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Harold & Meredith Sears


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About Us

Meredith and I are Round Dancers and Round Dance instructors. Round Dancing is choreographed and cued ballroom dancing. We have put together a dance handbook:

Round Dancing — A Figure & Styling Manual.

There, we describe much more about what Round Dancing is, we describe the steps and the figures that make up our round dances, and we discuss how particular moves can be danced more comfortably. This manual is a compilation from many teachers.

Telefeathers

We are a Colorado Round Dance Association (CRDA)–affiliated club and Carousel Club #171. We dance primarily at phases IV through VI — see recent evening programs below — at the Rose Hill Grange, 4001 E. 68th Ave., Commerce City, CO (corner of 68th & Colorado Blvd) — Map

Thursdays —
  • Drop-in, catch-up/problem session — 6pm - 7pm
  • Dance & Teach — 7pm - 9:00pm (Subject to change. See Calendar below and join e-mail list for news and updates.
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Calendar

Dec
1
Telefeathers

8
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15
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22
Christmas Break

29
Christmas Break
Jan
5
Telefeathers

12
Telefeathers

19
Telefeathers

26
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Feb
2
Break

9
Telefeathers

16
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23
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March
2
Telefeathers

Subject to change. We participate in an email list (a Google Group) through which we send weekly news about the club. Contact us to join this list, or email us any time to get the latest club information.

For more on the CRDA dances, visit the CRDA website and click on Dance Events.



Some recent club programs are given below.

  • Of course,we are dancing those dances recently learned and other current favorites. We try to include a variety of dance rhythms.
  • We like to resurrect some of the oldies, dances we might have learned years ago.
  • We are programming regular Do To Cue and View & Do dances. These are dances that are new to us containing mostly standard figures. We add a dance to our repertoire fairly quickly, and we develop our ability to "sight read."
  • Our Full Teach will be higher level or a less familiar rhythm and mostly recent choreography.
  • Let us know what you'd like to do. We are actively shaping the program based on your suggestions.

Program 12 January 2023 --

Early Rounds --
He's A Pirate (Goss VI TG 2018)
Now When the Rain Falls (Armstrong VI WZ 2019)
Cake By the Ocean (Rumble VI WCS 2018)
New York, New York (Preskitt VI FT 2019)
Chasing Cars (Goss VI RB 2019)
Bamboozled By You (Hurd IV VW 2013)
Chanel (Preskitt VI WZ 2018) solo weave 6;
Send in the Clowns (Schmidt VI WZ 2018)

Evening Program --
Blue Wings (Moore IV WZ 2004)
You Took Advantage Of Me (Weiss V FT 2022)
Chicago (Preskitt IV QS 2021) chasse weave; rng fwd lks; rng bk lks; scoop to fishtail;
Somewhere In Time Bolero (Finch-Hicks VI BL 2021) STS lng basic rev undrm; L whisk & unwind; sync opng out PU (S&S&);
Butter (Goss V CH 2022) sync cl pt rec; sync switch pt rec; Bball trn 4; dbl cuban w/ freeze;
Serenade 5 (Heath V WZ 2007)
That Old Piano 4 (Rotscheid IV WCS 2019)
Tall and Tan (Lewis/Olson IV RB 2022) bk to bk fencelines & crab wlks;
Felicia Tango (Hurd V TG 2022) qtr beats extended 1&2&3&4; gancho; dbl gancho;
Love Will Keep Us Alive (Townsend-Manning V BL 2022) alt X-bodys; passing alt undrm trns;
Nightingale (Goss V FT 2022) qk weave 4 to rev wave end;
Tonight We Waltz (Hicks VI WZ 2022) rev fallaway big slip; CP wall W cl to SF lng line; drag dev;

Teach -- Too Early To Say Goodnight (Vogt VI FT 2022) cont hover X extended; telefeather; 3 fallaways chkg;

What Chu Got (Lewis/Olson V CH 2022) turkish towel; ronde cha box; circ cross body;
Hallelujah Waltz (Read VI HCW 2011)
Jumpin' the Jetty (Johnson IV JV 2021)
Beat of Your Heart (Preskitt V STS 2008)
Sobre El Mar (Schmidt V TG 2015)
The Diary (Cavness IV RB 2022)
Adios (Cullip/Norman IV WZ 1974) RAL Golden Classic;

