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dance maneuver called "thread the needle"
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Wed Oct 04, 2006 04:19 PM

I've heard of this move in both Square and Contra dances, maybe in old-style Appalachian circle dance. Has anyone ever done it? Do you know what context it's used in? Is it like a 'right and left through'?

Thanks,

Shadow.

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re: dance maneuver called "thread the needle"
By EireLibramember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Oct 04, 2006 04:51 PM
There's a "thread the needle" in Irish Ceili dancing, and since ceili is a parent to square and contra, it may be the same thing.

We do it this way:

Everyone holds hands, except the gent of the top couple and the lady of the side couple (the one on his left). Then the side couple arches their hands, and the top gent leads the whole line through, clockwise and back to place.

We repeat it with the top couple arching their hands to let the side lady lead the line under, counterclockwise.

Anyone else know?
re: dance maneuver called "thread the needle"
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Oct 17, 2006 01:11 PM
It COULD be like that -- but when I heard it in a contra-dance context... Well, I freely admit, when I was at that recent ceili, I had to "translate" some Irish terms into square/contra dancing terms, to keep up! Ack!

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