Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Relay the Deucy, Redux

Butch Adams called for us last night, and brought a different take to Relay the Deucy. To keep us all honest, here's the definition of the call:

RELAY THE DEUCEY - Starting formation - Parallel Ocean Waves. TIMING - 20

All Circulates in this definition refer to the Original Circulate path established by the ends of the original ocean waves. No dancer ever stops moving during this call; the pauses written into the definition (i.e., the action described as "half-circulate") are there for clarity of description and for teaching purposes only. Each end and the adjacent center dancer turn one-half (180°). The new centers of each ocean wave turn three-quarters (270°), while the others half-circulate, forming a six-person wave and two lonesome dancers. The wave of six, working as 3 pairs, turns 1/2, while the others half-circulate. In the wave, the center 4 turn 1/2, while the other four dancers half-circulate. The wave of 6, again working as 3 pairs, turns 1/2, while the others half-circulate. Finally, the center 4 of the wave turn 3/4 (becoming the centers of the new waves), while the outside 4 half-circulate to become the ends of the final waves.

STYLING: Basic swing thru styling is utilized for turning movements within the ocean wave formations. Circulating dancers do the circulate action with arms in natural dance position, blending to hands up ocean wave formation at the conclusion of the call.

The rest of what I write here is a "cheat," but it's based closely on the definition. Here goes:

  1. Partners trade.
  2. Centers cast off 3/4s and the ends move forward. (The out-facer end moves to the end of the six-person wave forming in the center. The in-facer end moves forward alongside the wave.)
  3. The center wave of six does a grand swing thru. The two outside dancers move forward alongside the wave. Those on the ends of the wave, move off of the wave in a forward direction.
  4. The six dancers remaining in the wave spin the top while the outside dancers step to the ends of the forming new waves.

Butch provided a couple of other hints, too: If you are an out-facer in the original waves, you are going to be (mostly) moving along the outside. If you are an in-facer, you'll be working in the wave in the middle of the formation.

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