Tom's classic The Tease. Anything with a dolphin hey. Many chestnuts. On Apr 10, 2017 9:29 AM, Harold Watson via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> Interesting. Would you please define unequal dances, maybe give an example?
> Harold Watson
> Fayetteville Traditional Dance Society
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> Subject: Re: [Callers] How do you organize your Dance Card Boxes ?
> Categories or Other Suggestions ?
> On Apr 9, 2017, at 1:32 PM, April Blum via Callers wrote:
> > I believe that at some point in every dance, you and your partner are
> > on the same side, usually swinging, so from that perspective all
> > dances can start in Becket, just depends on where you decide A1 is. So
> > I would not find dances that begin in Becket a useful category.
> Actually not all can start in Becket.
> How about a category for unequal dances? They can serve a purpose from time
> to time.
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I believe that at some point in every dance, you and your partner are on the same side, usually swinging, so from that perspective all dances can start in Becket, just depends on where you decide A1 is. So I would not find dances that begin in Becket a useful category.
I do collect dances that start in Becket and DO NOT begin circle three places and ________ (swing, pass, etc) your neighbor. It's a small percentage.
April Blum On Apr 7, 2017 9:20 PM, Cheryl Joyal via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> I am at the point that I want to reorganize my dance box to be able to better program an evening. I plan to go to “categories of dance features”, and have listed what I am thinking for possible categories below.
> I am wondering how others organize their boxes - if categories, what do you include ? Do you file Becket and/or Double Progression separately from “dance categories”, or just note on card ?
> Or do you have another suggestion ?
> Possible Categories:
> Easy and ONS Contras
> California Twirl
> Full Hey
> 1/2 Hey
> Down the Hall
> Mad Robin
> Short Wavy Lines
> Long Wavy Lines
> Zig Zag
> Balance the Ring
> Box The Gnat
> ? Four Facing Four
> ? Becket
> ? Double Progression
> ? Unique (e.g. Wizards Walk)
> Appreciate your suggestions !! Thanks - Cheryl
> Cheryl Joyal
> 630-667-3284 (cell)
My categories are a little different:
Dances I want to try once I am calling for a group that can handle them
Dances for beginners
My current set of favourite dances which I will use for most gigs
Dances to fall back on when something doesn't work
Chestnuts and other traditional dances
Contra style dances in other formations (Triple Minor, Double Contra, Hex,
Everything else is in alphabetical order - otherwise how can you find them?
- I work out which ones I want from my database
Then there are lots more categories for all the other genres I call
The stuff in alphabetical order doesn't get used as much. I would rather
use great dances. Most dancers are very happy to dance the favourites
I get very bored with dances which go "swing, circle 3/4, swing" or "swing,
someone Allemande 1 & 1/2, swing" and very rarely use them now unless the
other half of the dance is stunning.
April said, "I believe that at some point in every dance, you and your
partner are on the same side, usually swinging, so from that perspective all
dances can start in Becket".
But dances can be:
Partner Swing only
Neighbour Swing only
Partner & Neighbour Swing
And the Partner Swing doesn't have to be on the side - it could be #1s
swinging in the middle (or in an old dance everyone swinging in the middle)
So, no, they are not all Becket!
I use quite a few No Swing dances and everyone seems happy to do them -
though attitudes are somewhat different on this side of the pond.
Does anyone use No Swing contras at American contra dances?
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
I've reorganized my cards a few times and each time I add new categories.
The guiding question for deciding whether or not to create a category,
which also helps me decide which category to assign a card that could fit
into two or more sections, is this:
What about this dance would cause me to include or avoid it at a particular
point in my program?
For glossary dances, I might be looking for a dance that progresses with a
California twirl because the last dance I called progressed with a star. I
like to include Petronella- and Rory O'More-inspired dances in most of my
programs, so I go looking for dances with those, regardless of how they
I recommend asking this question of your own programming choices and let
that inform your card organization system.
dugan at duganmurphy.comwww.DuganMurphy.comwww.PortlandIntownContraDance.comwww.NufSed.consulting
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 20:20:13 -0500
From: Cheryl Joyal via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
To: "callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net" <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
Subject: [Callers] How do you organize your Dance Card Boxes ?
Categories or Other Suggestions ?
I am at the point that I want to reorganize my dance box to be able to
better program an evening. I plan to go to ?categories of dance
features?, and have listed what I am thinking for possible categories below.
I am wondering how others organize their boxes - if categories, what do you
include ? Do you file Becket and/or Double Progression separately from
?dance categories?, or just note on card ?
Or do you have another suggestion ?
Easy and ONS Contras
Down the Hall
Short Wavy Lines
Long Wavy Lines
Balance the Ring
Box The Gnat
? Four Facing Four
? Double Progression
? Unique (e.g. Wizards Walk)
Appreciate your suggestions !! Thanks - Cheryl
There was a recent call for new dances, but I can't find the thread, so
here's a fresh post.
Continuing what I think of as a long-standing tradition of contra dance
choreography stealing moves from other dances; I've written a few with the
mini-dip, a move from swing dancing. (Despite the name, it's not really a
I was recently on a small tour with Chimney Swift, and premiered one at the
BIDA dance in Boston.
You can check out a video of it here:
For an explanation of what swing dancers consider a mini dip:
There's different opinions in swing if it's a 6 count or 8 count move, but
I put it in 8 counts. The break down:
1-2: moving forward on balance
3-4: moving backwards on balance
5: pull past each other
6: clap (while low and moving)
7: catch hands
8: style pause
Functionally, it's like a box the gnat; but folks let go and have an
opportunity to clap and add style.
The entire dance in that video is ~75% Bob Isaacs' "United We Dance";
replacing long wavy Rory O'More's in the A1 with the mini-dip sequence, so
it's called "United We Mini-Dip".
(8) Right hand to neighbor, balance, and mini-dip; catch right hands
(2) Pull by right with current neighbor to previous neighbor
(6) Previous neighbor allemande Left 1x, back to current neighbor
(16) Current neighbor balance and swing
(6) Circle left 3/4
(10) Partner swing
(8) Ladies Chain to neighbor
(8) Left Hand Star 1x
I know NB&S, CL PSwg, Chain Star, overlaps other dances as well. You could
do the whole thing with a box the gnat instead of a mini dip in the A1
(that may already exist as a choreographed and called dance); but I like
the clap opportunity the mini-dip provides, especially if the band matches
it well to a tune (as Chimney Swift did).
Enjoy if you're so inclined.
I am based in Australia and hoping to travel to the US and attend some contra dance calling workshops in 2018. I would be grateful for any information about upcoming workshops, including workhshops at festivals, to assist with an itinerary.
Many thanks in advance for your suggestions
Jeanette "We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right" Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
Hi choreographer folks,
I'm leading a session at NEFFA called "Cutting-Edge Contras", consisting of
un-premiered (or very sparsely called) contras. If anyone has any dances
they'd like to throw my way for consideration, please do so!