Cascade Crossfires Newsletter #4

Dear Friends,

Great dancing Monday night! It is a pleasure to look out over the floor and see all the squares working together as a team!

As we learn more Plus calls each week, it will be helpful to become more exact in your dancing. If the definition calls for a quarter turn or a 90-degree turn, you need to turn 90 degrees to be in the correct position for the next part of the call or the next call. If you over turn or under turn, you will not be in the correct position. The same goes for
“turning into the center” or “turning away from the center” of a formation. Being exact in your dancing will help not only you but your fellow dancers as well. In most calls someone is coming toward you looking for a hand. If you are there with your hand ready, you will be helping the whole square to be successful.

The call that is most problematic so far is Spin Chain the Gears. If you are in the position to be doing the first U-turn to join the first star, turn in towards the center of the star. If you are supposed to be getting out of the star so that the End and Center of the wave can do the last Cast 3/4, turn away from the center of the star. The helper words that I use at that point are ‘flipping out.’ I’m thinking that maybe we don’t talk enough about ‘out’ and ‘in’ and other formation awareness at the Mainstream program.

Dates to note:
Monday, October 30, 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.

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.

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.

A couple of people have asked to be given a heads up on which calls we will be learning next. The next four calls on the list are Relay the Deucey, Explode the Wave, Peel the Top, and Dixie Grand. The next teaching night is Monday, November 6.

Have a great weekend dancing!

See you Monday!

Happy dancing,

Week #4
6. Linear Cycle (from waves only for the Plus Program): Starting formation - Parallel Ocean Waves or Four (4) Dancer Waves to be either right or left-handed.

(For programs other than Plus, allowable formations include any formation in which the end and adjacent center can single or partner hinge. This is a three part call.)
Part 1. The ends and adjacent centers HINGE.
Part 2. Those facing out FOLD behind those facing in and all dancers will then move forward in a DOUBLE PASS THRU action.
Part 3. If the hinge is right- handed, peel right; if the hinge is left-handed, peel left to end as facing couples.

From a right-hand hinge, all will pass right shoulders. From a left-hand hinge, all will pass left shoulders.

LINEAR CYCLE – 8-10 steps.

7. Coordinate: Starting formation - Columns. (at Plus, Columns only)

CIRCULATE. Then 1/2 (Half) CIRCULATE. The center six (three adjacent pairs) TRADE. The very center two dancers release handholds and walk diagonally outward without turning, while the two lonesome dancers walk ahead, moving in a quarter circle. From Columns, Coordinate ends in Two- Faced Lines.

COORDINATE – 8 steps

15. Explode And ... (Anything) (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 does the (Anything) call (e.g., Right & Left Thru, Star Thru, etc.).

EXPLODE THE WAVE – 2 steps for the EXPLODE portion