Spoot the Dog

hook: straightforward while still interesting

by: Rick Mohr

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors balance
6
neighbors do si do once
6
neighbors allemande right 1¼
A2 0
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
4
balance left and right
2
ladles allemande left ½
10
partners swing
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B2 8
star left 4 places
8
star right 4 places ⁋

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In Michael McKernan's "Daybreak Real" (and descendants), the gentlespoons balance each other, then do si do, then allemande right. This combination cries out for more uses, as in this dance where everyone gets to do it with their neighbor.

The rest of the dance isn't too complicated, making it a candidate for that small category of dances which are straightforward for beginners while still interesting for veterans. I often use it successfully as the second dance of the evening for a mixed crowd.

Named for Malcolm Sanders' wonderful dog Spoot, who appeared in Malcolm's life at 1:00 AM after a Froggie on the Carport gig during the time the band was infatuated with Ian Burns' tune Spootiskerry. (One story is that "Spootiskerry" approximates the sound of the ocean splooshing into a rock formation on a particular Scottish island.)

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user: Chet Gray

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