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20180627 Stone Lake WI with Second Wind String Band

user: Allison Jonjak

Table of Contents

  1. beginner's lesson (circle, Lark Raven, promenade, do si do, allemande, swing)

  2. Galopede by Chestnut
  3. Dipping and Diving by Linda Leslie
  4. you're going to meet a lot of new people and you're going to adapt to them, that's the fun of dancing

  5. Peak Bagger by Linda Leslie
  6. Rollaway demo

  7. It's a little noisy here so my voice might sound like a drill sergeant, don't mistake that for "these outcomes matter"

  8. Roll Away Beginner Variation by Bill Sutkamp
  9. Coalcracker Polka (not taught) and break

  10. tell about upcoming gigs for Second Wind String Band, sign up for emails, Tapestry in Minneapolis and North Country in Duluth

  11. Contra Corners Special by Al Olson

    If able to teach ccs, if not Virginia Reel

  12. Virginia Reel by Chestnut

    If not contra corners special

  13. teach star

  14. Mad Scatter by Rick Mohr
  15. Do-Si-Three by Linda Leslie
  16. quick break

  17. First Night Quadrille by Bob Dalsemer
  18. Attleboro Reel by Linda Leslie
  19. Thank you all! Thanks to my mom, thanks to band, thanks to Stone Lake Lions and Christine, thanks to all dancers! We'll finish with a waltz or polka

  20. polka

  21. Cincinnati Reel by Chestnut
  22. La String Bean by Ron T. Blechner

    extra if needed

  23. Jefferson's Remorse by Bob Green

    extra if needed

  24. Circle of Fun by Linda Leslie

    extra if needed

beginner's lesson (circle, Lark Raven, promenade, do si do, allemande, swing)

Galopede

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: long lines, pass through, turn alone, do si do, swing, custom

formation: improper or proper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
4
pass through across the set
4
turn alone
A2 8
long lines forward & back
4
pass through across the set
4
turn alone
B1 8
partners do si do once
8
partners swing
B2 16
top couple sashay to bottom of set - others move up ⁋

If you finish dancing before the music is done, let each couple in turn just sashay down until the music is ready to end.

Dipping and Diving

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: custom

formation: proper

tell the band timing's not essential

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
long lines forward & back
A2 16
top couple sashay down and back
B1 16
top couple Dip and Dive down ⁋
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Linda Leslie notes: timing here is not essential!

you're going to meet a lot of new people and you're going to adapt to them, that's the fun of dancing

Peak Bagger

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: circle, custom

formation: three face three

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
centers on the right, right elbow turn (right hand partner)
8
centers on the left, left elbow turn (left hand partner)
B1 16
same roles long swing (your opposite)
B2 8
long lines forward & back
2
pass through ⁋

Rollaway demo

It's a little noisy here so my voice might sound like a drill sergeant, don't mistake that for "these outcomes matter"

Roll Away Beginner Variation

by: Bill Sutkamp

introduces moves: custom, promenade

formation: square dance

Any break will do

A1 8
heads (sides) forward and back
8
heads (sides) star right four places then heads (sides) separate,
A2 8
heads (sides) go around 2 to form lines at the sides (heads) + +
4
two ladles roll away with a half sashay + side ladles roll head ladles (right to left)
4
two gentlespoons roll away with a half sashay + head gentlespoons roll side gentlespoons (right to left)
B1 4
center two roll away with half sashay + gentlespoon rolls opposite
4
everybody roll away with a half sashay + gentlespoons roll corners
8
partners do si do once
B2 8
partners swing
8
partners promenade home

/+This gives a gentlespoon-gentlespoon-ladle-ladle line with heads at the ends on the opposite side of the square from their home position.

++Two ladles (in each line) roll away with a half sashay; two gentlespoons roll away (right to left); center two roll away (gentlespoon rolls ladle); everybody roll away.

Intended to teach roll away to beginners.
This variation is Wade Pearson's, removing the cross trails through. Original here: http://contradb.com/dances/558

See also: https://contradb.com/dances/750 for beginner rollaways

Coalcracker Polka (not taught) and break

tell about upcoming gigs for Second Wind String Band, sign up for emails, Tapestry in Minneapolis and North Country in Duluth

Contra Corners Special

by: Al Olson

If able to teach ccs, if not Virginia Reel

introduces moves: contra corners, custom

formation: Proper

A1 16
twos contra corners
A2 8
twos swing end facing up
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1 1/2 WHILE ladles allemande right 1 1/2 ⁋
B1 16
ones contra corners
B2 8
ones swing end facing up
8
circle left 4 places

All swings are short swings in the middle of the set, ending with dancers facing the music. When waiting while others swing, face down.

