[Callers] Good ending dances

joda_rogers joda_rogers at altrionet.com
Mon Mar 17 21:35:29 PDT 2014


I have a couple of things I look for.
One is that the dance should not involve any new figures.  A no-walk-through dance is ideal but not required.  Maybe some small part of it needs some instruction.  But the dancers are mentally tired and this is not the time to teach anything. 
Another is that it should have both partner and neighbor interaction. 
A third is that - depending on the band - the Band is likely to want to play their hottest set for the last dance.  And for me that means 2 things:
A) I generally do NOT call a medley for the last dance, because I want to let the music roll (see Alan's note below), and 
B) Anticipating that the music might be faster than usual, I try to avoid figures that are problematic when the music is fast.  That includes full heys and things like DSD once and a half.

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>   1. Good ending dances (Kalia Kliban)
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>   3. Re: Good ending dances (Linda Mrosko)
>   4. Re: Good ending dances (Alan Winston)
>   5. Re: Good ending dances (Jeff Kaufman)
>   6. Re: Good ending dances (Bree Kalb)
>   7. Re: Good ending dances (Rich Goss)
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> Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:30:07 -0700
> From: Kalia Kliban <kalia at sbcglobal.net>
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> Time and again, I find myself wondering what makes a dance a good one 
> for ending an evening.  Looking at lists like Seth Tepfer's "Groovin' 
> Dances to End an Evening" 
> (http://www.dancerhapsody.com/handouts/DanceEndEvening3.pdf), it's hard 
> to see what the dances he singles out have in common with each other. 
> Some are balancey, some oozy, some have lots of swings, some only one, 
> levels of complexity vary widely, some end with a partner swing and some 
> don't...  Is it just a total crapshoot, a conjunction of a good tune and 
> happy dancers, or something actually inherent in the dance pattern?
> 
> Speak, o hive mind, upon this subject.
> 
> Kalia
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> From: barb kirchner <barbkirchner at hotmail.com>
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> the perfect last dance is the one where dancers go away happy.
> 
> i tell the band to save their very best piece for last, and i call a really easy dance.
> 
> that goes double for the end of the first half - EASY dance means beginners go away feeling good, HOT music makes the regulars happy.  
> 
> barb  :-)
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>> Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:30:07 -0700
>> From: kalia at sbcglobal.net
>> To: callers at sharedweight.net
>> Subject: [Callers] Good ending dances
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>> Time and again, I find myself wondering what makes a dance a good one 
>> for ending an evening.  Looking at lists like Seth Tepfer's "Groovin' 
>> Dances to End an Evening" 
>> (http://www.dancerhapsody.com/handouts/DanceEndEvening3.pdf), it's hard 
>> to see what the dances he singles out have in common with each other. 
>> Some are balancey, some oozy, some have lots of swings, some only one, 
>> levels of complexity vary widely, some end with a partner swing and some 
>> don't...  Is it just a total crapshoot, a conjunction of a good tune and 
>> happy dancers, or something actually inherent in the dance pattern?
>> 
>> Speak, o hive mind, upon this subject.
>> 
>> Kalia
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> Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:26:47 -0500
> From: Linda Mrosko <elmerosko at gmail.com>
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> I like good partner interaction for the end of the evening, usually a dance
> that ends with a partner swing
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> On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Kalia Kliban <kalia at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> 
>> Time and again, I find myself wondering what makes a dance a good one for
>> ending an evening.  Looking at lists like Seth Tepfer's "Groovin' Dances to
>> End an Evening" (http://www.dancerhapsody.com/
>> handouts/DanceEndEvening3.pdf), it's hard to see what the dances he
>> singles out have in common with each other. Some are balancey, some oozy,
>> some have lots of swings, some only one, levels of complexity vary widely,
>> some end with a partner swing and some don't...  Is it just a total
>> crapshoot, a conjunction of a good tune and happy dancers, or something
>> actually inherent in the dance pattern?
>> 
>> Speak, o hive mind, upon this subject.
>> 
>> Kalia
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> From: Alan Winston <winston at slac.stanford.edu>
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> On 3/14/2014 6:26 PM, Linda Mrosko wrote:
>> I like good partner interaction for the end of the evening, usually a dance
>> that ends with a partner swing
>> 
> 
> And it's good to make it a dance where the caller can shut up early.  
> Many bands want to play one of their hottest sets so that's what people 
> will go home with, and the more you can stay out of the way of that, the 
> better.
> 
> (This suggests a dance which ends naturally with a partner swing rather 
> than one where you come in at the end and change the figure. Also, for 
> everyone to have room to swing their partner comfortably, Becket 
> formation is handy.)
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> -- Alan
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> Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:06:12 -0400
> From: Jeff Kaufman <jeff at alum.swarthmore.edu>
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> One difference with the last dance of each half is that you don't need
> to worry as much about tiring out the dancers.
> 
> As a dancer and a musician I like it when the last set is pretty
> energetic, with lots of balances, so when I'm calling that's what I'll
> request.
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> I think it's thrilling for the dancers if the last dance of the evening is 
> no-walk-thru. That's not always possible (i.e. a flock of brand new dancers 
> arrived at 10:00 PM and we already have lots of newcomers) but when it is, I 
> call something really easy (Nice Combination, Midwest Folklore, etc.) and 
> let the band fly.
> 
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> -----Original Message----- 
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> One difference with the last dance of each half is that you don't need
> to worry as much about tiring out the dancers.
> 
> As a dancer and a musician I like it when the last set is pretty
> energetic, with lots of balances, so when I'm calling that's what I'll
> request.
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> I'll frequently call a two or three dance medley as the last dance, all easy, with the same caveats mentioned by Bree.
> 
> I have this book called "F in Exams".    It has totally wrong and hilarious answers to exam questions.      I could imagine an answer to this question:
> 
> "The best dance for a last dance is the one that comes at the end."
> 
> Rich
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> Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:32:54 -0400 (EDT)
> From: barbara153 at aol.com
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> I agree.  I like to call Camp Harlem Reel. It gives partners one last gypsy/swing while the band can fly.
> Barbara G
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> I think it's thrilling for the dancers if the last dance of the evening is 
> no-walk-thru. That's not always possible (i.e. a flock of brand new dancers 
> arrived at 10:00 PM and we already have lots of newcomers) but when it is, I 
> call something really easy (Nice Combination, Midwest Folklore, etc.) and 
> let the band fly.
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Jeff Kaufman
> Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:06 AM
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> Subject: Re: [Callers] Good ending dances
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> One difference with the last dance of each half is that you don't need
> to worry as much about tiring out the dancers.
> 
> As a dancer and a musician I like it when the last set is pretty
> energetic, with lots of balances, so when I'm calling that's what I'll
> request.
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