Class #32 June 1, 2017

Tonight we had a lot of ‘lasts’ for this class: last workshop with Gary Milton, last review with John & Sandy Hill, last collection from our Sheriff, Mary Kay, and others. It’s been a wonderful year with great class members and great angels.

Graduation takes place next Thursday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. It’s always a fun evening. We’ll go out for pizza at Round Table Pizza afterwards. Remember we won’t have workshops and review with Gary and John that evening.

Gary Milton reviewed all of the ‘Spin Chain’ calls:

    • Spin Chain Thru
    • Spin Chain the Gears
    • Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Charlie did calls from new positions. Notably he did Fan the Top from a variety of positions.

Following is the ‘last poem’ from Sheriff Mary Kay

It's been 9 months
The time has flown fast
Calls went from simple to
"How do you do that?"

We've all worked hard
Angels at our sides
To make all that dancing
End in a square with 4 sides!

We're now almost there
Graduation's in sight
So please won't you donate
A dollar tonight?

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Class #31 May 25, 2017

We had a full house tonight with many wearing red, white, and blue to celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day! Well done Angels and Class members!

Charlie Robertson was out this evening so Dennis Young substituted. He put together a wonderful evening of instruction and review.

Graduation is June 8 – two weeks away! On the evening of graduation, we will start at 7:30pm and will not have the usual workshop with Gary and the review with John Hill.

Mary Kay levied a Memorial Day themed fine!

As you know, all the calls have been taught at this point so the evening was mainly review. Following are some of the calls covered this evening.

Gary pointed out that it’s good practice to square up at the end of each call – you should always be facing one of four walls at the end of a call.

He also pointed out that at the beginning/end of each call you should know who your current partner is and you should have a light hand hold or at least tap your partners hand as a reference. Many calls are partner based so you’ll want to know who your current partner is.

During John Hill’s review, John fired off lots of calls in quick succession to get the class acclimated to dancing at normal speed. Among others, he called lots of the following:

  • Boy run
  • Girl run
  • Trade
  • Centers Trade
  • Ends Trade
  • Centers Cross Run
  • Circulate

Dennis Young observed the class was doing well. Among other calls, he reviewed Cross Fire, Tag the Line, Half Tag the Line, and Quarter Tag the Line.

Lots of fun this evening!

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Class #30 May 18, 2017

Charlie has taught all the basic, mainstream, and plus calls at this point so didn’t introduce any new calls tonight. He did, however, pass along the following pointers:

  • During square formation, once you are in a square don’t ever abandon the square and move to an alternate square! Don’t do it even if your ex-wife is your corner, your opposite, or your right-hand lady!
  • During square formation, if a couple comes to join your square in an open spot, don’t turn them away saying the open spot is for someone else.
  • Don’t hold hands too tight - a light touch is all that is needed.
  • No alcohol before dances.
  • Recently bathed and deodorized is recommended.

Gary Milton reviewed,

  • Peel the Top
  • Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

John Hill ran us through our paces. One call he spent some time on was Spin the Top from the Thar position.

Charlie’s focus seemed to be to pick up the pace of his calling tonight.

Please wear red, white, and blue to celebrate memorial day next Thursday.

Mike Taylor pointed out that there are visitations the class members could try at this point. A visitation he recommended for this weekend is on Saturday, May 20, with the Church Mice, David Mee calling. (Salvation Army Community Center, 1515 W. North Street)

Quin closed out the night with 'Home On The Range'.

Nice work tonight!

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Class #29 May 11, 2017

Charlie taught the following calls tonight:

  • All Eight Spin the Top
  • Peel the Top
  • Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

In addition to others, Charlie reviewed:

  • Spin Chain the Gears
  • Spin Chain Thru

Charlie announced that at this point, all of the calls (basic/mainstream/plus) have been taught and that the next few weeks will be an opportunity to solidify what the class members have learned. Note that the class has learned approximately 100 calls. Spectacular!

Graduation is in 4 weeks from tonight! The Saturday following graduation is the Class Party.

John Hill announced ‘this is the best class he’s seen in 20 years’!

Our sheriff, Mary Kay, gave a short history of Mother's day. She fined those that didn't know the name of the woman that established this day.

After graduation there is a series 12 workshops, one per Thursday, with a different caller each Thursday. It will be a great opportunity to dance to a variety of callers!

Fred Baker and the Class Coordination Team

Class #28 May 4, 2017

Charlie taught the following calls tonight:

  • Dixie Grand
  • Chase Right
  • Cut the Diamond

In diamonds, there are centers and there are points. Two people are centers and they hold hands. Two other people are points and they literally point to the center of the diamond. Note that on a Cut the Diamond, the pointers do kind of trade then become centers. The centers move to the pointers position and become pointers.

Reviewed were the following:

  • Follow Your Neighbor
  • Follow Your Neighbor and Spread
  • Wheel and Deal

Licia Lusby, our club Treasurer will be moving to Northern California and this was her last night at our class. Fred recognized Licia for all the hard work she has performed over the last year. On behalf of the club, Fred thanked Licia, wished her well on her new endeavors and gave her some flowers as a token of the clubs appreciation. Good luck Licia!

