We danced this one last weekend, and it works quite well, even if the "dolphin" couple doesn't quite get the "switch leads without switching places" bit. As long as they wind up in the center, it works.
Passion for Dolphins
A1 Down the hall, 1s in the middle. Turn alone, come back, end with all facing Lady 2.
A2 Full dolphin hey by the 1s, starts with Gent 1 passing Lady 2 by the right.
B1 Ones swing in the middle of the set (8) (end facing down) and roll out to swing N (8) (progression).
B2 LL F/B. 2s (below) gate their new ones about 1.25, to a new line facing down.
It's been a while since I've danced one of these but I know they exist!
1. Line of four goes down the hall.
2. While there, do something such as 1/2 hey.
3. Line of 4 comes back up.
Any suggestions for lovely dances that include such a (or similar) sequence?
Anyone know who wrote late in the evening?
A1 n balance and box the gnat, mad robin
A2 g cross, p swing
B1 g all left 1.5, n s
B2 int sq thru 4
And either name or author for
A1 n b and s
A2 pass the ocean, balance, walk forward, left shoulder round the previous back to original neighbors with gents in middle of wave
B1 balance waive, gents all L 1/2, p s
B2 circle l 3/4 pass thru next neighbor dsd
A1 short wavy line across. Bal r,l all r 3/4 to long waves. Bal l, r, all l with previous 3/4 to short waves
A2 bal r and back, walk forward original n s!
B1 w all r 1.5, p s
B2 circle 3/4 bal ring, pass thru up and down to wave of 4
Thanks in advance!
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I picked up a Square Dance break from somewhere that was called the Dixie
Dixie Chain Break:
Heads Hey for Four with hands Ladies lead with Right Hand
Sides the same
Heads and Sides do simultaneous Heys when four are in the middle they do a
Hands Across Star (Ladies Star, Pull the Men in, Men Star, Pull the Ladies
My notes also say that the simultaneous crossed Heys are called a Grand Hey.
The original Dixie Chain was attributed to Bill Owen in 1952 and was just:
Ladies Pull By Right, Pull the Men in by the Left, Men Pull by Right
Quite why the Square Dance community felt the need to give "Three Changes of
a Hey" a special name, when it has been around since at least 1588, I don't
know - but then they did get up to over 5000 calls back in the 1950s...
Warleggan by Joyce Walker is a good four couple dance with a Grand Hey.
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I was playing around with a new (?) composition; and since it's a 4x4, it's
unlikely I'll get a house-party together to test it any time soon. I'd
appreciate feedback on flow (would it work), timing (is it too much?) and
how you'd teach it. I'm especially curious if something similar exists in
the square dance repertoire; specifically the figure used in B1
Bent 4x4 (i.e. 4x4 formation, but with couples facing into the middle on an
X, instead of straight up and down in lines of four)
(4) All 8 go into the middle and shout
(4) Gents roll partners away on the way out
(8) Neighbor Do-Si-Do
(16) Neighbor Balance and Swing (square the set and face in)
(8) Gents left hands across star 1x
(8) start passing neighbor you swung by right, all 8 half hey through,
then turn away from neighbor you swung
(16) Partner Balance and Swing
End the swing facing new couple, having swapped sides with your trail-buddy
For the half hey through, all 8 folks are moving at the same time. At the
end of A2, there are couples in head and side position (nobody is with
their partner). The heads are heying up and down, while the sides are
heying across. When four people of the same role come into the middle, what
would normally be a left shoulder pass is (in my mind's eye) half of a left
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.