Rick's Triplet #1

By Rick Mohr; July 2000

Triplet, 1's Improper Caller's Box

Level: Intermediate


Balance and swing partner (16)

(1's face down, others face up)


Dip and dive, 6 changes (inside couple arch) (16)


Top two couples balance in a ring of four (4)

Top two ladies roll away with neighbor (4)

All balance in a ring of six (4)

All ladies roll away (bottom two with neighbor, top with partner) (4)


All balance in a ring of six (4)

Circle left 6 hands round (12)

Ted Sannella wrote many wonderful triplets and popularized the formation for contra dancers. The best triplets give a short intimate dancing experience with a zesty all-moving contra feel and the added variety of 3-couple figures.

A2's "dip and dive" starts with couples 1 and 2 trading places, couple 1 ducking under couple 2's arch. Then couples 1 and 3 trade places, couple 1 arching over couple 3, while couple 2 does a California twirl at the top. Then couple 3 arches over couple 2 while couple 1 does a California twirl at the bottom. After 6 such changes everyone is back home. (This figure works best if the preceding dance had a California twirl so everyone can do it smoothly!)

In B1, couple 1 moves to the middle during the first roll away and to the bottom during the second roll away. In both rollaways the ladies move to their right while the gents move to their left.

In terms of the original numbering, once through the dance leaves the couples in a 2, 3, 1 sequence.

Video: Rick Mohr & Crowfoot at Au Contraire 2011, Atlanta GA: