Center Shoulder Pass (was Fun dances)

Keith Grant

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Richard L Walker wrote:

>> From: Seonaid Mairi Gent [mailto:xxx08@xxxxxxxx.xxxx.xx.xx]
>> If one dancer managed to leap-frog over their partner in the middle, would
>> that count as a centre shoulder pass?
>
> I would recommend this for the younger dancers with gymnastics training and
> a bit of specialized hand-giving resulting in a flip. The landing would
> have to be perfect in order to continue with skip change of step though
> nothing had occurred to interrupt it. Leap-frog or flip, I'd certainly give
> credit that a centre shoulder pass had occurred -- even though it might not
> concur with the original vision for this particular formation.
>
> Richard L Walker
> xxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx
> Pensacola, FL 32504-7726 USA
>

Such moves may indeed have a precedent. There have been very infrequent and
officially refuted rumors emanating from rural China of an acrobatic troop
exposed to SCD years ago while on a cultural exchange tour following Richard
Nixon's visit to China. As the rumors go, they have both developed some new
moves and terminology -- partly of course due to their isolation and lack of
further contact with the SCD community. What I describe below is, of course,
at best an approximate report and translation based on very sketchy
information.

Note that such aerobatic moves are not necessarily limited to a dancer
interacting with their partner. They can bring a new energy and spirit to
such hackneyed moves as the allemand and the rondel. The vertical allemand,
in particular, can save horizontal space in a very crowed room. It is also
not clear how many hula hoops can be kept active by the top couple.

Perhaps the most straight-forward center shoulder pass developed by this
troop of dancers is the simple flip over your partner. Caution should be
used first in determining the height of the ceiling. Failure to do this can
result in a move most literally translated as "reflection from dense clouds
below minimum".

A variant pass can be used in a room with a ceiling beam. One dancer leaps
upward, grabbing the beam while their partner passes below, The vertically
motivated dancer can then use a number of flourishes to emphasize their
dismount. This move does require the cooperation and careful positioning of
the entire set relative to the beam. Failure of coordination can result in
set drift relative to the beam, having detrimental effects on positioning
and timing of the move. If caution is not used, this can result in a move
known as "In your partner's face" or "ghilles are not good facial puffs".

Partly to avoid such room dependent considerations, a move has also been
developed similar to a Lindy slide-through. This move is generally
considered to work best when the smaller of the two dancers performs the
slide between their partners legs. Experimentation with the reverse choice
of partners has often resulted in a position called "riding the water
buffalo backwards". This is particular true if the sliding partner attempts
a reluctant duck-through rather than the more accepted face up slide with a
partner assist.

As always, it is interesting to see the great cross-cultural appeal of SCD
and the fresh energy such cross-cultural hybridizing can provide.

...Keith

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