Love Sting

By Rick Mohr; September 2007

Contra, Becket Caller's Box

Level: Easy/Intermediate


Down the center, four in line (6)

Gent on left end turn alone; ladies trade places as gent between them does "right hand high, left-hand low" (3)

Return, bend the line (7)


Balance the ring (4)

Swing neighbor (12)


Long lines forward and back (8)

(On right diagonal) Ladies chain (to shadow) (8)


Left hand star (8)

Swing partner (in adjacent star) (8)

This "leave the minor set" dance has worked well with newer dancers. You're not long away from home, and the familiar faces of shadow and partner help with orientation.

After going down the hall (A1) dancers should start their turn sooner than usual. Gents between two ladies raise your right arm as the ladies trade places (with the left-hand lady ducking under the arch) and then duck under that arm as all face the music to return up the hall.

After the ladies' diagonal chain (B1) dancers may need to look slightly left to find the correct couple for the star.

For the wedding of Chris Love and Sarah Easterling of Asheville NC, who thought "Love Sting" a fun option when they considered combining their names.

Video: JoLaine Jones-Pokorney & Dunehoppers at a 2012 GODS Dance, Gainesville FL: