Circulate – Named Dancers – Teaching

Basic Part 1
Circulate – Named Dancers

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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 dancers usually follow the dancer ahead and end in their footprints, sometimes dancers are going in opposite directions around the Circulate Path and must pass each other by the right shoulder.

Dance action: Designated dancers move forward to the next dancer position, following their General Lines or General Column circulate path. A dancer looking out of the formation walks in a 180-degree arc and finishes in the next position on the other side, looking in. Others walk forward one dancer position.

Quick quote: “Move forward one spot on your track”

Teaching Standard Applications:

Boys Circulate and Bend the Line:
Heads Promenade Halfway
Sides Lead Right and Veer Left
Boys Circulate, Bend the Line
Forward and Back, All Eight Circle Left
Allemande Left new corner,
Patter: Pass One, Promenade Partner
Singer: Come back to Swing and Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Girls Circulate:
Heads Lead Right and Veer Left
Girls Circulate
(Ladies) Chain Down the Line
Go Up and Back, Each 4 Circle Left 1/4
Pass Thru, Allemande Left new corner
Patter: Pass One, Promenade Partner
Singer: Come Back to Swing and Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Dosado To a Wave:
Heads Lead Right, Each four Circle Left halfway,
Dosado to a Wave,
Boys Circulate, Girls Left Arm Turn halfway around,
Patter: All Right Arm Turn halfway, Girls Circulate, Promenade Partner
Singer: (Grand Right and Left), Swing Corner, Promenade