[Callers] Favorite mixers?

Erik Hoffman erik at erikhoffman.com
Sat Sep 28 12:38:29 PDT 2013


I love Ted Sanella's /Love & Kisses/ mixer.

I also really enjoy the roll-away into a swing, at least when the men 
know how to guide the woman who's rolling away into a swing. So, I've 
made up two dances that use that move:

*Rollaway Mixer*

Mixer---Circle

Erik Hoffman

A1   with Corner, Allemande Left to face current Partner, weave Right 
past Partner, Left past next;then Swing the next

A2Into the center and back that way, now Rollaway with a half sashay*X 2 
(Women moving right)

B1Swing the new one coming your way (the next person you're coming to, 
not the one you just did the Rollaway with)

B2Promenade


This one benefits lots of movement, and two swings, though the A1 Corner 
Left Allemande has to be a quick one, 4 beats, and the Weave also 
snappy, 2-beats each, to get a decent swing. Note that, in the two 
Rollaways, you'll Rollaway with one you passed by the right, and your 
previous partner, so the progression ends up one to the left.  You can 
introduce the future partner at the onset of the first walkthrough.



*Rollaway Too*

Mixer---Circle

Erik Hoffman

A1Up to the middle and back that way, Rollaway with a Half Sashay X2 
(Women moving Right, away from Partner)

A2Swing the next one coming your way (as above in Rollaway Mixer)

B1Circle left, Circle Right (one big ring)

B2Do Paso (left Allemande with the one you swung -- your current 
partner, Right Allemande corner, Left allemand Partner, turning it into 
a courtesy turn to face the middle)


This one is perhaps a bit less challenging that Rollaway Mixer.  And the 
Do Paso is another wonderful move, lifted from square dancing.  As those 
doing the Do Paso face the center, they can promenade in, back-up with a 
rollaway, and take hands on the second time to the center.


Here are a few more:



*Riding the Waves*

Mixer---Circle

Erik HoffmanFebruary 14, 1998

Start in Wavy Circle, Men facing out, Partner in Right

A1Rory O'More Balances (right, then left)

A2Allemande Left "Corner" (old Pt), Allemande Rightt "New" Partner, 
Allemande Left Corner, Walk by New Partner passing Right Shoulder

B1   With next, Balance & Swing (your new Partner)

B2Promenade end in wave (Men stepping forward, holding this Partner's 
Right hand)



*Lost Memories*

Mixer---Circle

Erik HoffmanDecember 8, 2001

A1Do Si Do New Partner; Allemande Right New Partner 1.25* to a Wavy 
Circle, Men facing out, Women in

A2Two Rory O'More Balances

B1Allemande Left "Corner" (left hand person at the start of the wave), 
current Partner Swing

B2Promande, at the end of the phrase, Women loop (turn) back to do the 
"A1Do Si Do" with the Man behind them


* The Right Allemande in A1 is about one-and-a-quarter, but I'd probably 
say, "one and a half"..


---On December 8, I was trying to reconstruct Riding the Waves from 
memory.I didn't quite succeed, but I came up with this.


*Train to Boston*

Mixer---Circle

Erik HoffmanOctober 7, 1993

A1Balance & Swing Partner, end in Varsouvienne Promenade position (hands 
at Women's shoulders)

A2Prom four, turn individually, while holding hands, so Wm is now on 
left, man on Rt, and continue in the Prom direction, */_backing up_/* 
for four;Prom forward (now reverse Prom direction) four, turn around (as 
before, now Wm is back on Rt), */_back up_/* (continuing in reverse Prom 
direction)

B1Prom into center (hang a left), take hands in a circle while backing 
up;Into center and back (again)

B2Al Lft corner, Rt to Pt, grand Rt and Lft four changes (RLRL), then Rt 
to fifth to A1


---This dance is far more difficult to describe than to do.It's one of 
those ones where I almost always use a demonstration.


---I try to remember to ask the band to play one extra "B" part on the 
last time through the dance, so it ends with a Swing.


I know I've posted this here before.  But, I do like it.  It was written 
on the train to Boston.I was on tour in the south and Midwest, 
Asheville, NC to Indianapolis, IN.I thought, since I'll be on the east 
coast, I might as well go to Pinewoods.And I was Right.It was great to 
go to Pinewoods, but I found it much farther away than I expected!  I'm 
pretty sure I was thinking of a dance Sandy Bradley called, but I 
couldn't recall.  I did remember the Gay Gordon's move, though at the 
time I think I didn't know the Gay Gordon's Promenade was lifted from 
that dance...



