Class Newsletter #14 - 1/8/2017

posted Jan 9, 2017, 7:25 AM by Jim Hunt
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! It was great to see you all after the holiday break. 

Let me tell you that you impressed the angels Thursday night. I can’t tell you how many of them came up to me to comment on how well they thought the dancing went after weeks off. Often after a holiday break it feels like we have to start over at the beginning. Not so Thursday night. Pat yourselves on the back for that!

A few of you have asked how long lessons the lessons are. The answer this week is the middle of March. We have approximately 20 more calls to cover. Some are brand new calls. Some are variations to ones that we already know. My goal is that we will learn them all in the next seven weeks. Then we can take two or three more weeks to add floor time. We have been dancing Circle Left hundreds if not thousands of times. I don’t want to teach the last call and send you on your way. I want you to have a couple of weeks of more floor time.

The question has also been asked what happens after lessons are over. We hope that you will join the Samena Squares. As a member you can attend all the club dances as part of your dues. There will be more information on this in the coming weeks.

On a more practical note, immediately after lessons are over I will offer Mainstream workshops until the end of May. It will give us an opportunity to build up floor time. The more you dance, the better you dance. And we can also play some square dance games or some of the traditional square dance patterns that are fun to dance or explore the many variations of Grand Square.

In the next few weeks I will share about other dance opportunities once lessons are finished.

Stay warm! See you Thursday!

Happy dancing,

34b. Shoot The Star – Full Around: The same as ALLEMANDE LEFT using the existing forearm grip for a full circle, 360 degrees. SHOOT THE STAR – FULL AROUND – 8 steps.

39 b. Left Swing Thru: Those that can, TURN HALF BY THE LEFT then those that can TURN HALF BY THE RIGHT. LEFT SWING THRU – 6 steps.

52. Cloverleaf: Turn away from partner, walk in 270-degree circle to face adjacent wall to where you started. Like a four-leaf clover or a highway cloverleaf. CLOVERLEAF – 6-8 steps from a completed DOUBLE PASS THRU

54. Eight Chain Thru: With the one you are facing do a right hand walk by; left to the next; outfacing couples always do a COURTESY TURN. Continue the number of hands indicated. Eight hands you end up exactly where you started. Can be any number of hands, 1-8. EIGHT CHAIN THRU – 8 hands = 20 steps, 4 hands = 10 steps.

61. Slide Thru: With the dancer you are facing pass thru, boys turn 1/4 right and girls turn 1/4 left. ALWAYS! If a boy is facing a girl they end up as partners side by side. If a boy is facing a boy they end up holding right hands in a mini-wave. If a girl is facing a girl they end up holding left hands in a mini-wave. SLIDE THRU (box of 4 dancers) – 4 steps.

DANCE DATES - Dates to note:
Friday, February 3, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., First Friday Fun Fest hosted by the Whirlybirds with Dave Harry, caller. The hall is The Hayloft, 15320 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. Cost is $7/person.