Fairport Harbor

by: Paul Balliet

formation: Becket

gentlespoons allemande left 1½ same two
partners promenade along the set on the right chainsaw
ladles turn alone over right shoulder for 4
neighbors gyre once for 4 new neighbors
neighbors swing
neighbors promenade along the set on the right home (til across from partner)
ladles chain to partner
pass through across the set for 4
partners swing for 12

During the pass through, have the men walk ahead of their partner. This improves the transition into the swing.
The idea to progress in a promenade came from Gene Hubert's dance, "Gang of Four." I first called this at the 1993(?) "Balance and Swim," a favorite dance party thrown by Charlotte and Rich Cobos in West Virginia.

Fairport Harbor lies east of Cleveland along Lake Erie.

Editor's Notes:
Teaching tip (especially helpful for less experienced dancers): while dancers are swinging their new neighbor, mention that if you have your partner then you are about to be out. Otherwise such couples may attempt to join the ladies chain.
Calling tip: remind the dancers who are out to join the promenade. It can be difficult to recover if a couple forgets.

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 7/6/1998; last revised 3/2/2002; edited by Russell Owen

User: Allison Jonjak