New Dance with a Facing Out Circle, Reverse Progression

Years ago, I wrote “Leave ’em Hanging” after spending some time thinking about Circles, and what an inside out circle would look like, and how to get in to it. To my knowledge, it is my most widely disseminated contra; and at this point probably my best shot of fulfilling my choreographer’s dream.

Thinking about California Twirls on the side of the set (as in Twirling Nella) got me thinking about inside out circles again; which leads me to this rather unusual dance.

At Least your Partner is Sinister
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Improper
REVERSE PROGRESSION

A1 ———–
(4) Balance the Ring
(4) California Twirl with Partner
(8) With SAME Neighbors, FACING OUT Circle L 1x
A2 ———–
(8) NEW N, regular Circle Left 3/4
(8) Partner swing
B1 ———–
(8) Men allemande Left 1-1/2
(8) Neighbor swing
B2 ———–
(8) Women’s Chain across
(8) Circle Right 3/4

The title refers to our tendency in contra dance to favor Left (or sinister) over Right (or dexter). The circle L to partner swing is the most standard part of the dance, mocking the other connotations of sinister for wrong.

This is one of those dances I’ll probably never call, but hope that expelling it to the internet will excise it from my head and let me sleep.

EDIT:
A few days later, after a fabulous dance in Montpelier that Nils called, I looked at this again; and as crack-headed as it is, I thought that having the lady in the gent’s right hand going in to a swing would feel awkward (like that’s the issue…) so I wrote a varient

Dexterous Partners, Sinister Neighbors
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Improper

A1 ———–
(4) Balance the Ring
(12) Neighbor swing
A2 ———–
(4) Balance the Ring
(4) California Twirl with Neighbor
(8) OUTSIDE facing Circle Left with same Neighbor and Ptr 1x
B1 ———–
(8) NEW Neighbors, standard Circle Left 3/4
(8) Partner swing
B2 ———–
(8) Promenade across the Set w/Ptr
(8) Circle Right 3/4