Dugan Murphy ● Blackjack Grove ● Glen Echo ● 2015-12-04




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Published on Dec 5, 2015

12/04/2015: Dugan Murphy calls while "Blackjack Grove" plays at Glen Echo, MD's Spanish Ballroom.

CALLER: Dugan Murphy (http://caller.duganmurphy.com/

BAND: "Blackjack Grove"
● Bethany Waickman (guitar) (http://bethanywaickman.com/)
● Glen Loper (mandolin) (http://www.glenloper.com)
● Julie Metcalf (fiddle)

Hailing from the dark forests of New England, Blackjack Grove combines Old Time Ragers with DADGAD adventure guitar.

(0:00 - 3:16) “Mississippi Palisades”
(3:16 - 6:31) “Greasy Coat”
(6:31 - END) “Hunt the Buffalo”

DANCE: “Patience” (Chris Page, improper)
● See full description at the bottom of this section.

From: http://chrispagecontra.awardspace.us/...

CAMERA: Canon S120, 720p 30 FPS

REMARKS: The Spanish Ballroom is a superb dance venue. Built in 1933 and restored in 2003, the art deco style ballroom has a wonderful sprung 7,700 SF maple floor which can easily handle 6 lines of contradancers.

INFO: For more info about Glen Echo Contras, see:

More Glen Echo contradance videos:
Contradance advanced moves:

VIDEO: JS Fischer

Patience (Chris Page, Improper)
A1 – Long lines forward and back [1] [2] (8), Gents allemande left 1 & ½ (8)
A2 – Partner something and swing [3] (16)
B1 – Partner promenade (8), Women allemande right 1 & ½ (8)
B2 – Neighbor whatever and swing [3] (16)

[1] At this point, gents need to be reminded to look for a new man on the left diagonal.

[2] For a slightly more complicated variant, add a roll away (men roll away new neighbor) as the lines go back.

[3] Caller's choice to fit the music or program. (Balance and swing, gypsy and swing, do-si-do and swing, or swing and swing.) Or caller can make it the dancer's choice.

I'd learned about the partner choice/neighbor choice swing concept from Bob Isaacs, which is when the caller leaves it up to the dancers on how to negotiate a 16-count swing. For a neighbor choice swing, it helps to have significant pre-swing neighbor interaction to size each other up. This dance lacks that, though you do spend 24 seconds in the same minor set before swinging. The optional roll-away gives more neighbor interaction.

This particular sequence was written for an April Fool's dance, where I wanted a double choice swing dance simple enough to fit in the first slot. This sequence may already exist, but I haven't run across it during a casual literature check. And most long-swing beginner dances follow the form of:

A1 – Neighbor swing
A2 – Someone cross the set
B1 – Partner swing
B2 – Progress


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