On 4/7/2017 6:20 PM, Cheryl Joyal via Callers 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
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 ?
A very good question. A couple of years ago I reorganized my cards also
and expanded the number of categories. FWIW, here's what I use:
Basic Improper - 1
Basic Improper - 2
(where 1 = solid main contras, 2 = slightly more advanced)
Becket - 1
w/heys (these are full heys, duple minor sets)
Multiple progressions (2x, 3x, etc).
Advanced contras (truly advanced, dance camp level)
Novelty contras (mixer contras, etc.)
Very, Very easy dances (e.g., for ONS and wedding gigs)
Reserve contras (i.e., "back pocket" dances to use when something
fails, like "Roll In The Hey")
Also, I put a colored marker on cards for dances that lend themselves to
No-Walk-Thru situations (these can be in any of 5 or 6 different
categories). Sometimes I need to identify these quickly, on-the-fly
during a gig.
If a dance falls into two or more categories, I sometimes put a piece of
paper in one category with a cross-reference to that dance. Frankly, I
don't like to do this -- it's too complicated, especially as so many
dances are being written today that contain two or more distinctive moves.
Also, I have a separate box (book) for squares:
Medium Western-style squares
New England Quadrilles
Novelty squares (& other formations that are not contras like
"Strip-The-Willow" and "El Capitán")
Also, I have a box of retired dances -- these have (finally) cycled out
of use, for whatever reason. Nicely fits onto a shelf somewhere,
wherever . . .
To create a program, I like to put cards on a table and visualize the
program. Then move the cards around, substitute cards, stack cards in a
slot, etc. Other people have other methods for this. I've never found
software that can arrange things as I like. But in the end, it's still a
matter of knowing the dances, having a good sense of how a dance feels
to dancers on the dance floor. That's our art.
Caller, Percussive Dancer
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