In April 2002 Everett Mackin asked for a "simple" explanation of the Twisted Concept. Here it is:
Consider the following calls:
To do any of them Twisted, do the following:
Except for teaching purposes, Twisted Pass Thru and Twisted Pull By aren't great. However, Twisting calls which start with a Pass Thru or Pull By is great (e.g., Twisted Pass And Roll, Twisted Right And Left Thru, Twisted 8 Chain 4).
Normally I don't twist calls which start with an Arm Turn 1/2. To me this is just Yo Yo. However, at Mainstream or Plus it might be fun. Twisted Swing Thru would be a 3/4 Thru. Twisted Relay The Deucey would start with an Arm Turn 3/4.
Step 1 (do 1/2 the dance action) could also be described in terms of rotating the long axis of the 2 dancers by 90 degrees. I don't know if it ever makes a difference but one way may make more sense to people than the other.
Twisted deals in terms of dance actions, not calls or parts of calls. For example, Percolate from lines facing starts with a Circulate which is a Pass Thru type dance action so it can be Twisted.
Twisted has an implicit "Initially Those Who Can" concept attached. If you want the Twisted action to happen more than once in a call, you probably need the Piecewise or Random concepts (e.g., Piecewise Twisted Crosstrail Thru, Random Twisted 8 Chain Thru, make each half Twisted and Dosado).
Twisted can be disorienting. Some dancers don't think or feel in terms of momentum. Most of the Twisteds that have been called so far start with a Pass Thry or Right Pull By. Dancers have learned to cheat by single circling left 1/4 and just doing the call. They "pre-twist" rather than twisting in the middle. This doesn't work for left versions or some of the other 2-dancer calls.
I especially like the dance feel of Twisted Rollaway. I also now see that Rollaway and Zoom are closely related -- one is horizontal and the other vertical, but the same action.
Dancers have enjoyed (i.e., find difficult) Finally Twisted Chisel Thru. The final part is a Pass In which has to be danced as a Twisted Pass In which seem to be difficult. Often they get the Twisted Pass Thru, but fail to face in.
Hence, you can apply the call in situations where you don't necessarily have a mini-wave when you actually "twist" the call. For example, you could twist a "Roll away with a half sashay", or a Slide.
Twisted applies only to the first part of the call.
Here are the name suggestions I received: Crooked, Twisted, Bent, Funhouse (related to Reflected and circus funhouse mirrors), Irksome (an abbreviated name from Initially Reflected), Ricochet, Tilt, Deflect (too close to reflect). From a thesaurus, Curved, Hooked, Bowed, Angled, Awry, Tortuous, Warped, Misshapen, Skewed, Serpentine, Lopsided, Deviating, ZigZag. I chose Twisted because the concept adds an extra 1/4 twist to an existing action.
I also received the following feedback, "Drop it kill it we don't need it."
People who took the time to walk some sequences were lukewarm on the concept. Some (many?) calls don't flow well and some of the turns are tighter than we normally do.
Thank you for your comments. Unless I receive a piece of mail which indicates that I have made a big mistake with the definition, the above definition is my attempt to "publish" the Twisted Concept to the "folks".
What I wanted for the second half was to do 1/2 of an un-(left shoulder) pass thru, un-hinge, and un-step through. It is as if the two dancers got snagged on each other as they were doing the un pass thru and they turned 1/4 around each other before they became un-snagged. So, one can twist two dancers doing an un-pass thru action.
With a little more thought, I noticed (decided) that one can also twist two dancers moving past each other in any of the following ways:
Heads Twisted Half Sashay ends in a RH 1/4 line, head men as very centers.
From a RH wave, Twisted Slide would dance as 1/2 a slide, single circle 1/4 to the right and left touch to end in a LH Box of 4.
Heads Twisted Rollaway would dance as 1/2 of a Rollaway, single circle 1/4 to the right, and finish the rollaway by having the man continue to sidestep to the right and the woman continue the roll across the man to the left action. Ends in a RH 1/4 line, head men as the very centers.
Heads Star Thru, Twisted Substitute would have the heads 1/2 back over the sides (who move forward), and the men as a couple 1/4 left and the women as a couple 1/4 right (the twist), and the heads continue backing up (sides move forward) to end in a normal CDPT with heads as centers. The heads, who start in the center, and try to back out of the center still end up in the center!
I don't expect that there are too many places where these twisted applications will work, but there are some. I used most of the above at C-Gulls. The dance action was enough different from the usual single circle cheat that I taught it at the beginning of a tip and didn't use it at all! Instead, we devoted the next break to having everyone try some of the new twisteds until each couple came to their own understanding of how it works (many learning styles).
While writing this extension I thought of Twisted Partner Trade (from a couple) and discarded it as not fitting by gestalt because the flow of the two dancers half way through the Partner Trade is not conducive to having the two dancers rotate around each other (i.e. hinge), and then continue on with their Trade. I also do not believe that Arm Turn 1/2 can be Twisted. The dancers have to be trying to move through each other, and following a traffic pattern to avoid occupying the same spot.
When I initially thought of Twisted, in addition to Pass Thru and Pull By actions, I allowed Single Circling and Touch actions. The Touch action was for Twisted Plan Ahead and Twisted Single File Flutter Wheel. There hasn't been much use of these, and it doesn't really fit my current thinking so they should probably not be used. The Single Circling action also doesn't fit my current thinking. I can't even remember which call(s) it was for. The use of either of these starting actions should be phased out.
Revised: $Date: 2005/11/26 21:52:34 $