The Art of Cueing

Copyright 1991 Jeffrey A. Grossman. The material may be reproduced provided it remains unaltered and this copyright notice is included.


Disclaimer


The Purpose of Cueing

You are trying to create an enjoyable experience for the dancers

"Cueing is a volatile, emotional subject because it is the only value added to a particular round dance by the cuer." - Jeff Grossman

"Everything should be made as simple as possible. But not simpler." - Albert Einstein


To Become a Good Cuer, You Must


A Philosophy for Cueing?

This is a sterile, barren, and technical approach to cueing. You might as well not be there.

NO ADDED VALUE!


A Philosophy for Cueing!

The ability to do the best or correct things, "as appropriate," is what distinguishes the good cuer from the average cuer.


Cueing from the Floor While Dancing

You are cheating the dancers out of what they came for - your best effort and creating an enjoyable dance experience for them.


Making Mistakes

Never let a dancer believe a problem was caused by their mistake when it was yours.


Sounding the Hall

- Voice -

- Music -

- Hand Signals -


Components of a Cue Phrase

Hints:


Redundant Cue Words


Cue Cards

WALTZING FOREVER     SEQUENCE: INTRO A B C A B C ENDING
** SPEED 47 **

     INTRO

WAIT TWO MEAS;; APART POINT; STEP DRAW TOUCH TO BFLY;

     PART A

WALTZ AWAY AND TOGETHER;; SOLO TURN SIX;;
BACK BOX;; FORWARD BOX;;
(repeat meas. 1-8)

     PART B

VINE THREE; THRU FACE CLOSE; DIP CENTER; MANEUVER;
TWO RIGHT TURNS;; VINE THREE; PICKUP;

     PART C

FORWARD WALTZ TWICE;; TWO LEFT TURNS;;
BALANCE LEFT AND RIGHT;; TWIRL VINE; THRU TO BFLY/CLOSED;

     ENDING

CANTER; DIP AND SO FORTH...

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Voice Modulation


Keeping Time

All these methods work fine, until you make a mistake. However, if you use one method to the exclusion of the others, you will have no way to re-establish correct timing.


Delivery Timing


Cueing Tips and Tricks

Rushed Cues:

LUNGE AND TWIST; BEHIND SIDE THRU;
(All Shook Up, Taste of the Wind)

TWO PROGRESSIVE SCISSORS TO BANJO;; FISHTAIL;
SLOW TWIST VINE FOUR TO BANJO;; FISHTAIL; (Cowboy)

STEP SWING; SPIN MANEUVER;

SUSIE-Q;;

TWIRL VINE; POINT THRU TO LINE; (Femme Vivant, Jacklyn's Waltz; Paradise Waltz,

OPEN VINE THREE POINT THRU TO LINE; (Salty Two-Step)

VINE FOUR; PIVOT TWO;

HALF A BASIC; ALEMANA TURN;

CHANGE OF PLACES; [anything]

Delayed Cues:

WALK AND MANEUVER/PICKUP;

Redundant Words:

FULL BOX;; OPEN VINE FOUR;;
FULL BOX;; QUICK VINE FOUR; WALKT AND PICKUP;
(Baby Mine)

... MEN FACE CENTER; (Tennessee Waltz)

TO REVERSE WALTZ AWAY; (Tonight, Rainbow Waltz; Tennessee Waltz)

Position Information:

BALANCE dance position

ONE LEFT TURN FACE REVERSE; BACK WALK; TWO RIGHT TURNS;
(All Night, Edilweiss, Jacklyn's Waltz)

CIRCLE AWAY AND TOGETHER TO pos;;

STRUT TOGETHER FOUR TO pos;;

SOLO TURN SIX TO pos;;

THRU TO pos;

SCISSORS THRU AND CHECK; RECOVER SIDE THRU TO pos;
(Dreamy Rhythm, Tuxedo Junction,

UNWRAP; SPIN MANEUVER TO CLOSED;
BACK BOX YOU'RE FACING LINE OF DANCE;; (Goodbye)

BASKETBALL TURN end pos;; DOUBLE HITCH;;

BACK SIDE THRU pos; (Tennessee Waltz, Miss Emily's Picture)

Other Specific Sequences:

[count] FIGURE NAME vs FIGURE NAME [count]

