I like the visiting square Birdie in the Cage. It’s also the sort of forgiving dance where
if there’s a five couple set you just do it a fifth time to let the last couple have fun
and other sets can keep going. Teens can get into showing off in the center with whatever
moves they like. I usually don’t call “ladies” or “gents” - I tell people to decide which
person in the couple is the bird, and which is the crow, and then I call it for birdies
and crows. That’s great when people aren’t in classic pairings. Crows are fun because
people can make cawing noises. And generally the break figure is birdies or crows star
right and left, do-si-do partner, swing, promenade.
Texas Star is fun and really relatively easy to teach and call. Think you can find that
Ninepin Quadrille, which has galloping (sashaying) past the central ninepin figure, is a
good one for teens (Colonials Quadrille is also good for that reason, galloping).
Grapevine Twist is also one that I’ve called a lot at Family Dances - it’s another
visiting square (or pentagon if you have to!) I think you can find version online.
There’s a Dip and Dive “square” for five couples that I like, too. I’m not sure of it’s
origins or real title but it goes like this:
Number the couples one-five in the circle. Number one couple then goes in the center and
the others make a square around them.
Honor etc. All couples swing. Number 1 couple ends swing facing another couple. Along
that line of three couples, dip and dive all the way over and back - middles always dip,
ends always arch, so when they turn around, they make an arch…(or middles always arch -
Number one gets back and faces 90 degrees to a couple they haven’t dipped with yet. That
line of three couples dip and dive.
1s swing in middle while the others form a circle and go forward and back towards them,
then “into the middle and make them stop” - basically they go forward to the center until
the others have to stop swinging (sort of mush into them)
Couple one joins the circle (order doesn’t matter, people just remember their original
numbers), all circle left, swing partner, #2 couple move into the center, form a square
around and it starts again. You can of course vary this however you like.
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