[Callers] Seen This One Before?

Rich Goss richgoss at comcast.net
Sat Jul 27 09:40:10 PDT 2013


Pretty amazing story.


On Jul 27, 2013, at 3:14 AM, Bob Isaacs <isaacsbob at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Rich:
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> Good questions.  This happened at the Clearwater Festival held at a park on the Hudson River about an hour north of NYC.  Clearwater is much more about concerts than dancing - for example, on the main stage act at that time was some guy named Pete Seeger.  The band was the ridiculously talented Giant Robot Dance, I was a last-minute fill-in for the Sunday session, and we had an hour.  So most of the participants were folks who didn't realize Seeger was playing, wandered by the tent, and decided to give contra a try.  So after three dances of dosido-and-away-we-go and put-the-lady-on-the-right, I wanted to give the contra regulars and the band something mildly interesting to finish with.  Andrew van Norstrand suggested Petronellas, I happily agreed, and then - oops! - I realized I hadn't taught a ladies chain yet.  After teaching the A1 the band went into rolling start mode, so I winged it and this dance is what happened.
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> Bob
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>> CC: callers at sharedweight.net
>> From: richgoss at comcast.net
>> Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:58:52 -0700
>> To: callers at sharedweight.net
>> Subject: Re: [Callers] Seen This One Before?
>> 
>> So you have a beginner crowd at a festival? Since when does the band get to dictate what you call? Just sayin'
>> 
>> Rich
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>> On Jul 26, 2013, at 8:42 PM, Eric Black <eric at mirador.com> wrote:
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>>> Bob,
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>>> I've danced pretty much this sequence as a Becket starting at B2. Can't
>>> remember who or where. I remember it because it not only was a "barely
>>> Becket" but you immediately progressed away from your neighbor couple.
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>>> -Eric
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>>>> Hi All:
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>>>> Faced with a largely beginner audience at a recent festival, I came up with the following when the band wanted high-energy Petronellas in the A's. I suspect it isn't new, but have been unable to find it in the usual sources. Thanks in advance for whoever has the author/title; otherwise I'll have to come up with one -
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>>>> Improper
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>>>> A1. Balance, Petronella, balance, Petronella
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>>>> A2. N1 balance, swing
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>>>> B1. Gents allemande L 1 1/2, partner swing
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>>>> B2. Circle L 3/4 and pass through, N2 dosido and form ring
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>>>> Yes, I know - I need to write a new Petronella dance like I need a hole in my head. Some things just can't be helped -
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>>>> Bob
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