a left hands across star 1X
> 
> 
> *The men dance the full hey, passing left shoulders in the middle.
> 
> 
> ^ On the men allemande left, the women have to let the men get around 
> once and then as their partner passes they move in behind him to join 
> the left hand star. A bit of a moving start on the part of the women 
> helps.
> 
> 
> The first ricochet hey I ever did was a dance called "Huntsville's 
> Queen Bee Hey". The women do the hey, the men ricochet. So I called 
> this one a King Bee Hey.
> 
> Then I decided to do a few "Worker Bee" heys:
> 
> Worker Bee Hey #1
> 
> Martha Wild
> 
> Duple improper September 24, 2006
> 
> 
> 
> A1 Down the set four in line (1s inside)
> 
> Turn as neighbor couples and return*, face center of the line^
> 
> A2 “Worker bee” hey@, 2s start passing right shoulder
> 
> B1 2s gypsy and swing, end swing facing up!
> 
> B2 Handy-hand allemande ~1 ½ times (2s step inside)
> 
> 1s swing and face down
> 
> 
> 
> * A little odd as the men are on the right of the women for the turn.
> 
> ^ The line is not bent, all just turn to face center, 2s facing each 
> other, 1s behind.
> 
> @ I thought it would be nice to do the push off of a “queen bee” hey 
> with one’s own partner. In this case, the #2 couple does a full hey, 
> passing right shoulders to start, while the #1 couple meets at the 
> center and pushes off backwards in little counterclockwise circles. 
> If the 1's adjust a little for the 2's while they swing so they are 
> ready for the handy-hand allemande, this works well.
> 
> 
> 
> Worker Bee Hey #2
> 
> Martha Wild
> 
> Duple Improper September 24, 2006
> 
> 
> 
> A1 Do-si-do neighbor
> 
> Swing neighbor
> 
> A2 Four in line down the set
> 
> Turn as couples, come back up
> 
> B1 Face in, “Worker Bee” hey, 1s start^
> 
> B2 1s gypsy and swing
> 
> 
> 
> ^ Worker bee hey is as described above.
> 
> 
> 
> I like version 1 because both 1s and 2s get a partner swing. This is 
> an easier version, but unequal.
> 
> 
> 
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> > 1. Teaching a Ricochet Hey (John Sweeney)
> > 2. Re: Teaching a Ricochet Hey (Ron Nelson)
> > 3. Re: ricochet or push-back hey - Tapsalteerie (Lisa Greenleaf)
> > 4. Re: Teaching a Ricochet Hey (Martha Edwards)
> > 5. Re: Teaching a Ricochet Hey (Andrea Nettleton)
> > 6. Re: Ricochet Hey (John Sweeney)
> >
> >
> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 1
> > Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:43:13 -0000
> > From: "John Sweeney" <info at contrafusion.co.uk>
> > To: <callers at sharedweight.net>
> > Subject: [Callers] Teaching a Ricochet Hey
> > Message-ID: <CA0CE9090DD943DB981F833BFF1A9940 at JohnT400>
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> >
> > The key thing for the caller to understand is that when the two 
> > dancers
> > ricochet they take each other's place in the hey, and are now going
> > backwards.
> >
> > This means that they must NOT just bounce back the way they came, 
> > or to
> > a neutral position on their own side - they have to follow the looping
> > flow of the hey.
> >
> > I never actually explain that though. I just tell them to bounce back
> > at the opposite angle to the way they came in. Describing it as a
> > triangle usually helps. And one quick demo usually solves 90% of the
> > problems.
> >
> > The other 10% of the problems come from people who bounce back and 
> > then
> > stop! They are still part of the hey and have to keep moving.
> >
> > So instructions like these sometimes work: "As you come to the middle
> > you will meet someone on a diagonal; bounce off that person and head
> > backwards on the other diagonal, then move left* and come in again; 
> > you
> > are going around the same triangle over and over again."
> >
> > *or right, depends on the dance.
