hook: interrupted hey for three, contra hey for three
by: Martha Wild
interrupted hey for three+
ones meltdown swing
down the hall and bend the line
twos swing, ones stand back
up the hall, twos in the center
ones gate twos to face into the set
long lines forward
gentlespoons roll away neighbors as they step left to progress ⁋
+interrupted hey for three: Ladle #1 essentially walks a half figure eight alone through couple #2, but couple #2 dances the whole thing as a hey for 3. Ladle #1 passes left shoulder with ladle #2, end in partner’s place (or just behind him). Gentlespoon #1 then finishes the half hey for three by doing what seems to him to be another half figure 8 with couple 2, passing right shoulder now with ladle #2 who has crossed the set and turned back on her portion of the hey for 3. It's easier to do than explain.
On the 4 in line up the set, the #2 couple is in the middle.
This is called “Tag, You’re It” because the ladle can tag her partner to gently remind/propel him into his portion of the half figure eight/hey. I took this move from an English country dance (Autumn Moon, by Gary Roodman) that I enjoy. For couple #2, the hey for three should feel continuous. For the #1 couple, each part feels more like a half figure 8.