I've never called "Slow M'Ocean", but from diagramming it on paper
it seems to me that the A1/A2 should work perfectly well (and leave
dancers back in their original starting positions at the end of A2)
if men and women advance EQUALLY to get into the swings. In this
case, the "Pass thru to an Ocean Wave" actions in A2 will have
everyone passing the same opposite-sex neighbor as in A1 (but the
same-sex neighbors will be different for both men and women). In
Michael's interpretation, if I understand it correctly, the Ocean
Waves have the same pairs of men in A2 as in A1. I suspect very
strongly that my interpretation is the one the author (April Blum)
intended, but I invite her to speak for herself on the matter.
The progression in B2 where couples pass by W's R shoulder and loop
R (relative to out-facing direction, i.e., clockwise around a big
oval) is rather unusual and is the part that I'd expect to give the
Michael Barraclough wrote:
I called this in Baltimore last night (? world
It is a good dance but it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to ensure that the
do not move from where they are in the swings in A1/A2. I taught it
emphasizing this and called it thus. However, as I reduced my
so the men started moving. The result is that the positions move and
couples don't know who the opposite couple is with ultimate chaos as
couples get left out in the middle of the dance. I stopped the dance,
re-emphasized the need for the men to stay put and we were just fine
when they heeded the advice!
On Mon, 2013-02-18 at 17:10 -0500, Hgrastorf(a)aol.com wrote:
Wrote this one on my way back from calling
A1 Pass thru to an Ocean Wave (Ps are facing in opposite
Balance forward and back. Swing your SHADOW (who is facing you in
wave). (Gents, make the ladies come to you.) End facing across.
A2 Pass thru to an Ocean Wave. Balance F/B -- swing your Partner,
facing you in the next wave. End facing your original Ns.
B1 Ladies chain to your N. Ladies allemande R 1.5 (continue to
B2 Ladies pick up your partner, star promenade across with a
whirl (to the lady's side). Promenade across (to gent's side),
passing RIGHT shoulders, and curl RIGHT to face the next neighbor,
pass the Ocean.
I can't think of another dance that starts this way -- anybody?
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