Honor Among Thieves
Formation: Contra Lines with couples 1, 3, 5, etc. active and crossed over. The Active couples will be referred to as 1â€™s, and the Inactive as 2â€™s. Relatively short lines will give everyone an opportunity to be active.
Music: Clear 8 beat phrasing and no faster than 116 beats per minute
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57-64 – – – -; – – Corners Dosado;
1-8 – – – -; Same ones Right Arm Turn 1 1/4;
9-16 – – – -; Lady 1 around two and the Gent falls through;
17-24 – – – -; Gent 1 around two and the Lady falls through;
25-32 – – – -; – – Circle Left 3/4;
33-40 – – – -; – – Partners Swing;
41-48 – – – -; Long lines go Forward and Back;
49-56 – – – -; – – Ladies Chain;
57-64 (Cross at the ends) – -, – New Corners Dosado;
1-8 Ladies turn to their right and Gents to their left to find their Corner (a new corner each time through). With that corner the dancers do a Dosado.
9-16 The same dancers Right Arm Turn 1 1/4 around ending with the ladies facing out and the gents facing in.
17-24 The #2 dancers stand on their spot acting as goal posts during the Chase sequence. Once the Chase has begun the #2 lady should turn around to face in and watch the fun. The active (#1) dancers chase each other using small double-time steps (2 per beat). The active lady begins by â€œrunningâ€ around gent #2 (the man on her right), straight across the set and around lady #2. The active gent chases his partner across the set and around gent #2, but then cuts between gent #2 and lady #2 turning to his right to take the lead.
25-32 The active gent now leads around gent #2 and across the set around lady #2 into the spot where he began the Chase. The active lady chases him across the set and around gent #2, but then cuts between gent #2 and lady #2 and turns around to her right to end facing in across from her partner. The 1â€™s are now below the 2â€™s.
33-40 The same four dancers all Circle Left 3/4 around ending with the active couple (1â€™s) in the line on the prompterâ€™s left and the inactive couple (2â€™s) in the line on the prompter’s right.
41-48 Original partners Swing ending facing in, lady on the gentâ€™s right.
49-56 Long lines go Forward and Back.
57-64 The same two Ladies Chain across. At the ends lone couples will be neutral for one sequence. While waiting to reenter the action, the lady and gent change sides. 1â€™s become 2â€™s and vice versa.
Choreography by: Penn Fix
Source: CD Journal, March 2007
Authorâ€™s Notes about the name: This dance borrowed ideas from a traditional square dance figure and from a contra by Ted Sannella. It then went through two more revisions to reach this form.
Usage: Without proper restraint this can be a bit wild. Emphasize the idea that the chase is a graceful dance action in a pattern, not a race.
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