“Coronavirus Dances”

I either created or revised the dances below during the COVID-19 pandemic, when I was unable to test them in a set of dancers. As your dancing begins to resume, please feel free to try some of my new dances and let me know how they go. Until that time, please stay safe!

DISCLAIMER
One of the first rules of writing dances is that they should be tested. How a dance looks on paper is often quite different from how it feels when actually danced. Nevertheless, because of the COVID-19 shutdown, none of the dances below has been danced in a group, nor will they be until it is safe to dance in groups again. When that happens, and the dances are tested properly, I fully expect to alter or discard much of this work. -David Smukler

Duple improper contras

Duple proper contras

Becket formation contras

English country dances


Buttermilk Biscuits
Duple improper

 A1 Ones half figure-8 down the set
Ones swing
 A2 Down the hall 4-in-line
Turn alone, return and face neighbor
 B1 Neighbors balance and swing
 B2 Long lines forward and back
Ones half figure-8 up the set

Composed July 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Phylla Mae Promenade
Duple improper

 A1 Circle left 1x and neighbors swing
 A2 Neighbors promenade 3/4 to face partner up or down
Partners do-si-do
 B1 Partners balance and swing
 B2 Balance the ring; spin one place to the right (as in Petronella)
Balance the ring; California twirl

My variation of Punxsutawney Promenade by Dan Pearl.

Composed June 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Ross’s Reel #2 (revised)
Duple improper

 A1 Neighbors balance and swing
 A2 (4) Ones allemande right 3/4, same-role neighbors take left hands to form wave on right diagonal (for gents this is current neighbor, for ladies it is neighbor 2)
(8) Balance the wave twice
(4) Neighbors allemande left once
 B1 Ones turn contra corners
 B2 Ones balance and swing, end facing down

Revised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have not yet been road-tested.

Finish the neighbor swing in time for ones to be ready with their right hands in A2. Then, finding the correct neighbor (or, for the ladies, “stranger”) will be key to forming the diagonal wave. Lady 1 look down and lady 2 up.

The dance is named for Ross’s Reel #4, a grand old tune that fits the dance well.

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Trip to the Shore
Duple improper

 A1 Neighbors do-si-do
Neighbors swing
 A2 Ladies change places; partners balance
Partners swing
 B1 Gents change places; partners change places
Circle left once around, hang on
 B2 Dive for the oyster, dig for the clam; shoot through the hole to the promised land

This can be called without reference to dance roles by replacing “ladies” and “gents” (or other role terms) with positional terms: “first corners” and “second corners.” It may alter who changes first, but by B2 all will still be home.

Composed June 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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We’ll Dance Again
Duple proper
Starts with ones in the center of a line-of-4 facing up

 A1 Up the hall 4-in-line, ones turn as a couple in the center
Down the hall, hand cast to form a ring
 A2 Balance the ring, ladies roll the gents away
Ladies chain across
 B1 Ladies do-si-do and partners swing
 B2 Balance the ring, spin to the right as in Petronella
Ones cross down between current neighbors, then go down the outside past the next neighbors and into the center facing up

Composed May 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Wild Idea
Duple proper
Starts with ones in the center of a line-of-4 facing up

 A1 Circle left 1x
Balance the ring, spin to the right
 A2 Ladies down the center, turn alone
Return, cast off with partner
 B1 Pass through across and partners swing
 B2 Gents allemande left 3/4 to cross the set; meanwhile ladies cast up or down the side, ending across from partner
Balance the ring; ones turn single while twos California twirl

Modeled on Martha Wild’s dance, Best of Friends.

B2 borrows unabashedly from English country dance, and is what ECD people call a “meanwhile figure.” The English turn single for the ones is a clockwise turn in four steps that ends where it began. It is often described to newcomers as dancing around an imaginary manhole (or pizza).

Composed May 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Beck and Call (revised)
Becket, clockwise

 A1 Long lines forward and back
Circle left 3/4, pass through along the set and form a wavy line-of-4 with new neighbors
 A2 Balance that wave, slide or spin to the right as in Rory O’More
Balance to the left, slide or spin to the left
 B1 Neighbors balance and swing
 B2 Circle left 3/4 and partners swing

Revised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have not yet been road-tested.

