Class Newsletter #11 - 12/5/16

posted Dec 5, 2016, 5:51 AM by Jim Hunt   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 5:51 AM ]
Dear Friends,

Good dancing Thursday night! I understand a few of you were under the weather this week. We missed you. I hope you are feeling better and will be back with us this week.
Did you make it to the First Friday Fun Fest? I heard it was fun. Larry reported that there were a couple of new calls.

In the list of calls this week are a few that I haven’t specifically talked about. In a couple cases they are formations and not actual moves. I think that you will understand them.

I want to mention counter dancing or square breathing. In many cases, dancers do this automatically. The most easily understood example is from a squared set when the Heads promenade half way. The Sides move in to give them room and then back out again. Another example is Split Two, the center dancers go in between the dancers on the outside. The counter dancing part is the outside dancers sliding apart to let them through and then sliding back together again. The active dancers are the ones doing the call. The others need to be paying attention so they can do the counter dancing or breathe the square back to the correct size or formation. We will talk about this more as we go along. 

I added a student level dance for this coming Saturday. If you are available, go check it out. 
Have a great week! See you Thursday!

Happy dancing,

21. Circulate Family:
21. c. All 8 Circulate: As an individual dancer move to the next position on your circulating path. For example, if you are a center in an ocean wave, you remain a center. If you are the end in an ocean wave, you remain an end. ALL 8 CIRCULATE – 4 steps.

32. Thar Family
32 a. Allemande Thar: At the end of any left arm turn the centers or designated dancers form a right hand star by joining hands on wrists (fireman’s carry) to form a back-up Star. ALLEMANDE THAR – this is a formation.
32 b. Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar: Go right and left and the four boys Star. After the ALLEMANDE LEFT you give a Right hand to your partner and pull her by, take the next with a Left forearm grip and turning about half the four boys make a Thar Star (boys backing up and girls walking forward). ALLEMANDE THAR – to back up star 12 steps.

33. Slip The Clutch: In a Thar Star, the centers keep their star and let go of the outsides and start walking forward. The outsides let go of the centers and continue walking forward. Walk forward the designated distance to complete the next command. SLIP THE CLUTCH – 2 steps.

34 a. Shoot The Star: The same as ALLEMANDE LEFT using the existing forearm grip. Turn half and on to the next call SHOOT THE STAR – 4 steps.

36. Trade Family:
36 c. Partner: Directed dancers change places with their partner. Every TRADE includes a reversal of facing direction. PARTNER – 4 steps; 

37. Ocean Wave Family:
37 a. Ocean Wave: A 3 or 4-dancer line where the dancers are facing in alternating directions (in, out, in, out). Common is a RIGHT HAND WAVE. Less common would be a LEFT HAND WAVE. A Mini-Wave is 2 dancers facing in opposite directions. OCEAN WAVE – this is a formation.
37 b. Ocean Wave-Balance: In an ocean wave, take a small step forward and then back to place. OCEAN WAVE-BALANCE – 4 steps.

38 b. Alamo Ring – Balance: In an Alamo Ring step forward a small step then step back. ALAMO RING – BALANCE – 4 steps.

41. Pass The Ocean: Facing couples PASS THRU, Face your partner and Step to an OCEAN WAVE. PASS THE OCEAN – 4 steps.

42. Extend: From an OCEAN WAVE across the center of the square, those in the wave step straight ahead and form a new wave with the outside dancers. The centers (those in the original ocean wave) stay centers; those on the outside (ends) stay ends. For smooth dancing all dancers move forward half the distance toward those they are facing. EXTEND – 2 steps.

47 a. Flutterwheel: With the couple you face, the Right hand dancers step forward for a right arm turn, picking up the opposite dancer and bringing them back with them. FLUTTERWHEEL – 8 steps.
47 b. Reverse Flutterwheel: With the couple you face, the Left hand dancers step forward for a left arm turn, picking up the opposite dancer and bringing them back with them. REVERSE FLUTTERWHEEL – 8 steps.


Here is a picture of the circulating paths for the Circulates we have danced so far. There is an inside path and an outside path. Dancers can be in Ocean Waves, Two-faced Lines, or Lines Facing the Same Direction. You go to the NEXT spot on your path. The have to know which path you are on. It can change with 4 steps. 

DANCE DATES - Dates to note:
Friday, December 9, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Toyland Student Level Dance hosted by the Samena Squares. 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Plus Dance, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Student Level Mainstream Dance with rounds. I will be calling the squares. Karen Neverdowski will be cueing the rounds. The dance is in our hall, the Juanita Community Club. Cost is included with your lesson fee. This is the last night for Toys for Tots.
Saturday, December 10, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Holly Jolly Christmas Student Level Dance hosted by the Pi-R-Squares. 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Square Dance Workshop, 8:00 – 10:30 p.m. Student Level Mainstream Dance with rounds, Andy Garboden, calling and Kyle Quande, cueing. The dance is at the Meridian Grange, 15422 Kent-Kangley Rd, Kent
Thursday, December 22 – NO CLASS
Thursday, December 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Bonus Dance Night at Samena Squares. This was originally scheduled as a night off but plans have changed. This will be a No Teach, Dance Only night. If you need a change of pace or a break during the holidays, come dance. We will make final plans for a fun evening at our December lessons.
Thursday, January 5, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Regularly scheduled classes resume. More dance fun in the New Year!

We are collecting toys for children of all agers, babies to teens, for Toys for Tots. The toys need to be new and unwrapped. The final opportunity to contribute is December 9.