I try and call the dances of Rich Blazej whenever I can and this one's a
Halloween favorite, re-done as "Werewolves and Zombies".
*Garfield's Escape* -- circle of couples PLUS ONE EXTRA in the center
A1 All into the center EIGHT steps and back, menacing the Garfield
A2 Circle left, circle right
B1 Women (werewolves) promenade single file to the right, while men
(zombies) "star" by the right -- each man puts his right hand on right
shoulder of the man in front - including Garfield.
B2 Caller hollers "Escape!" ("Boo!", or maybe "Braaaiiins") and all men
run to the outside and swing with a woman in the outer circle. A new
Garfield remains in the center.
Rich himself named this after Garfield the comic-strip cat, way back when
he was cynical and funny (the cat, not Rich).
"The single man remaining at the end of the dance is entitled to a pan of
lasagna and some fresh kitty litter".
My favorite normal tune for this is the minor jig Coleraine, played at a
slightly slower lurch-y tempo, but if I'm lucky the band'll do the Alfred
Have fun, just thought I'd share -- and I'd love to hear how it goes if you
do it, and what variations emerge.
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.
Can anyone recommend an open source website development tool that is appropriate for touring dance callers and musicians?
cheersJeanette Jeanette MillContra dance caller, musician and workshop convenor+61 (0)449 686 077Canberra, Australia "The piano - 88 little mistakes waiting to happen" Kate Barnes
I'm interested, and I think I can make it out there. Can you put
me down for a spot?
Santa Clara, CA
> On Apr 18, 2017, at 6:33 PM, Rich Sbardella richsbardella(a)gmail.com [trad-dance-callers] <trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> Hello Friends,
> I am hosting/organizing a contra dance on Sunday evening, May 21st, to celebrate Ralph Sweet's 88th birthday. This is the last dance in Ralph's Shindig in the Barn series this season, and next season is not a certainty. Ralph's son Walter is part of a trio of musicians that will be providing the dance music.
> We are planning this dance as a tribute, and a thank you to Ralph for all he is to the dance community, and I am hoping for multiple callers to participate. If you are available, and would like to call a dance please send me a message. I can program in about 10 callers, and I will reserve slots on a first come, first serve basis.
> Please consider helping us to make this dance at Ralph's barn a celebration!
> Rich Sbardella
> Stafford, CT
I am hosting/organizing a contra dance on Sunday evening, May 21st, to
celebrate Ralph Sweet's 88th birthday. This is the last dance in Ralph's
Shindig in the Barn series this season, and next season is not a
certainty. Ralph's son Walter is part of a trio of musicians that will be
providing the dance music.
We are planning this dance as a tribute, and a thank you to Ralph for all
he is to the dance community, and I am hoping for multiple callers to
participate. If you are available, and would like to call a dance please
send me a message. I can program in about 10 callers, and I will reserve
slots on a first come, first serve basis.
Please consider helping us to make this dance at Ralph's barn a celebration!
A friend is looking for a dance called by Steve Zakon-Anderson and she
believes it's called "A Great Catch."
Her description, as she remembers it, is:
"Ladies left allemande 1 1/2 and balance in a short wave with partner in R
hand, Walk forward to new wave with your shadow in your R hand, Allemand R
1 1/4 with shadow to long lines, ladies facing out, men facing in, Slide to
the right in front of your shadow and catch your partner for a swing,
?Circle to the left all the way around"
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Ladies' Chain to Allemande Left is actually the original version of
the Ladies' Chain! I believe that the Courtesy Turn was added sometime late
in the 19th century, or maybe in the first half of the 20th century.
Prior to that the "Chaine des Dames" was always danced as Ladies
Pull By Right, Allemande Left the Man You Meet - and always there and back
It occurs in countless dances over the last few hundred years, going
back to the 18th century quadrilles and probably earlier.
The Ladies' Chains in Chestnut contras were probably danced that way
Of course If the man maintains that Allemande position he will end
up facing the wrong way in most dances. So he will usually have to make a
quick turn to his left at the end of the Allemande. I find it quite hard to
persuade the men NOT to touch the lady with their right arm. Many ECD
dances contain this move and I understand that some American ladies hate it
when the man guides her with his right arm.
So, between the two extremes of the man ending up facing out, and
the man putting his right arm around the lady, you have the compromise of
starting the Allemande normally, but then the man turning towards the lady
as the move ends - this is known in some circles as a Polite Turn.
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent