DanceMinder now using encryption for all pages

DanceMinder has just been upgraded to use ssl connections for the entire site.  This means that all communication between your computer and DanceMinder is encrypted.

Unless you’re particularly concerned with your online security, you probably wouldn’t have noticed the change.

The area that will have the most impact on you is the fact that you’ll now see a lock icon in your browser bar when you’re logging in and your browser will also know that your credentials are fully secured against prying eyes when you’re using DanceMinder while on the free wifi at your local dance hall.

New dances! Kilkenny Lancers and Newmarket Meserts

We’ve been a bit lax in updating everyone on the latest dances that have been added. Btw, you can always see the latest on the front page were we’ll show you what’s been added either in the last week or since you last logged on.

The latest dances to be added are the Kilkenny Lancers Set and the Newmarket Meserts.

We’re still looking for good video of either of these so if you have some, please share!

Virginia Reel

The first Scottish dance in DanceMinder is a variation (there are many!) of the Virginia Reel with a link to a good video produced by Mark Geslison and Geoff Groberg. Thedancing is a bit different on the video (did I mention there are loads of variations?) but still very good for a visual reference.

Video resizing

Since adding the ability to show embedded videos we’ve recognized that the default size is very small, rather than make it larger by default we’ve also had a link which would quickly take you to a new window where you could view the video in larger format.

If you’ve wished that the embedded videos were larger, wish no more.  You can now make them as large or small as you like.

After opening the Videos section while viewing a dance

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Just grab either the right edge, bottom edge or bottom-right corner and drag until the video is the size you want

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Updates to DanceMinder search

In addition to the back-end simplification for adding Contra dances (which has resulted in even more being added in the last few days) we’ve made some additions to the search capability in DanceMinder.

  • You can now search on the Fun and Difficulty ratings for a dance.  Select what you are interested in from one or more of the drop down controls and DanceMinder will return dances with the rating you’ve selected.  Keep in mind that DanceMinder will return a combination of all the filters that have been applied.  If you need to start fresh, just click on the Reset filters link.

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If a dance doesn’t show up based on the difficulty or fun rating you’ve chosen that means that the dance either hasn’t been rated, or there haven’t been enough ratings given.  You might need to get out there and do some rating of  your own!

After St. Patrick’s season has concluded, we’ll make another modification to this search so that any dance rated higher than or equal to the level you’ve chose will show up in the results.  For now, it’s just equal to.

  • Text search has been expanded to include the figure and movement descriptions so that you’ll now see many more hits when searching on things like “christmas” or other words that typically only appear in the movement titles or descriptions.