Oatmeal Creams

By Rick Mohr; March 1992

Contra, Duple Improper Caller's Box

Level: Intermediate

(To start join left hands with neighbor, and reach back to join right hands in a long wave; gents face in, ladies face out)


Balance the long wave (4)

Allemande left with neighbor 1/2 (3)

Ladies chain (9)

(Keep left hands with partner, ladies join right hands in center to form wave of four)


Balance the wave (4)

Walk forward (to meet shadow from next wave) (2)

Allemande left with shadow twice around (10)


Balance and swing partner (16)


Long lines forward and back (8)

Ladies cross to neighbor (pass right shoulders) (2)

Allemande right with neighbor (6)

(Join left hands with next neighbor to form new long waves)

The ladies chain in A1 has an extra 1/4 courtesy turn, which opens just in time as the ladies join right hands to form the wave. Encourage the dancers to do a "tight courtesy turn" in order to be on time for the balance. (Suggesting that they avoid twirls just gets their dander up.)

In A2 I call "Walk to your shadow" rather than "Walk forward"; the latter is confusing if people are out of place, while the former suggests the solution of heading for a familiar face.

Keebler used to make a fantastic oatmeal cream cookie but they deep-sixed it, probably due to financial tyranny of chocolate lovers.