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Baker's (Square Dance Concepts)

In a previous post I introduced the "Baker's" square dance concept. By analogy to "Baker's dozen", it was proposed the "Baker's" meant to do 13/12 of the call it modified.

But let's reconsider: a "baker's half dozen" isn't 6 1/2 eggs, it's 7. Let's redefine the "Baker's" concept to mean "one more part" of the call. (Hence the title of this post: "one more square dance concept".)

So a "Baker's Square Thru" is a square thru 5. A "Baker's Eight Chain 3" is an eight chain 4. A "Baker's Right and Left Grand" goes 5 hands around. Note that this is different from "do the last part twice"; we continue the alternation of parts in the base call.

Let's push this a little further to include calls with arithmetic sequences. "Baker's Remake the Wave" would end with 4 quarters by the left. "Baker's Quarter Thru" would be a remake the wave. "Baker's Three Quarter Thru" is a reverse order remake.

Slightly more controversial: "Baker's Swing the Fractions" would end with zero quarters by the left (would that still set a roll direction?). "Baker's Touch By 1/4 By 1/2" from a single file column of 6 would have the very outsides touch 3/4. Sue Curtis suggests that "Baker's Reverse Echo As Couples Trade" (from a tidal one-faced line) would be "trade, as couples trade, as couples as couples trade", or equivalently "trade, couples trade, couples of 4 trade".

This definition for "Baker's" seems a lot more fun. Do any other square dance callers have concept-worthy last names?


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