> >
> > Note: As you bounce you change direction by just under 90 degrees, 
> > it is
> > very easy to let that rotation continue and throw a couple of spins in
> > :-)
> >
> > Happy dancing,
> > John
> >
> > John Sweeney, Dancer, England john at modernjive.com 01233 625 362 &
> > 07802 940 574
> > http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events, Instructional 
> > DVDs and
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> > http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Contra Dancing in Kent
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 2
> > Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:57:38 +0000
> > From: Ron Nelson <callerman at hotmail.com>
> > To: <callers at sharedweight.net>
> > Subject: Re: [Callers] Teaching a Ricochet Hey
> > Message-ID: <BAY158-W162F5D0B4F05A84D3CAA57B82C0 at phx.gbl>
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> >
> >
> > Very perceptive description John. It helped me considerably as I 
> > prepare to teach this movement.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Ron Nelson
> >
> >> From: info at contrafusion.co.uk
> >> To: callers at sharedweight.net
> >> Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:43:13 +0000
> >> Subject: [Callers] Teaching a Ricochet Hey
> >>
> >> The key thing for the caller to understand is that when the two 
> >> dancers
> >> ricochet they take each other's place in the hey, and are now going
> >> backwards.
> >>
> >> This means that they must NOT just bounce back the way they came, 
> >> or to
> >> a neutral position on their own side - they have to follow the 
> >> looping
> >> flow of the hey.
> >>
> >> I never actually explain that though. I just tell them to bounce back
> >> at the opposite angle to the way they came in. Describing it as a
> >> triangle usually helps. And one quick demo usually solves 90% of the
> >> problems.
> >>
> >> The other 10% of the problems come from people who bounce back and 
> >> then
> >> stop! They are still part of the hey and have to keep moving.
> >>
> >> So instructions like these sometimes work: "As you come to the middle
> >> you will meet someone on a diagonal; bounce off that person and head
> >> backwards on the other diagonal, then move left* and come in 
> >> again; you
> >> are going around the same triangle over and over again."
> >>
> >> *or right, depends on the dance.
> >>
> >> Note: As you bounce you change direction by just under 90 degrees, 
> >> it is
> >> very easy to let that rotation continue and throw a couple of 
> >> spins in
> >> :-)
> >>
> >> Happy dancing,
> >> John
> >>
> >> John Sweeney, Dancer, England john at modernjive.com 01233 625 362 &
> >> 07802 940 574
> >> http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events, Instructional 
> >> DVDs and
> >> Interactive Maps
> >> http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Contra Dancing in Kent
> >>
> >>
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> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 3
> > Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2010 12:58:42 -0500
> > From: Lisa Greenleaf <laleaf at verizon.net>
> > To: Caller's discussion list <callers at sharedweight.net>
> > Subject: Re: [Callers] ricochet or push-back hey - Tapsalteerie
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> >
> >> Adam Carlson's Queen Bee
> >
> >
> > A little history here: Adam was the first to take this dance 
> > flourish and put it in a dance. He called it the figure a Queen 
> > Bee hey after a neighborhood in Seattle. I liked the move but 
> > wanted a name that reflected the action of the figure, so I called 
> > it a ricochet hey and wrote a dance with the same name; the dance 
> > is a riff on Tony Parkes' Flirtation Reel.
> >
> > My original dance had alternating 1s and 2s, but that worked only 
> > with experienced or up-for-anything crowds. I don't call this any 
> > more, as other folks have written much better dances!
> >
> > Ricochet Hey Duple Improper
> >
> > A1 (8) Down 4 in line , 1s in middle, turn alone (8) Up, face N (1s 
> > BTB in middle) 
> > A2 (16) Passing Neighbor R, 1s whole hey, 2s Ricochet 
> > B1 (16) B&S N 
> > B2 (8) For & Back (8) 1s Sw, face down 
> >
> > 
> > Lisa Greenleaf
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 4
> > Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:32:52 -0600
> > From: Martha Edwards <meedwards at westendweb.com>
> > To: "Caller's discussion list" <callers at sharedweight.net>
> > Subject: Re: [Callers] Teaching a Ricochet Hey
> > Message-ID:
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> >
> > I find that if it's a regular hey (ladies start by the right 
> > shoulder) a
> > ricochet hey feels a bit like a reverse Mad Robin - walking a sort 
> > of dosido
> > track while facing across - adding, of course, the push-off...
> >
> > M
> > E
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM, John Sweeney 
> > <info at contrafusion.co.uk>wrote:
> >
> >> The key thing for the caller to understand is that when the two 
> >> dancers
> >> ricochet they take each other's place in the hey, and are now going
> >> backwards.
> >>
> >> This means that they must NOT just bounce back the way they came, 
> >> or to
> >> a neutral position on their own side - they have to follow the 
> >> looping
> >> flow of the hey.
> >>
> >> I never actually explain that though. I just tell them to bounce 
> >> back
> >> at the opposite angle to the way they came in. Describing it as a
> >> triangle usually helps. And one quick demo usually solves 90% of the
> >> problems.
