This weekend I'm calling a special dance (modern,
urban contra) for Karen
Parker, who turns 50. You have any interesting dances featuring over the
hill, 50, Karen, or Parker? Listed below is what Michael Dyck's fabulous
index came up with.
Not sure what the modern-urban-contra world would think about this, but I've
had good luck at a ceilidh dance with it.
(From "Step Lively 2" by Marian Rose; her own composition.)
Circle of couples facing into the center; hands joined.
A1: Balance forward and back; women move one place to the right.
(Women step into the circle to face the man on her right - NOT PARTNER -
then take his right hand in her left and back up into the next spot.)
(Yes, it's a roll away.)
Repeat a total of four times.
"Your partner is now distressingly far away."
A2: Same deal, except that the men roll away to the right. Repeat four times;
you should be back to your partner.
B1: Face partner, join right hands with arms extended elegantly, and using
four waltz steps walk around each other in a clockwise direction. (Eg,
right hand turn.)
Left hand turn.
B2: Face partner, join both hands and chassez two steps into the center and
two steps out.
Step toward partner, extending arms to the outside; step away. Open out
facing into the center.
[Note - no progression, no travel, no partner change.]
[Easily modified into a mixer by doing a twirl to swap at the end of B2.]
Alan Winston --- WINSTON(a)SSRL.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU
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