[Callers] Modern Western Square Dance for Contra Dancers

Jeremy Child via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Sun Mar 19 01:36:25 PDT 2017

Fascinating.  I'm doing something similar at Eastbourne International Folk
Festival (http://eiff.org.uk/new-for-2017/149-jeremytea.html).

I,however, only have 2 1/2 hours in which to take them through the gamut of
the Basic 1, 2 and Mainstream programmes.

Wish me luck!


On 18 March 2017 at 19:59, Andy Shore via Callers <
callers at lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> I realize this post qualifies as both shameless self-promotion, as well as
> possible improper use of this list for (somewhat) commercial purposes, but
> I do think this topic may be of particular interest to contra and trad
> callers and choreographers. Scold me if you must.
> I'll be teaching a special weeklong workshop at CDSS American Dance and
> Music Week at Pinewoods (Plymouth, MA) August 8-15, 2017 titled "Modern
> Western Square Dance for Contra Dancers".
> This course is an intensive “blitz” exposure to Modern Western Square
> Dancing (MWSD) for experienced contra dancers, traditional square dancers,
> and contra or trad callers. If you enjoy learning new choreography and the
> unexpected delights of no-walk-thru contra medleys, this is for you.
> Starting with the 25 or so contra calls that are shared with Modern Western
> squares, we will explore much of the CALLERLAB Basic, Mainstream, and Plus
> lists. New calls will be taught and workshopped, but you’ll get plenty of
> time to “just dance” and enjoy what you have already learned in both patter
> and singing call contexts. The pace of the course will be determined by the
> students’ ability to assimilate the material, but the goal will be that you
> can dance most Mainstream calls smoothly at speed. We will cover several of
> the more popular Plus calls as well. Expect to be challenged and have lots
> of fun!
> Modern Western uses recorded music of various genres; the patter music is
> designed to get you moving at a continuous flow and the singing call music
> allows for a change of pace. The class time will be divided into an all
> morning workshop session where we will learn new figures, then a late
> afternoon practice and review session. You will have the middle of the day
> to relax or enjoy other workshops at American Week.
> More details at the CDSS site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/
> dance-music-song-camps/camp-weeks/mwsd
> This class may be of particular interest to contra and trad callers and
> choreographers. Many MWSD moves have been "borrowed" into contra and
> several contra choreographers who have had experience with MWSD have
> written dances that have components inspired by MWSD moves. (Carol Ormand,
> Bob Isaacs, and Chris Page to name a few.) Some of the moves that come from
> MWSD are: box circulate, pass the ocean, square thru, star thru, California
> twirl, hinge... If you'd like to stir your creative juices, or just learn a
> bit more about some of the calls and their applications, this is a great
> way to do so. Learning about the added rigor of MWSD may improve your own
> teaching and presentation skills, as well as give you new insights into
> contra and trad choreography.
> Space in this class is limited. Registration is currently open.
> my site: http://site.andyshore.com/
> I taught a similar weekend workshop in Durham NC in 2011 with many contra
> & trad callers in attendance.  Here is my "trip report" (on facebook) from
> that weekend
> https://www.facebook.com/notes/andy-shore/trip-report-
> mwsd-for-contra-folks-blitz-or-how-i-spent-last-weekend/10150112721414483
> Questions or comments - my best contact email is andyshore at gmail.com
> Thanks,
> /Andy Shore
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