We’re planning a couple of sessions just for beginners where we’ll cover off and practice steps like:
side step; slip step; waltz.
We’ll demonstrate the steps and then have several dances that use mainly or exclusively those steps.
Contact me if you’re interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few of the other steps that are in patterns that sometimes confuse people at first.
This one is really common and unless it’s really fast is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. You need to pay attention though: sometimes it goes left; sometimes right. Sometimes you start with cross over, sometimes you start with a sidestep and sometimes you start with cross behind. It’s well worth getting comfortable with this one.
In Circle dance we play with this saying that when the step starts with the left foot we call it a lemenite and when we start with the right foot we call it a remenite.
There is also a forward yemenite which is only confusing if you’ve always done backwards yemenites.
A mantra to say is “Change Those Feet” – that helps me!
And the mystery is solved of why I could never find anything about “cherkassia” no matter how much I tried–it starts with a “T”!
I sometimes avoid the debate about where the accent is on the name and just call it: cross left over right/replace; cross right over left/replace.
And from the land of Scottish Country Dancing…
We don’t do this one much but I like it.