Program 8 December 2022 --

Early Rounds --
Baby Mine (Davis IV HCW 2012)
Scheherazade (Moore VI WZ 2004) pivot to eros to rumba cross; dbl rev to dbl rev overspin;
Coco Beach (Prow VI FT 2013) drop oversway; nat twist trn; feather to topspin LOD;
All About That Cha (Worlock VI CH 2018) qk sh to sh; bk sh to sh; there & back; Bahr
The Thornbirds (Shibata V WZ 2014) over spn trn to R trng lk 2X;

Evening Program --
Chanel 4 (Preskitt IV WZ 2018)
Petite Fleur (Wulf IV FT 2022) trn L & R chasse to RLOD; hover fallaway no trn; to cue?
Small Planes (Goss IV WCS 2021) hitchhike 4qk; hitchhike 3 L&R QQS; sugar toe heel crosses;
Secret Garden Rumba (Goss VI RB 2015) W sync rev u/arm to aida; rev top; Gala '15;
Riviere de Lune (Palmquist V WZ 1968) HOF '78; Golden Classic;
Somewhere In Time Bolero (Finch-Hicks VI BL 2021) STS lng basic rev undrm; L whisk & unwind; sync opng out PU (S&S&);
What Chu Got (Lewis/Olson V CH 2022) turkish towel; ronde cha box; circ cross body; current Mesa teach
Begin to Color Me (Read VI WZ 1999) back rng wing; spin & twist to sway line; HOF '15;
Sobre El Mar (Schmidt V TG 2015) four stp; five stp; la cobra; rk trn w/ triple chasse end (QQQQQQS);
Carnival (Rumble IV RB 2005) fwd brk W spiral M headloop to LHOP; trade places; HOF '10; Golden Classic;
Solitude City (Gibson IV FT 2014) nat hover cross;
Mohair Sam Jive (Hilton V+ JV 2022) dbl whip trn; slingshot runaway (4 qk); rooster wlk;

Teach -- Tonight We Waltz (Hicks VI WZ 2022) rev fallaway big slip; CP wall W cl to SF lng line; drag dev; current Mesa teach
Love Will Keep Us Alive (Townsend-Manning V BL 2022) alt X-bodys; passing alt undrm trns; current Mesa teach

Adeline (Shibata VI STS 2000) shoulder tuck & spin; horse & cart; HOF '15;
Nina (Garza IV MX TG 2022) bk TG draw; diam trn W insd trns; cadencia; molinete;
Illusion (Blackford V WZ 2022) RB X 2X; nat prep SF lng; ripple vine; current Mesa teach
These Foolish Things (Bahr IV MX 2004) strolling vine; qtr trn prog chasse; stop & go dbl stop action;
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (Preskitt V BL 2021) sync trng basic w/ pivot; turkish towel;
Wicked (Finch V RB 2021) op hip twist W ovrtrn shad M 2 lng L rec;
Longing To Kiss You (Worlock V WZ 2021) outsd spin to R trng lk; flwy ronde chk bk W swvl dev;

Program 27 October 2022 --

Early Rounds --
The End Of the World (Woodruff III TS 1994)
That Man (Worlock V QS 2012) 6 qk run; tipsy trns; paddle trn 7; slo slide & vine w/ push pull;
Your Man (Worlock VI WCS 2007) boomerang trip trav & roll; trav sd pass;
Man Wanted (Hurd IV QS 2012) stp kick fc kick sd draw cl 3X; rng bk lks; rng fin; Bahr
Rock 'n Roll Heart (Cantrell IV JV 1989) sh shove in 4; M's throwaway;
Cake By the Ocean (Rumble VI WCS 2018) window whip; straight whip; scoop sugar push; Recently heard on radio;
Volveras (Goss VI BL 2021) aida to layback; dbl ronde sync insd undrm; chkd rev sync pivot SCP RLOD;
Burlesque (Garza V TG 2012) doble cruz; cont same ft lunge; sentada; golpe; lady lean; Bahr

Evening Program --
Onedin Line (Wulf-Nolen IV WZ 2022) SCP RLOD slip & chasse SCP DLW; from ICBDA & Albuquerque;
Perhaps (Easterday IV RB 1994)
Seven Lonely Days IV (Rotscheid IV JV 2022) toe heel cross; Gala teach;
St. Michel's Quickstep  (Casey VI QS 1984) V-6; rolling lks; rng fin; heel pivot; HOF '96;
Nina (Garza IV MX TG 2022) bk TG draw; diam trn W insd trns; cadencia; molinete;
Bailar Conmigo (Moore IV BL 2022) remember BL slow before RB figures;
If I Didn't Have You (Hurd VI FT 2022) L feath; tumble trn; big top; switching grapevine;
Out Of Africa (Shibata IV WZ 2012)
Amparita Roca (Schmidt V PD 2006) qk thru chasse thru; slo chasse PU;
Adeline (Shibata VI STS 2000) shoulder tuck & spin; horse & cart; HOF '15;
New York, New York (Preskitt VI FT 2019) ckd cont hvr cross; telefeath; nat weave lk sway chg;
Hallelujah Waltz (Read VI HCW 2011) skater work; fleckerl;
Only One Time (Preskitt V RB 2021) alt X bodies; qk telemark (&QQS); X-basic W spiral; RF undrm roll tandem COH;

