November 16, 2003
who are pushing a wheelchair are called motors, not pushers.
disabilities affect the memory or cognitive ability, be aware. This may
mean that you will have to re-teach a move frequently before it is
remembered or that you will have to cue people through it.
giving directions, try to address the person in the wheelchair. This helps
them be engaged in what they are doing.
pushed in a wheelchair is a passive experience. Try to get them to direct
head movement in the chair can cause motion sickness if you go too fast.
This happens because they cannot turn their head enough to spot
something as they turn, everything just is a blur as it goes by. This is
worsened if the person in the wheelchair is not engaged in what they are
about twice a many beats to complete the movement. This rule varies with
the kind of disability. There is one young man in our group with CP,
normally his mother guides the chair, but if he does the moves himself
then it can be much more time to complete the move.
careful of forward and back movements. The change from a forward movement
to a back movement makes it harder for the person in the wheelchair to
stay in the chair.
a dancer into the ground can cause dizziness and motion sickness. Try not
to put to many turning movements together.
can get big because of the room a chair takes to maneuver. When planning a
wheelchair dance I allow a 20 by 20-foot area per square.
square dancing has an additional challenge in that you are not touching
anyone. This means the dancer have to keep track of where they are in a
square in relation to others in their head.
SD Moves I do not call:
Can cause dizzyness and orientation problems.
Wheelchairs do not go sideways. I have done a do-sa-do in a diamond
shape, but it really does not add to the quality of the dance.
Thar It is hard to navigate a wheelchair backwards. It can be done, but
I believe it does not add enough to the dancing experience to make it
the gnat This could be done as a pass through and u-turn back. To do it
as written is possible, but does not add to the dancing experience.
Sashay Sideways movements are hard.
Back Requires too much room for wheelchairs.
In Men Sashay from a circle Left Imagine promenading single file reverse
line of direction. Have the ladies roll into the center of the circle,
looping back so the end up behind the man that was originally behind them.
away with half sashay from a cirle left Imagine promenading single file
reverse line of direction. The ladies accelerate into the center of the
circle, men slowing down a little, from the center of the circle the
ladies move up infront of the man originally in fronot of them.
Left/Right Single File Promenade
Ends crossfold, Ladies back up.
& Left Thru Pass through, Partner Trade. You could infact drop this
call and just call the Pass Through, and Partner Trade.
Chain Thru Instead of a courtsey turn on the end, do a partner trade.
Moves that are the same:
Thru -> Star Thru
& Right & Left Grand
& Promenades & Circles
Example Singing Call Figure:
Round Dancing in
November 16, 2003
like our round dancing at all
all forward movements with circles
only do waltz could use other music
Vine Dancers veer away from partner 2 beats, then veer towards partner 2
beats, repeat as many times as desired.
is the same only it more beats. (It is a slow forward and back
Examples of Moves:
8 8 measures Starting positions couples facing same direction line of
dance (lod) or reverse lod. Two couples loop away from each other coming
back together facing the opposite direction. Couple backs up two measures,
then loops away from one another to come up facing the original direction,
couples move forward 2 measures.
8 8 measures starts from couples both facing lod or reverse lod.
Couples circle away from one another when the come back together they
cross sides (inside crosses infront) 4 measures, and momentarily are
together facing the original direction, the couples continue to circle
away from one another, when they come back to gether they change sides,
(inside crosses infront) and end up in their original positions facing the
same direction as when they started 4 measures.
Away LOD individuals circle away from partner, rolling back, and they
end up together facing lod.
Away Cross over Individuals circle away from partner rolling back, as
they meet they change places with the person on the inside crossing first
and end up facing lod.
Away Lady roll to banjo Lady: veers away from partner, and then circles
in to face the opposite direction (reverse lod) beside partner. Man: Veers
away from partner, then backs up coming to rest beside his partner facing
left, Lady to line of dance From banjo, both partners wheel forward
staying together. When man is facing lod he stops turning and moves
forward, the lady continue on around the man until she is facing lod and
then moves up beside the man. Ending position: Normal couples facing lod.
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