Big Appalachian Circle

Background: The Big Appalachian Circle is an American Folk Dance that uses Square Dance movements with the dancers in one large circle instead of the traditional square formation.  In this way all the dancers are together in one big circle sharing and socializing. This is an appropriate dance for beginners of any age.

Grade: 4-12

Equipment: CD/MP3 player. Music, traditional square dance or fiddle music

Formation: One large single circle.  Dancers are assigned a partner and a corner partner.  Small sets or groups of 4-6 dancers are also identified.

Movements:

Individually with the whole group
With a partner

Small group of four (could be six if there are not even groups of four)



Sample Dance Description:  The dancers begin in a large circle and the caller will call out different movements in a sequence that he or she has created.


Everyone circle 8 to the right. "Let's Slide"
Now circle left
Do-Si-Do your partner
See Saw your corner partner
Do-Si-Do your partner
See Saw your corner partner

Everyone forward and back
And forward and back again
Right Elbow Swing your partner
Left Elbow Swing your corner partner
Right Elbow Swing your partner
Left Elbow Swing your corner partner

Everyone Grand Right and Left
Wrist turn your partner
Wrist turn your corner
Wrist turn your partner
Wrist turn your corner

Everyone forward and back
And forward and back again.


Repeat the dance again from the beginning.