Class Newsletter #17 - 1/28/2017

posted Jan 29, 2017, 4:05 AM by Jim Hunt   [ updated Jan 29, 2017, 4:06 AM ]
Dear Friends,

Thursday night was a little different than our usual dancing in squares. There were still several people missing due to illness, travels or prior commitments. You were missed! In order to get the most people on the floor dancing, we danced in mini squares with two couples. It gave us a chance to review all the calls that involve only two couples. That actually turns out to be most of them. It was a good review that many dancers appreciated.

We were also able to learn a couple of new calls that only take four people to do since the starting formation is a box. The thing about boxes is that you need to recognize, practically instantly, which box you are in AND if you are facing in (you can see other people in your box) or you are facing out (you don’t see anyone else in your box). We can be in more than one box at any one time.

Cast Off 3/4 is a challenging call because we have to know our fractions. Most people think that they don’t like fractions. Square dancing has lots of fractions. So far it has been halves and quarters. As I said Thursday night, everyone has to figure out their own image for dancing 3/4's. You can think of a clock by starting facing 12 and end the call at the nine. Some people use compass directions. You can count walls. Hint: the wall you are looking at is 0. You want to end up looking at 3. It is also 5 steps. Count them! Try all the ways. Use the one that helps you the best!

The two most important things to remember with Cast Off 3/4:
1. The pivot point is the hand you are holding with the other dancer whether it is in a Mini-wave or a Line.
2. If you are starting in a line, you will ALWAYS be facing the other couple in your line at the end of the call. ALWAYS! There are no exceptions to this rule. You make this happen by having the Center walk forward.
Have a great week! See you on Groundhog’s Day!
Happy dancing,

58. Cast off 3/4: In a mini-wave using your joined hands, turn 3/4. In a line, the center dancers walk forward using your joined hands as a pivot 3/4 or 3 walls or 5 steps. CAST OFF 3/4 – 6 steps. 

60. Walk & Dodge: In-facing or designated dancers walk straight forward; other dancers slide in to the empty space. WALK & DODGE – 4 steps.

67. Scoot Back: In facing dancer steps straight forward and does a TURN THRU and steps back out to same partner; out facing dancer FOLDS into the empty place. SCOOT BACK – 6 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.
Friday, February 24, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Chinese New Year Dance hosted by the Samena Squares. 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Plus Dance, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. 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. 

Future Dance Opportunities - Plan Now
Thursday nights (beginning the week after lessons are over), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Mainstream Workshops hosted by Susan Morris at Juanita Community Club. Cost is $6/person. This will be an opportunity to get more floor time to keep up the skills you have worked hard for and explore some of the different formations you may encounter on the dance floor. It’s also a time to play some square dance games or explore the many variations of Grand Square. Ends Thursday, May 25. 
Thursdays, June 1 to August 31, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Summertime Dances hosted by Mt. Baker Teachers, Callers, and Cuers. There will be two different callers each night. These are casual Mainstream dances to give everyone an opportunity to dance during the summer when many clubs go dark. Summertime  Dances are held at the Juanita Community Club. Cost is $7/person.
Thursday – Friday, May 31 to June 2, Mainstream Madness at Circle 8 Ranch, Cle Elum. This will be a Mainstream Workshop beginning Wednesday evening. There will be additional sessions during the day Thursday and Friday along with a dance Thursday night. Stephen Cole and I will be calling. More information and ways to sign up will be coming soon.
Friday – Sunday, June 2 – 4, Mainstream Weekend at Circle 8 Rance, Cle Elum. Susan Morris and Stephen Cole, calling and Chuck and Sandi Weiss, cueing. This program kicks off square dance weekends at Circle 8 (different programs each weekend) for Summer 2017. There will be a dance Friday night, workshops during the day Saturday, a potluck dinner Saturday night followed by a dance and after party. Sunday morning starts with a pancake breakfast provided by Circle 8 followed by a dance before everyone heads home. Tons of fun in a beautiful place! Plan to come! More information and ways to sign up will be coming soon.
Friday – Saturday, June 16 – 17, Create A Dream in 2017, Washington State Square Dance Festival, Spokane, WA. Here is the website for more information, Dancers will be there from all parts of Washington and Idaho and Canada. Mike Seastrom is the featured caller.
Friday – Sunday, July 7 – 9, Leadership Seminar at Circle 8 Ranch. Check out This will give you the basic schedule and how to register.
Friday – Sunday, September 22 – 24, Winthrop Barn Dance, Winthrop, WA. Lots of Samena Squares members go to this dance weekend. Tons of fun!