From: John Sweeney <info(a)contrafusion.co.uk>
To: callers <callers(a)sharedweight.net>
Sent: Sat, Aug 31, 2013 12:27 pm
Subject: Re: [Callers] Thread the Needle (was Down the Hall Dances)
Donna asked if the "Invert the Line" in "Invertro Flirtilization" is
same as a Thread the Needle.
Not really. That "Invert the Line" only involves four people who split up
into two couples as soon as they are through the arch.
In a normal Thread the Needle there are usually at least eight people
involved and there is no letting go. For example in a four-couple proper
longways set the four men hold hands, the four ladies hold hands, and the
bottom couple hold hands, so you have a horseshoe. Then the top two men
raise their joined hands to make an arch and the top lady leads the whole
line through and back to their original places. The top two men roll
through their own arch to finish the move.
Or you can do a Travelling Thread the Needle wherein the top man in the
above move would dance (not walk or you won't get home!) clockwise around
the set to home, taking the arch over everyone more quickly and making
everyone go through it twice - #2 man needs to know what is happening as he
has to roll under the moving arch twice!
It also occurs in squares, in a Double Thread the Needle one couple goes
through an opposite arch, separate and lead their own half of the square
back to place. Also known as "Rip 'n' Snort" (anyone know why?).
Or for a flowing example of multiple Thread the Needles see
for the Double Bow Knot!
Of course, words mean what you want them to. Back in Alabama in 1850
"Thread the Needle" meant something else:
But we are getting off-topic here, those of you who only go to contra dances
where only contra dances are done will never enjoy the fun of a Travelling
Thread the Needle! :-)
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362
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