Jive Change Places -- Right To Left & Left To Right
by Harold & Meredith Sears
There are two "change places"
figures in jive. The cues sound alike, and sometimes we find that we
have done the wrong one, and we're out of position.
When we Change Places Right to
might be facing partner and wall. We blend to semi-closed position
facing line of dance and rock back left (W bk R). We recover on our
trail feet and then dance side/close, side, beginning to turn
left-face (W dances sd/cl, sd, spinning right-face under his lead
hands on the third step of this first triple). We end with a
forward/close, forward (W bk/cl, bk) to left open facing position,
man facing diagonal line and center. The timing is 123a4; 1a2 over 1
When we Change Places Left to
again we might begin with the man facing wall, but this time we need
to rock straight apart with the lead feet, recover right (W rec L),
and then dance side/close, side beginning to turn right-face (W apt
R, rec L, fwd/cl, fwd trng left-face under his lead hand). During the
second triple, we both dance side/close, side, completing our turns
to end in left open facing position man perhaps facing diagonal
reverse and center.
We can't just hear these two cues and think generically, "okay
this is where we sort of do an underarm turn and change sides."
We have to hear that these are
two different cues, referring to two very different figures.
This article was published in the Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association (WASCA) Calls 'n' Cues, December, 2010.
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