Cary Ravitz explains one way to diagram a dance on his
Tom Hinds includes diagrams in his book "Calling
New England Squares."
There are other more graphical methods. In general,
for each move in a dance
diagrams should indicate where dancers are, differentiate between men and
women, between ones and twos (or 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, heads and sides in a
square). It's also very helpful if the diagram indicates which direction the
dancers are facing. You'll very quickly realize which moves or series of
moves are "neutral," i.e., put everyone back where they just were, facing
the same direction.
If you know Flash or some programming language, you
can get really fancy, as
did Martha Edwards:
(Actually, Cary is a programmer, but he's very
aware that not all of us are,
so he keeps his web page pretty accessible).
Thanks for those references!
And of course, there's always salt and pepper
I like coins. (Different denominations for different numbers - pennies,
nickels, dimes, quarters tells you who's who in a square, face-up or face-down
for gender, and you can have them face one way or the other.)
Alan Winston --- WINSTON(a)SSRL.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU
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