The class sheriff, Mary Kay, faithfully performed her duties by levying a fine.

We celebrated Cinco De Mayo on Quatro De Mayo! There was a sombrero or two in the group and lots of people wearing red, white and green.

Please sign up in the back of the room for the class party which is Saturday June 10. It is fast approaching!

Quin closed out the night by leading us in a rousing rendition of ‘Deep In The Heart of Texas’

Great work tonight, Class of 2017!

Class #27 April 27, 2017

Charlie covered the following calls:

  • Crossfire
  • Flip the diamond
  • Spread (this call is generally an add-on to another call such as Follow Your Neighbor and Spread)

Mary Kay fined all those who were not going to celebrate May Day by dancing around a maypole!

Fred and Sanae recognized all the Angels this evening by asking those Ramblin Rogue who have faithfully attended the Thursday night classes in support of the graduating class of 2017 to come to the front of the room to receive the year dangle.

Next Thursday we will celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Wear red/white/green or wear a sombrero to celebrate!

Susan Cook announced an Installation of New Officers Brunch to be held at Wendy’s house at Lake Mission Viejo on June 25 from 11 am - 2 pm. Please see flyers on Thursday night.

Please sign up for the graduation party on Saturday June 10.

Wendy announced that Rogues will be attending an International Festival on Saturday May 6 at Soka University.

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Class #26 April 20, 2017

I apologize for the two weeks absence on the blog – Su and I have been in China for a few days of business (for Su) and lots of visiting & touring. We visited Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Suzhou.

Last night the following calls were introduced

  • Track II
  • Diamond Circulate
  • Trade the Wave

The following call was reviewed

  • Relay the Deucey

The room was full of crazy hats tonight! There were giraffes, mice, a turkey, space aliens, a pharaoh, gear heads, an English woman, pirates, and so many more. Thanks to everyone who participated! Be sure to visit the Ramblin’ Rogues web page for pictures.

Mary Kay, as Sheriff recited the following poem.

Passover's past,
Easter is too.
May's looking promising;
More fun for you.

Crazy hats are next!
Who would have thought?
A hair-brained idea
A dollar has bought!
Well done Mary Kay!

At the end of the evening, Quin, led us in two rounds of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah! David Jansen did a solo an octave lower. Nice singing all!

Another great class!

Class #26 March 23, 2017

We had a full house tonight!

Charlie taught the following calls:

  • Roll

This call is appended to another call such as Swing Thru. For example, a caller would call ‘swing thru and roll’. The definition of roll is the following ‘If you had turning motion on your last part of the previous call, then turn an extra 1/4 (90°) in place toward that direction.’

Charlie (and Gary too!) also reviewed the following:

  • Spin Chain Thru
  • Spin Chain the Gears

These two calls are a challenge for even the experienced dancer! I was paying closer attention to these calls tonight and observed the following:

With Spin Chain Thru, at any given time, one or more couples is doing the following sequence:

Half, Three quarters, Half, Three quarters

With Spin Chain the Gears, at any given time, one or more couples is doing the following sequence:

Half, Three quarters, Half, Three quarters, Half, Three quarters

Our Sheriff, Mary Kay was back! Glad to hear she is on the mend! In honor of her husband's hip replacement, she fined those who had not had a hip replacement!

We have a new class calendar in the back of the room. It covers April, May, and June.

In place of class next week, we will have a 50th Anniversary Dance. It starts at 7 pm and will be in the large hall of the Murray Community center. It promises to be a great evening so please join us! The singles board will be in operation!

After the 50th Anniversary Dance, Judy and Gary Milton will host an after party at their home. All are welcome!

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Class #25, March 16, 2017

There was lots of green in the room tonight as we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day!

Charlie taught the following calls:

  • Coordinate
  • Spin Chanin Thru
  • Spin Chain and Exchange

We reviewed Linear Cycle and other calls.

Our Sherriff, Mary Kay, was out this evening. Sheriff duties were performed by Sandra who fined anyone who didn’t tweet today!

Many of us will be in Bakersfield for the Bakersfield Fiesta. Hope to see you there!

Fred and the Class Coordination Team

Class #24 March 9, 2017

Caller Mike Haworth substituted for Charlie Robertson tonight. We had a great turnout this evening.

Mike Haworth taught the following calls:

  • SeeSaw
  • Peel Off
  • Linear Cycle

We also had a review of Teacup Chain, Ping Pong Circulate, and Load the Boat.

Class Sheriff, Mary Kay, was back after a couple week absence. She has been taking care of her husband Jim as he is recovering from surgery. The fine tonight? If you are in good health, the fine is $1.

We had a class meeting that was led by Barbara and David Jansen. The Venue, Date, Time for the End of Year Class party are set. Charlie Robertson will join us. A paper with emails for the class members was distributed for verification. Assignments for the class party were discussed.

Thank you class members for all of the energy you put into this class!

Fred and the Class Coordination Team