PAIR DANCING - LESSON 2
SIMPLE PARTNER & CORNER CALLS

2009 CPSD


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2.1   SIMPLE PARTNER AND CORNER CALLS


2.1.1   SQUARE YOUR SETS

The two couples form an IN-FACING BOX. Remember that the two dancers in the couple should always hold adjacent hands. The spacing between couples should be about 5 feet such that when free arms are stretched forward, the fingertips just touch the facing dancer’s outstreached fingertips.


2.1.2   UP TO THE MIDDLE AND BACK

The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX. Each couple moves foreward toward the facing couple until they can “hi five” and touch palms. Then they move back to the original position. TIMING: 4 or 8 Steps.

 ANIMATION


2.1.3   CIRCLE LEFT (RIGHT) 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME

The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX. All dancers join hands (left hand palm up and right hand palm down) to form a RING. Then each dancer turns slightly toward the indicated direction and walks to the beat of the music. LEFT is clockwise toward each dancer’s left shoulder and RIGHT is counter-clockwise toward each dancer’s right shoulder. TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution.

  ANIMATION  Circle right 1/4.
 ANIMATION  Circle left 1/4.

  ANIMATION  Circle right 1/2.
 ANIMATION  Circle left 1/2.

  ANIMATION  Circle right 3/4.
 ANIMATION  Circle left 3/4.
Circle Left

Figure 2-1.   CIRCLE LEFT A HALF


2.1.4   STAR BY THE RIGHT (LEFT) 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME

The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX or a RING. Each dancer turns and joins the indicated hand with all the other dancers at a center point. This formation is called a STAR. The dancers then walk to the beat of the music in the direction thay are facing while keeping their hands joined. TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution.

 ANIMATION  Star by the right.

 ANIMATION  Star by the left.
Star Right

Figure 2-2.   STAR BY THE RIGHT


2.1.5   PROMENADE your PARTNER (CORNER) 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME

The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX or a RING.  The couple turns to be side by side facing the same direction. The MAN dancer extends his hand (palm up) and takes the LADY dancer's left hand (palm down). He then places his right hand on the small of the LADY dancer's back. This formation is called the PROMENADE POSITION. The usual direction to promenade is counter-clockwise, and it is customary that the MAN dancer leads the pair to a designated position. TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution.




Promenade

Figure 2-3.   PROMENADE Position.



Promenade

Figure 2-4.   PROMENADE


2.1.5.1   PROMENADE HALF

The two couples trade places lead by the MAN dancer by walking in a small semicircle.
TIMING: 8 steps.

ANIMATION  
Ignore the side couples


2.1.5.2   PROMENADE HOME

The MAN dancer takes the current partner and they promenade to the MAN dancer's HOME position.
TIMING: 4 steps per quarter revolution.


2.1.5.3   PROMENADE THE RING

The MAN dancer takes the current partner, and they promenade from the current location to the same location (360).
TIMING: 16 steps.


2.1.6   SWING YOUR PARTNER (CORNER)

The call starts from an IN-FACING BOX or a RING. Each dancer faces the designated dancer and steps forward until their right sides almost touch. The MAN dancer places his right arm on the LADY dancer’s upper back, and the LADY dancer places her left arm on top of the MAN dancer’s arm. The MAN and LADY dancers join their remaining hands (right and left respectively).  The two dancers then walk around each other until the MAN dancer faces the other couple, at which time he rolls the LADY dancer out beside him so that she also faces the opposite couple. The MAN dancer moves his right hand from the LADY dancer’s back to take her left hand. TIMING: 8 Steps.




Swing Position

Figure 2-5.   The SWING Position.


ANIMATION

Swing

Figure 2-6.   The SWING Direction.


NOTE: The two dancers that just swung become partners. Hence PROMENADE HOME is commonly called after a swing to get dancers back to the MAN dander's HOME position.


2.1.7   DOSADO YOUR PARTNER (CORNER)

Each dancer faces the partner (corner). Dancers advance passing right shoulders and, without turning, each dancer moves to the right passing in back of the other dancer. Lastly each dancer moves backwards passing left shoulders returning to the starting position so that each dancer is facing the person the dancer went around.
TIMING: 8 steps.


2.2   SUMMARY of simple partner calls

    SQUARE YOUR SETS
    CIRCLE LEFT 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME (002)
    UP TO THE MIDDLE AND BACK (003)
    DOSADO YOUR PARTNER (004)
    SWING YOUR PARTNER (005)
    PROMENADE 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME (006)
    STAR 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR THE RING (010)

TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution
TIMING: 8 Steps
TIMING: 8 Steps
TIMING: 8 Steps
TIMING: 4 Steps per
quarter revolution
TIMING: 4 Steps per quarter revolution


2.3   PRACTICE CALL SEQUENCES

Each exercise is designed to use 128 beats (steps) of music.


2.3.1   EXERCISE 2.1 - CIRCLE, STAR, SWING, PROMENADE

MUSIC FOR THE EXERCISE 2.1

    SQUARE YOUR SET
    UP TO THE MIDDLE AND BACK
    CIRCLE LEFT
    CIRCLE RIGHT
    STAR RIGHT
    STAR LEFT
    SWING YOUR PARTNER
    PROMENADE HOME

    (Repeat and Stop)

8 Steps

8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
16 Steps


2.3.2   EXERCISE 2.2 - DOSADO, CIRCLE, STAR

MUSIC FOR THE EXERCISE 2.2

    SQUARE YOUR SET
    DOSADO YOUR CORNER
    DOSADO YOUR PARTNER
    CIRCLE LEFT HALF WAY
    STAR RIGHTHOME
    CIRCLE RIGHT HALF WAY
    STAR LEFT HOME
    PROMENADE THE RING
    (Repeat and Stop)

8  Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
16 Steps

2.3.3   EXERCISE 2.3 - CIRCLE, StTAR, SWING, DOSADO

MUSIC FOR THE EXERCISE 2.3

    SQUARE YOUR SET
    CIRCLE LEFT
    DOSADO YOUR CORNER
    CIRCLE RIGHT
    SWING YOUR PARTNER
    STAR RIGHT
    DOSADO YOUR CORNER
    STAR LEFT TO HOME
    (Repeat and Stop)

8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
8 Steps
16 Steps


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