Chorus Jig offers a lot of opportunities to embellish the moves beyond
what dancers are instructed in the walkthrough. The most popular one is
for the 2's to swing while the 1's are going down the outside. Besides
that, it can be fun to:
-- At the end of a swing, give a gentle "push off" with your partner to
either launch yourselves into the down-the-outside (if you're active),
or to get yourselves promptly to the side before the 1's start walking
down the middle (if you're an inactive).
-- Do that extra spin out of the allemandes (if time permits), as either
an active or inactive.
Dale Wilson <dale.wilson(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:26:55 -0600
> Subject: Re: [Callers] What is the best contra dance(s) ever written?
> And slightly more seriously.
> I don't want to start religious war but I have always wondered about A
> Chorus Jig. I just don't see why anyone likes it other than those who
> cherish it as a relic of a bygone era. The few times I have danced it my
> primary impression was that the inactive couples stood still for the entire
> dance -- offering admiration an occasional helping hand to the actives, and
> even the actives spent a great deal of time walking up and down the set.
> What am I missing? Why do people like it?
When did you start dancing? If you began during the "MUC" era, then you
likely never had a chance to appreciate some of the chestnuts and unequal
dances of the pre-MUC era. Some dances are comfortable, like an old pair of
dancing shoes. I remember dancing to some of these dances that began on their own
while the bend was "noodling" the tune, before the caller was ready.
John B. Freeman, SFTPOCTJ
Calling and dancing for only 30+ years