New Tempest Formation Dance

There aren’t a lot of Tempest Formation dances out there. If you’re not familiar with Tempest (the formation or the first dance), I suggest you start by reading David Smuckler’s post on The Tempest.

The inadequately short version: imagine taking a 4 face 4 contra set, and breaking the bottom line of 4 into their two component couples and moving them to the sides facing across, such that all four couples are in a wide U.

Bohrd With Models
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Tempest

A1 ———–
(4) Actives in the middle move down and veer to outside couple
(6) Circle Left 1/2X
(6) Neighbor swing, end facing Partner (actives in the middle)
A2 ———–
(8) Balance the side rings of 4 and spin to the right (petronella)
(8) Balance the BIG ring of 8 and spin to the right (petronella)
B1 ———–
(8) Balance the BIG ring of 8 and spin to the right (petronella)
(8) Balance the side rings of 4 and spin to the right (petronella)
B2 ———–
(16) Side Couples Gypsy & Swing Partner (could be bal & swg), end facing in
(Meanwhile)
(8) Top couple of actives in the middle half Figure eight down the set,
as soon as they clear the bottom couple, bottom couple cross by left
(8) Partner swing
end facing down the hall

For simpler dances that explore the 1/2 figure 8 to swing move, look here.

For a brief look at the permutations of Petronellas in a 4 face 4 configuration, look here.

(Originally the pass in B2 was by R, but quick test with actual dancers indicated by Left would work better).