Listen to the Mockingbird, by New England Dancing Masters, is a vibrant collection of 23 classic dances, including longways sets, circle, Sicilian circle, square, and contra-dances. The book includes tips on selecting dance tunes, calling a dance, and creating new dances. The CD has dances played by some of New England's finest dance musicians. The tune medleys on this recording can be used with dances in the earlier book, Chimes of Dunkirk (item 839920, available separately), and vice versa.
Only the square dances have calls on the recording - the rest is music only. These dances are accessible to young people as well as to adults with little or no dance experience. The dances are done with an easy-going walking step that follows the beat of the music; other steps are skipping and sashaying.
For all ages.
Introduction: How the Music & Dances Fit Together, Dancing in the Classroom, Building Community Through Traditional Dance
Dances in longways sets: Jubilee Rag; Kindergarten Reel; The Flying Scotsman; Polka Poussette; Le Brandy (Un, Deux, Trois, Poussez); Sir Roger de Coverly; The Bridge of Athlone; The Boston Tea Party
Circle dances: Circassian Circle Mixer; Les Saluts; The Vowel Dance; Larry's Mixer
Sicilian circle dances: Mariposa; Roddy McCorley; Zom Out
Square dances: Listen to the Mockingbird; Ocean Wave; First Night Quadrille; Butterfly Whirl; Sheehan's Reel; Shoot the Owl
Contra dances: A-rovin'; Ellen's Green Jig; Aw Shucks
Selection of Dance Tunes (melodies on the G clef staff with chord symbols)
More Thoughts on Choosing Partners
Tips on Calling a Dance
Creating New Dances with Children
Glossary, Other Resources
Combined Dance & Tune Index (for Chimes of Dunkirk and Listen to the Mockingbird)