Hat (fan, etc.) Dance(to anything they want to play
This and that fwd and back (people with boots on, people wearing blues (or red or black or ...); people with hats; people with sandals, etc -- to anything -- mix with circle left -- swing someone with left, swing another someone with right -- meld into ball of string and spiral in and out.  

Virginia Reel to anything at a brisk but not crazy tempo.'''

Cotton Eye Joe


On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 8:41 PM, Michael Barraclough michael@michaelbarraclough.com [trad-dance-callers] <trad-dance-callers@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hokey Poky
Chicken Dance
Circassian Circle to anything 32 bars long

Michael Barraclough

-----Original Message-----
From: Kalia Kliban via Callers <callers@lists.sharedweight.net>
Reply-to: Kalia Kliban <kalia.kliban@gmail.com>
To: Caller's discussion list <callers@sharedweight.net>, trad-dance-callers@yahoogroups.com, English Country Dance and related forms <ECD@bacds.org>
Subject: [Callers] Need musical advice
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 17:19:52 -0700

Hi all

I'm posting this to several different callers' lists (ECD, 
trad-dance-callers and shared weight) in hopes of some speedy advice. 
I'm heading off shortly (Weds. evening, 6/8) for an event that is not a 
dance event, but at which I've been asked to lead a short community 
dance session on "honky tonk night."  The band for this is _not_ a 
traditional dance band.  They're more of a garage band with bar-band 
aspirations.  I wrote to them several weeks ago to check in about music, 
and when I didn't hear back, wrote again about a week ago.  Then again, 
and finally heard back right as I was getting ready to leave for the 
airport for a weekend gig, from which I've just returned.

Their contact person tells me that sheet music would be useful, which 
puts me in the position of trying to figure out a very small assortment 
of tunes to send them.  We're doing about 1/2 hour of dancing, so at the 
most it'll be 3 dances.  With 2 jigs and 2 reels I can make this work. 
The question is "which ones?"  And that's where you all come in.  I'm 
looking for recommendations for a small assortment of simple, enjoyable 
tunes for community dancing.  As a non-musican, I have no idea which 
tunes are easy to pick up quickly and which aren't, so I'm hoping some 
of you can help me out.

Kalia Kliban

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