I've always called this dance to "Buffalo Gals", which is very
recognizable, and people can sing the chorus. I'm thinking of a circle
mixer dance, is this the same one that you want to call?
The dance I call requires a "short" tune, just AB, rather than AABB, so
it depends on your version of the dance.
>From: Deb Comly
>Sent: Jan 29, 2013 7:22 PM
>To: sue(a)manytracks.com, A musician's discussion list
>Subject: Re: [Musicians] Heel-Toe Polka Tune
>"This Old Man" works fine, and I often fall back on that if I am
>with a band that isn't prepared to play Jenny Lind (a personal
>"This Old Man" is easy and everyone knows it! If you are working with
>musicians who can pull it off, try requesting a change in key (up),
>time they notch up the tempo!
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What is your favorite Heel-Toe/Patty Cake Polka tune? I'd particularly appreciate a fast-learning option for a new band for a new dance series with fiddlers who are getting a bit overwhelmed with new tunes. But your other choices, too. Or is Jenny Lind the standard?
Sue Robishaw, U.P. of Michigan
This weekend is the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend at the University of
New Hampshire in Durham. As usual, it will be a wonderful gathering of
dancers, callers and musicians to celebrate the history our wonderful
tradition and those who continue to make it live. We have a blast and
you won't find a group of dancers that is more elegant, fun, warm and
friendly out there.
As usual, on both Saturday and Sunday, SW has encouraged list
participants (and those of a like mind) to push some tables together in
the dining area and discuss matters related to dancing, calling,
organizing or playing music for dances. We just geek right out for an
hour or so! You're all welcome to join in and participate. It's a
wonderful opportunity to meet and hang out with some fantastic people
who provide such sage advice on our lists.
My wife, Anne Obelnicki, and I will be there this year after sadly
missing last year's. I look forward to meeting many new people from the
list and greeting many old friends.
SharedWeight moderator, co-founder
P.S. If you don't know about the Ralph Page Weekend, here's the link. A
highly recommended festival for those interested in the history of our
tradition and meeting many of the people who made it possible for us to