I've agreed to call a wedding reception dance this summer, outside on more-or-less flattish ground. Having practically memorized all the wonderful advise on the list about weddings and grass I'm comfortable with that. But if the weather doesn't cooperate, the gig moves inside the Inn/Dining/Bar. Very crowded, AND, I just found out, carpeted. Crowded I think I can handle (though recommendations would be welcome), but carpeting -- eeackk. OK, so it's not turning dances and maybe it's not much different from lumpy grass -- lots of walking and no sashaying -- but if you've done it could you share what worked best?
Sue R. - U.P. of Michigan
Do any of you know of regularly scheduled Contra Dance groups that have guidelines regarding dancers use of dips or lifts during a contra dance? Or guidelines regarding dancing safely?
The Board of the Thursday Night Contra Dance in Glenside, Pa is wondering what kind of policies are out there and if we need to consider writing one. Thanks for letting me know.
Found this in Dizzy Dances Vol. II.....all comments are Gene's ... There are more notes, but I think this will be enough. Enjoy NEFFA ... always a good party.
Keith Cornett Eustis
A1 Down the center, 4 in line, actives in center
Don't turn around, just back up a few steps and actives arch while inactives go under to meet a new couple
A2 Do-si-do the one you meet, then pass by and swing the next
B1 pass thru across the set (right shoulders with partner), turn alone (8)
Right and left thru across the set with the convenient one (8)
B2 Lines go forward and back (8)
Actives swing in the middle
"The progressions are pretty much automatic. The pass thru followed by a right and left thru in B1 is a progression not seen much in traditional style contrast. The convenient one is, for the lady, the gent on your left, and for the gent it is the lady on your right."
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Bill Olson <callbill(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
>A bunch of years ago I loaned out a bunch of my contradance books to an aspiring caller, she gave them to someone else, then they started making the rounds.. When I got them back MANY years later, they weren't all there and specifically both my Dizzy Dances booklets by Gene Hubert. Should've figured... hee hee..
>Anyway, I'm doing a set of dances at NEFFA next weekend with varying numbers of progressions.. And I'd sort of like to look at Contra Madness, a quadruple progression dance by "the master"!
>Not looking for any other suggestions, just that one dance.. thanks!!
>Callers mailing list
Here you go...
On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM, Bob Green <bobgreen.swbell.net(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Sent off line, scanned from the original.
> On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM, Bill Olson <callbill(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
>> A bunch of years ago I loaned out a bunch of my contradance books to an
>> aspiring caller, she gave them to someone else, then they started making
>> the rounds.. When I got them back MANY years later, they weren't all there
>> and specifically both my Dizzy Dances booklets by Gene Hubert. Should've
>> figured... hee hee..
>> Anyway, I'm doing a set of dances at NEFFA next weekend with varying
>> numbers of progressions.. And I'd sort of like to look at Contra Madness, a
>> quadruple progression dance by "the master"!
>> Not looking for any other suggestions, just that one dance.. thanks!!
>> Callers mailing list
I recently thought of a dance that I presume has been written already, as
it is all glossary moves. Can anyone identify it?
A1: Long Lines Forward, Roll Away* on way back, Ladies Chain
(* Men roll from right to left, Women half-sashey from left to right)
A2: Ladies start Hey for Four
B1: Partner Balance & Swing
B2: Circle Left 3/4, Neighbor Swing
In long lines, identify new neighbor with a gentle squeeze.
"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
We have had a continuous promotion here in San Diego where we give all first time dancers a free pass for the NEXT time they come. This has worked pretty well for us, and we do get people bringing those passes back for the second time free - and sometimes they use them to bring a free guest. It's an incentive for them to come back - and I think that if someone dances twice they may have a chance the second time when it is isn't as overwhelming to relax and to really really enjoy it. Overall we have kept this promotion going for about 2 years? now and feel it is successful enough to continue.
On Apr 8, 2014, at 9:00 AM, callers-request(a)sharedweight.net wrote:
> 2. "First Time Dancers Get in Free" Promotion (William Loving)
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> Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:18:30 -0400
> From: William Loving <contact(a)dedicationtechnologies.com>
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> "First Time Dancers get in Free" Promotion Results:
> For five weeks this winter we ran a special promotion at the Downtown Amherst dance that all First Time Contra dancers get in free. The results were impressive:
> Jan 29 -12
> Feb 26 - 10
> Mar 5 - 20
> Mar 19 - 8
> Mar 29 - 9
> Total new dancers: 59 Avg: 11.8 Median: 10
> Overall attendance was normal meaning the variations in "Free" numbers was not affected by the band as far as I could tell.
> Many of the new dancers said they would be back and in fact I saw quite a few of them both at subsequent dances in Amherst and at Greenfield. Some came early in the promotion and then brought friends the following week. Our organizing committee has discussed various options to draw new dancers, primarily "First Time Free" and "Second Time Free". The "Second Time Free" option gives you more feedback about how many returnees you are actually getting; the "First Time Free" simply lowers the bar to the ground and is harder to resist (friend to friend). (We also included the option for anyone who might have tried contra once or twice a long time ago to be considered "First Time" but I don't know that anyone came in saying that.)
> Our series averages 75-85 total each week with a range of 60-160 depending on the band. The median is definitely under 100 but has gradually increased over the last almost four years.
> I think the promotion was a tremendous success and we're having an ongoing discussion about whether to try "Second Time Free" for a while or just implement "First Time Free" periodically. For programming reasons, I don't think it makes sense to have it for every dance, especially dances that will be extremely full, such as if Elixir or PeM play or if it's a techno contra (which has other issues for beginning dancers). However, we might pick a month or a block of dates and do it again periodically.
> Will Loving
> Founder & Programming Director
> Downtown Amherst Contra Dance
> End of Callers Digest, Vol 116, Issue 5
I have a question about two different styles of techno contra. The
question is mostly directed at folks who have done both, since I'm
curious about whether you have a preference and if so, why. Some techno
contras have continuous music -- the dancers just drop in or out at the
bottom whenever they feel like it, and the caller treats the night like
one long medley. The other kind is more like a regular contra. The
caller teaches a dance, the music starts, the dance runs for however
long it runs, and then it stops and folks re-partner for the next one.
As a dancer, which style do you prefer? How about as a caller?