Chuck the Budgie

by: Rick Mohr

formation: improper

A1 6
gentlespoons allemande left once
10
neighbors swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande right 1½ - hold on
B2 0
form an ocean wave - ladles by right hands and neighbors by left hands
4
balance the wave *left* & right
4
neighbors allemande left ¾ - hold on, join right hand with next neighbors
0
form long waves - ladles face in, gentlespoons face out ⁋
4
balance the wave
4
next neighbors allemande right ¾

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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'm told, 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.

Video: George Marshall & Great Bear Trio at Dance Flurry 2013, Saratoga NY (posted by Doug Heacock)

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