Virginia Reel

by: Chestnut

If not contra corners special

introduces moves: allemande, custom, down the hall, up the hall

formation: four couple longways set

Reel 4 x 40 bars. Four-couple set so sashays aren't numbingly long.

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
long lines forward & back
A2 8
partners allemande right once
8
partners allemande left once
B1 8
partners two hand turn
8
partners do si do once
B2 8
ones down the center sashay
8
ones up the center sashay
8
ones down the outsides, followed by twos threes fours,
0
ones form an arch
8
twos up the center under the arch, followed by threes fours ⁋

"peel the banana" could be helpful language

Sashay til you're out of music

Original at MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle: https://www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com/dance-crib/virginia-reel.html

teach star

Mad Scatter

by: Rick Mohr

introduces moves: allemande orbit

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.

Do-Si-Three

by: Linda Leslie

formation: three-face-three

Three face three in lines facing up/down the hall. Teach "home position".

A1 8
circle left 6 places
8
circle right 6 places
A2 8
neighbors do si do once "ends do-si-do your opposite"
8
neighbors do si do once "middles do-si-do your opposite"
B1 8
neighbors swing "ends swing your opposite"
8
neighbors swing "middles swing your opposite"
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
pass through to a new line of 3 ⁋

Linda Leslie notes: Although I don't have the exact time that I wrote this dance, it must predate the first date I called it: 10/22/93 for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Joy Street, Boston. Especially useful for one night stands! Any combination of three. All dancers CAN do this dance, and it really mixes up the dancers. Great for weddings, etc. For these type evenings, I don't talk about #1 or #2 lines of three, or progression: rather I describe "home position". Once we have walked through the dance once, I then point out the couples who have come out at the top and/or bottom, asking them to wait out one time through the dance, turn around, and that this is when "home" changes. Works like a charm.....and the dancers are very happy finding new opposites for each cycle.

Original at http://www.lindalesliecaller.website/very-easy-dances.html

quick break

First Night Quadrille

by: Bob Dalsemer

introduces moves: custom, star

formation: square dance

A1 8
forward and back head couples
8
circle left 4 places same four
A2 8
circle right 4 places same four
8
star right 4 places same four
B1 8
first corners allemande left once
8
grand right left
B2 8
partners do si do once
8
partners promenade along the set on the right home

Repeat for side couples, then all four ladles and all four gentlespoons. The transition from star to grand right and left is a challenge for beginning square dancers and provides an opportunity for the "team" to be successful. Introduction and ending are caller's choice.

Attleboro Reel

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: custom, arch & dive

formation: Sicilian circle

A1 8
neighbors do si do once
8
as couples do si do +
A2 8
star right 4 places
8
star left 4 places
B1 8
circle left 4 places ++
8
circle right 4 places
B2 8
long lines forward & back
4
ones arch twos dive ⁋

/+ take hand with partner and do si do your neighbors as couples
/++Var: Partner balance & swing or partner do si do and 2 hand turn

Thank you all! Thanks to my mom, thanks to band, thanks to Stone Lake Lions and Christine, thanks to all dancers! We'll finish with a waltz or polka

polka

Cincinnati Reel

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: see saw, custom

formation: circle mixer

Music: 32-bar marches
Concentric circles, gentlespoons in inside circle facing partners in outer circle.

A1 8
partners do si do once
8
prev neighbors allemande left once (left diagonal)
A2 8
partners see saw once
8
next neighbors allemande left once (right diagonal) ⁋
B1 0
staying with the person you just turned,
16
partners balance & swing
B2 16
partners promenade around the circle

La String Bean

by: Ron T. Blechner

extra if needed

introduces moves: custom

formation: circle mixer

A1 8
ladles to the center and back
2
gentlespoons to the center
4
gentlespoons turn alone
2
gentlespoons go back
A2 8
partners allemande left 1½ (gentlespoons progress CCW, ladles progress CW) ⁋
8
next neighbors do si do once (now your partner)
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 16
partners promenade along the set on the right

Jefferson's Remorse

by: Bob Green

extra if needed

introduces moves: gate

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
star left - hands across - 4 places
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
B1 4
ones down the center and turn alone
4
ones up the center
8
twos gate ones to face into the set
B2 16
ones long swing in the middle, end facing down ⁋

A variation on the traditional Jefferson And Liberty. Coreographer's notes here: http://www.childgrove.org/index.php/about-dances/dance-writers/bob-green-dances

Circle of Fun

by: Linda Leslie

extra if needed

introduces moves: custom

formation: Sicilian circle

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
neighbor right elbow
8
neighbor left elbow
B1 8
partner right elbow
8
partner left elbow
B2 8
long lines forward & back (as couples forward and back)
4
twos arch ones dive ⁋