In a message dated 12/13/2008 4:41:19 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
I've come across a dance description from the US that uses the term 'gypsy
turn', or perhaps more fully: "pull back right shoulders for a half gypsy
turn to own side (facing out)"
I'm baffled! Could anyone elucidate what a 'gypsy turn' or 'half-gypsy
turn' is? It's not a phrase I've seen in any of the books or cribs.
Steve, since I don't know what dance's instructions you are reading, I can't
be 100% certain what to tell you to do in that specific case, but if I may
use Terry Glasspool's Gypsy Dreams as an example: in that case the gypsy turn
begins where partners are back to back but not directly so, rather somewhat
skewed at an angle so that one can see one's partner by looking back over
one's right shoulder, and the partner is behind and a bit off to the right. The
gypsy turn then is dancing no hands but rather glancing over one's right
shoulder at one's partner (partner doing the same) in a "C" curve (much like a
cast by the right shoulder) to basically occupy the spot where the partner
began the turn. I hope that you can apply that to whatever dance it is in which
you've found that term. The "half" is essentially changing places with
one's partner rather than dancing a full circle to where one began oneself.