Wyoming AOSA notes
Amidons Wyoming AOSA Workshop
Thursday & Friday, August 8 & 9, 2019
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Thanks to Weston and Monica and Mary Ann and all who did so much work to make this workshop possible.
I could not find any area contra dances in Wyoming, so your job is to start some local public community dances and contra dances in your area.
Here is a little about Mary Alice and me and our family.
MEET OUR BOYS & their wives:
Stefan is the touring percussionist for The Devil Makes Three
and Stefan is a wonderful singer (the tall bass)
Here is an Ode to Mary Alice I made for her on the occasion of our 40th wedding anniversary last summer.
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Life is ever so much with me now putting me behind schedule on creating this page. I am going to start this page by simply listing everything we did in the order we did it over the two days. I will be adding notes, tips, and links to this page over the next few days. -PA
Thursday 8:30 – 4:30 – August 8, 2019
Blaydon Races We used ‘Blaydon Races’ from NEDM’s 2010 Revision of the ‘Chimes of Dunkirk’ CD for this. You can also use any jig or reel medley for this dance. We did this is a mixer, but you can also do it with younger children without changing partners. We often call this at weddings. We always start teaching this, as we do with any circle mixer, by having the dancers promenade and defining the gents/moons/peanut butter/inside partners and the ladies/stars/jelly/outside partners.
Sun Is In My Heart in NEDM’s I’m Growing Up book/CD/DVD
We find this to be comforting for both us and for the children.
Boy-Girl Story in NEDM’s I’m Growing Up book/CD/DVD
Here We Go Riding Our Ponies in NEDM’s I’m Growing Up book/CD/DVD
Children practice handshakes and eye contact in this instantly engaging singing game.
Come Along Everybody in NEDM’s I’m Growing Up book/CD/DVD
We know music teachers who start their music classes with this singing game as the children enter the music classroom.
Old Brass Wagon – in NEDM’s “Down in the Valley”
This can be an a cappella singing game, or, with the CD (or live music) a great early dance to instrumental music. When Peter teaches it he walks through the figures first, and then says “Now just do whatever Mary Alice says,” and puts on the CD.
Dance Teaching Tips
Mittens; front of your mitten on the front of your neighbor’s mitten, thumb lightly on back; take hands drop hands take hands drop hands; posture; teach the forward separately from the back in the forward and back; :shake and take” for teaching promenade; while promenading: inside person is the moon/peanut butter/gent, outside is the star/jelly/lady; four steps of making a circle from a promenade: “Hang on to partner stop walking, hang on to partner face the center, drop hands, take hands.”; many ways of keeping the circle big and round on circle left and right; dosido (gents start on inside, ladies start going outside) flowing into two hand turn flowing into promenade; when music starts clapping the first of each 8 beats; doing the dance with your hands; “thick” calling, then “thin” calling then no calling; saying the call right before the ‘clap’ or before the first beat of the phrase and figure.
La Bastringue In NEDM’s Chimes of Dunkirk book & CD
This simple circle/partner dance can be easily adapted for younger children. Have them circle left hold hands straight across, then “open like a book” into a promenade holding “handy hands” (gent’s right and lady’s left).
Now It’s Time to Go
Great Big Star
PICTURE BOOKS 1
Brotherhood & Sisterhood
Martin Luther King
Vote For Me
Head & Shoulders
Hunt the Cows
Heel & Toe
Noble Duke of York
REVIEW – Discuss COMMUNITY DANCE
Eye of the Needle
Kings & Queens
I Have Ten Little Fingers
Tiny Little Mouse
Here Is the Little Girl
Bridge of Athlone
Haste to the Wedding
PICTURE BOOKS II
Act out Peddler’s Dream
Old Bald Eagle Square
CREATING AN ORIGINAL DANCE
A1 Forward and back
A2 Forward and back
B1 promenade partner
B2 Ladies (outside partners) turn back
(gent can gently tug on their right hand to initiate this turn)
All pass Right Shoulders with the next dancer,
and hook right elbows with the dancer after that
and do a right elbow turn about 1.5 times around.
Gent can gently push on Lady’s right elbow to spin
her to she, also, is facing the center of the circle.
All Night, All Day
Circle Waltz Mixer
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Friday 8:30 – 4:30 – August 9,
Five Little Bunnies
I Have Ten Little Fingers
Here’s the Little Girl
Form the Corn
Auretti’s Dutch Skipper
PICTURE BOOKS III
Chimes of Dunkirk
MORE SQUARE DANCES
First Night Quadrille
Tell story of an early musical experience
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Old King Glory
Nancy & Arthur
All Night All Day (again)
And When I Rise
From the Seed in the Ground SSAA
REVIEW DANCES DONE BEFORE LUNCH
Act out Nyangara
Going to Alberta
REVIEW OF DANCES BEFORE BREAK
Cheyenaide Turnaround (again)
Whales (picture book with music)
At the Bottom of the Sea
Down Down Baby
How Could Anyone
Sicilian Vowel Dance
I’m Gonna Lift My Sister Up (song)
Now It’s Time to Go (again)
Circle Waltz Mixer (again)