by: Rick Mohr
gentlespoons allemande left once
circle left 3 places
long lines forward & back
ladles allemande right 1½ - hold on
form an ocean wave - ladles by right hands and neighbors by left hands
balance the wave *left* & right
neighbors allemande left ¾ - hold on, join right hand with next neighbors
form long waves - ladles face in, gentlespoons face out ⁋
balance the wave
next neighbors allemande right ¾
There's a fine fiddle tune called "Pat the Budgie" with sharply punctuated notes in the B2 which cry out for balances. This dance provides the balances in the right spots and otherwise moves along pretty well.
"Budgie" is slang for "Budgerigar" (a type of small parrot) as well as, I'
mtold, for "logger". Whichever the tune refers to, we're left with the tormenting question of whether it commemorates a notable budgie named Pat or the act of patting some nameless budgie on the head. We may never know; likewise with the dance.