In response to the question posed by Beth about what
I'd like to
learn as a new caller.
Figures other than contras. E.g. squares, quadrilles, triplets. I've
had a brief introduction to these other forms, but would find it
helpful to understand their format more fully and to practice them.
I'm still getting used to the fact that as the caller "I am in
charge." As I call more dances, I'm facing new situations and
responding. Perhaps a session that poses "difficult" or atypical
situations and then talk about options for responding to them. E.g.,
you have a room that is way too crowded. What do you do?
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 20:54:24 GMT
From: "crunchymama(a)juno.com" <crunchymama(a)juno.com>
Subject: Re: [Callers] Callers discussion / workshop topics
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I've been calling for a little over a year now, on a volunteer
basis here in Memphis TN. What that works out to is calling at one
or two dances a month, and programming and calling half that
evenings dances- between 4-5 individual dances each time. So I
don't feel like I have a year's experience with the limited
opportunities to practice with an audience.
What I am most interested in, that could possibly be taught or
explored in that time frame, is teaching walkthroughs. IME some of
the greatest dances just don't go well or are slow starters if I
don't give a good walkthrough.
Things I'm working on that aren't as easily taught:
personality and presence in dealing with the crowd,
and matching music to the dance and the dance to the music.
For that last one I found Amy Cann's long post a few months back
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land,
it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
~ James Madison
-- "Beth Parkes" <beth(a)hands4.com> wrote:
A question for newer callers:
Since this is a list specifically to support new callers, I thought
what you would like to have covered in a callers discussion workshop.
Specifically, a single session of not more than a couple of hours, so
there's really not time to do a lot of serious teaching. I have
ideas, but it's been a long time since I was a new caller and I
want to know
what YOU want to know.
Thanks in advance,
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Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 17:18:48 -0800 (PST)
From: mavis mcgaugh <yankeecalls(a)yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Callers] Major Hey
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Erik Hoffman has a dance called Major Hey.
Done as Becket 40 Bar
A1 Circle Left 3/4 Pass through up & down
Swing neighbor you meet
A2 long lines forward & back
Men Left AL 1 1/2 end in waves of eight Men
Have Left hands joined - and ALL have Right hand w/
Partner - ladies in center have left with each other
B1 Rory O Moore balances
B2 Half Hey for eight
C1 Partner Balance & Swing
Very clear description of all the unusual moves in his
--- Chris Page <chriscpage(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 12/5/07, Bob Isaacs
I'm looking for the moves and author of a 4 facing
4 named Major Hey, which
has a 1/2 a hey for 8 in
it. Any teaching points would also be helpful.
Thanks, and a Happy Holidays to everyone -
"The Devil's Duty" by Al Olson, hidden in Zesty
Contras, also has a
hey for eight. It also has both swings ending in the
middle of the
phrase, so this past Friday I tried the following
clean-up, and it worked
The Dancer's Duty
Chris Page variant of an Al Olson dance
A1 Lines of four forward and back  
Neighbor (person across from you) allemande right
1 & 3/4
to line of eight
A2 Half hey for eight, start by pulling past that
neighbor by right
B1 Swing same neighbor 
B2 Circle left 1/2 in groups of four 
Swing partner, face next
 Stretch out the lines of four a little to make
room for everyone
allemanding and swinging in the center.
 At this point, you can tell the dancers to turn
ninety degrees left.
Then remember which wall they'll be facing for the
end of the allemande
and entry into the hey.
 To shorten the swing length, make it a gypsy and
swing. Or if you
want the hey to be an exercise in timing, make it a
balance and swing.
 You face your partner coming out of the swing.
variants for the circle left 1/2 -- for instance
balance the ring and
roll away your neighbor.
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