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Program testing

user: Moose Flores

Table of Contents

  1. Unnamed Easy Progression by Mac McKeever
  2. Like I've Known You Forever by Devin J. Pohly
  3. Rory O'S'mores by Moose Flores
  4. Waltz

  5. Break

  6. Double Rory O'S'mores by Moose Flores

Unnamed Easy Progression

by: Mac McKeever

introduces moves: circle, do si do, long lines, swing, down the hall, up the hall, arch & dive

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors do si do once
A2 8
gentlespoons do si do once
8
ladles do si do once
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ones swing +
B2 4
down the hall
4
up the hall backward
4
ones arch twos dive to new neighbors
  • make sure dancers understand 1s and 2s, and how they change when they're out

Mac notes:
I have a very easy dance that progresses but has worked for beginner groups. It was the only contra I got to work at the [] community dance.

It goes like this (I have never bothered to give it a name or check to see if it already exists)

Make sure they understanding being out one time---once I had couples who were out at the bottom run up to dance with the couple at the top.

Like I've Known You Forever

by: Devin J. Pohly

introduces moves: allemande, chain, promenade, balance the ring, pass through

formation: improper

A1 8
ladles allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
ladles chain
8
partners promenade
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
pass through ⁋

Written to fulfill some criteria I had for a teaching dance:

  • First swing is with partner. Pairing beginners intentionally with experienced dancers for teaching loses some utility if they end up spending the lengthily practiced first swing with their inevitably inexperienced neighbor.
  • Chain and promenade, but no right and left through. Rehearse and reinforce courtesy turns before dancers are even given the option to mistakenly turn alone.
  • Very obvious progression. So we can talk about progression.

I picture the B1 promenade in courtesy turn position, as that was the local default, it allows transfer of knowledge from the ladles' chain, and it makes for a lovely partner moment as you are reunited for a cozy, leisurely walk across the set. However, I wouldn't recommend requesting it if your dancers typically do otherwise.

Number: DJP-000
Composed: State College, PA, fall 2012.
Debuted: Harrisburg, PA, 2012-10-12.

Rory O'S'mores

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: star, meltdown swing, form an ocean wave, Rory O'More, pull by dancers

formation: improper

Give coaching for B1) Pass through to an ocean wave & [centers] AL 1/2
This is a good spot for error checking: Everyone should be facing direction of travel and have a neighbor in right hand.

A1 8
star left 4 places
8
star right 3 places
A2 16
partners meltdown swing
B1 4
pass through to an ocean wave - ladles by left in the center, neighbors by right on the sides
4
ladles allemande left ½
8
balance & Rory O'More right
B2 8
balance & Rory O'More left
8
neighbors balance & pull by right ⁋

For Andrea.
Inspired by the treat: Stars are roasting the marshmallows (gotta get both sides!) and the Rory O'Mores are like pulling the roasting stick out from the sandwich.
Debut: 2018-10-14

Waltz

Break

Double Rory O'S'mores

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: pull by direction

formation: improper

Due to the double progression, at the ends during B2 give the next hand to your partner, pull by, & turn back into the set

A1 8
star right 4 places
8
star left 3 places
A2 16
partners meltdown swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
0
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
8
balance & Rory O'More right
B2 8
balance & Rory O'More left
6
neighbors balance & pull by right ⁋
2
pull by left ⁋

For Andrea.
Inspired by the treat: Stars are roasting the marshmallows (gotta get both sides!) and the Rory O'Mores are like pulling the roasting stick out from the sandwich.
"Double" because you always have to have more!