Here is the dance, with notes, as listed on Michael Dyck’s comprehensive web site:
As Paul Wilde pointed out, the dance is Becket formation. I have never tried calling it.
Allen Ortep's First Contra Top
Becket Counter Clockwise Intermediate-Advanced
Michael Fuerst February 1998
A1 Star left
Right and left through on right diagonal
A2 Long lines forward, on the way back, partners roll away with a 1/2 sashe
Circle right 3/4, pass through along set by left shoulder
to meet couple passed during the right and left of A1
B1 Balance and swing this neighbor.
B2 Allen Ortep turn (balance in a circle, then move as an individual
to the left one place in the circle while twirling counterclockwise)
Alternatives for B2 are
Men allemande left 1 1/2, partners swing, or
Star left 3/4, men turn back, partners swing
Those unfamiliar with the famous dance composer Allen Ortep,
should spell his name backwards
On Jun 18, 2017, at 10:33 PM, Mark Hillegonds via Callers
Allen Ortep's First Contra was shared with this group in November, 2012. Just
wondering if anyone has successfully called this dance. I ask because I've tried a few
times with some adventurous and skilled dancers and have never gotten it to work. So
I'm wondering if I have the instructions right.
I tried searching the SharedWeight archives and am not getting any results. (In fact, I
get no results even if I search for Contra. So now I'm feeling very technologically
Below are the instructions as I copied then and then double-checked them.at the time.
Does anyone see any mistakes or have any other thoughts? Thanks.
Allen Ortep’s First Contra
by Michael Fuerst
(8) LH star
(8) R diag R & L thru
(4,4) LL F & B, On way back, Gents roll Partner R to L
(6,2) Circle R 3/4, Pass thru (along)
(16) New Neighbor B & S
(4,4) Rings balance, Spin to L
(8) Partner swing
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