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    I was wondering what different types of fancy shawl dances are there. I was at a pow wow this weekend and saw a contest dance where the girls seemed to be walking around the circle to the beat. What kind of dance is this? Thanx

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    Well you have your straight dance, which i'm assuming that's what it was and then you have your crow hop.

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    • #3
      The different types of fancy shawl dances:

      Straight- the normal beat with basic step
      Crowhop- crowhop beat and skipping for dancing
      Old Style- same beat as the jingle slide, and the step is like striding
      Shake- same beat as a sneak up, kicks and spins and stepping really fast for the first part of the beat, and either a straight or crowhop beat after.

      I hope that helps.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by hominy_gyrl
        I was wondering what different types of fancy shawl dances are there. I was at a pow wow this weekend and saw a contest dance where the girls seemed to be walking around the circle to the beat. What kind of dance is this? Thanx
        From your descriptions; sounds like the fancy dancers were doing a Crow hop.

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        • #5
          Coulda, mighta, maybe a double-beat?


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          • #6
            Originally posted by nichidancer
            The different types of fancy shawl dances:

            Straight- the normal beat with basic step
            Crowhop- crowhop beat and skipping for dancing
            Old Style- same beat as the jingle slide, and the step is like striding
            Shake- same beat as a sneak up, kicks and spins and stepping really fast for the first part of the beat, and either a straight or crowhop beat after.

            I hope that helps.
            I think thats a "double beat" beat...which isnt the same as a jingle side step... its old style crow hop- ask one of the crows on here to explain better than i can
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Emmy
              I think thats a "double beat" beat...which isnt the same as a jingle side step... its old style crow hop- ask one of the crows on here to explain better than i can
              tnx for reminding me. sometimes i get confused on the beats. so everyone from not on old style is double beat.

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              • #8
                hmmm.......

                from what ur sayin sounds like a double beat........i luv em!!! lookin all serious
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                • #9
                  thank you so much eveyone for all your help...i really appreciate it and you all clarified alot of things for me...thank you

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nichidancer View Post
                    The different types of fancy shawl dances:

                    Straight- the normal beat with basic step
                    Crowhop- crowhop beat and skipping for dancing
                    Old Style- same beat as the jingle slide, and the step is like striding
                    Shake- same beat as a sneak up, kicks and spins and stepping really fast for the first part of the beat, and either a straight or crowhop beat after.

                    I hope that helps.
                    I have a question about Shake style. I've seen a video on you tube called women's fancy sneak up. What's the chances that you'll get this style at a contest and if so, will they call it women's shake or sneak up? Also, men's sneak up tells a story, are the women supposed to tell a story with theirs too?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by skip rabbit View Post
                      I have a question about Shake style. I've seen a video on you tube called women's fancy sneak up. What's the chances that you'll get this style at a contest and if so, will they call it women's shake or sneak up? Also, men's sneak up tells a story, are the women supposed to tell a story with theirs too?

                      Ok... I coudl be wrong.. but i thought the Sneak up was usually done by Men's Traditional Dancers.

                      And a ruffle/shake song was men's fancy (and womens' fancy) and i know that was pretty popular to get back in the 80's n early 90's 4 the women.. I think i'ts starting 2 come back again :D :D

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                      • #12
                        Different types of fancy shawl dances

                        Straight song, crow hop, double beat, and trick song. ( its a song that changes the tempo of the song at different points of the song)(guess that might be what some are referring to shake or ruffle song)

                        Sneak up traditionally was a men's song from what i have been taught by my grandmother. However women can dance a sneak up song too. I remember as a little girl watching the women stay closer to the arbor with the men in the middle. From what I remember the women used to dance in place during a sneak up. But that doesn't happen that much anymore because as times change so do traditions slightly.

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                        • #13
                          it was probably a double beat

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                          Originally posted by hominy_gyrl View Post
                          I was wondering what different types of fancy shawl dances are there. I was at a pow wow this weekend and saw a contest dance where the girls seemed to be walking around the circle to the beat. What kind of dance is this? Thanx
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