The Callerlab timing chart has square thru taking 10 beats from a static
square and 8 beats from (closer( facing couples such as they would be after
the heads star thru.
In the following square I would allow 10 beats.
Heads Lead Right & Circle to a Line,
2 ladies Chain Across and Back
Has Square Thru 4 (This square thru is from a line of four that is at the
sides static position.
Corner Swg & Promenade
In the square, below, I would use 8 beats for the second square thru.
Heads Sq Thru 4 (10)
RH Star (8), LH Star (8)
Corner DSD (6), Sq Thru 4 (8)
Can Swg (8), Promenade (16)
In this square the dancers start the second square thru nose to nose rather
than across the set.
Most contra would be starting a square thru from across the set, so 10 is a
good number, if it starts after a balance, 8 would be wiser.
On Sat, Sep 8, 2018 at 8:57 PM Tom Hinds via Callers <
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
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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
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
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
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
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,
>> (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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