Circulate – Couples – Teaching

Basic Part 1
Circulate – Couples

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Choreography for Patter Teaching with Singing Call Options:

Teaching Tips:

Circulate Family
A.) First time dancers are expected to know formations.
B.) All are standing on magical spots, move forward to the next spot in front of you.
C.) Look before you leap.
D.) Work call from increasing degrees of difficulty: Single File, As Couples, Ends, Centers, from two faced lines then from Waves, lastly All 8.
E.) If facing different directions all must let go first.
F.) Move them to all positions and remind them not to think right/left but advance forward one spot in the formation.
G.) Have the dancers visualize a race track, rail road track, or running track oval.
H.) Action can be described as taking a walk around a city block.
I.) Emphasize, “Circle-late” a forward action that can be done multiple times, bringing you back to the same starting point.

More teaching suggestions:
— Note that although couples usually follow the couple ahead and end in their footprints, sometimes couples are going in opposite directions around the Circulate Path and must pass each other by the right shoulder.

Dance Action: Each couple works as a unit to move forward to the next position, following the General Box circulate path.

Quick quote: “Couples move forward one spot on the circulate path”

Teaching Standard Applications:

Heads Lead Right and Veer Left, Couples Circulate,
Ladies Chain Down the Line
Forward and Back
Each Four Circle Left 1/4 and Pass Thru
Patter: Allemande Left, Promenade
Singer: Swing and Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads Lead Right and Veer Left, Couples Circulate,
(Ladies) Chain Down the Line,
Two Ladies Chain across,
Forward and Back, Pass Thru and U-Turn Back,
All Eight Circle Left, Ladies In Men Sashay, Circle Left,
Patter: Allemande Left, Promenade Partner
Singer: Ladies In Men Sashay, Allemande Left new corner, Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads Lead Right, Veer Left,
Couples Circulate, Boys Circulate,
Girls Circulate twice,
Chain Down the Line,
Each Four Circle Left 1/4,
Patter: Allemande Left.
Singer: Corner Swing and Promenade (short)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads Lead Left, Veer Right,
Couples Circulate, Bend the Line,
Two Ladies Chain,
Forward and Back, Each Four Circle Left 1/4,
[ Dosado and ] Pass Thru,
Patter: Allemande Left.
Singer: Swing Corner, Promenade (half)
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