Cascade Crossfires Newsletter #5

Dear Friends,

It was great to see you all Monday night!

One of the “big” calls in the Plus program that we learned on Monday is Relay the Deucey. It takes 20 steps which makes it one of the longer calls. It is one of the calls that dancers love because it flows. There is trading or casting, first right and then left, and right and left again until you are done. The cool thing is that you begin and end the call with the same person 180 degrees from where you started. That makes it easy to see the goal of where you are supposed to end up and who your are going to end up with. The key to success though is touching hands and being precise with your turns (not under turning or over turning).

Here is a hint: not over turning or under turning will help lots of calls.

Make sure you are dancing in different squares each tip. If you usually dance at the back of the hall try the front and vice versa. It will give you a new perspective.

Dates to note:
Monday, November 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Workshop Extravaganza. This is a Plus Level Dance. The Awesome Plus workshop is from 6:30 -7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Plus, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Mainstream, Deck The Halls Dance hosted by the Samena Squares, Susan Morris, calling and Karen Neverdowski, cueing. This dance will be at the Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave NE, Kirkland. Please plan to come. I will call only the Plus calls that we know during the Plus before the main dance. An opportunity to get some more dance time.

Monday, December 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Christmas Extravaganza. This is a Plus Level Dance and Christmas Party. The Awesome Plus workshop is from 6:30 -7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Holiday Plus Dance Party hosted by the Cascade Crossfires, Susan Morris, calling and Roxanne Boelter, cueing. This dance will be at the Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave NE, Kirkland.

Monday night we only got to two of the calls on our “what’s next list.” Next Monday night we will learn Peel the Top, Dixie Grand and Teacup Chain and maybe a couple more.

Have a great weekend!

See you Monday!

Happy dancing,
Susan


Week #5
14. Explode The Wave (From waves only): Starting formation - Any 4-dancer ocean wave.

Everyone releases handholds, steps forward and turns a quarter in (90º) to face the adjacent dancer and right hand pull by that person, to end as couples back-to-back.

EXPLODE THE WAVE – 6 steps

16. Relay The Deucey: Starting formation - Parallel Ocean Waves.

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 (180º). The new centers of each ocean wave turn three-quarters (270º), 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.

RELAY THE DEUCEY – 20 steps