Samena Squares Newsletter #3

Dear Friends,

How fun to see many of you at the First Friday Fun Fest! It’s a great way to start the weekend, dancing and laughing with friends! I’m sure you noticed that we learned several calls that we have not had in our class yet. Don’t worry that you have to remember them this week. We will be learning them all in the next couple of weeks.

Welcome to those of you who joined us for the first time last Thursday. Don’t be overwhelmed if it seemed like a lot of material. We will be reviewing all the calls again and again the next couple of Thursday nights as we get everyone caught up. After that we will learn only a few calls each week.

An issue was brought up Thursday night about what to do if you get dizzy swinging or twirling. What I said Thursday night was that you and your partner at the time could do a Balance so that you were not running into the couple ahead of you. I was listening to a recording this afternoon. A different solution was presented for that same issue – just stand there for a few beats of music. You do have to be paying attention so that you can Promenade when the couple in front of you starts Promenading so that you don’t get run over by the couple behind you. We will talk and demonstrate this more on Thursday night.

If you have any health issues, like you can’t raise your arm due to a shoulder injury, getting dizzy for whatever the reason, let me know. There are ways to adapt the calls so that everyone can dance. The key will be to let your partners and the rest of your square know what is happening.

Dates to note:
Friday, October 27, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Monster Mash Halloween Level Dance hosted by the Samena Squares. I will be calling. The dance is in our hall, the Juanita Community Club. Cost is included with your lesson fee. This is a Halloween dance. Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday, October 28, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Halloween Level Dance hosted by the Square Crows with Michael Olson, caller. The hall is the Sammamish Valley Grange, 14654 148th NE, Woodinville (just north of the Hollywood Schoolhouse). Costumes are optional. The Samena Squares will be caravanning to this dance so there will be people that you know to dance with.

Friday, November 3, 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.

Sunday, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., New Year’s Eve Student Level Dance hosted by the Whirlybirds and Samena Squares with Dave Harry and Susan Morris, calling. This dance will be at the Juanita Community Club. Tickets are available now for $15 per person. The format will be like the First Friday Fun Fests, squares alternating with line or circle dances. Make plans to dance in the New Year!

In the definitions below, please note that I have added a new one to the Dancer Naming group. There are the identifiers that you need to make note of when you square up but now you will need to start being aware of where you are in the formation. You will be either a Center or an End.

Have a great week!

Happy dancing,

Week #3
Dancer naming:
i. Couple: Two people standing side by side; for universal understanding of square dance commands the dancer on the left dances the Boy/Man part of commands, the dancer on the right dances the GIRL/Lady part of commands.

ii. Heads, Sides: Head couples have their back to or face the caller/music; Sides are the other two couples.

iii. Couple Numbers: Couples are numbered as follows, #1 back to caller, #2 to their right, #3 to the right of #2 or face the caller, #4 to the right of #3.

iv. Boys, Girls: Actual Boys and Girls or those dancing the Boy/Girl part of the call.

v. Centers, Ends: Dancers near the center of the square or formation are Centers. Dancers on the outside of the square or formation are called Ends.

1. Circle Left & Right: Join hands in a circle and move left or right as indicated; circles can be made with 2 or more people. CIRCLE LEFT & RIGHT – 8 dancers full around, 16 steps; 4 dancers full around, 8 steps.

2 a. Forward & Back: Join hands in a line and move forward 1 step, touch and move back 1 step. FORWARD & BACK – 4 steps.

3 a. Dosado: With person you are facing, step slightly left, walk forward to pass right shoulders, slide back to back, back up past left shoulder, slide to face to face start position. DOSADO – with corner/partner 6 steps, across square – 8 steps.

4. Swing:
Dancers step toward each other in ballroom dance position (right hip to right hip); leaning back slightly, walk forward around each other; the Boy ends facing the direction of the next call; the Girl rolls out to dance position on his right side. SWING – 4-8 steps at Callers discretion.

5. Promenade Family:
5 a. Couples: With partner walk together counter-clockwise to home position; right hands joined over joined left hands. PROMENADE – couples full around 16 steps.

5 b. Single File Promenade: Specified dancers walk single file counterclockwise inside the square or where indicated by the caller. SINGLE FILE PROMENADE – 4 dancers inside to home – 8 steps.

