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Andie's Blue Boot Becket

by: Moose Flores

One that I've done successfully

introduces moves: circle, swing, long lines, chain, star, promenade, pull by dancers

formation: Becket

Have dancers find/point to their first next neighbors for recognition.
Warn dancers against turning the first star too far.
Promenade is single-file, Ladle in front.

A1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B1 4
star left 2 places (a little less)
4
partners promenade along the set on the right (Single file or holding left to left) ⁋
8
star left 4 places
B2 2
neighbors pull by left
14
partners swing

For Andie (and her boots) on her birthday
Debut: 2018-11-23 Breaking Up Thanksgiving
Improved: 2018-12-17 CBCD 40th anniversary dance

Jefferson And Liberty

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall, arch & dive

formation: proper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
star right 4 places
8
star left 4 places
B1 8
ones down the outsides and turn alone
8
ones up the outsides and end in long lines, ones in the center, facing down the hall
B2 4
down the hall
4
ones arch twos dive ⁋
8
up the hall 2x2 with the twos leading, then ones turn around to face the next

G Campbell Kaynor notes: For a simple proper dance I do one called Jefferson and Liberty to the tune of the same name (Thos Jefferson's campaign song, a.k.a the Gobby O, an American Irish Jig)

It doesn't matter if people get on the wrong side of the set so I often start the night with this if there are lots of newcomers

Moving to Maine

by: Ryan Carollo

introduces moves: right left through, hey

formation: Becket

A1 8
right left through
8
ladles start a right diagonal half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends ⁋
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends - ladles ricochet
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons chain

Beneficial Tradition

by: Dan Pearl

introduces moves: allemande, form an ocean wave, pull by direction

formation: Becket

A1 4
ladles allemande left once to short wavy line across
4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and partners by right hands the wave
8
partners swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
ladles chain
8
long lines forward & back
B2 4
pull by left across the set
4
pull by right diagonal
4
pull by left diagonal
4
pull by right diagonal - look for new ladles

Pull bys should retain grip for a moment after passing and use the torque to turn back to the direction of travel up or down the set.

Dan Pearl notes

I always loved this zig-zag gimmick when I danced it in Cor Hogendijk's "Pat's Tradition", done by English country dancers. A dance by Steve Schnur that featured it motiviated me to try my own. The dance was written for and first performed at the Dance Musician's Development Fund annual benefit dance. The Fund sprung out of a one-time benefit dance to help Susan Worland, a fine fiddler in Boston, replace her stolen instruments. From that, the Fund formed as a subcommittee of the Folk Arts Center of New England. At the annual DMDF dance (12 hours of varied dancing) funds are raised to benefit research and special projects for Boston-area dance musicians. The title gives a nod to "Pat's Tradition" and the beneficial tradition of the DMDF.

Little did I know that when the dance started getting around, people would start yelping, hooting, etc. during B2. I think this started in Philadelphia. They have my blessing! Certainly, the "pulls" in B2 should be done with strength, tension, and other good contra-type connection. Foot-stompers have my blessing, too! ;-)

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