San Diego

September 13, 2014

Band: Pre-recorded music

  Dance Name Author Skill focus
1 Simplicity Swing Becky Hill Timing
2 Hay in the Barn Chart Guthrie Buzz swing, swing flourishes
3 Triple Courtesy Luke Donforth Courtesy turn flourishes
4 Deja Vu All Over Again Tori Barone End effects
5 Jerry Goes to Camp Marilee Standifer Karamanski Allemandes, timing
6 A Dance for Dan Bill Olson Assists

A free two-hour workshop for intermediate dancers "that could find their way through a hey", held in the afternoon. Despite the heat, there were about 16 people.

A brief idea on the program:

  1. Simplicity Swing: This was to teach timing -- to try the dance without flourishes, then with them, to see how and when flourishes can be used.
  2. Hay in the Barn: We talked about the buzz step swing, ending flourishes on time, and how to do a smooth twirl with a light connection, over the woman's head.
  3. Triple Courtesy: More focus on courtesy turn flourishes and non-flourishes, with communicating when to do it, and the hand-to-hand connection that's a support rather than a crank.
  4. Deja Vu All Over Again: An evil little dance for end effects, where you double progress forward (diagonal right and left through), then single progress back (indecent). We talked about adapting to the needs of those already in the dance, and that if you forced them to conform to you, you'd keep winding getting kicked out of the dance.
  5. Jerry Goes to Camp: This was meant to be an exercise on safe and connected allemandes. What it turned into was an exercise in not being late, and thinking ahead one move.
  6. A Dance for Dan: Here I talked about the assist one gender could give the other into the allemandes, and also how the women could move forward to assist their neighbors into a swing.

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