Rosen at the Wheel

By Rick Mohr; October 2004

Contra, Duple Improper, Reverse-progression Caller's Box

Level: Intermediate


Gypsy neighbor (8)

Swing neighbor (8)


Gents allemande left 1 1/2 (8)

Allemande right with partner 3/4 (4)

Allemande left with shadow (4)


Balance and swing partner (16)


(On left diagonal) Right and left through (8)

Circle left 3/4 (6)

(Face new neighbor up and down the set)

Pass through to meet next neighbor (2)

The right and left through in B2 is a double progression, but the subsequent pass through makes for a single progression dance. I got the idea of doing a "fake double progression" starting with a diagonal right and left through from Tori Barone of Wilmington Delaware. Thanks Tori!

This dance progresses in the opposite direction from most duple improper contras, with the 1's moving up the set and the 2's moving down the set.

For my friend Bruce Rosen of Newton MA, fine pianist and champion of maligned instruments like melodeon and banjo uke, who never lets me drive.

Back when I used to name untried dances I wrote another dance with this title, but it just wasn't as great as Bruce. If by some chance you have the old one please bury it.