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COME AND GET IT

August 2016 - Mixed Rhythms IV to a modern song by John Newman available as MP3 download

History

My daughter recommended the music.  Indeed, modern and eminently danceable.  It is mostly a cha cha, however the intro and ending are rumba and Part C consists of Vine 3 with Turn and Merengue Basic several times to match 9 measures that are really different.  I had to use a little subterfuge in the measure structure to make this part easy to cue.  On the whole, I believe it is an exciting routine, easy enough to be danced by all while also offering enough teaching opportunities to make it a good choice for a festival workshop.

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THE LAZY SONG

August 2016 - Two-Step II+2 to a song by Bruno Mars available as MP3 download

History

Good music with fun lyrics, I hope the dance does it justice. For simplicity we wrote it as two-step throughout but we could have chosen to call Part A a 'five count' part. Hardest figure?  Probably the right-turning box, which one does not encounter in too many dances. It starts with a BACK step and turns RF, Folks, that's all there is to it.  The slow "Rock the Boat" is borrowed from Jive III.

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JUST ONE DANCE

Sep 2016 - Rumba IV (soft) to a song by Caro Emerald available as MP3 download

History

We like Caro Emerald, this is the 3rd time we write a dance to one of her songs (Liquid Lunch and Excuse My French were the first two) and I am sure it's not the last time.  The originality of this dance is that, after the intro, each part starts on the trail foot.   There is also a Whip in 4 which is not often seen (I think of it as a Whip 2, rk side, rec).  The figures are mostly standard phase III , with only 3 or 4 phase IV figures.

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JOHNNY ARE YOU GAY?

Sep 2016 - Two-step II+1 to a song by Arielle Dombasle and the Hillybilly Moon Explosion

History

We wrote the dance to the short version of the song (only 1:49), which may be a little hard to find if you are not a RoundMusic member. It's just a fun short dance that will do well between square dance tips.  Nothing tricky, a very easy dance.

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FORBIDDEN PHASE GAMES

Oct 2016 - Waltz IV (or III, or II) to a famous guitar piece available as mp3 download

History

The music is the main theme of the 1952 French movie Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games), composed and played by Narciso Yepes, the inventor of the 10-string guitar, who has been called the best guitarist of all times. As the theme repeats 5 times in this recording, we played games with the choreography, writing Part A as phase II, Part B as phase III, part C as phase IV, and then going down to phase III for part D and to phase II for the last part.  There are 45 different waltz figures in the dance, which makes it an interesting waltz demo to show off the vast choice of figures in the waltz rhythm in round dancing.  One can also use the dance as a phase III, or even as a phase II, by choosing to use only the parts covering the figures of these phases.

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RIVER KWAI MARCH

Oct 2016 - Two-Step II+2 to a well-known tune available as mp3 download

History

The music is played by Arno Flor and his Orchestra, a faithful interpretation without surprises.  The routine is simple, the + figures being a (fun, very quick) fishtail and a strolling vine.  The tune is irresistible, just makes you get up and march.

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

Nov 2016 - Jive IV+2 to a song by Alan Price available as mp3 download

History

This jive is a solid phase IV and the two + figures are Whip Throwaway and Chasse Roll. There is also a tiny Slow-2-Step part (3 easy figures only) and an even tinier two-step bit.  The music does not seem spectacular at first but I found it grows on you and stays with you with no wear effect.  It is such easy music that the dance practically wrote itself in an hour. I think most would like it.

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DANCE THE MAZURKA

Nov 2016 - Mazurka (waltz) II+1 to a Prandi (Balli di Gara 36) Instrumental piece of music

History

The only problem is that I don't know of an easy download place to acquire the music.  I saved it away years ago.  My research showed that many Balli di Gara albums are still available, but #36? No, Sir, nowhere in signt.   A pity because this rhythm is a lot of fun. Originally, mazurkas included a 'hop' on the 3rd beat but nowadays the hops are often replaced with other non-weight-taking ways of occupying a beat (touch, brush, swing etc.).  This dance is very easy, not too fast and fun. I would even recommend it as a class drill.

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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 nusician 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 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 create 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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