Rockin' Robin

hook: pullby starts a hey, low piece count zig zag

by: Rick Mohr

formation: improper

fast reels

A1 8
circle right 4 places
neighbors allemande left once
gentlespoons pull by right
A2 16
hey, partners passing left shoulders to start
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 10
circle left 5 places to original place
zig left zag right ⁋

Rick Mohr notes: This is a very fun dance, especially with fast reels.

It helps to alert the gentlespoons to pull by at the end of the phrase in A1. Otherwise some will delay until the beginning of A2, making them late for the balance in B1. This can be reinforced during the dance by calling "gentlespoons right hand pull by" early by a beat or two.

The "Zig-Zag" in B2 is most satisfying if dancers emphasize the sideways left/right motion rather than the forward motion which gets them past their neighbors. There's plenty of time, so encourage them to go a good distance out of the set in the Zig. The idea is to let the momentum from the circle left propel into the Zig left, and then let the momentum from the Zag right lead directly into the circle right with the next couple.

For Robin Kynoch, a fine tinwhistle player from Framingham, Massachusetts. You might not think it possible to "rock" on the whistle, but Robin does.

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