[Callers] New dance?

Amy Wimmer via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Sun Mar 27 01:22:19 PDT 2016

Tom and Erik are quite right about that swing. It lasts FOREVER, which
is a little too long.  I took Michael's suggestion and started at A2.
I also took Michael's suggestion of turning the allemande into a
two-eyed turn (an "eye-lemande" as my friend Matthew coined). Thank
you for the suggestions for changing that bit.

Two callers danced it tonight. One (my husband, Tom) thought the flow
was good, but the swing was definitely too long. The other caller said
she really liked that the mad robin wasn't with your partner, which
she said tends to make a dance seem very partner-only-centric,
ignoring the neighbors. She agreed with me that I need to figure out a
better way to teach it. One of the band members noticed the long swing
and said it needs some other element to break it up.

This particular dance community has lots of beginners and folks who
just don't dance very well. It took them a while to get the circle
right-to star right transition. Tom thought that part was simple. He
noticed that when one is out at the ends one should not cross over,
but should stand "proper."

I very much appreciate your input, guys. Next time I'll try some more
of your ideas.


> On Mar 26, 2016, at 5:50 PM, Tom Hinds <twhinds at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Nice dance Amy.  I really like the sequence of moves.
> I'm trying to imagine this in my head and assume that the allemande right is once around which takes less than 8 beats to do.
> Hope you don't mind suggesting a change.  I would change the allemande right to once and a half.  That would give us:
> B2    neighbor allemande right 1 1/2
>    ladies ric.  men pass left
> T

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