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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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THICKY TRICK

Jan 2017 - Phase III two-step to free music downloadable from You Tube

History

I used to be a fan of the TV show "The Good Wife". One of the episode, titled "David and Goliath" was about a musician suing a show for copyright infringement (the show in question alluding to 'Glee').  The fictitious song that was allegedly plagiarized was "Thicky Trick" by the fictional artist 'Rebel Kane'.  The tune was so irresistible that the whole cast and crew started dancing as the cameras were still running so that a spontaneous video clip of the song was born right there.  The song is not featured on the album 'The Good Wife Soundtrack", possibly because it was never officially recorded.  It may be downloaded from You Tube using a converter program like 4K or the whole song can be heard here by clicking on MUSIC below.

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ALL THE SAME TO ME

Jan 2017 - Phase IV+2 cha cha/two step to music available as mp3 on several sites

History

This is a fun dance -  it was fun to write and I hope it's fun to dance. There are only a couple of phase IV figures and the "+" figures are Cuban Breaks, both single and double. The dance needs to be taught nevertheless, even if only to show once that several sequences start with the trail foot.

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LET'S MARVIN GAYE

Feb 2017 - Phase III+1 Slow-2-Step/Foxtrot to a Charlie Puth song available as mp3 on several sites

History

The somewhat bizarre lyrics of this song refer to a Motown album recorded in the 1970s by Marvin Gaye called "Let's Get it On" which stayed on the charts for two years, sold over three million copies and was hailed as "a record unparalleled in its sheer sensuality and carnal energy".  The dance was deliberately kept as simple as possible: it may be used as an introduction to SQQ dancing for those who have not been exposed to that rhythm pattern yet.  Note that this may be the only slow-2-step that does NOT include turns with inside or outside rolls.  The "+1" figure is a Switch which is the slow-2-step term used to describe a 'man across' or 'lady across' figure.  Hovers and whisks constitute the foxtrot part. 

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500 MILES

Feb 2017 - Phase IV+2 Rumba & Two Step to a song by The Proclaimers available as mp3 on several sites

History

This song by the Proclaimers (Scottish Twin Brothers) hit number One on the charts in Australia and New Zealand  and number 3 in the US in 1993 after appearing in the movie Benny & Joon. In 2007 they recorded a new version of it for the Comic Relief charity and this one reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. It's a great song which lends itself to a very sharp rumba (very quick, very quick, freeze). There's really only one phase V figure:   Hip Twist, done from Closed and Open positions.  This is a good dance to learn this figure in two variations.  

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I'M ON MY WAY

Feb 2017 - Phase III+1 Jive to another song by The Proclaimers available as mp3 on several sites

History

We wrote this jive as a follow-up to a  project described by the Brewers in the Weavers forum.  It is about reducing the number of figures in the various rhythms in order to create and maintain an entry level that would be easier for beginners and would require fewer classes.  Five rhythms would be taught :  rumba, cha cha, jive, tango and two-step, in that order.  An interesting approach.   Choreographers are asked for contributions (using only a given selection of figures for each rhythm) in order to constitute a varied repertoire that would keep the new dancers amused for a while.  Anyway, this is our first - and maybe only - contribution.

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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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