I have not assumed that only 20 couples would dance, I was just using that
as a way to determine how much dance floor is needed. I would love three
or four lines of 20 couples. I have not yet visited the hall.
I have spoken at length with the B&G. They are indeed contra dancers. I
let them know that they could have a great time with few or no contras, but
they are insisting. I will include a longways and a circle mixer, if space
allows, before I go to contras. I will have some easy, gender free contras
to start, and a few very easy duple improper contras. It is their day, and
they are calling the shots, but perhaps as the event develops, I can
persuade them to be flexible. I have many ONS dances to draw from.
Thanks for the advice, it will be useful.
On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM, Woody Lane via Callers <
Are the bride and groom actual contra dancers?
I would talk with them first. Get a feel for their comfort about contras,
and also dancing in general. Ask them if they waltz. If you hear a few
moments of silence -- that says a lot about their dancing. Assure them that
everyone will have a great time.
With a 145 attendees, why assume that there will only be 40 dancers (20
couples)? Maybe there will be only 40 if all the dances you call are modern
contras. But if you, as the MC for that part of the event, can get all the
attendees on the dance floor (or at least 100+), all happy and celebrating
-- would that be an option? Would that be what the couple really wants but
is either narrow in their perspective or doesn't know how to articulate it?
This weekend, I called a wedding for some folks who wanted contras. That's
what they advertised. Well, yes, except that the bride and groom had really
never waltzed or had done real contras.
Nonetheless, contras was what they had in their heads. There were 80
attendees. The dance area was a relatively narrow rectangle of grass. But
we began with a Grand March -- which everyone (and I mean everyone) could
do, with a wind-up spiral. Even the non-dancers could walk through it and
laugh. Then a very phrase-driven circle mixer, then a Virginia Reel style
of dance. Nearly everyone was on the dance floor, having a great time. And
they stayed on the floor, ignoring the free drinks. Yes, it was
occasionally a bit crowded, but nobody cared. Actually, that's what I think
the wedding couple really wanted -- to have lots of fun on their special
day and share the celebration. They were absolutely delighted that so many
of their non-dancer friends were clearly having a great time on the dance
floor. (and then we did more dances after a dessert break, ending with a
simple fun mixer.) And at the end of the evening, they gave me an extra tip
on top of my payment.
Just some thoughts. Good luck.
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On 8/1/2016 6:01 AM, Rich Sbardella via Callers wrote:
I have been hire to call a wedding with 145 attendees and 15 known
contra dancers. The bride and groom are insisting on modern contras.
I have never thought about floor space, what is the typical
requirement for a line of twenty couples?
Any very easy duple improper dances to recommend? I plan on using
"Family Contra" and "Jefferson and Lincoln".
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