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.
Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are particularly playful, quirky, silly....something that typically gets the dancers laughing.
Some examples would be "Over the Hill and Still Chased" with the lady round two/gent cut through figure, or Beneficial Tradition when the dancers throw their free arm up and shout "Wooo!"
You get the idea. What are your favorites?
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.
Just found a dance card with no name, and I'm sure somebody out there
can plug it into the dance-o-matic* and tell me what it is.
A1 N b&s
A2 M alle L 1-1/2; P sw
B1 Lines of 4 down the hall, turn as cpls, return and bend.
B2 Balance ring, circle L 1/2; Ladies chain
*and wouldn't that be a good name for a dance?
Hey all! This dance just popped into my head as part of a discussion over
on the pourparler/family dance community.
I have NO idea if I've just reinvented someone else's wheel or not. Anyone
Working Title: *"I've Got a Bad Feeling About This" *
Suggested Tune: *Cantina Theme* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6PDcBhODqo
Eight or more couples, "Big Square" formation
Prep: form up like you're going to do a big circle, then "square the
circle": divide dancers into four equal sets of partners, lined up along
four NSEW walls.
Wave at people across the room, figure out who your opposite pair is.
Sides and Top walls can be slightly different numbers of partners as long
as they match each *other*.
*Side walls advance, right hand allemande* with opposite, retire
*Top walls sashay *to opposite side (if gendered: "Drive in the right lane,
men passing back to back")
*Side walls advance, left hand allemande*, retire
*Top walls sashay* home
Everyone *dosido* partner,
*promenade* to next WALL.
Do the dance four times with calls, four times "on your own"
Possible prep practice: Tops advance, meet/identify your opposite, retire.
Sides in, identify, retire. All promenade to next wall.
Depending on size of hall, number of couples, and experience level/sobriety
of dancers, this could either be cleanly/tightly phrased or a total
pig-pile, sorta like Foula Reel.
I'm going to totally try this at our (small, square-shaped, local,
fun-loving and open-minded) Peirce's Hall this weekend, if Steve Howland
will share the mic for a moment, but before I do:
Does this already exist, and I've just forgotten?
Or anything similar?
Does it work in real life, with the right crowd/band/hall?
Kinda excited to find out...
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Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:28:22 -0800
Subject: Dance notes for Don Flaherty’s “Reflection “3
I have a video I want to check against the notes for the archive.
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Hello list members,
I will be calling my first session of "Challenging Dances" soon, and I have a few questions:
1. Is there an archived discussion on this topic that any one knows about, and if so could someone point me to it?
2. If not, I'm wondering about other callers' experiences with these dances - how "challenging" is generally appropriate? (Bear in mind this is not Greenfield, Concord, or a similar dance series where it's safe to assume most dancers will be very experienced/skilled). What sort of "arc" has worked well for such sessions? I know the final program will be determined by the level of those who actually show up to the dance, but it'd be nice to start with a general frame of reference.
3. Any favorite challenging dances anyone has been having particular fun with lately? (I have a good assortment but am always looking for new ones).