Covalence

Sophie Rickebusch

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Hi,

I'd love to have the instructions for this dance, thanks! I assume the deviser must
be a chemist? As a biologist, a reel of 4 reminds me of a strand of DNA - I guess
we all have our occupation-related ways of seeing SCD figures :-) The other thing
with biologists is that we find it difficult to picture men as circles and women as
squares in diagrammes... (not wishing to open a can of worms here, but even non-
biologists tend to find this counter-intuitive)

Sophie

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> Covalence, a 32-bar strathspey for four couples, is a perennial favorite in
> Southern California. It was devised here by Tim Conrow in 1992. I wonder to
>
> what extent, if at all, it is known outside our immediate area (beyond those
>
> few to whom I've sent it personally). Tim wrote as an introduction to the
> dance: "Covalence is a process whereby an electron is shared by two atoms,
> causing
> them to bind together. In the two featured double reels dancers are
> exchanged, effectively uniting both into a single, larger reel." It is in
> fact those
> unique reels, a "mirror crossover reel of four" and a "double right-shoulder
>
> crossover reel of four," which make the dance so interesting. It takes good
>
> timing and dancers who can make a long stride over two bars to make the reels
>
> work. Once everyone "gets it," it's really nifty to dance.
>
> Original instructions and some teaching suggestions sent to anyone upon
> request.
>
> Robb Quint
> Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
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>

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Sophie Rickebusch
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