Gaye's Groove

hook: revolving door and fun wave progressions

by: Rick Mohr

formation: improper

Join hands in a wave of four—neighbors right, ladles left. Spot neighbor #2, and, when available, spot neighbor #3

A1 4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and 1st neighbors by right hands
walk diagonally right to join neighbor #2 in new wave
form an ocean wave & balance - gentlespoons by right hands and 2nd neighbors by left hands
walk diagonally left to join neighbor #3 in new wave
A2 4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and 3rd neighbors by right hands
3rd neighbors allemande right ¾
2nd neighbors swing +
B1 8
revolving door - ladles take right hands and drop off 2nd neighbors on other side
partners swing
B2 2
pass through across the set
partners California twirl ⁋
circle left 3 places to form, with current 1st neighbors,

/+In "Revolving Door", couples start a "wrong side" half promenade where ladles pass right instead of gentlespoons passing left. As the ladles meet they catch right hands and allemande right once around. The gentlespoons drop out after crossing the set, and partners swing as the ladles come around. It flows easily and feels good. I often do a floor demo, both because it's unfamiliar and because it's pretty cool to watch. Since the promenade only lasts for a beat or two I think the easiest hold is for neighbors to join left hands, with the gentlespoon's right arm briefly behind the ladle's back.

Rick Mohr notes: This dance offers a single-progression version of the travelling wave sequence from Bill Olson's inspired dance Eleanor's Reel, along with Ron Buchanan's "Revolving Door" figure and some satisfying glue.

Some dancers like to spin while moving between the waves—big fun and highly optional.

For Gaye Fifer, heartful and fun-loving dancer, caller, and connector from Pittsburgh PA. When Gaye's around you're sure to have a good time.

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