QCC 2019-07-27 (two)

user: Moose Flores



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Penny’s Calinella Twirl

by: Moose Flores

  • For Penny

introduces moves: circle, swing, chain, petronella, balance, California twirl

formation: Becket

The petronella-nella may be new, but not too tricky. Dancers should be able to move two spaces in the usual 4 beats.

A1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing - end facing right diagonal
A2 8
right diagonal ladles chain (to your shadow)
8
ladles chain across
B1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella moving two places. “Petronella-nella”
B2 4
balance
4
neighbors California twirl
8
partners swing ⁋

Written for Penny’s birthday, a fan of Petronella.
End effects: while waiting out, still do the diagonal chain.
You will spend part of your time waiting out with your shadow and some with your partner. You will still do every partner swing.

Mad Scatter

by: Rick Mohr

  • random mixer

introduces moves: do si do, allemande, allemande orbit, promenade

formation: scatter mixer

Scattered circles of two or more couples

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors do si do once
A2 8
partners allemande right 1½
8
ladles allemande left 1½ around while the gentlespoons orbit clockwise ½ around. Ladles star if more than two.
B1 16
partners balance & swing New partner
B2 16
partners promenade to find new group to circle with ⁋

In this mixer dancers form scattered groups with any number of couples. That makes for fun chaos, less transition panic (compared with 2-couple scatter mixers), and more flavors to enjoy as circle sizes vary.

The A2 allemande ends with ladles in the center facing counterclockwise and gentlespoons on the outside facing clockwise. If there are two ladles they allemande left for 8 beats; if there are more than two they star left for 8 beats. Either way, the gentlespoons orbit clockwise around the ladles. Then all balance and swing a new partner and promenade to a new group.

I tell the dancers it's a zero-stress dance. "If a couple wants to join your circle, let them in!" And no problem if you happen to keep the same partner now and then.