Here are the dances I’ve written that have survived long enough for me to consider them worth making available. Please feel free to add them to your collection or give them to others. If you post them somewhere else on the internet, please link back to this page.

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Greyhound

4-face-4, single progression (see note)
A1
(8) Women chain to partner, power turn to face progression direction (see note)
(8) Women chain across
A2
(16) Center people interrupted square through (balance partner right and pull by, pull by neighbor left, repeat) WHILE side people balance and swing partner (end facing in)
B1
(4) Star right 1/2 on sides
(4) Star left 1/2 in center (sides turn single to face in)
(4) Balance right on the sides (with same gender trail buddy from the other couple in the line of 4)
(4) 1/4 hey across the set (pull by right, pass left in the center)
B2
(16) Balance and swing neighbor (the one chained with in A1, end facing partner)

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Note: Because of the nature of the progression in A1, this dance does not begin in standard 4-face-4 position. The dancers are in standard 4-face-4 formation after the first chain half way through the A1. I suggest beginning the walkthrough with the second chain. Two walkthroughs could be helpful, since the dance is quite different in the different roles. The second walkthrough could be cut short so that the dancers can begin the dance with the music from correct positions. If you do want to start the dance from 4-face-4 formation, substitute a forward and back for the first chain on the first time through the dance.


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Hortensia’s Cravat

Duple improper, single progression
A1
(16) Balance and swing neighbor
A2
(8) Men allemande left 1 1/2
(8) Balance partner and box the gnat
B1
(8) 1/2 hey
(8) Partner swing
B2
(8) Ladies chain
(8) Star left once around to new neighbors


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The Missing Piece

Duple improper, single progression
A1
(16) Balance and swing neighbor
A2
(8) Men allemande left 1 1/2
(8) Partner swing
B1
(8) Long lines forward and back
(8) Ladies chain
B2
(8) Balance the ring, move one place to the right (Petronella)
(8) Balance the ring, move one place to the right. Face new neighbors

See a video of this dance being danced.  Rick Mohr suggested an alternate A2, described below.

Alternate A2
(8) Revolving doors: Promenade as couples across the set (a cozy promenade position from the swing works well), passing by the women’s right shoulders.  Women catch right hands to allemande right once around to their partner (while men complete the promenade to the other side).
(8) Partner swing


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Sleepwalking

Becket (ccw)
A1:
(8) Long lines forward; on the way back, men roll partner away
(8) Pass through across. Each person turns 1/4 to their right and everyone walk single file around the set to the next neighbors
A2:
(8) Right hand star once around with new neighbors (hands across)
(8) Gents drop out, Women allemande right 1 1/2
B1:
(16) Balance and swing neighbor
B2:
(8) Men allemande left 1 1/2
(8) Swing partner

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Note: The single file promenade flows nicely into the hands across star if the gents take right hand as they pass each other and the women fall in behind them.


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Write Triangles

Becket (cw)
A1:
(8) Long lines forward and back
(8) Right and left through
A2:
(8) Circle left 3/4
(8) Neighbor swing
B1:
(8) Ladies chain on the left diagonal (to shadow)
(8) Give right hands to the person across the set, balance, pull by right. Pull by shadow left. [like a piece of an interrupted square through]
B2:
(16) Balance and swing partner

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Note: The name of this dance comes from the fact that I wrote the dance around the figure in B1 during which the women’s paths trace out triangles.

 

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