Written originally to fit into a medley of Becket dances that never happened. My goal was to write a Becket dance that used Rory O’More spins, similar to Becky Hill’s More of a Becket, but that progressed to the left instead of to the right. As often happens to me when I start tinkering with choreography, more things happened than just my original goal.

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What’s Time to a Pig?
Becket, counterclockwise and double progression

 A1 Balance the ring and spin to the right as in Petronella
Balance the ring, California twirl
 A2 Next neighbors balance and swing
 B1 Pass through across the set, turn away from this neighbor
New neighbors swing
 B2 Circle left 3/4 and partners swing

It progresses counterclockwise because time felt sometimes felt like it ran backwards during the pandemic.

This is a double progression dance. You swing your partner and both neighbors as well. So, pace yourself; there is a lot of swinging!

Composed June 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Ambidexterity (revised)
Duple minor longways
Tune: Thirtieth Anniversary Slip

A1 1-4 Four quick changes of a circular hey (start by passing partner)
A2 1-2 Partners right shoulder once around
3-4 Neighbors gate clockwise (first corners going forward)
B1 1-4 Begin a full hey-for-4 across (first corners pass left shoulder to start)
B2 1-2 Complete the hey
3 First corners cross by right shoulder
4 Second corners the same
C1 1-3 Circle left all the way round
4 Partners two-hand turn halfway
C2 1 Balance back
2-4 And partners back-to-back

Three steps per change on the circular hey. Not so on the hey across. Don’t get hung up on the phrase there; just start moving and you will be done just in time for the corner crossing.

Originally composed July 2018. Revised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have not yet been road-tested.

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Bastille Day
Duple minor longways
Tune: Peace Walk, by Debbie Jackson

A1 1-4 Circle left halfway, neighbors fall back on the side
5-8 Neighbors two-hand turn
A2 1-4 Circle left halfway, partners fall back (up or down the hall, away from neighbor)
5-8 Neighbors right-hand turn once around, ending in long wavy lines (first corners facing in and second corners out)
B1 1-2 Set in the wave
3-4 “Box circulate,” re-forming the long waves, as follows:
First corners (who are facing in) dance straight across to partner’s place
Meanwhile second corners (facing out) turn over right shoulder into neighbor’s place as if doing a right-hand turn halfway
5-8 Repeat the box circulate, second corners crossing and first corners turning to the right
9-12 First corners change places; second corners the same
13-16 First corners change back; second corners the same
B2 1-4 Partners set and turn single
5-8 Partners two-hand turn 1-1/2, open out to face neighbor couple
9-10 Twos arch over the ones while ones dive under the arch
11-12 Backing up, ones arch over the twos while twos back under the arch
13-16 Face new neighbors and repeat, ones under to begin
Tag (last time only)
1-2 Partners step right and honor
3-4 Facing the presence, all step left and honor

Composed June 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

This is one of a couple of dances I created to celebrate the birth of my grandson, Leo Horatio Smukler Barton. I asked Debbie Jackson to write a tune I could use for this purpose, and she sent me “Peace Walk,” which I loved. Then she sent it to Karen Axelrod and the two of them played it “together” (Karen live with Debbie on the BOSE speaker) during Karen’s “In the Moment” FaceBook event on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, which by happy coincidence was the very day Leo was born!

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Breathing Space
Four-couple square
Tune: Nonpareil, by John Krumm

A 1-3 Gents weave individually counterclockwise, in front of one (your partner) and behind the next, to opposite gent’s place
4 Opposites right-hand turn halfway
5-7 Ladies, similarly, weave counterclockwise
8 Partners left-hand turn halfway
9-12 Ladies grand chain halfway, end with a left-hand turn that folds into promenade position (begins like an open ladies chain, but then “closes”)
13-16 Promenade halfway, finishing with two step-close steps
B 1-8 (Sides face) Grand square “with breathing space”: 3 steps to meet or fall back, 3 more to turn and honor someone new, etc.
9-10 Set to current partner, right and left
11-12 Right shoulder once around the same
13-15 Gents left-hand star three-quarters
16 New partners right-hand turn halfway

Mixer: gents progress one place clockwise each time; ladies progress across and back, twice. Repeat three more times to original places.

It is a good idea to trust the ladies to get the grand square started. Since they remain either heads or sides, they will know which way to go. On the final change of the grand square, honor current partner (i.e., heads do not turn on the last three counts, but sides do).

