Cascade Crossfires Newsletter #10

Dear Friends,

Congratulations! We have had, at least, the initial teach for all the Plus calls. As with all square dance calls there are more starting positions or formations to dance many of the calls from. We will be dancing some of them in the next few weeks until our Graduation Extravaganza on January 29. We will continue to cover more in our workshops starting, Monday, February 5.

There are two Plus dances this month, a caravan with the Cascade Crossfires and a Cascade Crossfires dance. Please plan to attend.

Dates to note:
Sunday, January 21, 2018, Freewheelers Plus Dance, Stephen Cole, calling, Debbie Taylor, cueing. This dance will be at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center. The Cascade Crossfires are caravanning to this dance. We will be finished learning all the Plus calls so everyone can attend this dance.

Saturday, January 27, 2018, We’re having a ball! Plus dance hosted by the Cascade Crossfires, Kevin Thomaier, calling and Linda Nold, cueing. This dance will be at the Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave NE, Kirkland. Another dance for everyone to go to!

Monday, January 29, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Graduation Extravaganza. This is a Plus Level Dance and Celebration Party. You did it!!! The Awesome Plus workshop is from 6:30 -7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 5, 2018, Cascade Crossfires Plus Workshops. Class is over. Now the learning begins as we practice the calls and solidify them in our muscle memory. Awesome Plus (for those who want extended applications) is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Plus Workshop (if you are not quite confident yet) is 7:30-9:00 p.m. These workshops will continue until the last Monday in July. Y’all come!

See you Monday!

Happy dancing,

Week #10
24. All 8 Spin The Top: Starting formation - Thar Star (stationary or in motion), Wrong Way Thar (stationary or in motion), Right & Left Grand Circle. TIMING – 10

If started from a Thar Star or Wrong Way Thar, any motion is stopped, the handholds forming the center star are released, and each center dancer and the adjacent outside dancer Arm Turn one-half (180º. Those now in the middle Star three-quarters (walking forward), while the new outsides move forward one-quarter around the perimeter of the circle to join hands with the same person again in a stationary Thar Star or Wrong Way Thar formation.

If started from a Right & Left Grand Circle, everyone turns by the right halfway (180º) with the dancer they are facing, then completes the call as above (new centers Star left three-quarters, etc.). The ending formation is a stationary Wrong Way Thar.

From a Right & Left Grand Circle, the command All 8 Left Spin The Top has everyone turn by the left halfway with the dancer they are facing and complete the call as above, ending in a stationary Thar Star formation.

ALL 8 SPIN THE TOP – 10 steps

26. Chase Right: Starting formation - Two Couples Back-to-Back.

Each right-hand dancer does an exaggerated Zoom action, moving into the position previously occupied by the right-hand dancer behind him, to finish facing in the same direction as when he started the Zoom action. (The net result is the same as if the right-hand dancer had done a right face U Turn Back & Box Circulate twice). The left-hand dancer follows ("Chases") the right-hand dancer by doing a Box Circulate two positions. The call finishes in a Box Circulate formation.

CHASE RIGHT – 6 steps

28. 3/4 Tag The Line: Starting formation - Parallel Lines of Four, Inverted Line(s), Two Faced Line(s), 3 & 1 Line(s).

Each dancer turns individually to face the center of the line and walks forward passing right shoulders with oncoming dancers. Lead dancers pass by two dancers and end facing out. Trailing dancers pass by one dancer and step to a right-hand Ocean Wave in the center of the set. Ends in a 3/4 Tag formation. If the call is done from any single line of four, it ends with a mini-wave between two out-facing dancers.

3/4 TAG THE LINE – 5 steps