Recently I ran across the barndance in the Disney cartoon "The
Martins & the Coys" segment of the "Make Mine Music" series (about 4:50
into the cartoon -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtyUycHvYls). I
liked the "moving arches" figure so I tried it out on my Int'l dancers
and they really enjoyed it. They much preferred it over Dip & Dive (so
did I). In consideration of my more moderate humans, we didn't do the
dance exactly as shown in the cartoon (see below). But I'm wondering:
(1) Is the dance in the cartoon a particular dance? (2) Is there
another name for the moving arches figure? (3) Do you have other dances
that use that figure?
There are a lot of options as danced in the cartoon, of course, but
since I had four couples and wanted to keep it to regular AB length,
this is what turned out to work well. It was fun and fairly simple
dance but it did require keeping the set tight and moving as there was
no "recovery" time. I think it would be fun with three couples and
another swift round.
Disney "The Martins & The Coys" Barndance #1 - four couple longways
A: Moving Arches -- Cpls 2,3,4 make arches & move up as Cpl#1 faces
down and goes thru arches to bottom.
At botttom, turn & join arches going up. At top turn & go thru arches
to bottom. Keep moving. Two rounds back to original place.
B1-8: Cpl 1 -- Thru Arches to Bottom
8: Hands 4 -- Circle Left (top 2 cpls and bottom 2 cpls)
B2-8: Partner -- Right Arm turn
8: Neighbor -- Left Arm turn
March cheers! Sue Robishaw, U.P. of Michigan
I do enjoy dances with good partner interaction...but I have a lot of
those. What I am interested in now is contra dances with minimal partner
interaction. No. Not dances without a partner swing. (That would likely
engender too many complaints.) I'm looking for dances with eight or fewer
beats of partner swing, total, for the dance..
Yes. A four-count partner swing would work. But often the better choice
is one with ones-only swinging or twos-only swinging, (so the partner swing
count for the entire dance is lower overall).
I am particularly interested in easy-to moderate contra dances with good
neighbor interaction (including neighbor swings).
Santa Cruz, CA
On Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM, JoLaine Jones-Pokorney <jolaine(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Hi all - I'm looking for dances that have LOTS of partner interaction.
> What are your favorites?
> JoLaine Jones-Pokorney
> "We are as gods and might as well get good at it!"
> - Stewart Brand
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Lady Walpole's Reel would qualify for minimal partner interaction:
Note that there is no partner swing, and not much other partner
interaction.It is said that this dance was composed by Lady Walpole,
who, for social reasons,had to dance with her estranged husband, but
wanted to spend as little time with him as possible.
*A1:Neighbor Balance & Swing *
*A2: #1s down the center, turn alone, return and cast around #2s *
B1: Women Ch across & back
B2:Promenade across; Right and left through thru back.
I'm not sure that there is an "ultimate partner time" dance. It is all
personal opinion. Almost any dance can be a great partner dance if it has good
choreography, good music, a willing partner, and neighbors who are also into
the groove. I think it is a partner thing, not a dance thing. I have had
great partner time dancing simple dances and lousy partner time dancing "hot"
John B. Freeman, SFTPOCTJ