hook: progress in an oval promenade
by: Paul Balliet
On side of the set with your partner, ladles, face your not-your-partner and freeze.
gentlespoons allemande left 1½ same two. Ladles, snatch your neighbor in promenade position as hecomes in.
neighbors promenade along the set on the right counterclockwise big oval
ladles turn alone over their right shoulder to ⁋
next neighbors gyre once
neighbors promenade along the set on the right home (til across from partner)
ladles chain to partner
gentlespoons start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
This version supplants http://contradb.com/dances/128 .
Paul Balliet notes: The idea to progress in a promenade came from Gene Hubert's dance, "Gang of Four." I first called this at the 1993(?) "Balance and Swim," a favorite dance party thrown by Charlotte and Rich Cobos in West Virginia.
Fairport Harbor lies east of Cleveland along Lake Erie.
Russel Owen Notes:
Teaching tip (especially helpful for less experienced dancers): while dancers are swinging their new neighbor, mention that if you have your partner then you are about to be out. Otherwise such couples may attempt to join the ladles chain.
Calling tip: remind the dancers who are out to join the promenade. It can be difficult to recover if a couple forgets.
This dance is from American Country Dances On Line