Betting that Colin Hume has the definitive answer to this...
(There's some really cool old ones for square dancing, lemme see if I
can dig a few up)
On 2/9/20, Becky Liddle via Contra Callers
> I doubt this exists, but thought I’d ask:
> I have seen on-line apps that demonstrate just one particular move (a ravens
> chain or whatever) showing how each dancer moves in that single call/move.
> But has anyone yet programmed something that allows you to put in all the
> moves of a full contra dance, so you can see how all the dancers in a contra
> line interact?
> I’m trying to figure out movements and end effects using a magnetic
> whiteboard, moving magnets around, but it is both painstakingly slow and I
> keep screwing it up.
> I know the ideal way to figure out end effects and make sure a dance works
> before calling it is to get a few friends together to walk it thru, but
> short of getting that many contra dancers in a room (I have one friend who
> offers them pie as incentive, but I’m no pastry chef!), has anyone figured
> out a better system for visualizing dancer interactions and end effects
> other than magnets on a whiteboard?
> Assuming an on-line simulator doesn’t exist, I’m about to go that
> magnet/whiteboard route, so if anyone cares to suggest the least
> mind-boggling way to set that up (Lark 1A, Raven 1A, Lark 2A, Raven 2A,
> etc?) do chime in! I need some way to label each dancer so that when they
> leave their minor set, and then, say, do a left diagonal ravens chain back
> to their partner I can tell if it really IS their own partner or if I’ve
> screwed up again. :-(
> I find online videos can sometimes help me visualize the interactions in the
> middle of the line (if the videographer will hold still long enough for me
> to see a whole run-thru of the dance with one minor set), but I can almost
> never see end effects in those.
> Thanks for any suggestions!
> Becky Liddle, Toronto
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