For flow, it depends what comes after the balance. If it's followed by an
allemande left, you'd be better balancing left. Allemande right: balance
right. Walk forward: balance forward and back. Box circulate: right and
But getting dancers to balance left - except as the second half of a Rory
O'More-type figure - is hopeless, in my experience. It's my vote for
"hardest move in contra dancing".
So I'll say "balance forward and back" in such circumstances.
On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 11:07 AM, Maia McCormick via Callers <
Recently called a dance with an allemande R into long
waves, balance wave,
allemande L. Because of personal preference, I taught the balance as
"balance left, then right", but cuz I didn't teach it all that clearly,
dancers defaulted back into balancing right first, and enough tricky stuff
was happening in the dance that I didn't wanna correct them in flight.
I'm just wondering: do others agree that a balance left makes more sense /
flows better in this context, or is this a weird personal preference? In
your opinion, does the flow of the balance left outweigh its potential
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