[Callers] As in Petronella
Alan Winston via Callers
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Wed Dec 16 00:18:48 PST 2015
I use "Mad Robin" because that's what people use around here, but I
kinda like "sliding doors" for the figure.
On 12/15/15 10:20 PM, Michael Fuerst via Callers wrote:
> Movements are best described with the minimal syllables possible with
> minimal jargon.
> "Mad Robin" became part of contra in the last ten years or so.
> Unless someone comes up with more succinct and descriptive words, we
> are probably stuck with "Mad Robin"
> Actually now that I think about it, one could describe the Mad Robin
> action as "side gypsy"
> "California twirl" predates my 1985 introduction to contra. One
> could say "twirl to swap," but that is not any more helpful for new
> dancers. California twirl is here to stay.
> Concerning "petromella" when I started contra dancing, callers
> teaching a dance, would almost always say something like "balance and
> shift one place and spin if you wish as in Petromella" and would
> prompt during the dance with "balance and spin" or "balance and
> shift." In the mid '80's we actually danced "Petronella" often
> enough so that most dancers knew from where it came. Only in the
> past ten years has some callers started calling the move Petronella.
> I will always teach and prompt this without reference to
> "Petronella" and avoid the unnecessary jargon
> There is no compelling reason to stop using gypsy.
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> On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 8:54 PM, Aahz Maruch via Callers
> <callers at lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Michael Fuerst via Callers wrote:
> > "Balance and spin" has the same number of syllables as "Petronella"
> > and avoids unnecessary jargon
> Of course, some of us think that unless there's a compelling reason (as
> possibly in the case of "gypsy"), keeping the old terminology is part of
> the charm of folk dancing (in the generic sense, as opposed to IFD).
> Should we also get rid of "California Twirl" and "Mad Robin"?
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