Composed August 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Brooklyn Dandy (revised)
Duple minor longways
Tune: Flatbush Waltz by Andy Statman

A1 1-4 Circle left once around
5-8 Lady 1, followed by partner, cast down one place and cross the set while twos meet and lead up (ones are below and improper)
9-16 Full double figure eight (ones crossing up as twos cast down, etc.)
B1 1-4 Left-hand star with new neighbors
5-8 Right-hand star with original neighbors
9-12 Ones 2-hand turn 1-1/2, face up
13-16 Lead up between the twos, cast back to progressed place
A2 1-4 Circle left once around (with neighbor 2)
5-8 Gent 2, followed by partner, cast up one place and cross the set while twos meet and lead down (twos are above and improper)
9-16 Full double figure eight (gent 2 first, crossing down as ones cast up, etc.)
B2 1-4 Left-hand star with next neighbors
5-8 Right-hand star with current neighbors
9-12 Twos 2-hand turn 1-1/2, face down
13-16 Lead down between the ones, cast back to place

This dance began life as a variation on an old American contra dance called Dandy’s Hornpipe. Then came the idea to do it in waltz time and make the styling English, and figures evolved from there. Very little of Dandy’s Hornpipe remains!

The dance alternates who is active. With your first neighbors the ones are active (A1-B1). With the next it is the twos who are active (A2-B2), and you continue to alternate as you progress along the line. You can also choose to simplify by dancing only A1 and B1.

Revised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have not yet been road-tested.

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Doctor Fauci’s Maggot
Duple minor longways
Tune: Territorial Boys, by Debbie Jackson

A1 1-4 Right-hand star
5-8 All dance individually clockwise up or down your own line, wrapping around at the ends (skipping or skip-change step)
A2 1-4 Turn over left shoulder and return
5-8 Original foursomes left-hand star
B1 1-4 First corners change places passing left shoulder; when coast is clear, second corners change places passing right shoulders
5-8 Partners two-hand turn 1-1/2, face new neighbors
B2 1-4 With these new neighbors, circle left, releasing hands a bit early to ease out to line
5-8 Partners set and turn single

Composed June 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Eliza Doolittle Day (revised)
Duple minor longways
Tune: John’s March by John Wobus

A1 1-4 Circle left once around
5-8 With your partner back-to-back
A2 1-4 Circle right once around
5-8 With your neighbor left shoulder back-to-back
B 1-4 Couple one cross the set and cast down one place as the twos meet and move up
5-8 Couple two cross and cast into the center of a line-of-4 facing up while the ones lead up and cast out to the ends of the line
9-10 Up the hall four steps
11-12 Set to the musicians
13-14 Fall back, the ends closing in to form a ring
15-16 Circle left halfway (change hands with your partner to form a ring with the next neighbors)

Created on the twentieth of May (hence the title) 2009.

Revised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have not yet been road-tested.

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Exposed
Three-face-three, longways or Sicilian
Tune by Hieronymus Bosch & David Smukler, four steps to the bar

A 1-2 Lines-of-3 forward a double and back
3-4 Center with dancer on right gate CW (centers forward, 6 counts); then center with other dancer two-hand turn halfway while the lone dancer continues to spin clockwise in place halfway (2 counts), such that all are facing opposite of original direction
5-8 Repeat measures 1-4 to end facing original direction but in a new order (if originally numbered left-to-right 1-2-3, you are now in 2-3-1 order)
B1 1-2 All six, circle left halfway
3-4 Opposites back-to-back
5-8 Turn contra corners from here: middles turn each other by right, first corner left, middles right, second corner left, end where you began
B2 1-2 Circle right halfway
3-4 Opposites left shoulder back-to-back
5-6 Lines-of-3 zig-zag to right and left to progress
7-8 New opposites two-hand turn

Composed August 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Fanny Dashwood’s Comeuppance
Three-couple longways, twos improper
Tune: Miss Carmichael’s Minuet (1768)

A1 1-2 Lady 1: step left and honor lady 2, step right and honor partner
3-4 Lady 1 cast to the bottom; the line follows, inverting the line
5-7 Lady 1 and gent 3, right-hand turn
8 And turn single left
A2 1-2 Gent 1: step right and honor gent 2, step left and honor lady 3
3-4 Gent 1 cast to the bottom; the line follows, inverting the line
5-7 Ones left-hand turn
8 And turn single right
B1 1-4 All six, circle left halfway and fall back in lines (original positions, opposite sides)
5-8 Partners back to back (~3 bars) and then cross the set by right shoulder (1 bar), finish by taking hands-6 (all are home)
B2 1-2 Circle left one place with two single steps
3-4 Cast clockwise one more place
5-8 New partners two-hand turn

Mixer: Ladies end in 2-3-1 order; gents end in 3-1-2 order, with second couple improper. Repeat twice more to original places.

