Notice the gypsy in B2. I think that's your answer. I remember being very
charmed by this dance at a time when I really didn't like gypsies - mostly,
I think, because the centrifugal force of walking around someone had no
counterbalance (like holding on to your gypsy-mate, aka "allemande"...).
This dance, this Venus and Mars, however, where the ladies spiral in to the
gypsy from the orbit, had a more "natural" feel to it. The physics works.
Now that I've learned the trick of leaning in slightly on gypsies (and
gotten confident enough NOT to do what the callers told me to do, which was
essentially to be as intimate as possible with every gypsy-mate), I've begun
to enjoy gypsies.
This dance, however, was the first one to show me I might really like
gypsies one day. Good thing, since my husband's idea of a perfect dance is
"gypsy your neighbor, circle left 3/4, gypsy your partner, circle left 3/4
and pass through."
On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 3:55 PM, Liz and Bill
The version that I have has same A1 and B2, but
A2 Circle Left 3/4 w/partner (on the side) rollaway with 1/2 sashay,
Gents Allemand Left 1 1/2 while Ladies orbit clockwise halfway
B1 Partner Gypsy and Swing
I assume it is the men are rolling their partners from left to right. I've
never danced or called it, but
it looks like A2a can be done in 8 beats as effectively the men will CL
once in 8 beats then have 8 beats for
AL 1 1/2, while the women's rolling (which might take more than 2 beats)
merges into their orbiting.
Nice that you back into the swing of things. Dancing here is low key, I've
got one on Sat evening of
Easter weekend. Lots of people will be busy, so we will probably have it at
our house. The llamas are keeping
me busy, and they can now come right up to the house and they like to watch
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