The Spider and the Fly Dances

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See below for the Brixham shuffle.

 

Introduction

Come let’s dance to the Spider and the fly. A fun dance for all generations.

There are three dances to the Spider and the Fly:

1                    Freestyle –the flies dance around the spiders; showing off but resisting the enticements of the spiders.

2                    Fixed

3                    Formal

 

All dances are for pairs or groups.

 

Freestyle Dance

The spiders form a circle, back to back.

The flies form a larger circle around the spiders.

 

Verses

The flies dance around the spiders; showing off but resisting the enticements of the spiders. The flies dance with flailing arms, whining waists, shaking chests. Teasing the spider by going close and coming away; always out of reach. (A variation is for the flies to also move in a circle around the spiders; where the spiders can ketch any fly).

The flies dance says “look how nice I am; but you can’t get me”.

The spiders try to entice the flies to come to them. Arms beckoning the flies; whining waists, thrusting pelvis, moving short distances to and away from the flies. The spider’s dance says “I have got something good for you; come and see”.

 

Chorus

 

Words

Movement

Come Noh

Spiders motion flies toward them with beconing arms and thrusting pelvis. Flies dancing pays attention but shakes head to say no.

A coming

Flies take gradual steps to the spiders; who are still enticing them.

A ketch yu

Spider grabs fly around waist. Fly leans back and struggles but does not get away. Spider hugs up fly and they do a rub-a-dub waltz type dance.

Bridge: but what the fly was soon to learn

Spider spins the fly around in circles. This can include various dance turns; or even lifting and turning the fly.

Come Noh

Fly breaks away from the spider; but with the spider still holding one arm.

A ketch yu

Spider holds up arm and fly spins back into spider’s arms. Spider hugs fly who pretends to struggle.

 

At end of verse; spiders and flies swap places; if agreed. Problem is the women don’t like to be the spiders.

 


 

Fixed dance

The spiders form a circle, back to back.

The flies form a larger circle around the spiders.

 

Figure 1- Positions to move around  the centre spot

 

Verses

Both spiders and flies perform similar dance but with flies taking larger steps. Feet are comfortable distance apart; e.g. in line with shoulders.

 

  1. dance on central spot.
  2. On “Let me tell”:  left foot 1 step to the north west or diagonally to the left 1 step forward. Shake your chest and head.
  3. Left Foot back To the Centre
  4. Wiggle & Whine In the centre, Arms in front, hands between waist and sky high. Note: Wiggle & Whine as many times as you like.
  5. Slide to the Left or west. Left foot taking biggest step to the left possible and then right joins so Feet are comfortable distance apart; e.g. in line with shoulders.
  6. Wiggle & Whine, extending bottom, flailing arms.
  7. Slide right to the centre.
  8. Wiggle & Whine In the centre, Arms in front, hands between waist and sky high.
  9. Slide to the Right or east. Right foot taking biggest step to the right possible and then Left joins so Feet are comfortable distance apart; e.g. in line with shoulders.
  10. Wiggle & Whine, extending bum, flailing arms.
  11. Slide left to the centre.
  12. Wiggle & Whine In the centre, Arms in front, hands between waist and chest high.
  13. Rock back to the right or diagonally to the right 1 step back. Right foot 1 step to the south east. Lift bent left foot, while leaning back to the right. Swing to the left and place left foot down. Bend forward, hands up about head high, shake head, chest, and bottom. Lift bent left foot, while leaning back to the right. Swing to the left and place left foot down.
  14. Right foot back to the centre.
  15. Wiggle & Whine In the centre, Arms in front, hands between waist and sky high.
  16. Rock back to the left or diagonally to the left 1 step back. Left foot 1 step to the south east. Lift bent Right foot, while leaning back to the left. Swing to the right and place right foot down. Bend forward, hands up about head high, shake head, chest, and bottom. Lift bent right foot, while leaning back to the right. Swing to the right and place right foot down.
  17. Right foot back to the centre.
  18. Wiggle & Whine In the centre, Arms in front, hands between waist and sky high.
  19. Cha cha to the north or front. Arms circling to the side, body swaying, Wiggle & Whine, while taking 4 to 6 small / half steps forwards.
  20.  Wiggle & Whine, Hands sky high above head, circling or flailing.
  21.  Cha cha to the south or back to the centre. Arms circling to the side, body swaying, Wiggle & Whine, while taking 4 to 6 small / half steps back to the centre.
  22. Wiggle & Whine, Hands sky high above head, circling or flailing.
  23. Cha cha to the south or back. Arms circling to the side, body swaying, Wiggle & Whine, while taking 4 to 6 small / half steps bachwards.
  24.  Wiggle & Whine, Hands sky high above head, circling or flailing.
  25.  Cha cha to the north or front to the centre. Arms circling to the side, body swaying, Wiggle & Whine, while taking 4 to 6 small / half steps back to the centre.
  26. Wiggle & Whine, Hands sky high above head, circling or flailing.
  27. Now we turn in a circle to the left. Be your most innovative. Wiggle & Whine, extend bottom, Arms up and down sweeping large circles. Either
    A. Turn a full circle 360 degrees
    B. Turn almost 180 degrees to the left, then turn to the right back to the centre, then turn almost 180 degrees to the right, then turn to the left back to the centre.
  28. Wiggle & Whine, Hands wherever, circling or flailing. You should have a pretty good wiggle & whine by now.
  29. Right foot 1 step to the north east or diagonally to the right 1 step forward. Shake your chest and head.
  30. Right Foot back To the Centre
  31. Wiggle & Whine In the centre, Hands wherever, circling or flailing
  32.  Repeat Or perform freestyle chorus.

 

Notes:

1 You need to dance quite fast to The Spider and the Fly in order to catch the chorus.

2 But the good news is this dance works great for others records; especially those that have a good beat that you can synchronise the steps to, You can vary the wiggles and whine according to the music melodies and harmonies.

3 Its interesting when you repeat and perform some of the moves again to different parts of the same track.

4 On most tracks; I mostly make step 2 (left foot 1 step to the north west) on the beat where they start singing.

5 The dance was created in 2010, mostly dancing to Reggae and soul.

6 A good warm up (and to check dancers are spaced enough apart)  is to do the BRIXHAM SHUFFLE. Stand feet apart, arms by your side. Shake legs, head and body. While shaking them, move arms up, keeping them straight, until shoulder high. Then turn 360 degrees in a circle to the left, shaking arms, legs head and body. When back to starting point, arms down by your side (a bit) snake your (left to right and right to left) body starting from your head, to your shoulders, to your abdomen, to your waist, to your legs to the floor. Snake back up from legs, to waist, to abdomen, to shoulders to head. An Extra snake of head and shoulders and you are ready to Dance!