In my opinion, the most confusing part is why anyone calls this figure "Mad
Robin." What does a mad robin do? Has anyone ever seen a mad robin?
I use the term "Sashay round" which, by definition, is easier for most people to
understand - Sashay: move sideways, and Around (do I have to explain that one?) (i.e.,
around your _____, while maintaining eye contact with your _____.).
Linda S. Mrosko
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Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:49:37 -0400
Subject: [Callers] Teaching Mad Robin
I am looking for suggestions on how best to teach a "Mad Robin" to contra
dancers who have not encountered it before. It is in "Joyride" after a
Gypsy and I have tried suggesting that they just let their feet take them
around on the same path as the Gypsy did while turning to face their
partner, and I have tried describing how the women start going up and inside
and the men down and outside - but there is still a bit too much confusion
out there. I am planning on doing this in a venue where it may not be
feasible to do a demo. Any additional ideas?
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