Actually before the allemande, you're standing with your partner in your
right hand, so the gents are facing the right way and the ladies are
facing the wrong way. After the allemande, you're both facing the same
way and ready to walk forward to a new wave. Without needing to say
anything about it, one thing you can do to reduce confusion about which
way folks are going is to becketize the sets by circling RIGHT one place
rather than left. That way the 1's are actually progressing down the
hall and the 2's are going up the hall. The progression has you (once
you're becketized) progressing to the right one couple each time through
the dance. Might be worth it to point out your next neighbors (on the
right diagonal) just before starting the walkthru.
Take all this bearing in mind that I just got the dance myself and
haven't called it before.
On 3/24/2010 2:16 PM, Tina Fields wrote:
This dance looks like a lot of fun, and I'm going
to try it.
At first glance (without working it through via Smurf toys), it looks to me like the
first turn of the wave makes folks face the "wrong way" up or down the set, with
the Ladies Al-L 1/2 in the A2 turning them back in the direction of progression again. Is
If so, I think it would be useful to say that sort of thing when teaching. Do you agree?
Also, what other teaching tidbits have you found helpful? I'm really into working out
the short-and-excellent walkthrough these days.
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