Teach -- Somewhere In Time Bolero (Finch-Hicks VI BL 2021) STS lng basic rev undrm; L whisk & unwind; sync opng out PU (S&S&); "very beautiful"


Notes


Cue Sheets & Videos
(Most cue sheets are available at Mark Brautigam's Mixed-Up site or at Roundalab's Index. Videos are available from Glen & Helen, Gene Severance, and other sites. Contact us for more info, Carousel lists, any cue sheets you can't find, or for the cued dance, or bring a thumb drive to the club. For any link below to a video (mp4) or to a cued dance (mp3), left-click to view or hear in browser; right-click to download file. At least in Firefox, wav files have to be downloaded to be played. Many thanks to George & Pam Hurd for permission to feature their videos on this site.

Every Day Bolero (Worlock VI BL 2022)
Too Early To Say Goodnight (Vogt VI FT 2022)
Butter (Goss V CH 2022)
Tonight We Waltz (Hicks VI WZ 2022)
Somewhere In Time Bolero (Finch/Hicks VI BL 2021)
Mohair Sam Jive Plus (Hilton V JV 2022)
Who I Was Born To Be (Nolen V HCW 2022)
Dance In the Old Fashioned Way (Rotscheid VI FT 2022)
I Dream Of You (Hurd V BL 2022)
If I Didn't Have You (Hurd VI FT 2022)
Felicia Tango (Hurd V TG 2022)
I'm Beginning To See the Light (Preskitt VI FT 2022)
Bla Bla Cha Cha (Garza VI CH 2022)
Rock Boppin' Baby (Johnson VI WCS 2022)
Chalita (Goss VI AT 2008) Hurd showcase
What Chu Got (Lewis/Olson V CH 2022)
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Rumble VI FT 1994) Hurd showcase
Adeline (Shibata VI STS 2000) Hurd showcase

Hallelujah Waltz (Read VI HCW 2011) video Hurd, Worlock, cued dance, cue card, discussion of fleckerl

Rumba El Reloj (Worlock VI RB 2022)
Nina (Garza IV MX TG 2022)
And I Love You So (Childers V RB 1987) Hurd showcase
Autumn (Preskitt VI WZ 2021)
London Is London (Worlock VI FT 2020)
Cake By the Ocean (Rumble VI WCS 2018) Hurd showcase
Am I Blue (Lamberty VI FT 1998) Hurd showcase; Hurd teach
Volveras (Goss VI BL 2021)
Begin To Color Me (Read VI WZ 1999) Hurd showcase; Hurd teach
Tango the Night Away (Worlock VI TG 2021)
Fortuosity (Rother VI QS 1980) Hurd showcase; Hurd teach

Dancing With A Stranger (Goss V WCS 2020) cue sheet, cue card, cued dance, discussion

Nadia's Theme (Goss IV MX 1977) Hurd showcase
Evergreen Rumba (Preskitt VI RB 2021)
Sugarcane (Vogt V WZ 2021)
Lovely Lady (Palmquist V WZ 1976) Porter video
With the Same Coin (Shibata VI BL 2020)
D'Helene (Moore VI WZ 2021)
Nothing At All (Johnson VI BL 2021)

Starlight Express (Goss V RB 2004) video Goss dancing, video Hurd dancing, cue sheet, cue card, cued dance, discussion

St Michel's Quickstep (Casey VI QS 1984) Hurd video
Small Planes (Goss IV WCS 2021) video of Hitchhike (download; then play)
Love Runs Out (Hicks VI PD 2021)
Sea In Autumn (DeChenne VI RB 2012) Hurd video
Lost In Time (Worlock VI WZ 2021)
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (Preskitt V BL 2021)
Te Quiero (Worlock IV RB 2007) Hurd video (download first?)
Lost (Preskitt VI STS 2015) Hurd video
Groovy Foxtrot (Worlock V FT 2019)
Mermaid In the Night (Goss-Figwer V WCS 2017) Hurd video
Chasing Cars (Goss VI RB 2019)
Spanish Banderillero (Schmidt V PD 2010) Hurd video
Eso Es (Hurd V TG 2018)
Papillon (Lamberty VI WZ 1995)
You Owe Me One (Worlock V Hus/CH 2005) Hurd video figure cheat sheet
Someone You Loved (Dawson V RB 2020)
Oh Pretty Woman (Wulf V WCS 2020)

SOS Tango (DeChenne VI TG 2012) video ; YouTube clinic on the Chase -- get this clear and the Double Chase will follow :-) Remember, in rounds the Chase is five steps and does not include his final side step.

