Dr. Bluhm's Delight

hook: accessible diagonal waves

by: Rick Mohr

formation: Becket

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
circle left 3 places
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
star left 2 places - gentlespoons drop out
ladles allemande left ¾
B1 0
form an ocean wave - ladles by right hands and neighbors by left hands
balance the wave
neighbors allemande right ½ and a little bit more
form a right diagonal ocean wave - gentlespoons by right hands and neighbors by left hands (next gentlespoon)
balance the wave
gentlespoons allemande right ¾
B2 0
form a left diagonal ocean wave - gentlespoons by right hands and partners by left hands catch left hands with partners to form left diagonal wavy line
balance the wave
partners swing


Diagonal action makes this dance fun and different while staying accessible.

The neighbors allemande right in B1 is slightly more than half way round — gentlespoons go just past the opposite gentlespoon to join left hands with the next gentlespoons, forming a wave on the right diagonal. Then left allemande 3/4 easily forms the left diagonal wave with partners for the balance in B2. Of course the gentlespoons would never forget to complete the balance by looking left at each other before diving into the partner swing ... but it couldn't hurt to remind them!

Usually after the swing in B2 dancers are almost across from their new neighbors and don't need to shift left very far to start the circle left in A1.

For my buddy Carey Bluhm of Keene NH, who delights in playing fiddle tunes.

Video: Lisa Greenleaf & Didgeridoo at Fiddling Frog 2010, Pasadena CA (posted by Dave Foster)


user: Chet Gray

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