I’ve mulled over the timing of square through 4 for some time. 10 is what I’ve come up
with after walking it through in my living room and more importantly watching the dancers
do it in dances I’ve written.
Much depends on where you end and start and also on formation (squared set or contra)
because of the spacing.
As an example, in The Amazing Sara Wilcox the square through three from lines facing
across into lines facing out comfortably takes 8 steps. In other situations maybe square
through 3 could be done in 6.
Some may say that square through two (followed by a balance) takes 4, so a square through
4 would take 8. My way of thinking is that the longer and more complicated the figure,
the more you have to give the dancers some extra beats. And square through 2 in 4 beats
is a bit rushed.
Try it out during a break at your next dance and let me know what you come up with.
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On Sep 8, 2018, at 7:06 PM, Alan Winston
Why is the square through 4 10 beats?
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> On Sep 8, 2018, at 1:39 PM, Tom Hinds via Callers
> Jean, nice dance. Let us know how it goes if you try it out. I would be surprised
if your dance has been written before. You list it as a double progression. Is that
because you swing the second neighbor?
> You gave me an idea for a new dance. I’m not trying to out do any one here, just
very much enjoy writing dances.
> Lunch with Jean
> A1. Bal. P, square through 2
> Bal P, box the gnat
> A2. With new neighbors, square through 4 (going in the opposite direction as the
first square through and starting by giving right hand to partner, 10 beats)
> With original neighbor do si do, (6)
> B1 Men allemande left 1/2 (or pull by) swing partner
> B2 Right and left through, ladies chain.
> Tom Hinds
>> On Sep 8, 2018, at 12:34 PM, Jean Gibson-Gorrindo via Callers
>> Hello Callers! Around the breakfast table at Penelope Weinberger’s house this
morning, while on tour with Cloud Ten, I came up with this dance. Wrote it with the Sam
Bartlett tune Penelope’s Cruise (also written for Penelope Weinberger) in mind.
Wondering if it is already out there? Thanks for your input!
>> Jean Gorrindo
>> Breakfast at Penelope’s
>> by Jean Gorrindo
>> Contra/Improper/Easy-Int/Double Progression
>> A1 -----------
>> (8) Partner R-Hand Balance; Square Thru (pull by Partner with Right, Neighbor
>> (8) Partner Balance & Box the Gnat
>> A2 -----------
>> (16) Neighbor balance and swing
>> B1 -----------
>> (8) Women allemande Right 1-1/2
>> (8) Partner swing
>> B2 -----------
>> (8) Long lines, forward and back
>> (8) Women's Chain
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