[Callers] 4 person do-si-do?
Luke Donforth via Callers
callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Tue Dec 1 13:03:47 PST 2015
Thanks all for the feedback. I appreciate having this list to kick ideas
While it would be possible for the do-si-dos to happen in two groups of 2;
in my opinion that would make this a particularly non-interacting 4x4; as
the only whole group of 8 interaction at that point is the circle half way;
and thus not worth getting into 4x4 formation for just that.
As for my comment about the ladies after the chain.
After the give&take - swing, the lines are:
w3 m1 w4 m2
m3 w1 m4 w2
When the women chain to the partner, if they went straight up and down,
they're ending up back at:
w1 m1 w2 m2
m3 w3 m4 w4
after being courtesy turned through 180 degrees.
Except the next move is happening in the center, so as w2 and w3 are being
courtesy turned, they'll be facing into the center after maybe 140 degrees
of rotation; whereas w1 and w4 have to turn about 220 degrees to face into
As for language, I think I may have muddied the issue; so thank you for
demonstrating all the ways that my instructions could be interpreted.
Always a learning experience. A handless star/promenade inside/4 person
gypsy is not quite what I had in mind, although they're all basically the
same path on the floor and certainly what I described. I'd envisioned folks
getting to do-si-do with as little or as much twirling as the wanted; but
as folks pointed out, the DSD twirl is the opposite direction of the big
If I can get dancers to test it, I might describe it as "all four women,
do-si-do your opposite woman while dodging the other two"
Given that's how I'm thinking of it; the fact that my description involves
"dodging" might be a sign it's not such a great idea. The promenade inside
or star options might be more timing resilient; although I like the idea of
letting folks safely twirl when they want.
I'll keep turning it over in my head, and try to get guinea pigs to dance
it (there's something that would go viral on youtube...)
Thanks for being a community to talk about dancing with :-)
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