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Solo Shapes & Duo Shapes

Source: Composed by John & Karen Sweeney
Formation: One or Two Dancers - start facing "North"

Figure 1: Every Which Way a Double OR The Creative Cross
A1/2 Up a Double & Back, turning 1/4 Left on the last step - Do this four times and finish at Home
Chorus
B1 Fall Back (4); Side Across (8); Half a Right Shoulder Gypsy to Home (4)
B2 Chassées: Chassée Right Twice (4); Chassé Left Four Times (8); Chassée Right Twice (4) - finish at Home
OR
Grapevine: Right, Behind, Right, Kick Left (4); Left, Behind, Left, in Front, Left, Behind, Left, Kick Right (8)
Right, Behind, Right, Left - finish at home (4)
OR
Slip Steps: Slip Right (4); Slip Left (8); Slip Right (4) - finish at Home
Figure 2: The Twisty Triangle
A1/2 Fall Back (call this "Point A"), Turn Left slightly (30 degrees) (4); Go Forward diagonally to the Left (4)
Turn Single Left (300 degrees) - you are now facing "East" (4); Go Forward (4)
Turn Single Left (300 degrees) - you are now facing "Point A" (4); Go Forward (4)
Turn Single Left (330 degrees) - you are now at "Point A", facing "North" (4); Go Forward to Home (4)
Chorus
Figure 3: The Curvaceous Cloverleaf
A1/2 Turn slightly to the Left and dance around an oval to the "North", as you reach Home curve to the Right to face just Left of "West" (8)
Do this four times ("North", "West", "South", "East") and finish at Home
Chorus

Music:
Milladoiro (Stömp play a very nice version) or any suitable 32-bar tune.

Notes:
I wanted a dance that was intrinsically about a solo dancer creating shapes, rather than using moves where you need to imagine interacting with other dancers.

Side Across: Take three steps forward and turn 180 degrees to your right. Fall back to the other side. This is very much like a Hole in the Wall Crossing.

In the Triangle, don't head off at too sharp an angle; after the first leg, you should be only two steps from Home. The Turn Singles are not quite full turns; just turn enough so that you are heading in the right direction.

See this video for clarification of the moves.



As you can see I use the Chorus variants once each for variety. You can choose whichever versions you like best. I like to dance the Cloverleaf with skip-change steps.

Duo Shapes: For two people:

  • Start facing each other then take a small step to your left, so that you don't crash on the first Up a Double!
  • Finish the first figure facing each other - this is your Home for the rest of the dance.
  • In the Triangle you should pass right shoulders on the second leg of the triangle.
  • In the Cloverleaf you start by passing right shoulders, and pass right shoulders every time you meet near Home.
  • In the Chorus the Side Across becomes a Hole in the Wall Crossing.
See this video for clarification of the moves.



As you can see we chose a less energetic version, repeating the Chassées, and walking the Cloverleaf.

This choreography actually started as a Morris Jig that I was writing. I modified it to make a Country Dance. The Squares turned into a Triangle to provide better symmetry, and better interaction for the two person variant. Here is a video of this new Morris Jig.


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