Composed August 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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First Flight
Duple minor longways
Tune: Fledglings, by David Smukler

A1 1-2 Circle left halfway
3-4 Neighbors gate counterclockwise once around
A2 1-2 Circle right halfway
3-4 Neighbors gate clockwise 1-1/4 (first corners in the center face out; second corners on the outside face in)
B1 1-4 Three-quarters of a hey-for-4, neighbors pass right to begin
5-8 Partners 2-hand turn 1-1/2* (first corners are again in the center facing out, but on other side; second corners are where they were at the start of the B1)
B2 1-4 Three-quarters of a hey-for-4, partners pass right to begin
5-6 Neighbors right-hand turn three-quarters (to progressed place)
7-8 Neighbors a quick back-to-back, turning over right shoulder as you fall back to find new neighbors

*Note: There are twelve beats to turn once-and-a-half in B1 (5-8). The turn will be most satisfying if paced to use all the music.

Composed August 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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The Fly’s Story
Duple minor longways
Tune: Christy Barry’s

A1 1-6 First corners chase, as follows:
Gent 1 dance clockwise around partner while corner pursues; both end at home
7-8 All circle left one quarter
A2 1-6 Second corners chase, as follows:
Lady 1 dance clockwise around lady 2 opposite while corner pursues; end where you began
7-8 All circle left one more quarter
B1 1-4 Ones half figure-8 up through the twos
5-8 Partners all 2-hand turn
B2 1-4 Twos half figure-8 down through the ones (see note)
5-8 Partners all set and turn single

The chase figure is borrowed from The Garter (The Dancing Master, 1688). There is plenty of time for it. Pace yourself to use up all 12 counts of music.

Twos may find it smoother to have the gent go first in their half figure-8.

Composed October 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Follow Me
Duple minor longways
Tune: The Call, by Judith Cooper (© 2006), 4 steps per bar

A 1-4 Ladies dolphin hey with the gents: Lady 1 and gent 2 pass left to begin; lady 2 follows lady 1, but takes the lead to complete the loop to the left; lady 1 then retakes the lead for the last change and they cross back to their own side in progressed place
5-8 Similarly, gents dolphin hey with the ladies: Ones pass right to begin; gent 2 follows gent 1, but takes the lead as they complete the loop to the right; then gent 1 retakes the lead as they loop left and they cross back to their own side (all are progressed)
B 1-2 Ones, a long cast up to original places while twos meet, lead down, and fall back to line
3-4 Partners set and turn single
5-6 Half poussette clockwise
7-8 Same four right-hand star once around

The heys are up and down on one side of the set, as in Jack’s Maggot. Changing the lead in these dolphin heys involves “going wide” rather than “going long,” so that crowding is reduced. Lady 1 begins the first hey by dancing between the two gents and continuing wide. Meanwhile, lady 2 follows her between the gents but immediately does a tight counterclockwise loop at the bottom, thereby taking the lead. Passing gent 2 at the top, it is lady 2 who goes wide out the side, while lady 1 does a tight clockwise loop and regains the lead. Gents, of course, do the same sort of thing in A2.

Composed August 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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The Gap
Duple minor longways
Tune: Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch, six steps to the bar

A1 1 All change places on right diagonal passing right shoulders, end facing up or down
2 Fall back along the line into partner’s place
3-4 Star right hands across, once around
A2 1-2 Similarly, all change places on left diagonal passing left shoulders, and fall back to original place
3 Circle left halfway
4 Partners two-hand turn halfway, end facing up
B 1-2 Half double figure-8, ones cross up and twos cast down to begin
3-4 Twos gate the ones once around
5 Retaining neighbor’s hand, face across; step right and honor
6 Releasing hands, cross the set passing left shoulder
7-8 Same four star left hands across, once around

Note about the tune: This is a slow air, not a jig. It is a lament and should feel solemn. Typically, it would be played rubato, but for the dance it must be played with a regular beat.

