Class Newsletter #6 - 10/23/2016

posted Oct 25, 2016, 11:16 AM by Jim Hunt

Dear Friends,

Fun dancing Thursday night! Good job dancing!

Thursday night, I shared with you how to signal that there has been an emergency in your square and also, how to repair your square when it breaks down. There are many reasons for squares to break down: someone didn’t hear the call, someone forgot how to do it, your square is too big, there is too much talking in the square, someone forgot to touch hands, someone held on too long, someone started thinking about all the chores that need to be done at home, the caller made a mistake, etc. When your square breaks down, don’t worry about it. Laugh and get back to dancing as quickly as possible.

Make a note, I am adding one more dance to the list of dances below.

Dates to note:

Friday, October 28, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Masquerade Ball Halloween Level Dance hosted by the Samena Squares. I will be calling. The dance is in our hall, the Juanita Community Club. Cost is included with your lesson fee. This is a Halloween dance. Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday, October 29, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Round ‘em Up! Square ‘em Up! Mt. Baker Council Dance. There will be a Beginners Hall with Dave Harry calling. The price is $5/person. It will be much like the Fun Fest. The dance is at Stanwood Middle School, 9405 271st St NW, Stanwood. Many club members will be at the dance too dancing in the Mainstream Hall.

Friday, November 4, 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. It was tons of fun at the October dance. Plan to go again.

Saturday, November 19, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Black & White Student Level Dance hosted by the Happy Hoppers, Kevin Thomaier, calling and Lynn Peltola, cueing. The hall is the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Pt. Blvd, Arlington. (The exit off of I-5 North is Exit 206.) The Samena Squares will be caravanning to this dance. We will talk more as it gets closer.

Friday, December 2, 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, 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 pm. 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. We will be collecting Toys for Tots.

Do you have your outfit for the Masquerade Ball on Friday? Have a great week!

Happy dancing,

Susan

Week #6

16. Ladies Chain Family:

16 c. Chain Down The Line: Starting position is a two-faced line with the girls in the center holding right hands; girls trade with the right hand (the star part); offer their left hand to the boy for a COURTESY TURN; while girls are trading boys take a step to their right to be in correct position for COURTESY TURN. CHAIN DOWN THE LINE – 8 steps.

43. Wheel & Deal: From lines with all four dancers facing out, the right hand couple wheels toward the center of the line to end in front of the other couple; the left hand couple wheels toward the center of the line to end behind the other couple. From two faced lines, both couples wheel toward the center of the line to end facing each other. WHEEL & DEAL – 4 steps.

44. Double Pass Thru: Couples in tandem (one behind the other), individually pass by two people. DOUBLE PASS THRU – 4 steps.

45. First Couple Go Left, Next Go Right: A directional call, first couple wheels as a couple to the left; the next couple wheels as a couple to the right to all end facing the opposite direction. Listen closely. It can be the opposite, first right, next left. FIRST COUPLE GO LEFT, NEXT GO RIGHT – 6 steps.

I. Emergency call: If someone should fall down in your square, immediately have the other seven dancers join hands stretch out to as big a circle as you can and raise your joined hands as high as you can. This will signal the club officers and the caller that something happened.

J. Lost squares: All squares will occasionally break down. The causes can be numerous. A few examples are the caller makes a mistake, not hearing the caller, talking in the square, forgetting how to do a call, dancing above your ability, losing your concentration and focus. When your square breaks down, make lines of four facing. This is a sign for the caller. Try to do this in 4 or 5 beats of music. The caller will signal an opportunity to rejoin the dancing with “Lines of four, up to the middle and back,” or an equivalent.

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Susan Morris
Samena Squares, Mainstream
Cascade Crossfires, Plus
Greater Seattle area

Women In Calling Committee, Callerlab, Vice-Chairwoman

www.callersusan.com

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