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LATEST WOODRUFF ROUNDS

 

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N.B.  For cue-sheets and music samples of dances written before Aug 2016  see "All Our Dances"

ROUNDALAB Abbreviations used in our Cue-Sheets

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WE KNOW THE WAY

Mar 2017 - Phase III cha cha to a song from Disney's Moana available as mp3 on several sites

History

I have grand-daughters and I watched Moana with one of them (Lia, three and a half,  understands and speaks French and English).  After 40 years of writing dances, every song I hear is unconsciously analyzed for its dancing power and that's how this one stayed in my mind after the show was over.  It was easy enough finding a mp3, so off I went and wrote a little cha cha.   Mind you, the phase is somewhat deceiving, it's not THAT easy. There are several transitions, all done by the smarter partner (the lady, of course, hee hee!) as well as a spin... it's a phase III that could be used in class to teach the concept of transitions and which, in the club, would also be enjoyed by higher phase dancers.

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MANFRED's CHA CHA

Apr 2017 - Phase IV+2 Cha Cha to a great instrumental by El Tattoo Del Tigre, not easy to find as mp3 

History

... and too expensive to get as an album (over 100$ on Amazon). Ron Webb asked me to get it for him from iTunes Belgium as it seems to be the only place where the mp3 is available.  So Ron & Marilou wrote a phase V+1 cha cha to it (under the title Manfred's Mambo) and I couldn't resist the temptation to write a fun phase III to it, except that using Cuban breaks (both single and double) turned the dance into a IV+2. I like the syncopations in the dance and the freeze actions.  Other than that, it's a very easy dance. I'm only releasing it in April so as not to enter into a competition with Ron's dance.

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CAN'T STOP THE FEELING

Jun 2017 - Phase V+1 rumba and cha cha to the Justin Timberlake music used in the animated film TROLLS, available as mp3 on the usual sites  

History

Same tune (but probably not same version) as that used by the Worlocks in a West Coast Swing but the original speed is maintained and the piece is not cut or edited.  Immodest as it may sound, I am pleased with our choreography -  I like the contrast between the rather exuberant cha cha parts and the quiet rumba parts. It is easy to dance.  The "+1" figure is a Rope Spin and you may replace it with a Lariat if your group is not into spirals.

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WORDY RAPPINGHOOD

Aug 2017 - Phase V+1 cha cha to very good music (originally by the Tom Tom Club but this version is by Uffie) available as mp3 download.

History

The dance practically wrote itself :  that's what happens when the music has a lot of character.  The phase rating is due to the presence of "Follow My Leader", a phase VI, 5-measure long figure.  It looks good on the floor, describing a figure 8 twice with the partners following each other in turn.  I'm also offering the option of skipping the figure entirely, which turns the routine into a phase IV+2 (Natural Top, Sweetheart).

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AUX CHAMPS ELYSEES

Sep 2017 - Phase IV+1+1 Slow-2-Step & Cha Cha to an old French song that has become a 'classic',  available as mp3 download.

History

Ideal for introducing the Triple Traveler (phase V) with Tunnel Exit as it is danced four times in this routine.  Also 'switches' are danced twice.  The rest is a walk in the park.  The song by Joe Dassin is in French and is a classic in this corner of the world.  In case you don't care for French lyrics, the dance can be done (with a few adjustments) to the instrumental version by the Smooth Ballroom Band (Saxophone Lounge).  It's a little longer (3:32), so a Part F (STS) had to be added but no extra difficulties for those familiar with STS basics.  The cue-sheet describes the dance both for the vocal and the instrumental versions.

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BASKET CASE

Oct 2017 - Phase III OneStep/Two Step/Foxtrot to a piece of music by Berk & The Virtual Band available as mp3 download.

History

Richard Lamberty introduced me to the group Berk & The Virtual Band and I was immediately seduced.  Jazzy music, played by a number of artists collaborating on line towards the production of quality sound. Maybe it's just me (?) but I most enjoy dancing a two-step when the music is really good and not always a country song or an old-fashioned intrumental.  The phase III figures are fishtail, whaletail, strolling vine and pivot...  hence not for the beginners' class but maybe at some point of the Phase III education, for instance just after the introduction to SQQ rhythm.

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CARMEN MARCH

Nov 2017 - Phase V Paso Doble & Five-Count to a classical piece of music by a Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Marc Reift.  It is available as a mp3 download.

History

I'm very impressed by the extremely talented Marc Reift, also known as Ted Barclay or Carlos Montana.  This piece of music is a rendition, by the Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, of the famous opera by Georges Bizet, arrangement by Eduardo Suba.  The dance is a non-repetitive routine which contains 40 measures of Paso Doble and 60 Five Count measures.  The Paso part contains the most enjoyable paso figures:  separation, grand circle, sixteen, elevations, coup de pique, the cape.  The Five Count parts consists of nothing more than two step figures in double timing.

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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

Apr 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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LAMENT OF THE SEAL IN ALASKA

(La Complainte du Phoque en Alaska)

May 2018 - Waltz III+2 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 gained popularity just after ROUNDALAB 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.

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