Generally their arms are shorter - so it works better if they make the smaller circle.
I tried it with the gents in the center and found that awkward
By the way, our web site - www.chldgrove.org
has a photo of us doing this dance in the
home page banner at the wonderful Missouri Botanical Garden with me standing in the center
calling. The fountain is usually on when we danced there - but they had it turned off
From: jandnbloom <jandnbloom(a)gmail.com>
To: Mac Mckeever <macmck(a)ymail.com>om>; Frederick Park <frederick(a)apalache.com>om>;
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2017 2:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Callers] New Dance to Share
I'm curious - what is it about having the ladies in the center that makes it work
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-------- Original message --------From: Mac Mckeever via Callers Date:06/10/2017 1:48 PM
(GMT-05:00) To: Frederick Park ,Callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net Subject: Re: [Callers] New
Dance to Share
Since you mentioned circle mixers - one of my current favorites is a very easy one that
has been around for a while - but I only discovered it a couple years ago. I messed with
it a little to make it work for all experience levels.
The Wheel by Gene Huber - random circle mixer
Start in a circle with Ladies facing partner with their backs to center - holding 2 hands
with partner (I think the original had the gents in the center - but I found it works
better this way)
A1 - Into the center - all drop hands with partner take hands with the persons on both
sides of you - so you have a circle of gents facing in and a circle of ladies facing out
walk back out so both circles are near their full size - there is lots of time to get
everything done in this part.
A2 - everyone circle left (this makes the circles turn in opposite directions
B1 - everyone balance and swing (or do-si-do and swing depending on the experience level)
who ever is in front of them at the time - lost and found is in the center.
B2 Prominade with current partner - ladies on outside - roll ladies to the inside to get
ready for A1
From: Frederick Park via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:54 AM
Subject: Re: [Callers] New Dance to Share
This little opening for discussion of unusual dances that are not contra or square is
delightful. Thank you all.
"Le Brandy" and the “Weevil" are both new to me and have great potential I
Erik, I don’t have your “double becket" dance - will you send it my way?
The other dances are well known to me and I wish to offer a teaching element I’ve used
successfully in the Pat Shaw dance, K + E.
Once sets are established, 1s on the outside facing in, 2s standing back to back in the
center facing outside couples, the primary dance move that makes it all work out is the
partner relationship.I ask all to practice once or twice “Change Hands” with Partners.
Obviously, those in the center, the 1s, when changing the direction they face at any time
places their own Partner on one side and then the other.Simply suggesting that the call is
“Change Hands” when practicing the move makes it unique and clear and simple, all at
once!Having the sense of “double beckett” is not so very intuitive for dancers simply
because this dance is a one-of-a-kind dance. I can “see” it but I wouldn’t mention it to
dancers.The 1s need to “bond”. As well those far across on the opposite side of the set,
the 2s, need to “bond” or recognize they are a unit…which is all the more useful once any
couples reach the end of the set.To that end I ask the dancers to change places with
couple they are initially facing (each 1 changes places with their original 2) and the
“Change Hands” introduces them to their other half for any who are in the center four.
The only thing that pushes this dance into the realm of “intermediate to advanced” is the
final 8 bars of the dance, the progression.Those on the outside are swinging their
Partners and could and should “move up the hall” every so slightly.Meanwhile the center
four have just met again (the “magic” includes meeting their Partners!) and are with their
“other half”, the 2s! The 1s then “Circle Down - three quarters ‘round - and Change
Hands”. This call indicates the movement of Circle Left 3/4 WHILE moving down the hall
ever so slightly (to end with “Trade Hands in the Center”, face out and meet a new Couple
2 to begin again . . .
I’ve found that the movement of Circle and move is akin the square dance chorus figure of
four dancers moving in a circle Left while dancing in Promenade direction around the
“other couple”.So introducing such a chorus in a square dance one or two dances earlier
allows the whole dance hall to be a bit familiar with the similar pattern used in K+E!
Lastly, may I recommend that any of you may also find interest in Pat Shaw’s “The American
Husband”! It’s a sicillian circle for groups of three, very unusual progression and
includes a Shetland Hey (for three) with each couple dancing as a single unit in a hey for
three pattern! Let me know if you can’t find it and I’ll post it here.
More dances? Yes, please! (especially circle mixers and sicillian circles) : )
Frederick Park3377 Halls Chapel Road
Burnsville, NC 28714
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