I think your modified square might take a lot of time to demo/walkthru, and
might be a bit much for most of the contra evenings I call.
Perhaps using your basic 7 verse dance, as modified would work well.
*_ _ _ _ _ _Heads Fwd & Bk*
*_ _ _ _ _ _Heads Sq Thru*
*_ _ _ _ _ _With outside 2*
*RH Star _ _ _ Hds to Center Center*
*Star Left_ _ _ _ Back to the Same two*
*Box Gnat _ _ DoSaDo _ _*
*Swing New Partner _ _ _ _** Promenade*
The Dosido is cut short to allow for a longer swing. I used a box the gnat
instead of pass thru-u turn back to provide some connectivity, but your
sequence would work as well.
On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 4:34 PM, Otto Warteman owarteman(a)yahoo.com
[trad-dance-callers] <trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Can I jump in?
If I were to write for a standard MWSD singing call, I would make sure
that it had 64 beats per verse. There would be an intro, 2 verses for
heads, middle break, two verses for sides and a closer. That equals 7 X 64
= 448 beats plus 16 beat start and 16 beat wrap and that equals 480 total
beats divided by 128 beats/minute = 3 min and 45 seconds. Remember, MWSD
use recorded music.
Here is my thoughts for the dance using seven verses:
*_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _*
*_ _ _ _ Heads Sq Thru*
*_ _ _ _ Hds Star R with sides*
*_ _ _ _ Hds Star L in Center*
*_ _ _ _ Pass Thru, Uturn Back*
*_ _ _ _ _ _ DoSaDo*
*_ _ _ _ _ _ Swing New Partner*
*_ _ _ _ _ _ Promenade*
*_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _*
*_ _ _ _ _ _ *
repeat for heads again and twice for the sides. The only problem would be
the square thru. The sides need to step back one step to allow the four
shoulders to get between them, but they don't remember to step forward to
close the gap, making the square too big. *NOW* to add flavor to the
dance on beats 63 & 64 say Number one lady out and form two stars one like
Venus and one like Mars, now the ladies in and the men out change those two
stars round about and now the ladies out once again and the men in and this
time pickup your honey with an arm around in a star promenade. Now the men
back out once and a half putting the ladies in the middle with a R Hd star
promenade. Now spread the star way out wide and the girls duck under the
men's right side to a left allemande, R & L Grand and Promenade home.
Slide this after the verses for heads and one verse for sides and you
should have something for a dance if you first work it for one square
without other people around and then have them as your slow motion demo
*From:* "Tom Hinds twhinds(a)earthlink.net [trad-dance-callers]" <
*Sent:* Sunday, July 2, 2017 8:07 AM
*Subject:* [trad-dance-callers] Bouncing square ideas
Rich's dance inspired this:
A1. Heads forward and back. Dosido opp.
A2. Swing opposit, face sides, circle left
B1. Same 4 star right, heads star left
B2. Bal. C, box, dosido, pull by
C1. Do paso (partner left, corner right, partner left)
C2. 4 ladies chain ........
The one thing I don't like is the dosido in the B2. It's there for
timing. It could be taken out is you wanted a more patter square feel.
The timing is easy in the first half and a bit tighter in the second.
There isn't much partner interaction so if I ever try this I'll use a break
that includes a P swing.
1a. Question about a square
Posted by: "Rich Sbardella" richsbardella(a)gmail.com
Date: Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:55 am ((PDT))
Here is a square with MWSD roots. I am wondering if is too much for an
experienced contra crowd? Is there a similar square in the trad circles?
Hds DSD and face sides (8)
Star R with the sides (8)
Hds to Center Star L (8)
With same outside two R&L Thru (6)
Rollaway with Half Sashay (4)
Box Gnat (4)
Pull By (2)
Allemande Left (4)
New Partner Swg (4)