Laura's Zigzag

By Rick Mohr; May 2001

Contra, Duple Improper Caller's Box

Level: Intermediate


Balance and swing neighbor (16)


Circle left 1/2 (4)

With partner, zig left to pass neighbors; zag right to meet next couple (4)

Circle right 1/2 with these new neighbors (4)

With partner, zag right to pass current neighbors; zig left to meet original neighbors (4)


Circle left 3/4 with original neighbors (6)

Swing partner (10)


Long lines forward and back (8)

Ladies chain (8)

Dedicated to Laura Johannes, caller and dance organizer from Jamaica Plain MA. Laura crafted the sequence in A2 for her dance "Autumn Breeze", expanding on the zigzag idea in Rockin' Robin, and I was full-circle inspired to write this dance.

The A2 is most satisfying when momentum from circling launches the zigzags and momentum from zigzagging launches the circles. Also note that the 1/2 circle left passes quickly, so the ladies must be alert to lead into the zigzag. Then the gents must be likewise alert to lead into the zag-zig after the 1/2 circle right. Finally, note that keeping some elbow tension can help partners enjoy staying together in the quick sideways motions of the zigzags.

Video: Mike Schuh & Les Pieds Chaud at a 2008 Fremont Abbey contra, Seattle, WA (posted by Matt Fisher):