This is a little bit of an unusual request for the list and I hope
it's w/in bounds.
If you are not headed to The Dance in memory of Nat Hewitt in Falmouth
ME , June 1 and are free & willing, please consider:
Sat, June 1, 7:30-10:30 pm: a benefit contra dance for CDSS &
NEFFA at Christ Episcopal Church, 14 School St, Medway MA. Paul
Wilde & members of the PJammers invite ALL dancers, including
musicians and callers (who are welcome to dance as well as call or play).
Contact Paul at zenyente(a)gmail.com for further info. Please
come and make the final spin around this beautiful floor a success.
Is there a musician's list that parallels the shared wt. caller's
list, and how might I post/join it (if the above request seems
I was walking Bill Olson's "The Hussy Bride" with my wife when she said it
would be better if, after the the "Long Lines Forward and Back" in the A1,
the ladies did an allemande left, not an allemande right as written. They
are on their way to a long wavy line with their partner in their left, women
facing out. If they do an allemande right as written they need to avoid
bumping into each other, since their paths tend to cross. The Allemande
Left does feel better.
The dance as written by Bill Olson is below:
The Hussy Bride - Bill Olson
Long lines foward and back
Ladies Allemande Right to a long wavy line on the other side of the set,
women facing out.
Balance the Long Wave
With your neighbor Allemande Right, 3 places to a short wavy line across the
Balance the short wave
Walk foward to a new wave
Balance that short wave
Circle Left 3 places
Polly said, "Here is a formation I used only once, I don't know if it
has a name... anyone familiar with it? Triplet: From proper line up:
Ones cross over improper, (face down or across as needed). Twos cross
over improper. Twos and Threes circle right 1/4 to Becket."
Umm... Isn't that just three couples in a circle? There are countless
dances in that formation.
A nice contra in that formation is Alamo Triad by Bob Marr (it is in
"Give-and-Take"). Circles of three couples all the way down the hall,
with all the ones facing down; ones progress down the hall; twos and
threes progress up the hall. Just make sure everyone is listening when
you tell them that when twos and threes reach the top they have to
decide who will be the next ones - if they both try to be new ones at
the same time it gets messy :-)
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
As usual, before the contra dance there is a half-hour session before the
starting time of the main dance. It is advertised, and beginners are encouraged
to come early. Depending on number of attendees and time left, rudimentary
basics are presented and 'lightly' practiced.
I would like this panel's recommendations for dealing with this situation:
the beginners session was offered and attended. The main dance had started
exactly on time when - ca. 20 minutes into the evening - a large group of
absolute newbies appeared and joined right in.
In light of this development the beginners session could have been repeated and
somewhat extended, even in an additional available hall in the same building.
Alas, no further help was offered except for the advice 'try to find an
Fortunately, the band for the evening was an absolute delight...
Arms folded in dosidos? I DO "correct" it for three reasons:
1) If you implicitly condone it by saying nothing, then others will copy
it and it will spread even more.
2) If these people then ever go to a contra dance they are going to look
decidedly uncool, perhaps to their embarrassment.
3) If they ever want to add spins to their dosidos, then it is MUCH
easier without arms folded - your arms help you balance and can aid your
In fact as well as using lines like, "only teachers do it", I show them
a spinning dosido and tell them that they need their arms for balance so
folding them is not a good idea. They love spinning in dosidos and soon
stop folding their arms.
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362 &
07802 940 574
http://www.modernjive.com for Modern Jive Events & DVDs
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
I was talking with an older member of our dance community and he said it had been "a thousand years" since
he danced a dance that had Contra Corners where the actives visited 4 corners. He could not remember the name.
I promised him I would ask.
Yes, Sags, Bob is asking about dances where each of the actives visits all four contra corners. David Millstone called such a dance during the Puttin' on the Dance organizers conference. Alas, I don't know the name. It was a 3 facing 3 Sicilian circle formation, and it moved quickly.
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Subject: [Callers] Anyone know a dance that has Contra Corners with 4 Corners?
Date: Sun, May 19, 2013 3:00 pm
On Sat, May 18, 2013, bobfab(a)aol.com wrote:
> I was talking with an older member of our dance community and he said
> it had been "a thousand years" since he danced a dance that had Contra
> Corners where the actives visited 4 corners. He could not remember the
> name. I promised him I would ask.
I'm confused, don't the actives visit the four corners in a normal
contra corners? Or do you mean *each* active visits all four corners?
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Arms folded in dosidos? I don't "correct" it for three reasons:
1. I don't want to undermine the kids' model of what this dancing is all about. In other words, I don't want the message to be "if you are doing THIS, then you are wrong".
2. The folding of their arms keeps the kids from confusing the movement with any number of other movements that do use hands/arms, and that's a win in my book.
3. Unless they are doing a demo where uniformity counts for something, IT DOESN'T MATTER! In picking my battles, this one is way, way down on the list!
I've been asked to teach some dances in a local elementary school. It would be grade by grade. Any suggestions/advice? I've called Family Dances but not schools and am a bit hesitant. I'll have a fiddler for music.
Thanks for any help!
Sue Robishaw, U.P. of Michigan