In a message dated 11/22/01 5:35:45 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Or, maybe, "too bent out of shape?" same meaning, or meanings? >>
Good comment. As this is one of my favourite figures, I've spent a good
deal of time looking at the best ways to dance it. I've had to demonstration
groups dance it with success and joy. As John had said, my experience shows
that most dancers make it harder than necessary. The figure reminds most of
swing dancing. If approached in that manner, it can get messy and stressful
for mostly the woman. Clean phrasing and dancing close enough together
simplifies any unnecessary bending or twisting. The more adventuous may like
to be more physical in the figure but that is a personal choice.
I look at it like a runaway circle round. It's wonderful to have that
energy in a circle but we also need to be considerate of those who are
physically challenged in the set. Although a strong man, I've been yanked and
squished under these circumstances. My revenge is usually a lesson in class
about controlled circles. <joke> I believe the La Baratte is in that same
arena. Done well everyone enjoys the experience.
Sorry to ramble on, so. Happy La Baratte!