Some of these calls were so popular that in 1976 Callerlab endorsed (on a one year trial basis) a new program of dancing beyond the Mainstream program called Mainstream Plus. It contained 16 calls plus 6 Mainstream Experimental Basics. In 1977 Callerlab established Mainstream Plus 1 (contain 12 of the calls from Mainstream Plus) and Mainstream Plus 2 (a new program). Each year calls were added and dropped. It was an exciting time. In 1982 the two lists were combined to form Plus.
As early as 1974, Callerlab was responding to requests to help stem the avalanche of new movements. The main control was the Quarterly Selection program, initially Mainstream Quarterly Selections. By 1983 most of the good calls had been invented. Plus Quarterly Selections were established in 1982 and had a good run until the 1990's. Advanced Quarterly Selections also existed, but were never very successful in finding good calls to add to the lists.
There are several calls which have never made it on a list but which I really enjoy dancing and/or calling. In case others feel the same way, I present them here. Let me know what you think.
The dancers moving around the outside are doing an Ends Bend, or their part of Bend The Line, or Move Along.
If you start in a normal 8 Chain Thru, you end in normal Lines Back-To-Back.
I have always found the teach to be a little hard. If you are really good, the dancers should all get it on the first time. I would recommend bring them back around so they do the same part a second and third time. Then let them have the other (centers vs. ends) part. Also, initially I keep the couples "normal".
It flows and times well and took very little time to get used to orienting after the Cast Off. From a squared set, Heads Pass the Ocean, Swing Thru, Extend, Tilt and Circle yields a normal (or zero) quarter tag.
With both of the above calls, part of the fun is to see if the dancers can (or want to) dance a few calls without forcing their square to line up on the walls. Then call another "Tilt" call to bring them back to lining up on the walls.
This could be used with MS dancers as it is basically sashays and reverse sashays.
From Doug Bennett's e-mail...
Linear Weave The Line (2002)
It is similar to the Square Thru or Eight Chain Thru, only in the terms that it has a specific number of "parts". Linear Weave The Line has five parts, but can be called in parts such as "Linear, Weave by Two.... Linear, Weave by Three. etc.
Lines of 4 or Two Faced Lines. (The call feels best if you have body flow to start with, such as Right & Left thru, Reverse Flutter, Veer Left, etc.)
If the call is Reverse Linear Weave the Line, the process is reverse 1/2 sashay, normal 1/2 sashay, reverse 1/2 sashay, normal 1/2 sashay, reverse 1/2 sashay. This can be used when body flow dictates that the first 1/2 sashay should be reverse, such as after the calls, Veer Right, Flutter Wheel or Recycle.
Right and Left Thru.....Slide Thru....Right and Left Thru....Linear Weave The Line.....Load the Boat...AL!
Swing Thru....Recycle....Veer Left....Linear Weave By 3.....AL!
Slide Thru....Reverse Flutter Wheel....Linear Weave The Line.....Pass Thru....Wheel and Deal....Pass Thru...AL
Right and Left Thru.....Linear Weave The Line.....Slide thru...Square Thru 3.....AL!
Right and Left thru.....Flutter Wheel....Sweep 1/4....Veer Left....Linear Weave By 2.....RLG!
Pass the Ocean....Swing Thru.....Boys Run.....Tag the Line, Out......Bend the Line.....Pass the Ocean...Centers Run....Ferris Wheel.....Centers, Veer Left (and) Linear Weave by 2 ....Extend....RLG!
And I'm sure that you can come up with lot's more.
Everyone alternates hands and is walking a figure 8 pattern.
I recently went to a local dance which was alternating MS and Plus. We had a good attendance -- say 8 to 10 squares. The caller travels internationally and is very experienced. He called an entertaining evening with not very aggressive choreography. Most of the dancers were ok, but some struggled with almost any choreography. My perception is that this group would not have been interested in learning anything new or seeing anything unusual. The caller wisely stayed away from pushing them too much.
Make sure that you know your group before you push them in some direction.
Revised: $Date: 2005/11/26 21:52:45 $