teaching a hey - don't worry about it. seriously.
make sure that the dance you're using has a full hey, not half. it's much
easier if they know for sure where they're going. i just tell them it's ok
if they wander around and don't hurt each other, and then go back to where
they started and swing their partner (or neighbor, as the case may be).
i used to set up a demo for this - as the lines form, find a foursome who
know how to do a hey. first time they do it right. second time, i have
someone do their "deer in the headlights" imitation, while the others wander
around aimlessly, then run home to swing their partner. i tell people it's
ok to experiment with both kinds of heys. when they do so during the dance
(and they ALWAYS do), i congratulate them :-)
the bottom line is to show them what's supposed to happen, and tell them not
to worry about it. they'll learn it by encountering people in line who give
clear signals. if they don't ever get it - well, it doesn't really matter
as long as they go home and swing and do the rest of the dance.
give the dancers permission to relax. give yourself permission to relax.
then do it!
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From: Rich Goss <richgoss(a)comcast.net>
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To: Shared Weight <callers(a)sharedweight.net>
Subject: Re: [Callers] Compilation of 'Hey' dances, and further requests
Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2006 21:53:48 -0800
I have First Hey:
First Hey - Paul Balliet
A1: Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2
A2: Hey For Four
B1: Partner Balance & Swing
B2: Circle Left 3/4
Balance the Ring, Pass Thru to Next Neighbor
There are many ways to teach a hey. The best is a demo. For a full hey
it's good to tell folks that they ultimately end up where they started. At
least they know where they are supposed to be at the end of the hey.
Good luck, you'll do fine.
On 11/5/06 9:32 PM, "Jillian Hovey" <jillianhovey(a)rogers.com> wrote:
Thanks to everyone who so generously sent me
suggestions for easy dances
use in the fourth slot that I, as a new caller will
call at our Toronto
Country Dancer's dance that Bev Bernbaum will be calling next Saturday.
I have attached a Word document that has all the dances, some of which
annotated with teaching notes.
I have two requests: I need the details of two dances: First Hey by
Balliet, and "Kiss of a Lifetime" bu Peter
Stix (I could not find either
through an internet search. [A suggestion: Please post the info to the
list, so once someone has sent the info, others need
not bother. Thanks!]
The other request is for suggestions on how to teach a hey. (I am a
Please note, that I have not chosen a dance yet, but need to do so by
tomorrow, so I cam open to suggestions from the list I sent (including
above) and any other dances that you think are
suitable. [Note: If I am
terrified to teach a Hey, then Bev has graciously
offered that I can
another easy dance, so I am open to suggestions on
that front as well.]
Thanks for 'Sharing the Weight', and helping me out! I have learned a
from you out there in List Serve Land so far, and I am
looking forward to
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