Three 4×4 Starting with a Square Through

I was lucky enough to get to workshop a 4×4 dance at the most recent practice party. It didn’t work at first, which is why I was so luck to workshop it. The part of the original composition that dancers found interesting was starting a 4×4 with a balance and square through, so I’ve re-worked that A sequence into three different B parts for different feels. Things that go Bump in the Night is a 6 balance dance. The Third Arabian has the same balancey start, with a smoother end. And Screams in the Night incorporates a forward and back where everyone can whoop.

Things that go Bump in the Night
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Four Facing Four

A1 ———–
(4) Right hand with one in front of you, Balance
(4) Pull by right, turn and face partner, pull by left
(4) Right to the one you meet (in other line of 4 at ends), balance
(4) Pull by right, then left with the next
A2 ———–
(16) Balance and swing the one you find
B1 ———–
Take hands in rings of four at the side (for half, doesn’t include the one you swung)
(8) Balance the ring and spin to the right (petronella)
(8) Balance the ring and spin to the right (petronella)
B2 ———–
(16) Partner balance and swing
End facing line of direction

The Third Arabian Night
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Four Facing Four

A1 ———–
(4) Right hand with one in front of you, Balance
(4) Pull by right, turn and face partner, pull by left
(4) Right to the one you meet (in other line of 4 at ends), balance
(4) Pull by right, then left with the next
A2 ———–
(16) Balance and swing the one you find, square the set
B1 ———–
(8) All 8, Circle Left 1/2
With your Trailbuddy couple & partner
(8) 1/2 Hey, passing partner right shoulders
B2 ———–
(16) Partner gypsy and swing
End facing line of direction

Screams in the Night
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Four Facing Four

A1 ———–
(4) Right hand with one in front of you, Balance
(4) Pull by right, turn and face partner, pull by left
(4) Right to the one you meet (in other line of 4 at ends), balance
(4) Pull by right, then left with the next
A2 ———–
(16) Balance and swing the one you find, square the set
B1 ———–
(4) all go in to the middle and give a shout
(4) on the way back, women roll partner away with a half sashay
(8) Women’s Chain up and down the set
B2 ———–
(8) Women Right hand Star
MEANWHILE: Gents pass through up and down on the outside
(8) Partner swing
End facing line of direction

 

The balance and square through sequence of A1 is what inspired me to work on Hammering on the Dance Forge as a six facing six dance.