Week 7

We covered Counter Rotate, Little, and Scoot and Little tonight. I used the whiteboard to illustrate Counter Rotate. We also looked at the difference between Scoot and Little from right-handed vs. left-handed quarter tag formations.

AWK folks are going to continue to meet at 6:30 on Thursdays to get in a little extra practice before AWK starts. It seemed to be helpful last week, so we’ll continue to do it as long as people are willing to show up.

Week 6

We covered Shakedown and Step and Fold tonight, along with reviewing previous calls.

Some people are interested in having a second session for review each week, so I’ve agreed to come into AWK at 6:30 on Thursday nights for a half hour of review. If we don’t have 8 people, we can always do two-couple stuff.

Week 5

Scott Amspoker did a review this week.

Calls so far:

  • Galaxy Formation / Galaxy Circulate
  • Square the Bases
  • Scoot and Ramble / Anything and Ramble
  • Tag Back to a Wave
  • Beau/Belle identifier
  • Press Ahead
  • Block Formation
  • Interlocked Diamonds
  • Interlocked Diamond Circulate
  • Flip the Interlocked Diamond
  • Cut the Interlocked Diamond
  • Cast Back
  • Cross Cast Back
  • Vocabulary: Start
  • Ah So
  • Checkover
  • Pass the Axle
  • Anything the Axle
  • Squeeze
  • Squeeze the Hourglass / Galaxy



Week 3

New calls:

  • Cast Back
  • Cross Cast Back
  • Ah So
  • Checkover

Plus we looked at the modifying term “Start” as in “Girls Start Swing Thru”.

Cast Back is defined in terms of Peel Off. Cross Cast Back is defined in terms of Trail Off. Ah So is a generalized Wheel and Deal, and Checkover is related to both Checkmate the Column and Transfer the Column. So all the new calls we did this week are connected to calls we already know.

We also looked at why some people say “the children” or “the children Lucille” when Checkover is called. Stan Winchester wrote amazing singing calls using Challenge calls, with precise timing and word and call choices that fit the song. From Clark Baker:

In the singing call You Picked A Fine Time To Leave Me Lucille, Stan has the line Checkover The Children where Checkover is the call we are supposed to do and the cadence of Checkover and the phrase “the children” fit the music and the original song.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Stan Winchester, visit the Stan Winchester Singing Call Page. If you’d like to hear the “Checkover the Children” line, here’s Stan’s version of You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille.

Remember, you can check out flashcards for this week’s and previous week’s calls via the top menu.

Hope you’re having fun! I am!

Week 2

We reviewed Square the Bases, Scoot and Ramble, Tag Back to a Wave, Blocks, and Galaxies from last week, and then we introduced Interlocked Diamonds, along with Interlocked Diamond Circulate, Cut the Interlocked Diamond, and Flip the Interlocked Diamond.

If you’re interested, you can check your understanding of what interlocked diamonds look like with this little quiz.

I thought the class went well. Last week, we covered a little too much, so we solidified things this week. Next week, we’ll be looking at calls that are related to calls we already know, plus we’ll add the word “Start” to our dance vocabulary.

More on Week 1

We covered a lot. Hope I didn’t scare anyone off. We did one formation, six calls, one pair of identifiers, and one concept.

Out of the six calls, three were straight forward and probably won’t require too much memory work:

  1. Galaxy Circulate
  2. Tag Back to a Wave (Half Tag, Scoot Back)
  3. Press Ahead

By straight forward, I mean that there’s not too much memory involved; a galaxy is easy to recognize; Tag Back to a Wave combines the names of the calls, and Press Ahead sort of sounds like what it means.

Ramble and Scoot & Ramble are kind of just one call…if you know Ramble, you can do a Scoot and Ramble.

So, we learned two new calls that will require some memory work: Ramble and Square the Bases. There’s no getting around needing to learn their definitions.

We added to our understanding of Beau and Belle, and maybe also to our understanding of Slide Thru.

Blocks is a concept that we’ll continue to work on. It doesn’t really “dance” very well, but it will get you used to dancing without handholds (and that may stand you in good stead when we throw phantoms into the mix).

If you’d like to check your understanding of Beaus/Belles and Blocks, here are some graphics:

Week 1

If all goes well, we’ll have covered the following calls:

  • Galaxy Formation
  • Galaxy Circulate
  • Square the Bases
  • Beaus and Belles Revisited
  • Ramble
  • Scoot and Ramble
  • Tag Back to a Wave
  • Press Ahead
  • Blocks

Here are some flashcards to help you review:

  • Block Formation
    Dancers work in block of 4 independent of the other 4 dancers
  • Galaxy Formation
    A formation with a box of 4 in the center and an outside diamond
  • Beaus / Belles Identifier
    In a two dancer formation, left side dancer is beau, right side dancer is belle
  • Ramble
    Centers single wheel, ends separate, all slide thru
  • Press Ahead
    Dancer advances 1 position forward
  • Scoot And Ramble
    Scoot back, centers single wheel, ends separate, all slide thru
  • Tag Back To A Wave
    1/2 tag, scoot back
  • Square The Bases
    Centers concentric square thru 3, ends pass thru, bend, and start a split square thru 2 then all trade by

What’s New in C1?

New Calls: At this point, you know how to learn new calls; you’ve already learned a couple of hundred. The calls at C1 are not any harder than the calls you’ve already learned (well, a few are a little tricky). There are just more of them. Will your brain overload? It might feel a little congested at times, but give yourself some time, and all those neural connections will snap into place.

I’d recommend reviewing the definitions during the week; that should help you remember how to do the calls. You can also use Taminations to watch the calls in action.

New Formations: At Mainstream, you worked in lines, waves, columns, and other nicely connected formations. At Plus we added diamonds. At Advanced, hourglasses. At C1, you’ll get to dance in several exotic new formations, including galaxies, blocks, butterflies, and O’s. You’ll also get to dance with phantoms.

New Concepts: At MS and Plus, you learned a call and you did the call. At Advanced, you learned that you could do calls “as couples”, and you learned that “All Four Couples” could do calls normally done with two couples. At C1, you’ll learn to do calls in all kinds of ways: in tandem, Siamese, T-boned, with imaginary dancers, and more!

Call Modifications: This is where C1 really starts to work your brain. At Advanced, a caller might occasionally say something like “Chain Reaction, but turn the star 1/2”. At C1, your ability to listen and modify calls on the fly gets tested further. How about remake the wave, but interrupt after each part (parts? what parts? we need to remember that definition!) with an in-roll circulate. Yikes! We’ll save the hard stuff for later, after we’ve learned the calls, formations, and concepts, but be aware that you need to know those definitions…not only for C1 calls, but for MS, Plus, and Advanced calls too.

What’s going on here?

Here’s a place to talk about the calls we’re learning before and after class. If you have questions or comments between classes, or that you don’t want to ask in class (but remember, there are no stupid questions), here’s a place to do it.

If you want to download my notes from 2001, here they are:

C1 Class Notes (pdf)

Other sources of information: