I have that choreography as "Easy Peasy" by Diane Silver, as published in
her choreography book "Barely Legal."
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> A1: neighbor B&S
> A2: long lines
> gents alle. L 1 1/2
> B1: PB&S
> B2: circle L 3/4
> Bal. the ring, CA twirl to face new neighbors
I recently called at a contra dance where we had exactly 6 dancers for almost the entire evening (one joined us later but only occasionally danced). This was unexpected as they usually have attendance in the 12-20 range. I was able to piece together a night of mixers, triplets, and oddball dances to make it work and the dancers were game for anything so it ended up being a fun night. But it got me thinking about what to do if only 4 dancers came to a dance (meaning even if I jumped in, we would only have 5 total dancers). In order to be better prepared for next time, I have a couple of questions.
1) Do you have any dances you can share that would work for 4 or 5 dancers? Or also dances for 6 dancers that are not triplets (have plenty of triplets). I have already collected Do-Si-3 and Haste to the Divorce, both of which I modified so that they would not progress.
2) Could a whole evening (3 hours) of dance be put together for just 4-5 dancers?
3) What preparation can be done by me in advance to help with this situation? It’s possible to talk with the organizer in advance about canceling the dance if only 4 or 5 dancers show up, however, this particular dance is a 75 minute drive one-way and I’d prefer to avoid the round trip if there won’t be enough dancers. For various reasons, any dance promoting that I do myself would be largely ineffective for this particular dance.
Would love to hear about any ideas you can share. Thanks!
at The Putney School in Vermont.
Galopede, Lucky Seven, Alabama Gal, maybe one more, boom done.
Band/sound system provided.
I'd do it myself but I can't be in three places at once.
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Scottish dances can also be a good source when you're short on numbers. And if you have internet, you can look them up when you arrive at the venue, as the abbreviated instructions for many of them can be found at http://my.strathspey.org/dd/index/ (you can filter for set size using the menu: Extra > Complex Dance Search). At least for the quick ones (jigs and reels, not Strathspeys), the step doesn't really matter.
There are many dances for 2 couples in a longwise set (which could be as short as 2C or 3C if that's what you've got). And they are almost all proper, so you don't need to worry about swapping sides each time through. And they don't (ever?) feature interactions outside your group of four for that time through the dance.
There are quite a few triplets (3C in a 3C set), but they'll be different from the standard repertoire of contra triplets.
Most of the dances are for 3C in a longwise set of 4C (1s lead from 1st place, repeat from 2nd place, run away to the bottom as the new 1s start), so in a 3C set you will need to make the 1s run to the bottom every time. This often happens in Scottish dance groups (one of my local groups is often seven couples, so one set will have to make this adjustment), so it should be pretty feasible.
If you're trying to fill a whole evening, you could teach them a figure or two that you don't get in contra, to widen your choice of Scottish dances. For instance the Allemande (not the hand-turn contra figure!) - two or three couples, depending on the dance, promenade round half way and the ladies spin round back to their own sides, basically - is quite a common progression.
Cambridge and Worcestershire, UK
Michael Barraclough wrote:
> There are many, many 2-couple English Country Dances.
Yoyo Zhou wrote:
> Proper dances make the 2-couple progression easy.
Jacqui Grennan wrote:
> I recently called at a contra dance where we had exactly 6 dancers for almost the entire evening…
> 1) Do you have any dances you can share that would work for 4 or 5 dancers? Or also dances for 6 dancers that are not triplets (have plenty of triplets).
Hi! Thank you to all who keep this email stream lively. I wrote these and got to check them out on Saturday (thanks San Francisco dancers) and wondered if they have already been written?
The Wandering Soul was written for Stuart Kinney's tune of the same name:
Delish by Kelsey Hartman
A1: LLFB swing neighbor
A2: R & l thru/courtesy turn then Promenade across
B1: Balance ring and swing partner
B2: Women Allemande R 1-1/2
Swing neighbor again
Wandering Soul by Kelsey Hartman
(Inspired by Stuart Kinney's tune of the same name)
Duple Improper double progression
In long wavy lines gents facing out:
A1: Box circulate and partner swing
A2: shift left and circle with next neighbors 3/4, swing neighbor
B1: Full hey: ladies pass right to start
B2: ladies Allemande R 1x back to neighbor
Neighbor Allemande left 1-1/2 to long wavy lines (next neighbor in right)
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I know the list has had big debates about shadow swings in the past. If you
don't like 'em, you can pitch this. This dance was written for someone who
wanted a shadow swing, and is something I might call at a shadow-themed
festival session. As shadow swings go, I like the idea of swingus
interuptus going from shadow to partner.
To my knowledge, it's a new composition. Haven't gotten to test it yet. But
I present it for comment and/or collection.
Circle L 3/4
Promenade across with neighbor
Left Diagonal Ladies chain (to shadow)
women start 1/2 hey straight across by Right shoulder
Women Do Si Do 1x
(no slide required, circle with couple straight across)