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LATEST WOODRUFF ROUNDS

 

To download the cue-sheet right-click  on CUE-SHEET and "Save target as"

To listen to the music (30 seconds) double-click on MUSIC SAMPLE

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

ROUNDALAB Abbreviations used in our Cue-Sheets

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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

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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