Catch and Release and Catch, a contra dance

Catch and Release and Catch

by Erik B. Erhardt, 2010.02.18

Becket, double progression to the right (reverse Becket progression)
Music: slow tempo, flowing through B1, can have punctuation on beat 4 in four measures in B2

[Pulses Call]

A1:
4 (with Neighbors across,) Box the Gnat
6 (into) Right-hand (wrist-grip) Star 3/4
6 (Gents turn over right shoulder,) Neighbor swing
A2: (catch)
8 (with Partner across, Ladies pass left shoulder taking right hand with Partner)
Gents Lasso Ladies [Partner], high then low (Ladies walk around twice, letting hands go behind the Gent’s back on second time around)
8 (into) Partner gypsy 1-1/2 (lades end on left, facing in)
B1: (release and catch)
8 1/2 Poussette (Ladies join both hands with Neighbor Gent, then push and pull the Gents as the Ladies move as a do-si-do relative to each other)
8 (while Ladies are backing up, gents catch partner with right hand and) Partner Swing
B2:
16 Zipper (across right-hand pull-by (no courtesy turn), turn (or hop) alone to right and with same-gender diagonal one person left pull-by, face in and repeat; end effect is to not pull by if no one on is on diagonal)

Dance Notes:

  • Many dancers may be unfamiliar with a Lasso (Richard Wilson), Poussette (English country dance), and Zipper.  Therefore, this dance may take a while to teach.
  • Teaching Zipper:  It is a series of pull-bys with four people.  The person straight across is #1, to their immediate right is #2, and #3 and #4 are the next two to the right.  Now pull-by across and use the held hand as a pivot, turn (or hop) to right and look on the close left diagonal for that next person with the left hand.
  • The first three quarters of the dance turns to the right, so the zipper is a welcome relief to stop turning.
  • I wrote this dance in the car driving to Stellar Days and Nights, 2010 talking about dance with Richard Wilson who mentioned Lasso and Poussette as rare moves.  I called the dance there two days later and I thank Mary Devlin for providing calling feedback.
  • This dance is for Tara Schneider who I befriended at Berea Christmas Country Dance School, Dec 2009.

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