[Callers] Circle mixers for newbies

Martha Wild mawild at sbcglobal.net
Fri Oct 26 09:37:39 PDT 2012


I do a variation of La Bastrangue that I call Black Cat Mixer, but maybe it should just be La Bastrangue Variation:

A1) Forward and back, repeat
A2) Circle left
Single file back to the right! - at end,  women, or #2s (if you haven't got easily established genders, i.e. children, tons of women or men, etc., tell them when they start to choose someone to be #1 and someone to be #2, and then have the #1s on the left and #2s on the right to start) - anyway, women or #2s TAP the person in front of them, who turns to face them
B1) Do-si-do the person you are facing
Swing that person (or 2 hand turn, elbow swing depending on crowd)
B2) Promenade (with the #1s on the inside and the #2s on the outside, that usually aligns them correctly) for 16 counts, swoop the 2s forward to form a circle again.

I find the TAP is very useful in telling people who they are going to dance with. The #2s are always the tappers. In regular La Bastrangue, for newcomers, the swing is way too long since they don't know how to do it, and figuring out who is on your left and turning them under is sometimes confusing (some  people have left-right issues, and the turning them under varies from person to person, wrenching arms as no one knows what to expect). This usually works pretty well.
Martha


On Oct 26, 2012, at 9:00 AM, callers-request at sharedweight.net wrote:

