i like tom hinds' "gypsy round two"
a1 ones, as a couple, gypsy R with gent two
ones gypsy L with lady two
a2 ones in the middle, down the hall
turn alone, come back
b1 circle L 1x
b2 ones B/S, end facing gent two with arms around each other at end of
swing, or in some other connecting hold - such as some promenade position -
ready to gypsy R with a new gent two
this dance has MANY great qualities - easy enough for most beginners, fun
enough for most experienced dancers, different from other dances, very
kid-friendly, fun with lots of different music (ask the band if they can
play a rag) and not too much touching in HOT weather!
i am travelling in the south with beeswax sheepskin (ethan hazzard-watkins,
anna patton, roger kahle, chuck corman) and we are in north carolina. so
far this month, we've done walpole, baltimore, atlanta, charlotte (NC),
knoxville, winston-salem, and now we're in chapel hill. we have two days
off and then friday night we do the experienced only dance here, and then a
house concert/dance party in a private home near chapel hill. then
asheville, NC, but that's the band without me - i'll be back north by then.
fridiay's night's dance is giving me a chance to do something i haven't done
before - to call an advanced dance with a band that i've just spent a week
with. having just done five dances together, we know each other's style
so i've set out a complete program for the night, and they have already
chosen the tunes. two reasons for this - it's great to be able to match
tunes to dances, and they won't have time to pick tunes between dances
because there are no (or minimal) walkthrus allowed at the advanced dance.
we rehearsed the whole thing, including calling, this afternoon. really
great to find musicians who are so interested in working with callers!
these guys have been great.
if i follow the program as written, it will be the first time i have ever
in august, i will also play piano for a dance, for the first time in this
part of the country (i played for a dance in houston a few months ago). buz
lloyd (from north carolina) and cammy caynor will be playing with me. i'm
guessing i'll see some of you there - it's the MIT dance.