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The Pattern Unfolds

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The Pattern Unfolds

Source: Composed by John Sweeney
Formation: Contra; Becket

A1 Balance the Ring; Ladies Cross by the Left (Lady coming Up makes an Arch) - look for a New Neighbour - Men turn to a new Circle as well
Balance the New Ring x 2 - on the second Unfold into a Line of Four Facing Down
A2 Down the Hall in Lines of Four
Neighbour Swing - finish facing across
B1 Balance the Ring x 2 - on the second Unfold into a Line of Four Facing Up
Up the Hall in Lines of Four - Bend the Line
B2 Neighbour Allemande Right; Ladies Allemande Left 1/2
Partner Swing

Music:
32 bar jigs or reels.

Notes:
Bob Isaacs wrote a dance called "Half a Slice" with a move called "Half a Slice": "Half a Slice: As a couple, go forward towards each other on the diagonal. The top two dancers join hands; the bottom two push off to make a line of four facing down. This is an efficient way to get everyone progressed and facing down in 8 beats, so there is time for creative or dramatic push-offs."

I had some ideas about using the Half a Slice move, but when I wrote the dance it changed itself (these dances do that sometimes when you're not looking!) and I ended up with "The Pattern Unfolds". The Unfold is like the end of Half a Slice: the appropriate two push off to make a line of four, dramatically, if they wish!

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