I asked Rick Mohr (who is not on this list) and this is his reply.
I'm not too particular about "formation" because it seems funny to
categorize an entire dance by where you happen to be at one certain point. These
days most dancers automatically line up improper, so when possible I save
words/time by starting there and making slight adjustments to the walkthrough.
For example, in "Becket" dances that start with circle left 3/4 and swing
neighbor I usually start improper and circle left all the way.
In a message dated 2/28/2012 10:35:05 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
So i feel a bit silly walking into this discussion with such a simplistic
answer, but - to me it only merits referring to a dance by an alternate
formation if there's absolutely no way to set the dance up as a standard
formation (eg, a becket-indecent). Unlike a dance which starts with a wave
balance, "Chuck the Budgie" simply starts with a gents allemande L. I've
had no trouble calling it from a standard improper starting point; it just
makes the first allemande a little less than once.
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:28:54 +1300
From: Bill Baritompa <staf186(a)ext.canterbury.ac.nz>
To: Caller's discussion list <callers(a)sharedweight.net>
Subject: [Callers] What formation is this improper dance?
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This may seem like a silly question. It concerns Rick Mohr's
"Chuck the Budgie" (on his webpage and shown on a youtube video there).
I thought an improper dance has the #1's facing down the hall, facing
#2's who are facing up the hall. All gents have
their partners on their
Although the dance description says it's improper, it actually starts in
wave which you get into by Nbr Right Allemand 3/4 to have gents in the
with left hands joined. (the last 4 beats of B2, (next nbr) Right
forms the next short wave).
So this dances has a formation (consisting of short waves) with the #1's
the hall facing their #2's who are facing down the hall. Gents have their
on their left. Does this have a name? Are there any other dances in this
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