[Callers] The Beginners' Lesson Tips?

Read Weaver rweaver at igc.org
Tue Oct 4 13:47:14 PDT 2011

I quite agree that a walking swing is a crucial skill to learn (some  
choreographies obviously work better with it), and a perfectly good  
thing to start with. But I still think the buzzstep needs to be  
taught, because it's easy to get it wrong. I've started attending a  
couple of established but new-to-me dances and see people (not many  
but some) who are obviously reasonably experienced contra dancers but  
getting the buzzstep wrong, leading with the left foot rather than  
the right (so it's a chasse). Because it has the same rhythm as a  
buzzstep I suspect one could keep doing it forever unless explicitly  
taught otherwise. (The fact that there's no one at these dances who  
takes on that responsibility is an interesting thing to note, quite  
different from my home dance.)

On Oct 4, 2011, at 12:28 PM, Richard Mckeever wrote:

> It makes me cringe when I see anyone trying to teach beginners a  
> buzz step.  We emphasize the dance is done with a smooth walking  
> step - so let them continue that into the swing rather than  
> encouraging them to start bouncing up and down.
> Once they are comfortable with the walking swing they can proceed  
> on their own to a buzz step.  There is nothing wrong with a walking  
> step and teaching the buzz step makes it seem like a requirement.
> Mac Mckeever

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