Diagonal action in the A-parts:

  • If your first diagonal change is down, then all of them will be down. And if it is up, it will also always be so. This remains true even after your role changes at either end of the set.
  • First corners change places with current corner, but second corners change places with former corner. This gives the second corners a greater challenge. The star and circle are with the current neighbors behind them, not those with whom they just interacted.
  • When a diagonal change sends you out of the set at either end, dance with a “ghost” to end up in the correct place for the moves that follow.

In the B-part, after twos cross up for the half figure-8, they can do a little flip to face in at the end of the phrase. This makes it easier to offer the correct hand for the gate.

Composed October 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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In the Moment
Duple minor longways
Tune: First Parish, by Andrew Marcus (November 2001)

A1 1-4 First corners back-to-back
5-8 Neighbors gate once around counterclockwise (second corners forward)
A2 1-4 Second corners left-shoulder back-to-back
5-8 Neighbors gate once around clockwise (first corners forward)
B 1-2 Neighbors fall back a double
3-4 Partners change places passing right shoulder, flip on last beat to face back in
Set and link, as follows
5-6 Neighbors take inside hands and set
7-8 Neighbors change places turning over right shoulder: Those in first corner place roll through the center and end facing out while others cast up or down (all are now progressed, but on improper side)
C1 1-4 Ones chase clockwise around the couple above: “First around two and your partner cut through”
5-8 Twos, similarly, chase clockwise around the couple below
C2 1-4 Circle left once around
5-8 Partners two-hand turn

At the end of A2, dancers can move in to end close to partner before falling back in the B-part.

The chase in C1 (first for couple 1 and then for couple 2) works like this: each first corner in turn begins by chasing their partner in an orbit around the neighbor couple, but takes a short cut by slipping between those neighbors. The chase begins improper, but partners exchange places because of the “cut through” and end proper. This path is similar to the first figure in Cheshire Rounds (1710), and the figure has jumped from one dance genre to another over the years. It came into southern Appalachian round dancing as “the old side door,” and from there made its way into traditional squares. Ted Sannella imported it into his contra dance New Friendship Reel, after which many other contra dance authors, including Penn Fix, Roger Diggle, and Donna Calhoun, have featured it. (I should count myself in that list as well; the same chase appears in my Triplet #7.) With Gary Roodman’s use of the figure in his now classic English country dance The Homecoming, this particular chase has comes full circle.

Composed October 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.


The Justice
Three-couple longways
Tune: The Almond, by James Oswald (1710-1769)

A1 1-3 Partners left-hand turn
4-5 All turn single right
6-8 On the right diagonal, those who can change places as in “Hole in the Wall”
9-12 Circle left six hands halfway
13-16 Opposites back-to-back
A2 1-3 Opposites right-hand turn
4-5 All turn single left
6-8 On the left diagonal, those who can change places as in “Hole in the Wall” (passing right shoulders as before)
9-12 Circle left six hands halfway
13-16 Opposites back-to-back
B 1-4 Middles cast over right shoulder (lady 1 up and gent 3 down) into half of a right shoulder hey-for-3 on the side
5-6 Middles continue trajectory of the hey to dance outside (left shoulder) around one to the middle position of lines-of-3 (ladies facing up and gents down)
7-8 Lines forward and back
9-12 Similarly, middles cast over right shoulder into half of a hey-for-3 across (pass the same “trail buddy” by the right to begin the second hey)
13-14 Middles dance outside around one to the middle position of lines-of-3 facing across (all are halfway round from where they began the B-part)
15-16 Lines forward and back
17-20 Opposites, “swirly” siding, 6 steps to cross by left shoulder, 3 steps back, then keep moving into…
21-24 Single file clockwise until all are proper and home (five-sixths of the way round)
25-28 Partners 2-hand turn; ones face up, others retain hands
29-30 Ones cast to the bottom while others sidestep twice to move up one place
31-32 Ones turn single down while others turn single up

Middles (lady 1 and gent 3) are actives during the first half of the B-part. In the first hey they can catch partner’s eye as they cast, but then pass the one who is not their partner by right shoulders to begin the hey. Measures 9-16 are a repeat of measures 1-8, but the figure is turned 90°.