FULL BOX TURN A QUARTER FACE CENTER;;
FULL BOX TURN A QUARTER FACE REVERSE;;
FULL BOX TURN A QUARTER FACE THE WALL;;
FULL BOX NO TURNS;;
(Walk Right Back)

SIDE TWO-STEP LEFT AND RIGHT;; SIDE TWO-STEP AND LIFT;
SMALL DOUBLE ROCK APART;
(Willow Walk)

SIDE TWO-STEP LEFT OPEN; TOCK BACK AND RECOVER;
SIDE TWO-STEP OPEN; ROCK BACK AND RECOVER;
(Devil Woman, Taste of the Wind, Tuxedo Junction

ROCK THE BOAT nn SLOWS
ROCK THE BOAT nn QUICKS

Accuracy Issues:

SOLO ROLL vs SOLO TURN

APART vs AWAY

TOGETHER TWO AND LIFT TURN;

STRUT vs SWIVEL WALK vs CROSS WALK

BASIC ROCK vs JIVE CHASSE (or triples) LEFT AND RIGHT (Night Train, etc)
BASIC ROCK vs LINK ROCK

FORWARD FACE CLOSE vs THRU FACE CLOSE

CANTER vs SIDE DRAW TOUCH

SLIDE THE DOOR vs SCISSORS CHANGE SIDES (Hush)

SIDE TWO-STEP TO OPEN; FORWARD TWO-STEP; (King of the Road)

SOMBRERO WHEEL vs BOLERO WHEEL

THREE STEP vs FORWARD AND RUN TWO

WALK AND PICKUP TANGO DRAW vs WALK TWO PICKUP TANGO DRAW
WALK TWO TURN TWO WALK TWO RUN TWO vs ARGENTINE WALKS
(Tango Mannita)

Backing off Cues:

TWIRL VINE THREE;

PICKUP SIDE CLOSE;

MANEUVER SIDE CLOSE;

TWIST VINE THREE;

Fiddlestepper Polka, St. Louis Blues

APART THREE and kick;

WALK TO pos;

TWINKLE TO BANJO; TWINKLE TO FACE LINE IN CLOSED; (Garden of My Dreams)

LEFT TURNING BOX HALFWAY FACE dir; (Garden of My Dreams)
FULL LACE UP;;;;

LADY TRANSITION IN FOUR TO VARSUVIENNE;
MAN TRANSITION IN FOUR TO BUTTERFLY;
(Roses for Elizabeth)

BREAK AWAY LEFT AND RIGHT END WITH A PICKUP;; (Dancing Shadows)
OPEN VINE FOUR END WITH A PICKUP;; (Walkin' in the Sunshine)
TRAVELLING BOX END WITH A PICKUP;; (Goodbye)

BASKETBALL TURN AWAY;; (Walkin' in the Sunshine, Hillbilly Rock)

SIDE TOUCH vs STEP TOUCH

VINE AWAY THREE; VINE TOGETHER to face; (Bottle This Up; Salty Two-Step)

... LADY IN FRONT

STEP HOP FOUR AND MAKE NOISE; (LA Sate Night)

SOLO SPOT TURN AWAY; STEP TOGETHER TOUCH; (Mexicali Rose)

STEP SWING; LADY SPIN TO FACE REVERSE LEFT OPEN; TWINKLE THRU; (Moon River)

BALANCE LEFT AND RIGHT; CHANGE SIDE TO FACE; SIDE DRAW TOUCH; (Shenandoah)

ROCK FORWARD RECOVER AND FACE; DIP CENTER AND RECOVER;
(Talk Back Trembling Lips; Birth of the Blues)

FORWARD (BACK) AND QUICK LOCK

TWO PROGRESSIVE TWINKLES;;
CANTER FORWARD; SPOT TURN TO BANJO FACE REVERSE;
TWINKLE IN; TWINKLE OUT;
CANTER FORWARD; FORWARD WALK TO CLOSED AND CHECK;
TWO RIGHT TURNS OVER TURN TO SIDECAR;;
BACK WALK; BACK TURN TO BANJO;
FORWARD WALTZ; MANEUVER;
(Feelin')

SIDE CLOSE FACE REVERSE FORWARD LOCK FORWARD;
SIDE BEHIND BACK LOCK BACK;
DIP BACK AND RECOVER; QUICK PIVOT TWO TWIRL TWO;
(Green Door)