Thank you all for your feedback :-)
The overwhelming opinion is that the R hand allemande is more natural.
I think it's in part a circle L versus circle R kinda thing, where one
is more comfortable because it's done more and folks know how to make
it smooth. I also think it's a really small effect, and that dancer
comfort is an important consideration.
It's been pointed out to me that the sample dance I put up is very
close to Contraindicated by Peter Stix (replace the allemande with a
do-si-do, thus sidestepping the issue). The sample dance was actually
a simplification to just address the lines->allemande transition. The
dance I'm was working on that brought it up:
They're a right bunch of dancers
Circle L 3/4, gents lead out to the left; zig and zag the set to new couples
Circle R 3/4
ladies 1/2 chain
long lines fwd & back
ladies allemande R 1 1/2 to ptr
ptr bal & swg
Which I wrote to end with a partner balance and swing (something I
like to close a set with).
Thanks again for all the feedback and information.
On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Luke Donev<luke.donev(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I'm sitting at home writing a contra (they get in my head and won't
leave me alone till I write them down). I unfortunately don't have a
closet full of dancers to pull out and test things on, but I've got a
question about flow.
When the ladies are standing to the right of their neighbor on the
side of the set, facing their partner, and are going to allemande
over to their partner for a balance and swing, should it be an
allemande Right or Left? I feel like the R is more traditional for
ladies, but an allemande L would leave their R hand free for a
smoother transition to a balance and swing (I feel lead's L, follow's
R is a better 1 hand balance to go into a swing with than lead's R,
To put it in context, consider the following dance:
Sample dance 1, Improper
A1: N bal & swg
A2: long lines, fwd & back
Ladies Allmnd L 1+ to partner
B1: ptr bal & swg
B2: ladies 1/2 chain
star L 1x, on to next
I think the ladies should allemande L there, but I'd be curious what
other people think of the flow.
If it was something like going to a R hand R hand balance for a box
the gnat, it would seem to force the issue, but it seems more open
when it's just going into a swing. Preferences? Thoughts?