21 January 2018

Samena Squares Newsletter #16

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a great weekend! I sure did with a cooking class and a trip to the movies to see
The Greatest Showman. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would recommend it. Even if you aren’t a fan of musicals.

I would remind you of a couple of things:

    Singing Call 101
    A singing call has seven parts. The song starts with an opener where you start with your Original Partner and end with your Original Partner. The next two parts are specific figures designed to get you to your Corner at the end of the first one and to your Opposite at the end of the second one. Now there is a middle break where you will be starting and ending with your Opposite. The middle break is Part 4 of the whole song. The next two parts, Part 6 & 7 are figures choreographed to get you to your next corner and finally back to your Original Partner. The song finishes with a closer where you start and end with your Original Partner. Then it is time to celebrate! The singing call is a time to relax and enjoy dancing with your Partner and everyone else in the square.

    In singing calls, if your square breaks get a partner, any partner, and either square up so you are ready for the next part or promenade home. If you want to be really good at repairing broken singing call squares make sure that you have your Opposite to dance with in the middle break.

    Mostly relax and have fun dancing!


    Dates to note:
    Friday, February 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.

    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.

    See you Thursday!


    Happy dancing,
    Susan


    Week #16
    53. Turn Thru: With dancer you are facing, step forward do a right arm turn half, let go and step forward. You end up exactly where you started facing the opposite direction. TURN THRU – 4 steps.

    54. Eight Chain Thru: With the one you are facing do a right hand walk by; left to the next; outfacing couples always do a COURTESY TURN. Continue the number of hands indicated. Eight hands you end up exactly where you started. Can be any number of hands, 1-8. EIGHT CHAIN THRU – 8 hands = 20 steps, 4 hands = 10 steps.

    57. Centers In: Couples with backs to center of the set step in between the outside couples. CENTERS IN – 2 steps.

    60. Walk & Dodge: In-facing or designated dancers walk straight forward; other dancers slide in to the empty space. WALK & DODGE – 4 steps.