> >>
> >> The other 10% of the problems come from people who bounce back and 
> >> then
> >> stop! They are still part of the hey and have to keep moving.
> >>
> >> So instructions like these sometimes work: "As you come to the middle
> >> you will meet someone on a diagonal; bounce off that person and head
> >> backwards on the other diagonal, then move left* and come in 
> >> again; you
> >> are going around the same triangle over and over again."
> >>
> >> *or right, depends on the dance.
> >>
> >> Note: As you bounce you change direction by just under 90 degrees, 
> >> it is
> >> very easy to let that rotation continue and throw a couple of 
> >> spins in
> >> :-)
> >>
> >> Happy dancing,
> >> John
> >>
> >> John Sweeney, Dancer, England john at modernjive.com 01233 625 362 &
> >> 07802 940 574
> >> http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events, Instructional 
> >> DVDs and
> >> Interactive Maps
> >> http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Contra Dancing in Kent
> >>
> >>
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> >
> >
> >
> > -- 
> > For the good are always the merry,
> > Save by an evil chance,
> > And the merry love the fiddle
> > And the merry love to dance. ~ William Butler Yeats
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 5
> > Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:09:34 -0500
> > From: Andrea Nettleton <twirly-girl at bellsouth.net>
> > To: callers at sharedweight.net
> > Subject: Re: [Callers] Teaching a Ricochet Hey
> > Message-ID: <4CFEBEAE.4050903 at bellsouth.net>
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> >
> > I teach a ricochet hey like a slice of pizza. You go in up the 
> > side of
> > the slice, angle back out down the other side of the slice, and curve
> > back to place along the crust. The other dancers dance the crust 
> > first
> > then either cross, or in a double ricochet hey, go into the center and
> > back out along the sides of the slice of pizza. Worked when I 
> > taught my
> > dance, Mambo, to my skit cast for West Side Contra. I wrote a move
> > which I believe is novel, which I called a Half Ricochet Allemande 
> > Hey.
> > It actually returns all participants to their original places, 
> > which are
> > already progressed, but gets them moving in the right direction. 
> > In it,
> > the ladies travel the pizza slice as described above, but the 
> > gents, who
> > are across the set from their partners, travel the crust first, and
> > instead of passing by the right to cross over, continue the circle 
> > they
> > began by allemande-ing back to place and on to meet their new 
> > neighbor.
> > It has a beautiful flow, the circle folding in on itself like waves
> > tumbling over one another in the ocean. Here is the dance, not as we
> > danced it in the skit, which we had to do shifted forward a half 
> > phrase
> > to accommodate the hits in the music, but as you would teach it to a
> > hall of dancers, but probably not one full of newbies. :-)
> >
> > MAMBO! (Improper)
> >
> > A1 Partners face and Mad Robin
> >
> > Circle L 1x
> >
> > A2 Balance the ring, Spin R 1 place (Petronella)
> >
> > Partner Swing
> >
> > B1 R & L Through
> >
> > Ladies Chain
> >
> > B2 1/2 Ricochet Allemande Hey [OR California Roll] *See below
> >
> > New Nbr. Gypsy
> >
> > *In a 1/2 Ricochet Allemande Hey, the Ladies, who are coming out of 
> > the
> > Courtesy Turn following the Ladies Chain, go into the center, ricochet
> > (push one another back and to the left.) They arrive at their Nbr's
> > place turn and curve out and towards their starting place, then beyond
> > for the gypsy. The Gents curve back and to the right then into the
> > center for an Allemande L (some would call it a 1/2, some 3/4, I say
> > till they are back where they began the 'Hey'), and continue past the
> > starting place to Gypsy a New Nbr. to Gypsy. It isn't exactly a Hey,
> > though that's where I started with the move. It does have a nice
> > folding quality to it and spits everyone out moving toward the New 
> > Nbr.
> > I think of the Ladies as doing a slice of pizza, making the tasty 
> > point
> > first, ending with the crust, while the Gents do a whole pie, starting
> > with the same bit of crust the Ladies will later do. Tasty for all.
