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Contra dance: Stars on van Vliet Street

Stars on van Vliet Street
Erik Erhardt
Type: Contra
Formation: Duple-Improper
Level: Easy-Int

A1 ———–
(4) Gents allemande Left 1/2
(4) 1st Gents Right-hand star with Nbr Lady in front 1/2
(4) Ladies drop out across set and cast over Left shoulder
WHILE Gents continue Right-hand star 1/2
(4) Original Neighbor Gents allemande Left 1-1/2
A2 ———–
(4) (cont)
(4) 2nd Gents Right-hand star with Old Nbr Lady in front 1/2
(4) Ladies drop out on original side and cast over Left shoulder
WHILE Gents continue Right-hand star 1/2
(4) Original Neighbor Gents Left forearm grip push to piroette to partner
B1 ———–
(16) Partner balance and swing
B2 ———–
(4) Ladies allemande Right 1/2, scoop up Neighbor Gent
(4) Star promenade to Lady’s side
(8) Neighbor swing

Notes: A1 – start facing across. Gents look on far left diagonal for 1st gent, look on near right diagonal for 2nd gent. Ladies prepare for star as gents allemande to start.
Stars are hands-across.
A2 – alternatively, can Gents can ricochet push off with two hands to piroette in place.
B2 – on star promenade, lady’s arm is high to flow into swing

Teach stars by having the Gents do the pattern without the Ladies, first. Then have the Ladies join to show that the Ladies simply cross the set

Other Notes: Written for Josh van Vliet for the Saratoga Springs Dance Flurry 2/16/2012

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