[Callers] contras for modern square dancers

Jeanette Mill via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Tue Jul 18 19:40:58 PDT 2017

Hi Judy
I called a couple of contras at a square dance festival here in Australia, and found that I needed to keep calling all the way through, as they were used to calls being varied through the dance, so would stop dancing if I faded out the calling. This may not be common to all codes of square dancing.
cheersJeanette Jeanette Mill Contra dance caller, musician, workshop facilitatorCanberra, AustraliaPhone: +61 (0)449 686 077 Email: jeanette_mill at yahoo.com.au Skype: jeanette.mill    "The piano - 88 little mistakes waiting to happen"Kate Barnes    

    On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 12:28, Judy Greenhill via Callers <callers at lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

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