6. Allemande Left: Turn toward Corner, left arm turn 180 degrees, let go and step through, end back to back with Corner, facing Partner. ALLEMANDE LEFT – 8 steps.

8. Right and Left Grand Family:
8 a. Right & Left Grand: Start facing Partner, take right hands, walk by, offer left hand to next, walk by; continue alternating hands to the 5th hand (should be the dancer you started with). Boys are going counterclockwise; Girls are going clockwise. RIGHT & LEFT GRAND – 10 steps.

8 b. Weave the Ring: Same as RIGHT AND LEFT GRAND without hands. Hint: pass same shoulder as the hand you would be using. WEAVE THE RING – 10 steps.

9. Left/Right Hand Star: Indicated dancers step to the center of the formation to join the designated hand in a loose star; walk forward to starting position of next call. It is often a full turn but can be fractionalized. LEFT/ RIGHT HAND STAR – 4 dancers full around 8 steps.

10. Pass Thru: With person you are facing step ahead passing right shoulders. STOP as soon as you pass by. Ends back to back. Same as 1/2 DOSADO. PASS THRU – 2 steps.

11. Half Sashay Family:

11 c. Ladies In Men Sashay: In any circle of Boy/Girl couples with the Boy on the left and Girl on the right circling left, the Girls step forward, the Boys step to their left and the Girls step back to a new empty place. If the dancers are circling right, it is the opposite. Can also be done from a line. For variety, the call can be Men In Ladies Sashay. LADIES IN MEN SASHAY – 4 steps.

12. Turn Back Family:
12 a. ‘U’-Turn back: One of the self-explanatory calls, turn around in place to face opposite direction. If you have a partner turn toward your partner (it is friendlier and nicer), sometimes the turn is left and sometimes it is right. ‘U’-TURN BACK – 2 steps.

15. Courtesy Turn: Girls (or right hand dancer) sticks out left hand in front palm down, places right hand on hip or does skirt work; Boys (or left hand dancer) offers left hand palm up to Girl, place right hand gently on back; gently guide her forward, while backing up, turning as a couple to face opposite direction or the center of the set. COURTESY TURN – 4 steps.

16. Ladies Chain Family:
16 a. Two & Four Ladies Chain: Two (or four) Girls step toward the center to make a RIGHT HAND STAR; turn 1/2 way; offer left hand to opposite Boy for a COURTESY TURN; end as a couple facing the center of the formation. While Girls are starting the Boys take a step to their right to be in correct position for COURTESY TURN. TWO & FOUR LADIES CHAIN – 8 steps.

18. Lead Right: Directed couples (Heads, Sides), with a couple handhold, will walk forward as a couple to face the couple to the right. LEAD RIGHT – 4 steps

19. Veer Left/Right: Moving as a couple, slide left or right as directed, maintaining facing direction with a small forward motion as well. VEER LEFT/RIGHT – 2 steps.

20. Bend The Line: Couples, as a unit, turn 90 degrees to face center. Like folding a piece of paper. Each End moves forward to meet the other End. The Centers need to back up a little to accommodate. This creates new lines facing in. As a couple, you will ALWAYS be facing the other couple that was in your line. BEND THE LINE – 4 steps.

22. Right & Left Thru: From facing couples, give a right hand to the opposite dancer; pull by and join left hands with the one alongside. Finish with a COURTESY TURN to face the couple with which you are working. RIGHT & LEFT THRU – 6 steps.

23. Grand Square: (32 beats of music) Each individual dancer tracks the four sides of a square in their quadrant on the floor. Command is “Sides Face, Grand Square.” GRAND SQUARE – 32 steps.

24. Star Thru: Starting with facing dancers (Boy & Girl), Boy’s right hand and Girl's left hand form a momentary arch. The Girl ducks through the arch while the Boy slides past the Girl crossing behind her. Each turn a quarter in the direction of their joined hands. End as a couple side by side. STAR THRU – 4 steps.

25. California Twirl: With the joined hand of your partner, raise hands to form a momentary arch. Turning towards each other the Girl goes through the arch (under) while the Boy steps across behind her to become a couple facing the opposite direction. CALIFORNIA TWIRL – 4 steps.

30. Dive Thru: Inside couple raise joined hands to form an arch while the outside couple ducks through the arch into the center. The archers step forward and immediately CALIFORNIA TWIRL to face back in. DIVE THRU – diving couple, 2 steps; couple facing out, 6 steps.