Beneficial Tradition

hook: zipper

by: Dan Pearl

formation: Becket

A1 4
ladles allemande left once to short wavy line across
4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and partners by right hands the wave
8
partners swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
ladles chain
8
long lines forward & back
B2 4
pull by left across the set
4
pull by right diagonal
4
pull by left diagonal
4
pull by right diagonal - look for new ladles

Pull bys should retain grip for a moment after passing and use the torque to turn back to the direction of travel up or down the set.

Dan Pearl notes

I always loved this zig-zag gimmick when I danced it in Cor Hogendijk's "Pat's Tradition", done by English country dancers. A dance by Steve Schnur that featured it motiviated me to try my own. The dance was written for and first performed at the Dance Musician's Development Fund annual benefit dance. The Fund sprung out of a one-time benefit dance to help Susan Worland, a fine fiddler in Boston, replace her stolen instruments. From that, the Fund formed as a subcommittee of the Folk Arts Center of New England. At the annual DMDF dance (12 hours of varied dancing) funds are raised to benefit research and special projects for Boston-area dance musicians. The title gives a nod to "Pat's Tradition" and the beneficial tradition of the DMDF.

Little did I know that when the dance started getting around, people would start yelping, hooting, etc. during B2. I think this started in Philadelphia. They have my blessing! Certainly, the "pulls" in B2 should be done with strength, tension, and other good contra-type connection. Foot-stompers have my blessing, too! ;-)

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