Spoonful Of Sugar (Worlock V QS 2021)
Call Me Senorita (Lewis/Olson V RB 2020)
The Carousel Waltz (Hicks VI WZ 2021)
Blue Roses (Shibata V WZ 2019)
Anticipation (Goss VI WZ 2012)
You Make Me Feel Like West Coast (Garza V WCS 2019)
Boulavogue (Lamberty VI WZ 1990) video Blackford McGee

Blue On Blue (Balk IV RB 1989) cue sheet, cue card, cued dance

Watermark VI, a YouTube waltz showcase, youtube video, cue card, cued dance, discussion

Three Smooth Figures: the Double Reverse, Double Natural, and Double Reverse Wing (Beautiful Things, dance and teach (go to 6'30") (Download video with right click or watch in your browser with left click.) -- discussion (PDF)

Pisces Rumba (Gloodt IV RB 2019) cue sheet, cue card, cued dance, discussion

Where Is Your Love (Worlock VI RB 2014), containing Sweethearts, George & Pam Hurd dancing.

Near the Lake (Moore IV RB 2020) cue sheet, cue card, cued dance, discussion

G.I. Jive (Hicks IV JV 2019)
cue sheet, cue card, cued dance at 34, cued dance at 32, for video go to glen&helen, discussion

All I Have To Do Is Dream (Rumble III RB 2020) cued dance, cue card, discussion

You Deserve (Read VI FT 2014) video Worlock, cued dance, cue card, review discussion

You Are the Reason (Worlock V STS 2020)
Winter Light (Preskitt VI BL 2019)
Can't Take My Eyes Off You 5 (Preskitt V CH 2019)
Para Toda La Vida (Hagiwara V RB 2019)
Hallelujah Waltz (Read VI HCW 2011) video Hurd, Worlock
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Some foxtrots, showing the all important Feather:
Exactly Like You (Slater IV FT) video
Paper Moon (DeChenne IV FT/JV) video
Sam's New Pants (Finch IV FT) video
Solitude City (Gibson V FT) video
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The Promise (Worlock VI WZ 2019)
Como Dos Tontos (Goss V BL 2019)
Valentine (Worlock VI BL 2014)
Don't Let the Old Man In (Davis VI BL 2019)
All the Ways (Worlock VI WCS 2019)
New York, New York (Preskitt VI FT 2019)
Dialogues (Moore IV WZ 2019)
You Make Me Feel Like West Coast (Garza V WCS 2019)
Until Now (Finch IV FT 2019) video (use search box)
Better Place (Johnson V RB 2019)
Hey Baby, Be My Girl (Harris IV JV 2019)
Please Mr. Brown (Davis V TG 2019)
Be My Girl (Worlock VI MB 2019)
Eso Beso (Shibata V SB 2011) video
Hot Hot Samba (Moore IV SB 2004) video
Baby Come To Me (Ross IV SB 2019)
Anything Can Happen (Goss VI WZ 2019)
No Walls, No Ceiling, No Floors (Schmidt VI WZ 2019)
Theme From Frozen (Worlock VI WZ 2018)
Abrazame (Worlock V BL 2007) video
Boulavogue (Lamberty VI WZ 1990) video Blackford McGee
Mia Bolero (Worlock VI BL 2018)
Papillon (Lamberty VI WZ 1995) video
Can't Help Falling In Love (Webb VI HCW 2018)
Tijuana Taxi (Prow IV QS 2006) video
Eso Es (Hurd V TG 2018)
Groovy Foxtrot (Worlock V FT 2019)
The Colors Of Autumn (Hutd VI WZ 2018)
These Foolish Things (Preskitt V WCS 2019)
Get Down Tonight (Worlock V QS 2019)
Pasolindo (Ross V PD 2017)
El Choclo (Goss V TG 2018)
Havana (Goss VI CH 2018)







Our Choreography --

Life (Sears VI FT 2020)
I Didn't I Swear (Sears II TS 2018)
Weave Me (Sears VI FT 2016)
Corn Silk (Sears VI FT 2012)
El Choclo IV (Sears IV TG 2010)











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