I view this situation generically as akin to talking to the "actives" in a
sequence where there's not enough time to tell everyone what to do in the
call (as opposed to the walk-through).
In this case, the Allemande folks are moving first and therefore "active."
I've used a call of "Gents Allemande Left once and a half, hold on, Ladies
join your Partner for a Star Promenade.." (or the reverse) but it's more
wordy than the "pick up your _____" or "pick 'em up" variant.
In my teaching I try to stress to the "picked up" folks that they are
active participants and it's important to stay aware, facing the right
direction and ready to merge up to speed into the promenade (akin to cars
on an on-ramp) - so all arrive on time for the next bit.
On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 3:15 PM, Ron Blechner via Callers <
A quick question:
How many callers believe that one role does the majority of the work in a
courtesy turn or a butterfly whirl? If so, can you explain how the shared
weight that differs from an allemande?
I've always been taught about shared weight being essential in all contra
moves, and I guess I'm still surprised when I hear callers prompt "pick her
up and take her to the other side" as if the person in lady/raven role is
not giving any weight. (Or similar one-role-biased prompting.)
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