Brentwood, CA

October 4th, 2008

Band: Southern Comfort

  Dance Name Author Variants/comments
1 Contra Primer Melanie Axel-Lute A1: Do-si-do, swing neighbor
2 Moody Street Sue Rosen  
3 Perihelion Bill Olson  
4 Hobo III Tom Hinds Square
5 Clean as a Whistle Bob Isaacs Medley
A2: Gypsy and swing
After the Solstice Lisa Greenleaf Medley
called by Frannie Marr
6 Beatrice Erik Hoffman  
7 Minor Key Me Triple minor
8 Cheat the Lady Traditional  
9 Sweet Music for Guys Becky Hill  
10 Heartbeat Contra Don Flaherty  
11 Awesome Double Progression Dance Donna Calhoun  

"Minor Key" was a critical experiment in my understanding of triple minors, but since it has multiple lengthy shadow swings, it was dumped. Here it is, for the morbidly curious:

Minor Key
by Chris Page
Triple Minor
Ones improper, twos and threes becket [1]
Double Progression [2]
A1 Forward and back
   Do-si-do corner [3]
A2 Balance same corner
   Swing same corner, face into center
B1 Men star left 2/3
   Swing next corner [4]
B2 Women star right 2/3
   Swing partner, face next [5]

[1] One way to get there is to start proper. Ones and twos trade places with their partner. Then twos and threes form a circle of four and circle left 1/4. Or you could just get couple one improper, and have the other couples Becket themselves.
[2] Ones progress down two couples each time. Twos and threes stay together as they travel up the set, switching sides each time through the dance.
[3] If you form a circle of six, it's easy to see who your corner is. Technically (if you followed the instructions of [1], it's M1 and W2, M2 and W3, and M3 and W1.
[4] Someone they haven't yet swung, but isn't their partner.
[5] Ones face down, twos and threes face across and uppish.

My first experiment in writing triple minors. It's modeled after "Alamo Triad" by Bobb Marr and "Bastille Day Reel #2" by Al Olson. It's also essentially a two-face-four.

End effects are simplified. At the bottom couples just wait out Becket-like for three couples to dance with -- as it's double progression there's no problem with the bottom couple never getting in. When two couples are out at the top, they both wait improper-like facing down. One couple will get in the next time through the dance, the other couple will get in the time after that.

There is a hidden shadow swing in this dance for the twos and the threes.

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