to be clear, I don't know if it WAS Carol. it's a good dance.
And Yoyo - WOW - what a great analysis!!!
From: Yoyo Zhou <yozhov(a)gmail.com
Laur <lcpgr(a)yahoo.com>om>; Caller's discussion list
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 9:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Callers] rocks and dirt by Erik Weberg
On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 2:27 PM, Laur <lcpgr(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
Can anyone share their opinion on why the caller would have chosen to make the change in
the dance? orientation or flow?
It's hard to know for sure without asking Carol (or whoever it was that changed it).
Here are some reasons (and examples) I can think of for variations to be created:
- Fix poor transitions (right and left thru->circle left, ladies chain->next
- Fix timing issues (swing ending in the middle of a phrase).
- Add things that are missing (no partner swing, no neighbor swing).
- Eliminate unwanted figures (a balance in a smooth dance, a circle right, too many circle
- Make a dance easier to dance or to teach (use hands in the circular hey).
- Other aesthetic reasons (substituting balance/gypsy/dosido before a swing).
Those who feel strongly enough about choreography to change dances to fit their programs
have some aesthetic by which they judge the new dance to be better than the original, but
different callers prioritize different things. As Alan mentioned, some callers (myself
included) put a high value on a neighbor swing because dancers seem to like it. Perhaps
Carol (or whoever) values the transitions here more than the original, enough to outweigh
the lack of a neighbor swing.
What are the questionable transitions in the original? If the circular hey is done without
hands, the balance is no problem. But swing to ladies chain is not the smoothest. And (I
noticed when I coincidentally called this dance) there are ladies who will accidentally
try to chain back instead of allemanding. But I think there's still that risk of
confusion in the revised dance, as the ladies have the same cue twice - the other lady
extending a right hand.
(For the record, I think I called it with the variation A1 gypsy and swing. My reasons: it
flows well, it feels like a good fit with that part of the dance, and I hadn't called
any gypsy and swings yet in my program.)