Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper
Status: DRAFT, EXPERIMENTAL
This dance was written in memoriam to Eph Weiss. Eph was an active dancer in many folk styles in the Boston, MA area up until nearly his 93rd birthday and was known for doing a CCW Swing to give his knees some relief.
Eph had the grace to be able to substitute a CCW Swing for a conventional Swing and have it work smoothly. In this dance, I rely less on the skill of dancers to accomplish that by making all the moves in the dance facilitate CCW Swings. Because of that, the dance counts on ending the CCW swings (done in reverse ballroom position or other comfortable hold) with the Gent on the right. For a conventional swing respin of this dance, see Ephervescence.
Note that this dance and Ephervescence are sufficiently similar/tune equivalent that they could be easily medleyed to provide dancers the novelty of reverse action for a short while and then switch to conventional moves.
Unbeknownst to me while Eph was still dancing with us, some dancers had nicknamed him “Counter Clock-Weiss” – it seemed the perfect title for this composition!
Neighbor LEFT Gypsy 1x
Gents Pass Right, Half Hey
Neighbor LEFT Gypsy & CCW Swing (end with Gent on RIGHT)
Give & Take to Gents, Partner CCW Swing (end with Gent on RIGHT)
Long Lines Forward & Back
Star Right 3/4x to next
End effects: Wait out crossed over.
See also: Ephervescence
This has been dry run with some dancers on the sideline successfully, but not yet called/danced.