user: Moose Flores
by: Tom Hinds
long lines forward & back ⁋
ladles allemande left 1½
partners balance & swing
down the hall and turn as a couple
up the hall and bend into a ring
circle left 3 places
Bradley Smith Notes: The first time through the dance, the ladles allemande Left in A1 is with the couple that you start the dance with. Every time after that, the ladles have to look to the right to find the next ladle to allemande. It's a very simple progression that just requires reminding the ladles to look for the next ladle in line after the forward and back
introduces moves: hey
Ones step between twos to form short lines facing down
down the hall and turn alone
up the hall, ones back to back in the center, face neighbors
neighbors start a full hey - lefts on ends, rights in center
neighbors allemande left 1½
ones swing ⁋
Rick Mohr notes: the sequence of swings can be a thrill, especially if dancers end each of them with their back to the person they're going to swing next and then continue momentum to whirl 180° to the right and immediately into the next swing. (The gentlespoon in particular need extra encouragement to turn right out of each swing.)
Here's how I do that part of the walk-through: 2's—finish your swing facing each other in the center, with your back to your neighbor. 1's be ready to catch them! 2's whirl right, right into a swing with your neighbor. End that swing facing your neighbor, with the 1's back-to-back in the center. 1's—whirl right, right into a swing with your partner.
The neighbor swing in B2 ends in the middle of the phrase, something I usually avoid because dancers are so used to swinging until the end of the phrase. But this dance has always worked well, maybe because the series of short swings is a clear focus.
Thanks to co-author Bob Isaacs for greatly improving the sequence of surrounding figures for the string of swings.
by: Moose Flores
long lines forward & back
gentlespoons allemande left once around while the ladles orbit clockwise ½ around
form an ocean wave - gentlespoons by left hands and neighbors by right hands
balance the wave & "Spank the Alligator" + ⁋
star right - hands across - 4 places - ladles drop out, gentlespoons pull by to start ...
gentlespoons start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
partners balance & swing
For the Gator in Humbolt Park, Chance the Snapper
+ Spank the Alligator (from B2 of Joseph Pimentel's Hotpoint Special) All take a small step forward & face right. Partners walk single file, turning right to go up/down the set to new neighbors across.