Bee in her Bonnet

hook: circle to circle transition

by: John Coffman

formation: improper

A1 4
circle left 2 places
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay
gentlespoons start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
ladles allemande right 1½
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain To neighbor
circle right 4 places ⁋

3/2012, revised 7/12 (For my lovely wife, Kathy)
Transition: Circle Right, with Next Circle Left: I really like this flow, but many dancers will need help doing it properly.  I will sometimes have dancers take hands in a ring, but not go anyplace. Then drop hands, and turn to make a ring with their next neighbors. I might have them practice this a couple of times before doing it with the circles, and most come to understand that the easy (smooth) way to turn is to the inside toward your partner as you make the transition. I recently read of an even better teaching tip. After the circle right 1X, you are on the side of the set with your neighbor, and your partner is across the set from you. Now, you have one hand with your neighbor - take that hand and give it to your partner. Now, keep that hand as you turn to face your new neighbors, and make a ring with them. [Using this technique, dancers will be compelled to turn toward their partner as they make the transition.]

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