Well inspired by this four-couple version I just wrote a Sicilian Circle variation on
Chorus Jig and gave it a tentative title. Comments welcome. Did we ever discover who
composed the four-couple version?
Chorus Reel Sicilian Circle Richard Allen Fischer
Formation: Duple Improper Circle. Ones facing CCW, Twos facing CW. Dance begins with Ones
joining near hands while Twos stand normal distance apart.
A1) Everyone walks forward, Ones passing between Twos, two steps per pass, passing
Neighbors 1, 2, 3, & 4; Swing Neighbor 5. End swing facing across to Partner
A2) In current group of four, Ladies dosido, Gents dosido
B1) All turn modified contra corners. Allemande R with Partner 3/4, allemande Same-Sex
Neighbor (one you dosido'd) L 1x, allemande Partner by R 1/2, allemande new Same-Sex
Neighbor by L 1x.
B2) All balance and swing Partner. End facing in line of direction, Ones with near hands
joined, Twos separating a bit from partner.
On Jul 16, 2017, at 8:37 PM, Yoyo Zhou via Callers
I've been looking for a funky dance, a variation on Chorus Jig for 4 couples,
alternating, everybody turns contra corners. Does anyone know who to thank for it?
(I remember dancing it at one of the Monte Toyon camps (Spring Fever or Queer Contra
Camp) but I can't remember which! For bonus points, I'd love to figure out whom I
learned it from.)
The dance goes like this:
A1: top couple down the outside and back
B1: top couple down the middle and back, cast off with 2s
C: all turn contra corners in the middle
(All turn partner right 3/4, 1st corner left 1, parter right 1/2, 2nd corner left 1.
It looks like a wave of 8 down the middle.)
B2: all balance and swing partner; end swing facing up (?)
(? = Do you alternate facing up/down?)
Then, every other time, alternate: the bottom couple goes up the set and casts off with
the 3s. So the 1s and 2s just change places with each other, and the 3s and 4s change
places with each other, and everyone has a turn.
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