hook: m o m e n t u m

by: Gene Hubert

formation: Becket

A1 2
ladles allemande right ½
neighbors allemande left ¾ ⁋
next neighbors swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
partners swing
B1 8
ladles chain
ladles chain
B2 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends

Gene's Notes: "Any doubts I had about this dance were erased after I had a chance to dance it once. This has got to be one of the smoothest dances I have seen in a long while and which you must experience to fully appreciate. My goal in writing this dance was to create a Becket formation dance with both a partner swing and a neighbor swing. Halliehurst is a splendid old mansion on the grounds of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia on whose front porch many impromptu contra dances have taken place."

(source: http://www.quiteapair.us/calling/acdol/dance/acd_59.html)

I generally think of a full chain as something to write into a dance as a way to fill time in the absence of a better idea, but Gene proves with this dance that it can serve a purpose. This dance has some of the absolute best momentum I've ever experienced, and it all comes back to the windup from the full chain. Consider shifting the opening of the dance to the B1 so that the partner swing comes at the end of the dance. That way the momentum buildup is uninterrupted middance.


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