"Make Magic" — I've wondered why this C1 call is so named. Most sensibly, it should be a call that takes you to a Magic Column. But there's only one formation from which this happens: a 2 by 4 formation with a center box circulate and outside couples facing in. This, by the way, has a name of its own. It's called a Quarter Box. The idea is that any 2 by 4 formation with outside couples facing in takes its name from the center, e.g. Quarter Diamond. What should be Quarter Wave, however, is ordinarily called a Quarter Tag.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Relay The Deucey, Motivate, Chain Reaction—what do they all have in common? They often break squares down. And the reason why is also something they all have in common: they depend on stars or star-like formations and there are four different paths (the maximum) an individual dancer may have to dance through.
Posted by Tim at 10:09 AM
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I've just come across a terrific resource: Vic Cedar's Choreography Database. With a few clicks you can read sequences involving your "favorite" calls, at varying levels of difficulty. Not for everybody—but those for whom this is appropriate ... you know who you are!
Posted by Tim at 11:43 AM
I learned C1 a year ago. According to Callerlab's Basic Challenge (C-1) Definitions (10/12/06), the definition of the "Left" modifier begins "Do the call interchanging right with left, clockwise with counter-clockwise, and promenade with reverse promenade." I'd heard of "Reverse" and "Mirror" and even "Arky"—none of them as yet official modifiers. I'd supposed that "Reverse" applied to "Beau" and "Belle" and "Arky" to "Men" and "Ladies" (to follow Callerlab's antique terminology), while "Mirror" perhaps combined "Left" and "Reverse".
Do the call interchanging right with left and if also applicable belle with beau. (Left should only be used to modify calls where a right hand turn or shoulder pass is clearly part of the definition. The term Reverse is commonly used when the major interchange is Beau with Belle such as Reverse Swap Around.)
Posted by Tim at 11:03 AM
I think the Tandem Concept should be introduced in Plus. Little need be done with it, but how it simplifies the definition of Track II: Tandem (Trade and Touch)! Compare that with the convoluted definition in Callerlab, which even so doesn't dispense with "dancers work[ing] 'in tandem'."
Posted by Tim at 10:04 AM
Oh Brave New World (no, not a call)! Searching with Adobe Reader through Callerlab's Basic and Mainstream Definitions (the 10/19/06 iteration) I find, what I've long suspected, that Pull By is nowhere defined! The closest one gets is in the "Dancing Hand Positions" (associate right!) — "Pull By: The action brings two people toward each other. Hands should be droped before bodies cross a common plane." Whatever the "action" might be is nowhere specified. I wonder how many on the committee have been using the search function.
Posted by Tim at 9:43 AM
Recently I was at a dance where the caller called (or seemed to call) Box The Gnat for facing dancers of the same gender. He maintained (or I thought he maintained—such is the Fog of Floor) that at our level (A or above) gender didn't matter. I should mention that he has subsequently denied all of this. But it got me thinking what a genderless definition of Box The Gnat might be. I propose, Slide Thru And Roll. The whole arm thing then just becomes a co-gender flourish.
P.S. Oh yes, I see that my definition isn't genderless, but it does allow the call to be made for two facing dancers of whatever gender.
Posted by Tim at 9:18 AM