For me, the most important task as a caller at a wedding is to get the bride
and groom dancing in the first dance.
If you make the first dance a circle (not a mixer) then you don't have any
hassles in getting 'that extra last couple' to make up a set. You don't
even really need to worry who is on which side. I almost invariably use
Part 1 of Circassian circle (In to the middle and out twice, ladies in, clap
and return, men in, clap and return, swing your partner, promenade). I
don't teach it, just do it, ideally with a wireless mike so that you can
show what people should be doing from the center. At the end I have been
known to keep the promenade going so that I can make up some longways dances
for Virginia Reel before anyone escapes. Another useful technique is to use
an extended promenade to make up a sicillian circle for Haste to the
Wedding. With luck, you can still keep them on the floor. At the end of
Haste to the Wedding (or any other sicillian circle formation) have some fun
- ask the tallest person in each couple (or the shortest, or the one without
a bra, or the one who comes from furthest away ... you get the idea - to go
away and bring back another person, any sex, to make up a 3-facing-3 for
Dashing White Sargeant or any other 3 some you fancy. After this they will
be tired so give them a reasonable break.
The rest is up to you ...
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Laur
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:28 PM
To: 'Caller's discussion list'
Subject: Re: [Callers] suggestions for dancing on lawns...
Thank you for all your responses.
My biggest concern was for uneven ground, turned ankles and bad knees. I
suppose that was based on my own experiences when I supported community
dances at one or two festivals.
But it is a wedding and all the slow and simple rules apply. You all helped
ease my anxiety. Your helpful hints, suggestions, and links are very much
Beth, the groom just told me their rough plan is to eat, cut the cake, and
while folks are eating cake have the music start. The old time band can play
for a bit, and then they want to start the dancing. They are open to
In your, and others, experience, how will this plan work? I agree, cutting
the cake can be the wind down point.
--- On Wed, 6/18/08, Beth Parkes <ebay(a)hands4.com> wrote:
From: Beth Parkes <ebay(a)hands4.com>
Subject: RE: [Callers] suggestions for dancing on lawns...
To: lcpgr(a)yahoo.com, "'Caller's discussion list'"
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 11:55 AM
Hell all, looking for support and any suggestions
outside wedding dance.
Since I am dealing with a wedding dance I don't
have to worry about
fast dancing. Although I keep thinking about
thing that is already present with non-dancers,
exuberance. I also think about letting that
insurance lag this
I'm open to anything anyone can offer. Wedding is
Sunday. Trying to
rethink today and tomorrow.
I want to agree with everyone else: grass works fine for a
ONS crowd. As
with any ONS, just keep them winning. I don't know if
you've done many
weddings, but they have a life of their own: 1. They always
run late <G>.
(Plan on it.) 2. They will have much less dancing than
other similar events.
People want to socialize and there are lots of other things
going on. 3.
Cutting the cake is the sign that people are allowed to
leave. Don't let
them do it too early. (Suggest that there is some dancing
Don't let the insurance lag. It's an incredible
bargain. All insurance is
expensive until you need it.
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