I think the confusion here is understanding the "lady around two and the
gent cuts through." The net effect of this sequence is the ones trade
places with their partner. Since it's done twice, they go nowheresville.
And since it ends with a balance and swing, even if they get lost in
the B1, you just need to remind them to end where they started --
with their partner.
(The lady around two and the gent cuts through means woman #1
goes outside around man #2, around woman #2, and into where
her partner started. Man #1 follows his partner to her starting spot,
around man #2, and then goes between the twos into his partner's
staring spot. Think of the whole B1 as a chase sequence, where you
trade off roles between the chaser and the chasee.)
Also, the gypsy in A2 is with your original neighbor.
It's a fun dance to ham up with a strong storyline. Either this
or "Chasing Fire" by Grant Goodyear's on my program for next week.
I'm a fledgling caller in Memphis, Tennessee, and I'm looking for
dances to add to my repertoire. I found this one online- "Caught in
the Act" by Donna McAllister/Calhoun, but I'm not sure of the
The webmaster's email and the link to the author's email are defunct,
I found a couple other sources for the dance, but no contact
Allemande right neighbor 1-1/2
Allemande left next neighbor once or 2x
Ending gypsy below original neighbor, women facing out and men facing
Chase "lady round two and the gent cut through; gent around two and
the lady cut through"
Active woman walks in a clockwise direction around the inactive
couple above while the active man follows her until he can (and
does!) cut through the inactive couple.
The man now walks clockwise around the couple above, while the woman
follows until she can and does cut through the couple.
Actives balance & swing, end facing down
I tried diagramming it and it seems like a backward progression? At
the end of A2 it has progressed, but during the chase it goes
backwards 2x so you end up with 1's/actives out at the top and
2's/inactives out at the bottom.
Has anyone danced and or called this dance- is it supposed to be a
If I change it minutely, having the #1/active man in the chase
sequence go around the same couple he just split- in other words
moving him around the couple below rather than the next couple above-
then it seems to work out as a single progression. If I called it
with this change, does etiquette demand that I announce the change?
So grateful to have found this list- I was looking at another dance
wondering how to do a "come back cozy" into a cloverleaf and had
given up finding the info- until I found this list with the Squeaking
Wheel thread! Thanks!
Thanks in advance!
If the magic number of 20 has not been hit, I'd like to add my name to the list. I can also offer a dancer in Bob if you would like more dancers. Thanks. I have wanted to learn how to call squares!
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>Date: 2006/11/27 Mon PM 04:33:13 CST
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>Subject: [Callers] Hot Squares weekend
>Save the date: 5th Hot Squares weekend!
>When: July 6-8, 2007
>Where: Private home; Atlanta, GA
>Who: Dan Sahlstrom, calller
>Limited to 20 people
>This weekend is devoted to exploring Modern Western (Club) squares in an
>intensive but fun environment. Unlike previous years we will not focus
>on completing Plus or Mainstream levels (though we will probably do most
>of Mainstream). Instead, Dan will pick fun and interesting calls from
>all lists (Basic - Challenge). Also unlike previous years, we will have
>more than the exact number of people, so not all will be required to
>dance every tip.
>2007 will mark the 5th Hot Squares event. We are holding Hot Squares
>2007 in a homey atmosphere with room for two squares. Genders will not
>be balanced. Meals will be home cooked. Fellowship and Camaraderie will
>Official registration is not open, but email now to hold your space.
>Callers mailing list
Thank you to everyone who sent thoughtful responses to my one-question
survey, "Under what circumstances is it appropriate for a band to put
out a hat (case, jar, etc. for tips) at a contra dance?"
My reason for asking was to gather information from the greater contra
community that our local
committee may find useful in coming to a policy decision about this issue.
Besides putting the question out to this list, I emailed individual
organizers, callers and musicians from my current dance community in
Gainesville, FL and from my original one in Princeton, NJ. I only
specifically asked those who had been involved in the contra dance scene
longer than the ten years that I have.
I've had 28 serious replies all together; here are the results:
I rated people's answers 1-4, with 1 being never or almost never, 2
being only if they are not being paid otherwise or have some
extraordinary circumstance like being robbed on the way to the dance, 3
being it is or could be okay at a regular dance, and 4 being it's a fine
idea. There was also the reply "Only if they're the ones playing", which
I suspect is actually a 3. There were eleven 1s, ten 2s, six 3s, and one 4.
There's really not enough info to be sure, but it does appear that the
closer one is to either dancing 25 years ago or to dancing in the
northeast the less likely to reply with a 3-rated answer.
My own opinion would rate a 2.