> Send Callers mailing list submissions to
> 	callers at sharedweight.net
> 
> To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit
> 	http://www.sharedweight.net/mailman/listinfo/callers
> or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to
> 	callers-request at sharedweight.net
> 
> You can reach the person managing the list at
> 	callers-owner at sharedweight.net
> 
> When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific
> than "Re: Contents of Callers digest..."
> 
> 
> Today's Topics:
> 
>   1. Re: Circle Mixers for newbies (Linda Leslie)
>   2. Mystery Triplet (Maia McCormick)
>   3. Re: Mystery Triplet (Linda Leslie)
>   4. Re: Melanie's-Microchasmic-Star Crazy? (Andrea Nettleton)
>   5. Reminder (Chris Weiler (home))
> 
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:36:06 -0400
> From: Linda Leslie <laleslierjg at comcast.net>
> To: Laur <lcpgr at yahoo.com>, Caller's discussion list
> 	<callers at sharedweight.net>
> Subject: Re: [Callers] Circle Mixers for newbies
> Message-ID: <045EA280-6C24-439C-8685-F05118D91D4D at comcast.net>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed; delsp=yes
> 
> EZ's Mixer is by Eric Zorn. I believe Eric is still in Chicago, which  
> where I first met him about 30 years ago!
> Linda
> 
> On Oct 25, 2012, at 8:40 PM, Laur wrote:
> 
>> I have great success with EZ's Mixer.  (Thanks Meg Dedolph)
>> I'm sorry I don't have the author.
>> 
>> I use it at festivals, with beginners during a dance as instruction,  
>> at weddings.
>> 
>> Laurie P
>> 
>> EZ's Mixer
>> 
>> A1
>> P Rt hand turn
>> P Lf hand turn
>> 
>> A2
>> P two hand turn
>> P do si do
>> 
>> B1
>> P (Bal) Swing (leave out the bal if you think they can't get it or  
>> do an elbow swing)
>> 
>> B2
>> P Promenade
>> Ladies turn back (or gents move forward)
>> 
>> For a non mixer change
>> 
>> B1
>> Promenade
>> 
>> B2
>> Into the middle and back 2x
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> 
>> _______________________________________________
>> Callers mailing list
>> Callers at sharedweight.net
>> http://www.sharedweight.net/mailman/listinfo/callers
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 2
> Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:43:45 -0400
> From: Maia McCormick <maia.mcc at gmail.com>
> To: "Caller's discussion list" <callers at sharedweight.net>
> Subject: [Callers] Mystery Triplet
> Message-ID:
> 	<CAHUcZGOWOAsW3gR1kgZ=Gnz6F58fhrCbj3VOPEbDRzuCtsRXGQ at mail.gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> Snagged the following lovely-looking dance from David Kaynor last week,
> only he couldn't remember the name of it. Anyone know it?
> 
> Thanks!
> Maia
> 
> ________ by Anne Fallon (triplet, proper)
> 
> A1: forward and back; partner do-si-do
> 
> A2: 2?s start contracorners
> 
> B1: all partners balance and swing
> 
> B2: peel the banana (1?s lead down, make arch, become 3?s)
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:15:36 -0400
> From: Linda Leslie <laleslierjg at comcast.net>
> To: Caller's discussion list <callers at sharedweight.net>
> Subject: Re: [Callers] Mystery Triplet
> Message-ID: <55A692EF-0D29-46D4-9B69-CD40A6714DC2 at comcast.net>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=WINDOWS-1252; format=flowed;
> 	delsp=yes
> 
> The dance is Microchasmic by Ann Fallon.
> Linda
> 
> On Oct 25, 2012, at 10:43 PM, Maia McCormick wrote:
> 
>> Hi folks,
>> 
>> Snagged the following lovely-looking dance from David Kaynor last  
>> week,
>> only he couldn't remember the name of it. Anyone know it?
>> 
>> Thanks!
>> Maia
>> 
>> ________ by Anne Fallon (triplet, proper)
>> 
>> A1: forward and back; partner do-si-do
>> 
>> A2: 2?s start contracorners
>> 
>> B1: all partners balance and swing
>> 
>> B2: peel the banana (1?s lead down, make arch, become 3?s)
>> _______________________________________________
>> Callers mailing list
>> Callers at sharedweight.net
>> http://www.sharedweight.net/mailman/listinfo/callers
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:43:20 -0400
> From: Andrea Nettleton <twirly-girl at bellsouth.net>
> To: "sue at manytracks.com" <sue at manytracks.com>,	Caller's discussion
> 	list <callers at sharedweight.net>
> Subject: Re: [Callers] Melanie's-Microchasmic-Star Crazy?
> Message-ID: <717C06ED-B6BA-4D5E-B32C-D8E826CE92CA at bellsouth.net>
> Content-Type: text/plain;	charset=us-ascii
> 
> I like the pull out to be from a star R, as the tug then gives you the correct clockwise rotation to swing.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Oct 25, 2012, at 8:57 PM, Sue Robishaw <sue at manytracks.com> wrote:
> 
>> Hi,
>>   In trying to organize my dances I have "Melanie's Triplet" and "Star Crazy" (with a note that it's also called "Six Hand Reel") that look to be the same (Circle / Star / Lowest pull out / promenade). And someone gave me yet another name.  But in searching online and on this list to see if they indeed are the same, I also found a different "Melanie's Triplet" that is the same as one I have as "Microchasmic" (with Contra Corners).
>>   I know dances often have many names and no matter what you call them they're both great dances, but I'd like to get the names right if possible. Any help sorting this out would be appreciated!
>>   Also, on the "Lowest Pull Out" dance above, which Star first have you found to work best (Right Hand or Left Hand)?
>>       Thanks much,
>>       Sue Robishaw, U.P. MI
>> _______________________________________________
>> Callers mailing list
>> Callers at sharedweight.net
>> http://www.sharedweight.net/mailman/listinfo/callers
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:54:29 -0400
> From: "Chris Weiler (home)" <chris.weiler at weirdtable.org>
> To: Shared Weight <callers at sharedweight.net>,	A list for dance
> 	organizers <organizers at sharedweight.net>
> Subject: [Callers] Reminder
> Message-ID: <508AA425.7090009 at weirdtable.org>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
> 
> Just a reminder to be kind to our digest receiving friends. Please make 
> sure the subject line is relevant to your post and trim away any 
> non-relevant portions of the previous posts from the bottom of your message.
> 
> There's a lot of traffic this week, so it makes for very long digests.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Chris Weiler
> your friendly neighborhood admin
> Craftsbury, VT
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> _______________________________________________
> Callers mailing list
> Callers at sharedweight.net
> http://www.sharedweight.net/mailman/listinfo/callers
> 
> 
> End of Callers Digest, Vol 98, Issue 19
> ***************************************




More information about the Callers mailing list