Samena Squares Newsletter #17

Dear Friends,

Another great night of dancing, even if the calls were hard!

Several of you mentioned that you thought Spin the Top was hard. It is more challenging because it takes other calls that we know and combines them together in a specific order. You, the dancer, have to remember the order and recognize which part you are involved in. Not everyone does all three parts BUT everyone is involved in the whole call. Do you know what the three parts are? They are Trade, Cast 3/4, and a 1/2 Circulate (which is described below as “moving up 1/4”).

Along with the reminder definitions of what we learned this week, I included the Ocean Wave and Facing Couple Rules for review. Spin The Top can be called using the Facing Couple Rule. Think about it! We will talk on Thursday.

Dates to note:
Friday, February 23, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball hosted by the Samena Squares. 7:30-8:00 p.m. Plus. 8:00-10:00 p.m. Mainstream. I will be calling and Karen Neverdowski will be cueing. The dance is in our hall, the Juanita Community Club.

Friday, March 2, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., First Friday Fun Fest hosted by the Whirlybirds with Dave Harry, caller. The hall is The Hayloft, 15320 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. Cost is $7/person.

Thursday, March 8 – Graduation Party

Friday, March 9, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Come Fly a Kite Dance hosted by the Samena Squares. 7:30-8:00 p.m. Plus. 8:00-10:00 p.m. Mainstream. Roger Spiese will be calling and Karen Neverdowski will be cueing. The dance is in our hall, the Juanita Community Club.

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Mainstream Workshops, Juanita Community Club. $6.00/person. These workshops will continue until Thursday, May 24.

Have a great week!


Happy dancing,
Susan


Week #17
59. Spin the Top: End and adjacent Center dancer TRADE; new Centers of the wave CAST 3/4 and Ends move up 1/4. SPIN THE TOP – 8 steps.

62 a. Fold: Designated dancer steps forward turns to stand in front or behind the nearest dancer; the other dancer stands in place. FOLD – 2 steps.

62 b. Cross Fold: Designated dancers steps forward and crosses the center line to stand in front of or behind the remaining dancer. CROSS FOLD – 4 steps.

Ocean Wave Rule
Some calls that are defined to start from FACING COUPLES are also proper starting from a Right-Hand Ocean Wave. Examples include Right And Left Thru and Square Thru. In these cases, the dancers have already stepped forward toward the facing dancer and are ready to complete the remaining action of the directed call.

Facing Couples Rule
A few specific calls that are defined to start from an OCEAN WAVE are also proper starting from Facing Couples. The timing of the call does not change.

The one that we know at this point is Swing Thru. In this case, dancers first step into a momentary Right- Hand Ocean Wave and complete the call. In a few weeks we will be learning other calls that fall under this rule too. I will be sure to point them out to you.