A Duple Improper contra by Bill Olson
A2 Bal & Sw Partner (16) (face across)
B1 Circle L 3/4, Sw N (16)
B2 M allem L x 1* (8), (Hands across) Star L x 1 (women fall in behind partner) (8)
Notes: This dance was hatched about 20 minutes before the monday night Concord, MA, Scout House dance on April 19, 2004. It seems straight forward enough. The idea was to have some smooth flowing "symmetry" in B2 and A1: allemand left to L/H star into R/H star into allemand R. Of course the allemand right is once and a half for the women and once for the men, *and actually the way it works out in "real life" is the allemand left is more like 3/4 of the way around for the men. Make sure the dances know this because it's easy for the women to let the men allemand too far before joining in on the hands across star. Basically tell the women to join in after the first time their partners go by. This makes the B2 part easily completed in less than 16 beats, and allows some time to "disentangle" from the old star, progress to new neighbors and start A1 with time to get to the balance in A2. The progression is sort of "organic". Unlike a progression from one "wrist-hold" star to another, in this progression the Men and Women can and do join right hands at different times. It's very interesting and pleasing, but the progression actually happens over a period of few beats somewhere near the end of B2! The dancers will adjust the timing as the dance progresses and this dance is easy enough toteach and dance. When i first called it, I announced that the dance had no name but something to the effect that, "maybe it would be named when the dance is done", where upon one dancer called out, "Is that the name of the dance? 'When the dance is done' ?" Indeed it is.
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