Ballroom/hustle/tango camps?

Ballroom/hustle/tango camps?

Postby skypainter » Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:39 am

Are there any dance camps that need help?

I've been doing social ballroom and other partner dances for years. Can teach (international rumba, cha-cha, waltz, etc), be a teaching assistant, participate in performances, or just show up and dance :-)

Burning Man is much more fun when you're contributing. Let me know!
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:35 am

I'd love to know the cha cha. And I've heard some great cumbia music.


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Postby LittleJack » Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:32 pm

Gaskell's on the Playa! Yay! I'll bring my top hat and tails.
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Postby skypainter » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:23 am

[quote="LittleJack"]Gaskell's on the Playa! Yay! I'll bring my top hat and tails.[/quote]
I wish! :D
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Postby LittleJack » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:04 pm

Okay, it's not exactly ballroom or tango, but it seems that there'll be Contra on the Playa! http://www.burningmancontradance.com/

I don't know who the callers will be, but it should be a good time.
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Postby jkisha » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:27 pm

LittleJack wrote:Okay, it's not exactly ballroom or tango, but it seems that there'll be Contra on the Playa! http://www.burningmancontradance.com/

I don't know who the callers will be, but it should be a good time.


What's the difference between contra dancing and square dancing?

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Postby LittleJack » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:37 pm

Square dancing is generally done in a square (ok, duh) of couples facing couples, so 8 people per square. The moves are very oriented towards the geography of the square.

Contra dancing tends to be done in longwise sets, in other words a long line of couples going down the dance hall from the top (where the musicians are) to the bottom of the hall. It's common in contra for every other couple to swap lead and follow (some think of men's and women's) position, so you have two long lines of alternating leads and follows facing their opposites. The couples closer to the top of the set progress 1 position towards the bottom each time through the dance, and the couples closer to the bottom progress 1 position towards the top each time through, and the dances repeat many times through, so most people end up dancing with most other people.

Does that explain it?

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ps Now if only there was Morris Dancing on the Playa!!!!!!! :)
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:44 am

YOu can always hit the Folsom Street fair for that.
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Postby LittleJack » Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:05 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:YOu can always hit the Folsom Street fair for that.


Heh. I've never danced on White Rat Morris, although I did used to sit on the Board of Directors for Folsom Street Fair. :) The Rats aren't the only pervy Morris dancers!
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:04 pm

I suppose not. If there's one thing I know, perv is everywhere.
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Postby flipit » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:58 am

Tango'd up in Blue is back and is placed near DMV, check their site or just pop in...
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