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AN EASY GIMMICK

By H. O. Hoadley - 2/27/96

Surprise and amuse your dancers by calling "Right and left allemande" every once in a while. That isn't tricking the dancers, because they start off in the same way they would if you called Right & Left Thru or Right & Left Grand, and then they have another second or two to figure out how to find their corners after doing the pull-by.

Most dancers, even in class, who have done RLT and RLG often enough to make their response automatic should sail through the movement the first time they hear it, and surprise themselves by doing it right before they had time to tell themselves that they didn't know how. Here are some ways to use the idea:

From Zero Box

Slide thru - right & left thru
Right & left allemande.

Right & left allemande
Pass by one, swing partner.

From Squared Set

Sides right & left thru
Heads slide thru, right & left allemande.

Heads right & left thru, side ladies chain
Heads box the gnat, pull by, and
Go around one to a line, go forward & back
Pass thru, wheel & deal
Pass thru, right & left allemande.

Four ladies chain, heads square thru four
Circle to a line, go forward & back
Pass thru, wheel & deal
Right & left allemande.

Heads pass thru & cloverleaf
Double pass thru
Centers in, cast off 3/4
Center couples circle left 3/4
Everybody right & left allemande.
And once they've been introduced to these, surprise them again with:

From Zero Lines

Pass thru, bend the line
Right & left promenade.

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