Don't know about the provenance of the Blob, but Marian Roses books are a
rich source of "stuff." You actually have to read them because there is a
lot of additional dame material in the text. Variations and more. Great
On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 7:13 PM, Patricia Campbell
countrydancecaller(a)gmail.com [trad-dance-callers] <
From what I know, Blobs was written by Marian Rose (from Canada), who has
lots of wonderful dances for varying age groups in her "Step Lively" series
of books/cds. She's a terrific resource, as is Sanna Longden's materials,
Paul Rosenberg's materials, and the New England Dancing Masters materials.
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On Mar 28, 2018, at 7:08 PM, Jonathan Sivier jsivier(a)illinois.edu
[trad-dance-callers] <trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com> wrote:
I call a dance at a local library each year for kids. It is called
the Fairy Tale Ball and sometimes feels like I'm standing in a sea of
knee-high princesses. The age range can go from toddlers with parents
to grade school and middle school. So I need a wide range of possible
dances. One dance I used this year that went very well with kids that
were in what seems to be the age range you are talking about, was The
Blob. I have it down as being by Sherry Nevins. If I have that wrong
please let me know.
Longways proper for as many as will
with partners (any age, any gender) facing each other in a long line.
Starting at the top, join hands in groups of 4 or 6; this is your blob.
1 - Long lines forward and back
2 - Forward and back again
3 - Partners right elbow around
4 - Partners left elbow around
5 - Blobs join hands and circle left
6 - Circle right, back to place (top blob keep holding hands, others
jump WAY back from partner)
7-8 Top blob sashay down the center, others clap in time, & move up
towards the top
Of course all the usual whole set dances work well for groups like
this, the kids can just have a friend as their partner and it doesn't
matter who is in which line. I typically use Galopede, Cumberland Reel,
Rural Felicity, etc. The books by the New England Dancing Masters are
very helpful for dances to use at events like this.
Caller of Contra, Square, English and Early American Dances
jsivier AT illinois DOT edu
Dance Page: http://www.sivier.me/dance_leader.html
Q: How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
A: It depends on what dance you call!
On 3/28/2018 4:36 PM, Ridge Kennedy srk3nn3dy(a)gmail.com
I'm doing a mother-daughter dance in a few weeks. In the interest of
keeping things interesting, are there any new or unusual or different
dances sequences you recommend?
I recently heard mention of "Cats and Mice" I think it was in the
context of dances for very small people -- and that's an area of
interest too. One coming up in July.
Sharing of repertoire ideas appreciated.