"FASROO" - Extended Notation for Complete Setup Description

Rich Reel   5 Oct 2004

Callers typically end dance sequences with Promenade Home which instructs the dancers to Promenade as far as necessary to reach home, thus eliminating the need for the caller to worry about which way the formation is Oriented.   However, if the caller wants to resolve the square with everyone landing exactly on their home spot on the last call, s/he would need to keep track of a few more details not covered in FASR, hence the extention to FASROO.
 

Note - The following definitions are not recognized by Callerlab


 

Orientation and Occupation

In an article "Total FASR: FASROO" at Gero Teufert's Callers Corner, Gero suggests 2 terms: Orientation and Occupation to complete the notation needed for "at home" get-outs.

  • Orientation - (H, R, O, L) - How a reference boy dancer is oriented to his home
  • Occupation - (+ or ') - Whether the reference dancer is a Head or a Side.
  • Bill Davis used a similar term "Quadrature" in his definition book: "The Big Five" - this is the same as "Orientation".   He did not appear to use a term for "Occupation".   Except for + Occupation notation, the notation is exactly the same.

    A single reference dancer is required to determine Orientation and Occupation.   For convenience, the Boy dancer of the reference pair is used.   The reference pair used for Orientation and Occupation is the same as is used in determining relationship.   The Boy position in this reference pair becomes the reference dancer.

    Example: [0B]....
    gvvB
    b^^G
    GvvB
    B^^g
    b><gb><g
    g><bG><B
    gvvB
    b^^G
    GvvB
    B^^g
    B><Gb><g
    g><bg><b

    First note which of the 4 boys is in the reference position.   Note there are two reference positions opposite each other - choose the one occupied by the boy from one of your key couples.   Now picture a squared set with that reference boy at his home.

    gvvB
    B>
    g>
    <g
    <B
    B^^g

    These diagrams use the #1 (Head) Boy (shown in RED) as the reference dancer.   Alternately, the opposite dancer, the #3 (Head) Boy (shown in Light ORANGE) could be used as the reference dancer, the result is the same.
     

    Orientation

    To determine Orientation, superimpose the image of the squared set with the formation in question and determine which of the following cases you have.   Picture how the boy in the reference position is oriented to his home position.

    Choose the Orientation based on how the reference dancer is positioned relative to his home.

    Orientation = H, R, O, or L

    gvvB
    b^^G
    GvvB
    B^^g
    b><gb><g
    g><bG><B
    gvvB
    b^^G
    GvvB
    B^^g
    B><Gb><g
    g><bg><b
    H
    Reference Boy
    At Home
    R
    Reference Boy
    Right of Home
    O
    Reference Boy
    Opposite of Home
    L
    Reference Boy
    Left of Home

    I find H and O intuitive and easy to remember.   But I need help remembering R and L.   I try to think of it in terms of stirring the bucket for a singing call...
    • R for "Stir" or "Rotated for the singing call"
    • L the dancers are "Laughing" because I messed up the stir (did it completely wrong)
    Maybe this will help you too.


     

    Occupation

    Occupation is very easy.   If the boy in the reference position turns out to be a Head, we use +.   If the boy in the reference position turns out to be a Side, we use '.   The two Occupation states are "Head" and "Side" and they are specified by a trailing ' (prime character) or a + (plus sign) in the FASROO notation.

    Occupation

       +    Reference Boy position occupied by a Head  
       '    Reference Boy position occupied by a Side  

    In all of the diagrams above, the dancer in the reference position was a Head (Occupation = +).

    Occupation - Subtle but sometimes important

    The following two diagrams differ only in Occupation....

    3gvvB3
    4GvvB2
    4b^^G2
    1B^^g1
    b>b><g<g
    g>G><b<B
    [0P1cH+] [0P1cH']

    In both cases, if the Centers Star Thru and Back Away, all end at home.   However, if the caller were to call Heads Trade, the resulting formations for each case would be quite different.   When using choreography that designates Heads or Sides or couple number "either for clarity or effect", the caller must be aware of Occupation.
     

    FASROO Notation

    Like FASR, FASROO notation is enclosed in brackets [   ] and looks like this....

                      Relationship
    Formation                  
          v   v   v   Occupation
      [ 0 L 1 p H + ]  
        ^   ^   ^     Orientation
    Arrangement                  
                      Sequence

     

    Gero Teufert gives many examples of FASROO notation with diagrams in his article "Total FASR: FASROO".

     

     


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