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LATEST WOODRUFF ROUNDS

 

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N.B.  For cue-sheets and music samples of dances written before Aug 2017  see "All Our Dances"

ROUNDALAB Abbreviations used in our Cue-Sheets

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MY BABY LOVES TO DANCE

Dec 2017 - Phase IV Mixed Rhythms dance to a song by Tina Charles available as a mp3 download.

History

I first heard the song while watching RIVER on NETFLIX.  "River" is a very good BBC TV drama written by Abi Morgan and starring Stellan Skarsgard, the Swedish actor.  The song is played at least three times in the TV show, including in the last emotional scene showing Stellan, a detective in London, imagining himself dancing with his (now dead) colleague Stevie in a very moving acknowledgement of the love that existed between the investigating partners. The dance is mostly cha cha with some merengue and samba that give it a more interesting character.  Nothing hard.  It could be used as an introduction to very basic samba.

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TRAMONTO

Mar 2018 - Phase IV+2 waltz to very good music by Roberto Perazzoli's orchestra, available as a mp3 download.

History

Not being familiar with the old golden classic Waltz Tramonte, I wondered at first whether this music could be a different arrangement of the same tune but after listening to both pieces, I am now pretty certain that they are totally unrelated.  It's very nice music anyway, with a very 'classical' and 'evergreen' feeling.  The dance is a solid phase IV, comprising 13 IVa figures and 13 IVb figures (no, not a result of careful planning, it just turned out this way).  The 2 phase V figures are Syncopated Whisk and Curved Feather, well worth adding to one's phase IV baggage.  All the figures are straight from the book, nothing modified or gimmicky.  Tramonto, by the way, means 'SUNSET' in Italian.

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CHARLESTON

Mar 2018 - Phase III+2 Two Step and Quickstep  to music by Roberto Perazzoli's orchestra, available as a mp3 download.

History

This is really great music that makes it hard to sit quietly -  you just HAVE to get up and dance.  Most of the dance is just phase II two step but part D is quickstep.  To typical quickstep figures in 3 slows like the Hover and the Impetus we have added two phase IV figures:  the first is what we consider as the quickstep basic as it is featured in ALL our R/D quickstep routines:  Quarter Turn and Progressive Chasse.  The second is one that is hard to find in our round dances although, logically, its teaching should precede the longer variation:  it is simply called Quarter Turns.  You'll have fun with this little dance even if your preferred level is higher.

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SEE THE DAY

April 2018 - Phase IV-a Waltz to a well known tune by "Girls Aloud"

History

I wanted to test the new Waltz IV-a list to see how practical the split in IV-a and IV-b was when writing choreography.  Well, the split does make sense.  I missed the Whiplash on the IV-a side but otherwise found that the figures on the IV-a side allow creativity without the urge to pick from the IV-b side.  We used 11 out of the 18 figures in IV-a.   The result is  a 'well rounded' choreography that's coherent for a certain level of growth, higher than phase III but not up to full phase IV yet.

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A SEAL'S LAMENT IN ALASKA

April 2018 - Waltz III+2+1 to a wonderful French Canadian song

History

We just had a long email discussion on an unphased figure called "Left Turning Box With Lace" which was mostly used, several years ago, by the Koozers in the USA (6 of their dances feature the figure) and Jos Dierickx in Belgium (under the name "Lace Box" featured in 31 of his waltzes). It is quite a coincidence that this unphased figure is gaining popularity just when ROUNDALAB very recently adopted another box variation called "Interrupted Box".  I thought it would be interesting, education-wise, to have the two figures appear in one dance in order to teach their differemces and similarities to our dancers or students.

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MERCI

May 2018 - Cha cha & Rumba IV+1+1 to the song presented by France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

History

I was secretly hoping the song would win the contest but no such luck.  It placed 13th, which is exactly in the middle since there were 26 songs presented.   Madame Monsieur is the French husband and wife duo performing this song which was inspired by a true event:  the birth, aboard the rescue ship Aquarius, of the baby girl of a Nigerian refugee.  Ideally, there should be no "+" figure in the phasing of this dance.  The first "+" is the one-measure Natural Top which should be a phase IV figure (with the Full Natural Top at the V level, and the Continuous Natural Top at phase VI).  The second "+" is a Latin Whisk which, for reasons unknown to me, is not a phased cha cha figure whereas the rumba equivalent is in the manual. Some day, I'll write to Roundalab to trigger some action on these two issues.

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WHAT'S GOING ON?

July 2018 - Slow-2-Step IV+1+1 to a goodie-oldie by a short-lived group of American girls who called themselves the 4 Non-Blondes

History

Although the song is 25 yrs old, it does not have a wrinkle and sounds totally up-to-date.  If you taught "Aux Champs Elysees", this routine can be danced to cues with no teach and vice-versa. The plus figures are the Triple Traveler with a Tunnel Exit. The three parts (A, B, C) all consist of 8 measures that are repeated, which makes this dance useful in the rhythm-learning process.

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YOU WILL NEVER GROW OLD

August 2018 - Waltz III+1 to an oldie by Nat King Cole available as mp3 or 45 rpm vinyl

History

It is amazing that we're apparently the first to write a dance to this tune, which is perfect for anniversaries, retirements etc.. In class, it is great as a first approach to Viennese tempo and offers the opportunity to teach Viennese Turns (they occur 3x in the dance). Almost all the figures are plain phase II, with the exception of "Pivot to SCP" (phase III) and Viennese Turns (phase IV).

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IT'S  NOT  TOO  LATE

September 2018 - Foxtrot IVa to a very good song by T-Bone Burnett,  available on a CD album or as mp3 download

History

This is the theme song of the television series "Mr. Mercedes" (after a Stephen King novel) and that's how it came to my attention.  The dance is a phase IVa foxtrot so no "+" figure and no unphased figure.  It is an easy foxtrot which could be enjoyed by dancers having recently become acquainted with the rhythm.

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THERE'S A RAT IN MY KITCHEN

September 2018 - Cha cha III+2 to a fun somg available as mp3 download

History

It's a dance that mixes cha cha figures in regular cha cha timing with the same figures in 4 count. "Nothing very new" I hear you say. Quite.  But then, the cue-sheet suggests an option you can choose for FUN.  No, I'm not saying, read the cue-sheet.

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TRUE CHA CHA III

(Cha Cha Brasilia)

December 2018 - Cha cha III to a Bert Kaempfert piece of music available on several CDs

History

I just wanted a plain phase III to true cha cha music, not too fast and not too long.   This piece of music is perfect, 2:30. An extra rock has been added to a few cha cha easy figures to reflect the repetition of certain notes in the musical phrase.  Not hard to dance but needs the dancer's attention.

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