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Tue Aug 21 08:57:05 PDT 2012
Triplets don't have to be longways, they can also be in circles. This
one usually goes down well:
Gypsy A Trois (by John Sweeney)
Three Couples in a Circle
A1: Circle Left One Place; Balance the Ring
Three Men DosiAll
A2: Circle Left One Place; Balance the Ring
Three Ladies DosiAll
B1: Partner Allemande Left to
Three Ladies' Gypsy in the middle WHILE Men Single File
Promenade CCW outside
B2: Meet your Partner (second time, at home): Partner Allemande
Left (full Allemande to the person who started opposite you)
This Neighbour Swing - this is your new Partner
x3 should take you home (at least to your original partner, if not the
exact spot on the dance-floor!).
Details of exactly what a DosiAll is, and how to teach it, are below,
with this standard contra dance that uses it.
DosiAll (by John Sweeney)
A1: Circle Right Half Way; Balance the Ring
A2: Circle Left Half Way; Balance the Ring
B1: Partner Balance & Swing
B2: On the Left Diagonal: Half Hey - Ladies lead by Right Shoulder
Half Promenade back across to your own side and flow into
the Circle Right
The DosiAll is a Dosido for all four people simultaneously.
Teaching: First you get the two men to Dosido. Then you get the two
ladies to Dosido. Then you get all four to do a four-person Gypsy. Then
you say "OK, now I want you all to do the Dosido simultaneously. You
are going to follow the track you walked in the Gypsy, but you are doing
a Dosido. Go slightly to your left as you start forwards so that you
don't crash." Once they get the basic idea you can get them spinning
counterclockwise in the Dosidos - it is even better if all four spin.
Warn them to check the speed of the person in front and adjust so they
don't catch up.
The Balance the Ring is to synchronise the start of the DosiAll. It
means all four people start forwards at the same time.
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john at modernjive.com 01233 625 362
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
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