Following this logic, where an on-time arrival is essential out of a star
it would be best to make it hands-across (H-A). In a H-A star, folks can
use a similar arm angle adjustment to vary the star circumference (and
resulting speed). Due to the configuration, there's less opportunity to
gently* influence star speed with the pack saddle/hand-on-wrist form.
BTW, in dances featuring a star where a pair drop out I mention there's no
need to shove your opposite away at disengagement - centrifugal force will
gently take care of it once you let go of them. This is a curious bit which
only seems to happen in this case - I've never received a parting shove
when an "everybody" H-A star breaks up, but there's always someone in the
line doing it in the drop out variant.
*I've witnessed some dancers "expediting" those ahead in a star using their
free palm applied to a shoulder or back. :(
On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 4:31 PM, Erik Hoffman via Callers <
It is easy to have a good connection, give good weight
in a circle ¾, and
make it last 6 or 8 beats by expanding or contracting the circle. Aware
dancers will adjust to make the move fit the timing of the dance. Circle
left ¾ into a balance: make the circle bigger so the path is a bit longer.
Want that extra two beats of swing? Contract the circle, and get there