*The Wedding Ring*

**Mixer---Circle

Erik Hoffman

Start with the Mn in the center, facing Pt:

A1Do Si Do Partner;Allemande Right Partner Twice to form a circle wave, 
Men facing out, Women in

A2Balance, with Partner Allemande half-way by the Rt to new wave Women 
now facing out;Balance, with the Next---the person in Left 
hand---Allemande Left half-way to meet the Next and:

B1Balance & Swing

B2with the one you swung: Promenade, at the end of the phrase: Women 
Cast Back (Loop Back) meet New Partner behind them

---A dance commissioned by Amber Roullard for her wedding to Jim 
Mueller, September 10, 1994.Amber and Jim, both great old time fiddlers, 
are the central figures of the Growling Old Geezers, from San Luis 
Obispo, CA. Amber asked for a circle mixer, because when people 
Promenade past the band she can check out who's there!The Balances give 
even more opportunity.It's fun to tell this little story, because, then 
when dancers are promenading, they often take a look at the band, and 
that's rare!



On 9/27/2013 11:42 PM, Martha Wild wrote:
> I have a big circle mixer I really like, I'm not sure who wrote it or the name of it, perhaps if someone else recognizes it they can help me out there. I just call it the Balance and Pass mixer so I know what it is.
>
> A1) Balance and Swing Partner
> A2) Promenade for 8, Twirl Promenade for eight. (See explanation below)
> B1) Balance your partner, pass by the next,
> 	 Balance the next, pass by the next,
> B2) Balance the next, pass by the next
> 	 Do si do the next, (this is your new partner)
>
>   
> The  promenade is for 8 counts in Varsovienne position, at which point the man raises his right hand and the woman twirls beneath his hand as they continue moving forward for another 8 counts, ending with the woman facing around the circle in the opposite direction from the man, with their right hands still joined. For the balances, start with your partner balance, then pull by partner and walk past the next person you meet. Balance the next, pull by and skip one again, repeat, then finally do-si-do the one you meet.
>
> It's a fun and energetic dance, people usually get it quickly.
>
>
> I also wrote a big circle mixer inspired by one of Ted Sanella's, and it works pretty well:
>
> Ted's Waves
> A1) Forward and back
> 	Women go forward, return facing out to form a wave, partner in right hand
> A2) Balance the wave, allemande partner 1X
> 	Balance the wave, allemande left neighbor 1X
> B1) Do si do partner
> 	Swing the same neighbor
> B2) Promenade the set
>
> Martha
>
> On Sep 27, 2013, at 6:26 AM, callers-request at sharedweight.net wrote:
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>> Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:06:56 -0700 (PDT)
>> From: Laur <lcpgr at yahoo.com>
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>> MINE TOO!!!
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>> I use EZ's mixer for any event - great for ONS to introduce moves without teaching...?
>> esp for weddings and well, community events.
>>
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>>> From: Jack Mitchell <jamitch3 at mindspring.com>
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>>> Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:55 PM
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>>> Two of my favorites are:
>>>
>>> *Esmerelda's Revenge* -- Beth Parkes Mixer
>>>
>>> *A1*Forward and Back
>>> All go forward, gents back up (ladies stay in the middle)
>>> to have a ring of ladies inside the ring of gents
>>>
>>> *A2*Ladies turn Left, Gents turn Right
>>> single file Promenade around the ring
>>> Everyone turn back
>>> look for your partner -- last one you swung
>>>
>>> *B1*P DsD
>>> N Alle L 1x
>>>
>>> *B2*Pass P**by**R
>>> Swing the next (new Partner)
>>>
>>>
>>> *Ease About Mixer *-- Gene Hibert (var. by Cis Hinkle)Mixer
>>>
>>> *A1*B&S
>>>
>>> *A2*Promenade
>>> As a couple swoop into center and back
>>>
>>> *B1*Ladies weave the ring -- in front, behind, between
>>> Ring forward and back
>>>
>>> *B2*Gents weave the ring -- in front, behind, between
>>> Original P Alle L 1? to new partner
>>> ? ? ? ? ? ?  Note: Once you meet your original Partner, look past them
>>> to see who your new partner is.? For some reason there is frequent
>>> disorientation when getting out of the allemande and trying to find new
>>> partner**
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 9/26/2013 6:47 PM, Kalia Kliban wrote:
>>>> I'd love to add a few more mixers to my repertoire.? Which ones do you
>>>> like for beginning groups or for early in the evening?? And do you
>>>> have some that more advanced groups can enjoy?
>>>>
>>>> Kalia
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>> Here is a very simple mixer.? On a wood floor a two hand swing would be better.? I adapted this from a dance called by Steve Holland.
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCu3ZGOIpRo
