Now that the gypsy turn has been discussed and described, how about just
dancing it without dissecting the movement. You move around your partner, or
another person. You give eye contact and flirt a bit. Do we need any more
instruction? I think not. It will take all the fun out of the figure if we
worry about where the shoulders are, do we assume eye contact on bar 2 or bar
3, does flirtation occur only on bars 3-4. Is there anything in the manual
about how to flirt?
In contra dancing, which embraced the figure in the mid-70's, under the
influence of Ted Sannella, a gypsy is usually followed by a swing. The 2
movements take 8 bars so part of the fun is the variation one can bring to
the transition. Gypsy for 2 bars and then into 6 of swing, gypsy for 5 or 6
to tantalize your partner and then a quick swing, ignore the gypsy and have a
nice 8 bar swing, etc.
I've not yet encountered the gypsy in SCD, but when I dance it I never think
of where my shoulders, hands are and if I am using all 4 bars to do the
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA