One caution on diagonal chains, especially over and back, is that
you may need to remind the gents to hold their places and make the
ladies come to them. I've noticed that on a few dances with diagonal
chains the gents tend to move toward the lady who is coming towards
them. This moves them out of their place across from their neighbor
gent. With two chains in a row this effect is increased. The result is
that they move a little up or down the set and are no longer across from
the couple they started out across from. That means when the next
figure comes to do something with the couple across some of the couples
are now across from a different couple. This can cause a lot of
confusion and/or the set to break down. As I say I have noticed this on
a couple of different dances. I'm not saying it will necessarily be a
problem with this dance, but you should be aware of the possibility.
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On 12/25/2017 11:42 AM, Bree Kalb via Callers wrote:
I composed this to have a fairly easy way to introduce
diagonal moves to
a group that isn't familiar with them. I don’t usually write dances
without a N swing, but my attempts to include one haven’t gone well.
If it’s original, I’ll call it ChainChainChain Improper
A1 N dosido into long lines, Gents face out; Ladies face in. Balance
F&B, Box circulate
A2 In these longlines (Ladies face out, Gents face in, partner on the
right) Balance the wave, Partner Swg
B1 on left diagonal, Ladies chain over and back to partner
B2 across the set, Ladies chain to N; Star Left