I recall dancing one called Doublin Back. And I have written one called Doublin Dublin.
April Blum On Jan 16, 2017 5:20 PM, Tavi Merrill via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> Dance genealogy question: The figure first appearing in "Dublin Bay" (aka "We'll Wed and We'll Bed," its title in Playford) morphed in contra into a modified "lines of four down the hall."
> I know a version of it from Sue Rosen's dance "Handsome Young Maids," where dancers facing down take four steps forwards, turn alone, and continue down the hall with four backward steps, then repeat the figure to return up the hall.
> I'm curious how many other contras this figure, or a version of it, appears in. Does anyone know of other dances? And any astute dance historians out there know what the first contra to use this figure is?
2016 is done, which for me means I can total up my calling for taxes and
It doesn't come up here very often; but payment and mileage and whatnot is
the unglamorous logistics side of calling. I figure it's worth sharing that
type of information as well, so folks can be informed as they think about
ramping up their calling.
I'm rounding, but in looking back at 2016 in review, it comes to roughly::
30 night on the road
10000 miles flown
5000 miles driven
A gig there is everything from fundraisers for the local library to week
long dance camps.
I apologize if that seems forward. It's information that I'd would have
liked to have had to weigh as I started calling; and as I balance my
calling against my day job and my time with family.
I'm curious to hear what others are willing to share (on list, or
privately) about their own financial/mileage impacts. I can break things
out in private conversations if anyone wants to get into the weeds. (I
admit, I like the occasional foray into data analysis).
Happy new year to you all! I hope you're calling as much as you want, and
that your taxes are easy!
It's been a while since I've had enough folks at a house party to really
walk through a 4x4 dance, so I'm sending this out for comment: I'm trying
to increase my repertoire of accessible and entertaining 4x4s (my double
reverse progression 4x4, etc, not qualifying)
This one is in the "Midwestern Folklore" and "Will You Mary Me?" tradition
of being two nearly identical halves.
Plow and Cross Stitch
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Four Facing Four
(8) Lines of four, forward and back
(8) Women's Chain up & down to facing neighbor
(8) 1/2 Hey up & down, women passing right shoulders
(8) Neighbor swing (end facing partner, Women's line of direction; men
opposite initial facing.)
(8) Women's Chain up and down to partner, power turn to face trail buddy
(8) 1/2 Hey across, women passing right shoulders
(16) Partner balance and swing
It could go lines of four again in B1, then the chain and power turn, with
B2 being half hey and just a swing; but I figured try for the partner
balance and longer swing.
I'd appreciate hearing folks thoughts (too repetitive? too disorienting?
basically X's dance Y), as well as your own favorite 4x4s; and why. My
personal favorite is Rick Mohr's "Dance All Night", because you get a grand
right and left in a contra.
I know this isn't the exact best forum, but ...
I'm looking for leads on contra bands and sound people who might be
available for a dance in Palm Springs California on Saturday, July 1, 2017
as part of the IAGSDC annual MWSD square dance convention.
( http://palmsprings2017.org/main/index.php )
Anyone with info please contact me directly at andyshore(a)gmail.com
There's often a long announcement segment toward the end of the first
half at many of our local dances, and I've been figuring that after all
that talk, folks just want to dance. The first time I tried doing a NWT
in that slot, it got a great response. So for those of you who call
no-walk-through dances, do you have any particular favorites? I'd love
to add a few more good candidates to my collection.
I usually reserve my NWT til the end of the night but I can see the value
in calling one after announcements. I might do that next time. I agree that
announcements often are long and dancers wanna dance!
I like the Nils Fredland approach to the NWT "walk-through". "Face your N.
Do we need to walk that through a second time?"
My NWT choices are simply those that have clean and clear starts and
finishes for each figure that require very little brain power even for
first-timers. All the figures have occurred at least twice in earlier
dances that evening. Low piece count.
Kiss the bride
Delphiniums & Daisies
Al's Safeway Produce
A(nother) nice combo
The boys from Urbana - if you're truly confident.