Linda Leslie's suggestion of gyre as a replacement for gypsy bubbled around
in my brain and a new (I think) dance percolated up. It has a twist that
isn't the gyre (which I consider just new nomenclature); women casting out
of the swing to travel from one minor set to another (similar to gent's
movement in Scoot by Tom Hinds).
I haven't gotten to test it with dancers yet, as I just finished running it
through with pegs on my desk; but I wanted to share it in support of a new
A Gyre for Linda
by Luke Donforth
(4) Pass through to an ocean wave (ladies left, catch right with partner)
(4) Balance the short Wavy line
(2) Walk forward
(3) Shadow gyre right 1/2
(3) Gents gyre left 1/2 in the middle
(16) Neighbor gyre right and swing
(8) Men allemande Left 1-1/2 WHILE women cast cw around whole set one
(8) 1/2 Hey, passing partner by right shoulder
(16) Partner gyre right and swing at home
As for the other aspects that have been discussed:
I pronounce it with a softer g sound. For reasons unclear to me, gyre has
different accepted pronunciations; but (to my knowledge) gyration doesn't.
As for using the term (which I clearly support); it costs me nearly nothing
to switch and helps make the dance more accessible for some; both in
dropping a term some find offensive and making the name more descriptive of
the move. My job as a caller is to help share the joy of dancing, and if
this does that I'm in favor of it.
I've been asked to run a barn dance Saturday Jan 16, 9pm-11pm, but I'm
busy. The dance will be part of the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership
If you don't know where Stanford is, you're probably coming from too far
away to make sense. ;-)
There will be 100+ college students. The theme for this year's
conference is "diversity", and they would prefer a caller who can fit the
theme in addition to having experience with one-night-stand environments.
I've offered to be a filter so that they don't need to deal with the
responses, so please respond privately to me if you're interested and
available. I've already explained that booking will be somewhat
difficult both because of the relatively short notice and because it's
Ralph Page weekend.
I probably will also be sending out an e-mail blast to people I have
addresses for, apologies if you get this twice. They have already
contacted other callers so you may actually get three copies...
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"Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad."
absolutely excellent article; thanks Michael. I was, in a past life, a "Woodrow Wilson fellow" at Princeton and never knew this but I surely agree with the articles conclusion (and its relevance to the gypsy discussion)
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There are occasional requests on this forum for a dance to be identified, which got me thinking.
As with, I’m sure, many callers, I have a number of dances that I’ve come across, often at dances, where I know neither the name nor the author. I like to honour the choreographer by mentioning their name and the name of the dance when I call it, but I can’t do this if I don’t know it.
It is usually relatively easy to find the author if you know the title, using Michael Dyck's excellent Contradance Index, but without a title it becomes a much bigger task. An “obvious” solution would be a magical web page that lets you put in the dance and to reward you with the name and author. Apart from the massive logistical challenge of creating and maintaining such a database, this seems morally dubious as some authors prefer not to publish their work.
So what can we do? We could all ask on [Callers] but we’d soon get fed up with the forum being taken over. I wondered about a “please identify this dance” (sub-)forum, similar to the many ”ask the expert” forums (fora?) you see in the IT community.
Do members have any thoughts about this? Will it work? How do we get people on it? What are the issues? Is there a batter / alternative approach?
Over to the Hive Mind.
I learned this dance from George Marshall at the Charlottesville, VA, Fall
Festival, 2014. Can someone tell me the name of the dance and its author?
A1 Half-pousette around Neighbors, women push
A2 Men allemande L 1 1/2
Meet P and pass R for half a hey
B1 Gypsy and swing P
B2 Women chain
Circle RIGHT into half-pousette
At the last minute Bob Isaacs had to cancel calling for our double
contradance on November 21.just a few days away. This is a double dance
with the amazing Jay Unger and Molly Mason. The afternoon dance is from 3-5
for experienced dancers followed by a potluck and an evening dance from
7-10:30. We can provide lodging if needed. Please contact me ASAP:
For Hudson Valley Community Dances
Passing this on from the organizer. I hate to cancel any gig, especially so close to the date, but a business trip got extended into the weekend. Any help is greatly appreciated - Bob At the last minute Bob Isaacs had to cancel calling for our double contra dance on November 21…just a few days away. This is a double dance with the amazing Jay Unger and Molly Mason. The afternoon dance is from 3-5 for experienced dancers followed by a potluck and an evening dance from 7-10:30. We can provide lodging if needed. Please contact me ASAP: egidseg(a)optimum.net Eric GidsegFor Hudson Valley Community Danceshttp://hudsonvalleydance.org/
Hi folks. I need to hand off this gig to be at a memorial service.
This is a dance celebrating the installation of an old student and dear
friend of mine as the new pastor at the Framingham UCC church.
Expect 150-200 people to be at the installation in the sanctuary; how many
choose to dance afterwards in the church hall and for how long is a
question mark -- probably 75 for the first dance, 50 for the second, 30 for
the third/fourth, and 16 close friends of the brand new Reverand for the
final one, if I had to guess. Community/family dance repertoire, not
Budget is 400; I'm willing to pitch in 50$ of my own to bring it up to 150
I'm very sorry to be missing this, but the memorial concert for a colleague
who recently, suddenly, and sadly passed away has to take precedence.
I'd welcome suggestions for family-dance-savvy callers within reasonable
driving range who might not be regularly reading this board.