Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

April 27, 2013

Band: Pre-recorded music/Zimzala Folk Band

(Patty McCollom, Bob Altman, Lee Otterhold)

  Dance Name Author Variants/comments
1 The First of April Thompson 1780  
2 Family Contra Sherry Nevins  
3 Oak Hill Quickstep Bob Nicholson A2: Neighbor do-si-do, swing
4 My Lord Byron's Maggot Playford 1701  
5 Indian Queen Playford 1701 crashed
6 Salmonella Evening Steve Zakon-Anderson and Louie Cromartie  
7 Atlantic Mixer A.J. Hildebrand Circle mixer
8 Drapers Gardens Playford 1709 Final lead/cast replaced with partner two-hand turn
9 Bristol Turns John Nance crashed
10 La Bastringue Traditional Circle mixer

The local international folk dance group was having a special event, where they had two teachers, myself doing American/English dance, and Lee Otterholt teaching other international dance. It ran from 1 pm to 8 pm, with a dinner break. We traded off, and I did two-dance sets. During the evening there was live music.

It was a very challenging evening, as the skill level of the dancers went down as each set progressed, something that caught me off guard. "Indian Queen" was an attempt to do a dance that the band knew they could play. Mistake, with the three quick changes of a circular hey leaving no survivors. I'm still trying to understand why "Bristol Turns" went bad, but getting people to take hands four at that point was a Herculean effort. I need to think more about this.

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