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You Can't Get There From Here
By Carol Ormand
A duple improper contra.
Jim Kitch has also written a dance with this title.
Carol wrote this dance in June of '94 while driving from Minnesota to Madison, Wisconsin, where she was calling with The Last Gaspé. The title was suggested by John Kraniak. Peter Stix brought the dance to the east coast; it has spread rapidly since then. It's an easy dance for beginners to grasp, and really gets the energy up for experienced dancers.
- The dance begins in a wavy line, with women in the center, and actives facing down
- Balance the wave (4)
- Neighbors allemande right 3/4 to a long wavy line with women facing in and men facing out (4)
- Balance the long wave (4)
- Neighbors allemande right 3/4 to short waves with the men in the middle (4)
- Balance the wave (4) and swing neighbor (12)
- Circle 3/4 and swing partner on the side
- Circle 3/4 and do-si-do neighbor 1-1/2 to progress
Since all the figures move in the same direction, this can be dizzying for new dancers.
Carol also wrote Jurassic Redheads and many other dances, collected in Peter Stix's collection of dances Another Contra * Bution.
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