Squares by Bob Dalsemer


Ashley's Star

A1: Allemande right partner 1 and 1/2, hold on, give left to the next to form a wavy circle with men facing out (8); balance (4), allemande left person on left once around (4)
A2: Do si do partners; ladies left hand star once around, ladies keep the star and pick up partner around waist
B1: Star promenade about 1/2 way around (6), gents cast back (to their right), swing the lady behind
B2: Into the center and back; circle left to men's home place

Repeat figure 3 more times with introduction, middle break and ending of the caller's choice. Composed for the wedding of Larry Edelman and Ashley Faber. This dance also appears on p. 10 of Ted Sannella's Swing The Next, published in 1996 by The Country Dance and Song Society.

Baltimore Breakdown

A1: Heads lead right, circle left once around, heads cross trail thru sides (lady @ lady,                             gent @ gent) to a line of four (woman, woman, man, man)
A2: Lines go forward and back(8) while you note who are ends and who are centers Circle eight hands to the left halfway (8)
B1: Ends from A2 lines swing opposites for 8 counts and face the center while center four circle left 3/4 and pass thru (8), all swing the one you meet
B2: Allemande left just one and promenade the one you swung (to gents' home).

Repeat figure 3 more times with introduction, middle break and ending of the caller's choice. Allemande left in B2 may be omitted if dancers are running late or need more time to end the swing. Created in October, 1992.

Bob's Haystack

A1: All four gents to the center and back, ladies to the center, stand back to back, gents dance around the old haystack (i.e. gents promenade single file to the right around the ladies)
A2: Pass your partner, allemande left the next (8). Allemande right the same person (8)
B1: Do-si-do the same person (8); swing the same person (8)
B2: Promenade to the gents' home place

Repeat figure 3 more times with introduction, middle break (optional for beginners) and ending of the caller's choice. Created in June 2001 as an easy (and better flowing) variation of an old traditional figure. Timing with the music can be looser than indicated, although each round of the figure will easily fit 64 beats (32 bars) if desired.

Down The Ocean

A1: Four ladies chain 3/4 (8); sides right and left thru (8)
A2: Heads lead to the right and circle to a line (8); Lines go forward and back (8)
B1: Pass the Ocean (pass thru to wavy line of four) (4), balance (4); swing new partners (original corner)
B2: Promenade to the gents' home

Repeat figure 3 more times with introduction, middle break and ending of the caller's choice. In B1 the ladies should catch each other's left hand as they pass thru, and allemande left 1/4 , while the men should pass thru to the ends of the wave and give right hands to their temporary partner from the lines in A2. "Pass The Ocean" is a modern square dance figure. This figure was first presented at the Mid Winter Ball in Baltimore on February 5, 2000. The title is a native Baltimorean's answer to the question "Where did you go on vacation?"

First Night Quadrille

A1: Head couples forward and back; same four circle left .
A2: Same four circle right; same four right hand star.
B1: All allemande left corners; grand right and left.
B2: Do-si-do partners; promenade partners home.

Repeat for side couples, then all four ladies and all four gents. The transition from star to grand right and left is a challenge for beginning square dancers and provides an opportunity for the "team" to be successful. Introduction and ending are caller's choice.

Twelfth Street Rag

A1: Four ladies chain 3/4; head ladies chain across
A2: Head couples lead to the right, circle left halfway with the side couple; do-si do the one you're facing, keep facing that same person and...
B1: Pass thru and swing (heads who are facing in swing new opposite person, sides who are facing out, swing the one beside you)
B1: Promenade to gents' home place

repeat figure once more for the heads and twice for the sides. Intro, middle break and ending are caller's choice. The figure is so named because I often use it as a singing square to that tune.