Haven't actually played with it much, but you could check out Cary Ravitz's
Micro Robot Dance: https://www.dance.ravitz.us/mrd.php
On Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 2:02 PM Becky Liddle via Contra Callers <
I doubt this exists, but thought I’d ask:
I have seen on-line apps that demonstrate just one particular move (a
ravens chain or whatever) showing how each dancer moves in that single
But has anyone yet programmed something that allows you to put in all the
moves of a full contra dance, so you can see how all the dancers in a
contra line interact?
I’m trying to figure out movements and end effects using a magnetic
whiteboard, moving magnets around, but it is both painstakingly slow and I
keep screwing it up.
I know the ideal way to figure out end effects and make sure a dance works
before calling it is to get a few friends together to walk it thru, but
short of getting that many contra dancers in a room (I have one friend who
offers them pie as incentive, but I’m no pastry chef!), has anyone figured
out a better system for visualizing dancer interactions and end effects
other than magnets on a whiteboard?
Assuming an on-line simulator doesn’t exist, I’m about to go that
magnet/whiteboard route, so if anyone cares to suggest the least
mind-boggling way to set that up (Lark 1A, Raven 1A, Lark 2A, Raven 2A,
etc?) do chime in! I need some way to label each dancer so that when they
leave their minor set, and then, say, do a left diagonal ravens chain back
to their partner I can tell if it really IS their own partner or if I’ve
screwed up again. :-(
I find online videos can sometimes help me visualize the interactions in
the middle of the line (if the videographer will hold still long enough for
me to see a whole run-thru of the dance with one minor set), but I can
almost never see end effects in those.
Thanks for any suggestions!
Becky Liddle, Toronto
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