In any balance in line, (i.e. in a wave), especially when followed by a
swing, the rule I was taught was to balance towards the person you are going
to swing with and then away. This allows you to pull easily into the swing.
In most or all cases you will have right hand in right hand or left in left
with the person you are going to swing, so you need to transfer hands as you
do this, regardless.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Keith Holmes
Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2007 3:45 PM
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Subject: Re: [Callers] Balance the star, etc.
Jack, Rich, et al,
The way to make it flow is to balance left first, which is what the author
The first time I danced Daybreak Reel was to Michael's calling in
Brattleboro back in 1981. Starting balances on the left foot was the custom
in the Monadnock area of New Hampshire at the time. I wrote the dance down
and talked with Michael who said something to the effect that "we're
different from the rest of the country."
I'm curious if that's still the custom.
On 4/19/07, Jack Mitchell <jamitch3(a)mindspring.com> wrote:
Ok....the wave balance (with partner's left hand) into a swing seems
really awkward. I'm sure there's a way to make it flow, but I'm
missing it. Thoughts?
>A2: Men balance, dosido, allemand R 1-1/4 to form wave by joining L hands
>B1: Balance wave, swing partners
>B2: Women chain 1/2 to R-hands across star position; turn star 1/2 and
>look for next neighbor
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