[Callers] Favorite Triplet?

Claire Takemori via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Wed Mar 30 18:23:44 PDT 2016

Thank you all for the great triplets!   I did call Dave’s Triplet #5 with a hey for 6 that they loved, but I was guest calling and so we had 3 triplets during my slot, but after the break it was down to 6-8 dancers and we were looking for choreography for small groups. 

I appreciate your time and very helpful explanations of the choreography! 

Claire Takemori  (Bay Area, CA) 

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From: Valerie Cohen via Callers <callers at lists.sharedweight.net>
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Hi, Claire,

One triplet I have enjoyed is Rick Mohr's Triplet #2 (I've copied his notes
below). once dancers get the feel, the momentum of the 1's leading into the
circle at the beginning of A2 is very satisfying, as is the wave into the
I had it nearly fall apart one time when the group of people left were all
beginners, but they were having a good time and laughed throughout - either
caught up on the circle left or straightened out the set at the partner
swing at the end, so it worked well enough.

I used to coordinate an open band/open caller dance that got tons of
musicians but was often short on dancers, so it was handy to have
interesting dances that worked for very short sets. I also once improvised
Rory O'more as a triplet, but the memory is hazy now. I think I just had
the #1 couple swing to the bottom of the set at the end.
-Valerie Cohen, Seattle

Rick's Triplet #2
By Rick Mohr; January 28, 2002
Triplet, 1's Improper
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
A1: 1's cross *(passing right shoulders)*, go outside below 2's who move up
1's cross *(passing right shoulders)*, turn right, go outside around two
people *(ending proper)* (10)
A2: Circle left 6 hands round (12)
Allemande right with partner 3/4 (4)
*(Join left hands with neighbor to form a wave of six)*
B1: Balance the wave (4)
Half hey for 6 *(neighbors pass left shoulders to start)* (12)
B2: Balance and swing partner (16)

The figures of this dance fit the music phrases exactly, so it can be quite
satisfying if dancers are on the ball but somewhat unforgiving if they get

The active couple moves continuously in A1. First they cross around the 2's
to the middle position, and then without stopping they cross again and both
turn right?the man loops around the bottom couple while the woman loops
around the top couple. As the active dancers return to the middle position
(proper) all join hands and match their motion smoothly into a circle left.

The circle left in A2 takes 12 steps, so be aware to call the allemande
right in time for its four steps to end the phrase in time to balance the
wave at the start of B1. Then 12 weaving hey steps invert the set in time
for the partner balance and swing at the start of B2.

In terms of the original numbering, once through the dance leaves the
couples in a 3, 1, 2 sequence.

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> Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 11:22:05 -0400
> From: Bob Isaacs via Callers <callers at lists.sharedweight.net>
> To: Claire Takemori <cht at mac.com>, Shared Weight
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> Subject: Re: [Callers] Favorite Triplet ?
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> Hi Claire:
> If you want a triplet with contra corners and a hey for 6 (and very much
> for experienced dancers) then try:
> Cinnamon CrullerTriplet, properBI / 10-23-05
> A1.  1s cast to bottom, 1s up the center and 1/2 figure 8 below (2s move
> up)A2.  1s turn contra cornersB1.  All partner allemande R 3/4, 1/2 hey for
> 6B2.  Partner balance, swing - face up progressed (3-1-2)
> Bob
>> Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 22:51:38 -0700
>> To: callers at lists.sharedweight.net
>> Subject: [Callers] Favorite Triplet ?
>> From: callers at lists.sharedweight.net
>> Hi everyone.  I?m enjoying all the great information that is shared on
> this list.  Thank you!
>> I?m wondering if you have a favorite Triplet that would work for a very
> small but experienced contra dance with just 6 dancers left after the
> break?  Ideally
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Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:03:48 -0700
From: Michael Barraclough via Callers <callers at lists.sharedweight.net>
To: Valerie Cohen <valerie.fiddle at gmail.com>
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Mine is Bob's Triplet #1 (Bob Dalsemer, 1988)

A1: First couple join both hands, chass? down center (4) , heel, toe,
heel toe with man's left foot, ladies right (4), chass? back up (4) and
cast off unassisted into second place, second couple moving up 
A2: First couple turn contra corners 
B1: All balance and swing partners, end swing facing up 
B2: All chass? four steps, men to their right, ladies to their left, men
passing behind partners (4), turn to face partner, move towards each
other, joining hands in a circle of 6 (4), circle left halfway (8)

I modify the B2 1-4 into balance together, away and swap with partner
(top couple, California twirl, others rollaway) 

Michael Barraclough
michael at michaelbarraclough.com

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