[Callers] Dances Inspired by "Beneficial Tradition"
JD Erskine via Callers
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Fri Mar 3 10:52:55 PST 2017
On 2017-03-03 1016, Bill Olson via Callers wrote:
> Dugan, Here are Dan's own notes regarding the dance.. not sure what the
> Steve Schnur dance is titled, someone on here certainly knows..:
> "I always loved this zig-zag gimmick when I danced it in Cor Hogendijk's
> "Pat's Tradition", done by English country dancers. A dance by Steve
> Schnur that featured it motiviated me to try my own. The dance was
> written for and first performed at the Dance Musician's Development Fund
> annual benefit dance. The Fund sprung out of a one-time benefit dance to
> help Susan Worland, a fine fiddler in Boston, replace her stolen
> instruments. From that, the Fund formed as a subcommittee of the Folk
> Arts Center of New England. At the annual DMDF dance (12 hours of varied
> dancing) funds are raised to benefit research and special projects for
> Boston-area dance musicians. The title gives a nod to "Pat's Tradition"
> and the beneficial tradition of the DMDF.
> "Little did I know that when the dance started getting around, people
> would start yelping, hooting, etc. during B2. I think this started in
> Philadelphia. They have my blessing! Certainly, the "pulls" in B2 should
> be done with strength, tension, and other good contra-type connection.
> Foot-stompers have my blessing, too! ;-)"
Further to Bills quote you'll find more from Dan on the figure
("interchanging waves" - Dan, not Steve), Steve's dance name of its
origin ("Winter of '82"), working with Steve ("Summer of '84"), in Mary
Darts piece on Contra dance choreography.
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> Dugan Murphy via Callers <callers at lists.sharedweight.net>
> *Sent:* Friday, March 3, 2017 6:10 PM
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> *Subject:* [Callers] Dances Inspired by "Beneficial Tradition"
> Does anybody know of dances inspired by "Beneficial Tradition" by Dan
> Pearl that includes the "zipper" figure (B2 of "Beneficial Tradition")
> or variations of that figure? I just wrote one myself, so I'm curious
> to see what else is out there.
> Here's mine:
> Dela Says Yippee by Dugan Murphy (Clockwise Becket)
> A1 Long Lines Forward and Back (8) / Neighbor Left Hand Pull-by Across
> the Set (hopping and shouting recommended on the fourth beat) (4) - New
> Same-Role Dancer Across the Set Right Hand Pull-by Across the Set
> (hopping and shouting recommended on the fourth beat) (4)
> A2 New Ladies (not the one just pulled by) Left Hand Allemande 1.5 (8)
> / Neighbor Swing
> B1 Circle Left 3 Places (8) / Partner Di-Si-Do (8)
> B2 Partner Balance & Swing (16)
> This dance is also posted here: www.duganmurphy.com/dances-i-wrote
> Choreography — DUGAN MURPHY <http://www.duganmurphy.com/dances-i-wrote>
> Dugan Murphy is a nationally known contra dance caller. He's written
> contra dances, too, emphasizing intuitive transitions and flow.
> Dugan Murphy
> Portland, Maine
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