>> Rich
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>> I'd love to add a few more mixers to my repertoire.? Which ones do you like for beginning groups or for early in the evening?? And do you have some that more advanced groups can enjoy?
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>> I believe this works so well because there is not a new prompt? for
>> each phrase - only four items or calls...(treating dosado/swing as a
>> single action with a new partner.)
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>> Bob Livingston
>> Middletown, CT
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>> Here is a very simple mixer.? On a wood floor a two hand swing would be better.? I adapted this from a dance called by Steve Holland.
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCu3ZGOIpRo
>> Rich
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>> I'd love to add a few more mixers to my repertoire.? Which ones do you like for beginning groups or for early in the evening?? And do you have some that more advanced groups can enjoy?
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>> Tavi wrote:
>>> regarding to calling a CC BY-NC dance at a paid
>>> event: is it in fact noncommercial use?
>> Sounds commercial to me.  The text from the license is:
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>> "You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3
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>> I think the relevant right would be to "Publicly Perform the Work".
>> You're getting paid to call, so "directed toward private monetary
>> compensation" sounds applicable.
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>> On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM, Dave Casserly
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>>> I do not think Dan is correct that dance choreography is not copyrightable.
>>> Dan, I don't know where you got that information, but nothing I know about
>>> copyright law gives me that impression.  I guess you could argue that
>>> contra dances are not sufficiently "original," but the standard for
>>> originality is so low in copyright law that I don't think that would be a
>>> winning argument, or even close to it.
>>>
>> I read more about this, and it looks like a social dance might not
>> qualify as a "dramatic work".
>>
>>     On the other hand, if your dance is not a ?dramatic work? because it
>>     is not a choreographic show, does not tell a story or is not part of a
>>     dramatic performance, it is not protected.
>>       -- http://www.copyright.org.au/admin/cms-acc1/_images/15356429875239252b8737e.pdf
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>> They conclude "In our view, it is unlikely that social dances will be
>> protected by copyright."
>>
>> I wrote a blog post: http://www.jefftk.com/p/can-you-copyright-a-contra-dance
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>> Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 06:26:09 -0700 (PDT)
>> From: Michael Fuerst <mjerryfuerst at yahoo.com>
>> To: Gloria Johnson <obscure_adventurer at yahoo.com>,	Caller's discussion
>> 	list <callers at sharedweight.net>
>> Subject: Re: [Callers] Easy Dance List
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>> Hello Gloria
>>
>> Here is a link to the file I promised, downloadable, and readable by any word processor
>> There is also a link to dances I have written.
>> Email me ?if you have trouble accessing them or questions about any of the dances contained in the two files
>> http://aptsg.org/Dance/dance_links.html
>>
>> ?
>> Michael Fuerst ? ? ?802 N Broadway ? ? ?Urbana IL 61801?????? 217-239-5844
>> Links to photos of many of my drawings and paintings are at?www.ArtComesFuerst.com
>>
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>> From: Gloria Johnson <obscure_adventurer at yahoo.com>
>> To: "callers at sharedweight.net" <callers at sharedweight.net>
>> Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 6:11 PM
>> Subject: [Callers] Easy Dance List
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>> ________________________________
>> Michael,
>> I, too, would like a copy of your list of easy dances. ?Thanks!
>>
>> Gloria Johnson Scarlet
>> Springfield, MO?
>>
>> ?>> From: Michael Fuerst <mjerryfuerst at yahoo.com>
>>>> To: "callers at sharedweight.net" <callers at sharedweight.net>
>>>> Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:58 PM
>>>> Subject: [Callers] Easy dance List
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I have sent the list of easy dances I have collected to he 23 people?
>>>> who requested such.
>>>> If you have not received it by Monday, email me.
>>>> Make sure to check your trash ans spam folders, in case it ended up?
>>>> there.
>>>>
>>>> Michael Fuerst? ? ? 802 N Broadway? ? ? Urbana IL 61801? ? ? ?
>>>> 217-239-5844
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