> >
> > To do the California Roll in this dance: when the Ladies come out of
> > said Courtesy Turn, all free up their hands and face into their 
> > original
> > hands four as they would if they circled, with Partners standing 
> > across
> > the set. Partners take the handy hand, which is the Lady's R, the
> > Gent's L, lift joined hands, the lady curls in toward her partner and
> > walks under while he walks past, to swap, reverse direction, and face
> > New Nbrs. Not yet proper, they immediately do a Roll Away with a Half
> > Sashay to swap places but continue to face the New Neighbors, whom 
> > they
> > might then Gypsy. I used the move to end the dance. It gives very
> > elastic and satisfying connection with the partner for such a purpose,
> > but could also function as a perfectly good progression. It is less
> > good in that capacity for this dance because the first New Nbr.
> > interaction is a forward moving one. It might be more properly 
> > termed a
> > Nevada Roll due to the starting positions, but who can resist 
> > something
> > as funny and catchy as a California Roll?
> >
> >
> >
> > On 12/7/2010 4:32 PM, Martha Edwards wrote:
> >> I find that if it's a regular hey (ladies start by the right 
> >> shoulder) a
> >> ricochet hey feels a bit like a reverse Mad Robin - walking a sort 
> >> of dosido
> >> track while facing across - adding, of course, the push-off...
> >>
> >> M
> >> E
> >>
> >> On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM, John 
> >> Sweeney<info at contrafusion.co.uk>wrote:
> >>
> >>> The key thing for the caller to understand is that when the two 
> >>> dancers
> >>> ricochet they take each other's place in the hey, and are now going
> >>> backwards.
> >>>
> >>> This means that they must NOT just bounce back the way they came, 
> >>> or to
> >>> a neutral position on their own side - they have to follow the 
> >>> looping
> >>> flow of the hey.
> >>>
> >>> I never actually explain that though. I just tell them to bounce 
> >>> back
> >>> at the opposite angle to the way they came in. Describing it as a
> >>> triangle usually helps. And one quick demo usually solves 90% of the
> >>> problems.
> >>>
> >>> The other 10% of the problems come from people who bounce back 
> >>> and then
> >>> stop! They are still part of the hey and have to keep moving.
> >>>
> >>> So instructions like these sometimes work: "As you come to the 
> >>> middle
> >>> you will meet someone on a diagonal; bounce off that person and head
> >>> backwards on the other diagonal, then move left* and come in 
> >>> again; you
> >>> are going around the same triangle over and over again."
> >>>
> >>> *or right, depends on the dance.
> >>>
> >>> Note: As you bounce you change direction by just under 90 
> >>> degrees, it is
> >>> very easy to let that rotation continue and throw a couple of 
> >>> spins in
> >>> :-)
> >>>
> >>> Happy dancing,
> >>> John
> >>>
> >>> John Sweeney, Dancer, England john at modernjive.com 01233 625 362&
> >>> 07802 940 574
> >>> http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events, Instructional 
> >>> DVDs and
> >>> Interactive Maps
> >>> http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Contra Dancing in Kent
> >>>
> >>>
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> >>
> >>
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 6
> > Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 14:49:23 -0000
> > From: "John Sweeney" <info at contrafusion.co.uk>
> > To: <callers at sharedweight.net>
> > Subject: Re: [Callers] Ricochet Hey
> > Message-ID: <58F0164537EA4103B3909D045E0477C1 at JohnT400>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> >
> > The ones I know are:
> >
> > Ricochet Hey #1 (no idea who wrote it, sorry)
> > Contra; Improper
> >
> > Start in lines of four facing down, #1s in the middle
> > A1: Down the Hall in Lines of Four; Turn Alone
> > Up the Hall in Lines of Four; #1s face #2s
> > A2: Full Hey: normal Hey for #1s; Ricochet Hey for #2s
> > B1: Neighbour Balance & Swing
> > B2: Long Lines Forward & Back
> > #1s Swing - end facing down to pick up next #2s
> >
> >
> > Rolling Hey (by Charley Harvey)
> > Contra; Improper
> >
> > A1: Circle Left; Neighbor Swing
> > A2: Circle Left 3/4; Partner Swing
> > B1: Star Right; Ladies' Chain
> > B2: Ricochet Hey for all - start with Ladies into the centre on a
> > slight Right diagonal; push back on a slight Left diagonal, then 
> > step to
> > the right; Men do the same, starting with the step to the right; 
> > REPEAT)
> > - so no-one ever crosses the set during the Hey.
> > Ladies keep moving to the right into a new circle. Men turn to
> > their left out of the last push into a new circle.
> >
> > Happy dancing,
> >
> > John
> > John Sweeney, Dancer, England john at modernjive.com 01233 625 362 &
> > 07802 940 574
> > http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Contra Dancing in Kent
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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