>Mea Culpa, Oberdan. The turning toward each other comment I made was >irrelevant to the Gay Gordons; sorry for the confusion.
Actually, Mel, I took your posting as quite reasonable, because I know of a
Gay Gordons variant in which the partners are mirrored. I picked it up
about 20 years ago while visiting in the area of Sydney, Australia. I think
I have told this story before, so apologies to those that have already
We were spending a week in a beach town named Mollymook which is right next
to the somewhat larger town of Ulladulla. Vanessa and I were looking for
some kind of dancing in town and saw a posting at the Ulladulla community
hall for "Old Time Dancing". It wasn't at all what we were expecting. They
were doing what we now identify as "Round Dancing"--Ballroom (couple)
dancing in which everyone dances the same pre-choreographed sequences.
Today Vanessa and I are avid round dancers, but then it was novel to us.
They were very friendly and did their best to include us.
One of the dances on their program was "Gay Gordons, Country Style". We
thought "OK! We know the Gay Gordons. We can do this". We were right (that
we could do it), but it was a great simplification and included a
progression. I now use it regularly as a warmup exercise in my weekly
class. [We also learned that they used a video camera in their classes to
help them improve their technique--this was 20 years ago!]
The dance starts with the couple facing line of dance, nearer hands joined,
outside foot (neither Allemande nor promenade hold). Walk forward, pivoting
toward your partner on step 4 to face reverse line (changing hands!),
continue walking (backwards) 4 steps toward line of dance. Do the same
toward reverse line. Facing line of dance, nearer hands joined, balance
away, together, away, and together (a very understated PdB). Gentleman
marks time, drawing the Lady across in front of him. She takes his free
(left) hand in her right and releasing the other hand, passes under his
left arm to progress to the man behind. That's it! No PdB with Lady
twirling and no Polka. Much better as a warmer-upper, very social, and
(Hey, Jim!) very accessible.
Cheers, Oberdan Otto.
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