Say Go to the Do-si-do

by: Michael Fuerst

formation: Becket cw

A1 8
Circle left 3 places
neighbors do-si-do 1 1/2, ending with gentlespoons facing in, ladles out, as if for a wavy line along the set, but don't take hands
A2 8
1/2 hey gentlespoons start left shoulder, finish in long waves on opposite side, gentlespoons facing in, neighbor's right hands joined.
balance towards and way then away from current neighbor, spin (or slide) past this neighbor to face new neighbor
B1 16
new neighbors balance and swing
B2 8
star left 3 places (putting everyone on side of set they started the dance) then gentlespoons turn turn back over right shoulder
partners swing

A1 and the first part of A2 are quite busy. So depending upon the crowd's collective skill level and age, one might to teach the first part of A1 as circle left three places for 6 beats and start the do-si-do on the last 2 beats.

Some years ago a Chicago contra dancer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune newspaper, Eric Zorn, wrote a column entitled "Say no to the Do-si-do," objecting to the then legislative proposal to denote square dancing as the Illinois state dance. This dance's title plays on that column's title

(composed 11 Dec 1999)


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