Tonight's mink hole dive uncovered this post - which was likely lost in the
passion of other threads circa the time... I found it unopened in my mail
queue but like what I see now.
Luke, what happened to this dance - has it been called successfully?
On Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 10:33 AM, Luke Donforth via Callers <
Linda Leslie's suggestion of gyre as a replacement for gypsy bubbled
around in my brain and a new (I think) dance percolated up. It has a twist
that isn't the gyre (which I consider just new nomenclature); women casting
out of the swing to travel from one minor set to another (similar to gent's
movement in Scoot by Tom Hinds).
I haven't gotten to test it with dancers yet, as I just finished running
it through with pegs on my desk; but I wanted to share it in support of a
A Gyre for Linda
by Luke Donforth
(4) Pass through to an ocean wave (ladies left, catch right with partner)
(4) Balance the short Wavy line
(2) Walk forward
(3) Shadow gyre right 1/2
(3) Gents gyre left 1/2 in the middle
(16) Neighbor gyre right and swing
(8) Men allemande Left 1-1/2 WHILE women cast cw around whole set one
(8) 1/2 Hey, passing partner by right shoulder
(16) Partner gyre right and swing at home
As for the other aspects that have been discussed:
I pronounce it with a softer g sound. For reasons unclear to me, gyre has
different accepted pronunciations; but (to my knowledge) gyration doesn't.
As for using the term (which I clearly support); it costs me nearly
nothing to switch and helps make the dance more accessible for some; both
in dropping a term some find offensive and making the name more descriptive
of the move. My job as a caller is to help share the joy of dancing, and if
this does that I'm in favor of it.
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