Composed September 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Live Stream
Duple minor longways
Tune: Sage Hen Waltz, by Tim Ball

A 1-2 First corners right-hand turn halfway
3-4 All single file clockwise halfway
5-6 Second corners right-hand turn halfway
7-8 All single file clockwise halfway
B1 1-2 Neighbors right shoulder round
3-4 Next neighbors left shoulder round
5-8 Original neighbors right-hand star, end in a line-of-4 facing up (ones in the center, all improper)
C 1-2 Dance up the hall 3 steps, fall back 3
3-4 “Thread needle” as follows: Gents arch; end lady dive under the arch and draw two others through, gent 2 moving to the opposite side and gent 1 turning under his own arm (line is inverted and faces down, ones still in the center, all proper)  
5-6 Neighbors gate turn, ones moving forward
7-8 Ones turn single while twos cast up above ones
B2 1-2 Ones 2-hand turn moving down while twos turn single
3-4 Ones cast up to place while twos 2-hand turn moving down
5-6 Circle left halfway
7-8 Partners change places across the set, passing right shoulder )

Composed May 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Never Better (revised)
Four-couple longways
Tune: Laurel’s Triumph, by Jane Knoeck (July 2017)

A1 1-4 Middle four join hands and make arches all round: ends cast down or up, dance into the side arches and out the ends to return to place
5-6 Couples 1 and 2 trade places with a half draw poussette clockwise, and couples 3 and 4 the same
7-8 The four now in the middle (original ends) circle left three-quarters while new ends continue the draw poussette (lady moving forward and gent backing up) to orbit the set one quarter; the line of 4 couples now goes across the hall
A2 1-8 Repeat A1 to home places (all roles change, and the opposite people go forward or backward in the poussettes)
B1 1-4 Partners set and turn single
5-6 Foursomes circle left halfway, face neighbor
7-8 Around the (flat) ring of eight, do two quick changes of rights and lefts (the second change is either up or down the side in the middle, or around the ends)
B2 1-4 All meet a same role neighbor along the line and two-hand turn 1½, open out to face partner across
5-6 With your neighbor, fall back and come forward
7-8 Partners two-hand turn once around
(ends face out, middles make a ring-of-4)

The action in measures 5-8 of the A-parts requires careful teaching. It is helpful to visualize the draw poussette as a virtual circle halfway.

Originally composed August 2017 for my wife, Laurel Sharp, to celebrate a significant birthday. Revised in October 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have not yet been road-tested.

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Newt’s News
Duple minor longways
Tune: Salamander’s Tea, by Nadine Dyskant-Miller

A1 1-4 First corners orbit counterclockwise halfway
5-8 Partners on the side, set and turn single
9 Partners right-hand turn halfway
A2 1-4 Second corners (in first corner position) orbit clockwise halfway
5-8 Partners across, set and turn single
9 Partners right-hand turn halfway (all are home)
B1 1-3 All single file clockwise three-quarters
4-5 Partners two-hand turn halfway into a ring-of-4 (gents above and ladies below)
6-7 In the ring, balance in and out
8-9 Spin to the right one place as in Petronella (all are in progressed places)
B2 1-7 Full double figure-8, ones cross up and twos cast down to begin
8-9 Reverse turn single cloverleaf:
Ones turn single up while twos turn single down

In the final turn single, first corners are turning over left shoulder, and second corners right.

Last time through, when B2 has 10 measures, use the extra measure of music after the turn single to face across and honor partner.

This is one of a couple of dances I created to celebrate the birth of my grandson, Leo Horatio Smukler Barton. Nadine wrote a sweet and unusual tune for me to use for this purpose, and called it Salamander’s Tea. In one of my messages to her, I accidentally left out the apostrophe-s, and for some reason Nadine was dismayed by the notion of “salamander tea”….

Composed June 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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Take the Oar
Duple minor longways
Tune: Take the Oar, by David Smukler

A 1-3 First corners right-hand turn
4 Turn single left
5-7 Neighbors on the side, left-shoulder back to back
9-12 Partners half poussette counterclockwise
13-15 Second corners (in first corner position) left-hand turn
16 Turn single right
B 1-3 Circle left
4-6 Partners two-hand turn
7-8 Cloverleaf turn single, ones down and twos up

Neutral corners may choose to participate if they wish by also turning single during the A music (measures 4 and 16).

Composed June 2020 during the time we could not dance because of COVID-19. Consequently, it has not yet been road-tested.

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