Linda's Surprise (for Linda Leslie)

hook: two swings, both with partner

by: Frede Olsen

formation: Becket

romantic reels are best

A1 8
ladles gyre 1¼
partners swing
A2 8
gentlespoons gyre left shoulders once, face partner
partners start a full hey - rights on ends, lefts in center
partners swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
circle left 4 places
slide left along set ⁋

Bob Golder notes: An earlier dance, written for Linda Leslie by Danish dance leader Frede Olsen, is "Linda's Surprise." My notes show that I first called it in 1998. There are several surprises, the first of which was that Linda didn't know that Frede had written a dance in her honor until he announced it from the stage. Another surprise is that the full hey for four travels beautifully across the musical phrase from the end of the A2 into the beginning of the B1. The transition is smooth as silk when the band plays romantic reels. Still another surprise is that although there are two swings, they are both danced with one's partner. Linda liked the dance but did not often call it because she worried about dancers who might be stuck with a less-than-satisfactory partner. I loved to call the dance because it is so beautiful and was written for Linda.


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