Grand Picnic

By Rick Mohr; 1989

Contra, Duple Improper Caller's Box

Level: Intermediate


Balance and swing neighbor (16)


Ladies chain (8)

(Keep left hands with partner, face partner up and down the set)

Pull past partner by the left (2)

Allemande right with shadow (6)


Balance and swing partner (16)


Circle left 3/4 (8)

Allemande right with neighbor 1 1/2 (8)

This is a straightforward dance with continuous motion for all and lots of swinging; it works well provided that the novel bit in A2 is taught carefully. The key is to face your partner up and down the set after the ladies chain, continuing to hold left hands. During the walk-through this is a good moment to identify shadows by looking past your partner.

For my friends in the great New York City contra band, Grand Picnic.

Video: Louise Siddons with Oh! Contraire at Looking Glass Festival 2017, Lansing MI (posted by John Newsome):