PAIR DANCING - LESSON 2
SIMPLE PARTNER & CORNER CALLS
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SQUARE YOUR SETS
CIRCLE LEFT OR RIGHT
UP TO THE MIDDLE AND BACK
2.1 SIMPLE PARTNER AND CORNER CALLS
2.1.1 SQUARE YOUR SETS
The two couples form an IN-FACING BOX. Remember that the two dancers in the couple should always hold adjacent hands. The spacing between couples should be about 5 feet such that when free arms are stretched forward, the fingertips just touch the facing dancer’s outstreached fingertips.
2.1.2 UP TO THE MIDDLE AND BACK
The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX. Each couple moves foreward toward the facing couple until they can “hi five” and touch palms. Then they move back to the original position. TIMING: 4 or 8 Steps.
2.1.3 CIRCLE LEFT (RIGHT) 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME
The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX. All dancers join hands (left hand palm up and right hand palm down) to form a RING. Then each dancer turns slightly toward the indicated direction and walks to the beat of the music. LEFT is clockwise toward each dancer’s left shoulder and RIGHT is counter-clockwise toward each dancer’s right shoulder. TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution.
Figure 2-1. CIRCLE LEFT A HALF
2.1.4 STAR BY THE RIGHT (LEFT) 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME
The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX or a RING. Each dancer turns and joins the indicated hand with all the other dancers at a center point. This formation is called a STAR. The dancers then walk to the beat of the music in the direction thay are facing while keeping their hands joined. TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution.
Figure 2-2. STAR BY THE RIGHT
2.1.5 PROMENADE your PARTNER (CORNER) 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME
The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX or a RING. The couple turns to be side by side facing the same direction. The MAN dancer extends his hand (palm up) and takes the LADY dancer's left hand (palm down). He then places his right hand on the small of the LADY dancer's back. This formation is called the PROMENADE POSITION. The usual direction to promenade is counter-clockwise, and it is customary that the MAN dancer leads the pair to a designated position. TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution.
Figure 2-3. PROMENADE Position.
Figure 2-4. PROMENADE
220.127.116.11 PROMENADE HALF
The two couples trade places lead by the MAN dancer by walking in a small semicircle. TIMING: 8 steps.
Ignore the side couples
18.104.22.168 PROMENADE HOME
The MAN dancer takes the current partner and they promenade to the MAN dancer's HOME position. TIMING: 4 steps per quarter revolution.
22.214.171.124 PROMENADE THE RING
The MAN dancer takes the current partner, and they promenade from the current location to the same location (360°).TIMING: 16 steps.
2.1.6 SWING YOUR PARTNER (CORNER)
The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX or a RING. Each dancer faces the designated dancer and steps forward until their right sides almost touch. The MAN dancer places his right arm on the LADY dancer’s upper back, and the LADY dancer places her left arm on top of the MAN dancer’s arm. The MAN and LADY dancers join their remaining hands (right and left respectively). The two dancers then walk around each other until the MAN dancer faces the other couple, at which time he rolls the LADY dancer out beside him so that she also faces the opposite couple. The MAN dancer moves his right hand from the LADY dancer’s back to take her left hand. TIMING: 8 Steps.
Figure 2-5. The SWING Position.
Figure 2-6. The SWING Direction.
NOTE: The two dancers that just swung become partners. Hence PROMENADE HOME is commonly called after a swing to get dancers back to the MAN dander's HOME position.
2.1.7 DOSADO YOUR PARTNER (CORNER)
Each dancer faces the partner (corner). Dancers advance passing right shoulders and, without turning, each dancer moves to the right passing in back of the other dancer. Lastly each dancer moves backwards passing left shoulders returning to the starting position so that each dancer is facing the person the dancer went around. TIMING: 8 steps.
2.2 SUMMARY of simple partner calls
2.3 PRACTICE CALL SEQUENCES
Each exercise is designed to use 128 beats (steps) of music.
2.3.1 EXERCISE 2.1 - CIRCLE, STAR, SWING, PROMENADE
MUSIC FOR THE EXERCISE 2.1
2.3.2 EXERCISE 2.2 - DOSADO, CIRCLE, STAR
MUSIC FOR THE EXERCISE 2.2
2.3.3 EXERCISE 2.3 - CIRCLE, StTAR, SWING, DOSADO
MUSIC FOR THE EXERCISE 2.3
updated September 16, 2021
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