[Callers] Arms Folded in Dosidos

Joseph Erhard-Hudson josephatthecoop at gmail.com
Mon May 20 14:44:15 PDT 2013


When teaching beginners, I try to sprinkle in a few moments on style vs.
substance. I'll point out an example or two such as do-si-do spins,
courtesy turn twirls, etc. My teaching points are:

- You'll see some people doing these embellishments to the basic moves, but
they are not required (nor forbidden). They are style.
- As a beginner you should focus on the substance for now. Just be in the
right place at the right time.
- As you gain experience you will develop a sense for when the stylish
moves will fit into the dance.
- You can communicate withother to make it clear whether you wish to
indulge in twirls etc. Saying this also serves as a reminder to the old
hands present, that they need to be mindful of their dancing partners'
needs.

If I think it's warranted during the course of the evening, I might also
say something like, "This is a busy passage, you might not have time for
twirls." This is as often for overenthusiastic old hands as it is for the
newbies.

- joseph


On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 8:56 AM, George Mercer <geopmercer at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have nothing against spinning on dosidos.  I used to do it regularly.  As
> I aged I decided it was too much work.  Why does anyone feel the need to
> teach spinning on a dosido?  Those who want to will figure it out.  I will
> tell dancers that the arm-crossing isn't really a part of the move, but
> what is important is getting to where you're supposed to be next.  The same
> thing applies to the "Petronella clap."  I gave up caring about that a long
> time ago, but I will tell dancers, beginning and experienced, that the
> Petronella twirl/slide is about getting to the next spot on time, not about
> clapping.  Do it if you want, do it if you must, but do it in the beats
> allotted.
>
>
> On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM, Allen Ortep <ortep.allen at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > For those trying for the first time  to spin during  a do-si-do, it is
> > easiest if they place the tip of the index finger of their non-dominant
> > hand on their nose.
> >
> > On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 8:57 AM, Rich Goss <richgoss at comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> > > I think a bit of context is in order.   This topic was originally
> started
> > > in a thread about teaching young children at school.   In this context
> I
> > > agree with Dan Pearl's post about not correcting it.
> > >
> > > My 2 cents.
> > >
> > > Rich Goss
> > >
> > > At our weekly contra I would discourage it in a tactful way.
> > >
> > > On May 20, 2013, at 2:00 AM, "John Sweeney" <info at contrafusion.co.uk>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Arms folded in dosidos?  I DO "correct" it for three reasons:
> > > >
> > > > 1) If you implicitly condone it by saying nothing, then others will
> > copy
> > > > it and it will spread even more.
> > > >
> > > > 2) If these people then ever go to a contra dance they are going to
> > look
> > > > decidedly uncool, perhaps to their embarrassment.
> > > >
> > > > 3) If they ever want to add spins to their dosidos, then it is MUCH
> > > > easier without arms folded - your arms help you balance and can aid
> > your
> > > > spinning.
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