Andy, I'm not sure that the action 'face your corner' necessitates making or
keeping eye contact. It is heard by many, in my experience, merely as the instruction
which gets your body facing around the ring so you are interacting with your corner, not
at all as an injunction to look into their face. That I interpret it that way seems to
be an artifact of my contra background.
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On Jan 27, 2016, at 5:32 PM, Andy Shore via Callers
On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:51 AM, Jeremy Gmail
via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
In MWSD, walk around (your corner) is effectively a “without hands” Right Hand Turn – it
specifically does not have the “look at the other person” aspect.
This is not in itself a reason for not using the phrase, but avoiding confusion with
closely allied dance forms that share dancers is probably a good idea.
This is not correct. Current CALLERLAB definitions include styling that includes
From the current CALLERLAB Basic/Mainstream definitions (revised May 31, 2013) available
for download at callerlab.org
[my emphasis added with underlining]
26. Walk Around the Corner
Starting formations: Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8
Walk Around the Corner
Walk All Around Your Corner
4 Ladies Chain; Circle Left; Walk Around New Corner
All Around the Left Hand Lady
Walk All Around the Left Hand Lady; See Saw the Pretty Little Taw
Dance action: Dancers face their corners. Walking forward and around each other while
keeping right shoulders adjacent, dancers return to their original position, with their
backs toward their corner. [underlining mine]
Ending formation: Right and Left Grand Circle
Styling: Men hold arms in natural dance position. Women use both hands on skirt, moving
skirt forward and back to avoid opposite dancer. Dancers should maintain eye contact over
their shoulders until their partners become visible. [underlining mine]
Comment: Square dancing is evolving towards a preference for "Walk Around the
Corner" instead of "All Around The Left-Hand Lady", which requires the
women to mentally translate the command to "All Around The Right-Hand Man".
While I'm not suggesting we adopt the MWSD nomenclature (in particular, the
left-shoulder version is called "See Saw" in current MWSD which is something
different in current contra), I do want to point out that the dance action is exactly what
we desire for a right-shoulder gy--y. The only difference is that MWSD it is essentially
restricted to exactly 1x around, and in contra gy--y is 'as far as directed'.
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