By Rick Mohr; December 2004

Contra, Becket Caller's Box

Level: Intermediate


(On left diagonal) Right and left through (8)

Ladies allemande right 1 1/2 (8)

(Join left hands with neighbor to form a wave of four)


Balance the wave (4)

Allemande left with neighbor 3/4 (4)

Swing next neighbor (8)


Gents allemande left 1 1/2 (8)

(Join right hands with partner to form a wave of four)

Balance the wave (4)

Allemande right with partner 3/4 (4)


Allemande left with shadow (6)

Swing partner (10)

An accessible dance with some nice symmetries and a "two steps forward and one step back" progression.

Dancers are next to their shadows at the beginning of the dance. If you introduce them before the walk-through they might still remember each other in B2.

For Bill Olson, an A1 caller, musician, and human being, in honor of many great times at the A1 Diner in Gardner Maine before the North Whitefield dance. "A1" is also the beginning of a contradance, and if Bill's there it's bound to be great.

Video: Gaye Fifer & Rumblestrip at Snowball 2010, Gulfport FL (posted by Dave Pokorney):