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At the Crossroads

by Carol Ormand

Permission: full

FormationBase: Grid Square
Progression: Single. One square
PhraseStructure: 12*8*2

Figures:

A1

(1-4) [Heads] Men roll away partner

(0) All stand next to nearest same-role person

(5-12) Men go forward and back (holding hands with nearest man)

(9-16) Women go forward and back

(13-16) Men pass through (MR); face nearest man; fall back; form diagonal lines of four (women in center)

A2

(8) In diagonal lines of four, go forward and back

(8) Women star left 1

B1

(8) Corner allemande right 1 & 1/2 [head men with C1, head women with C3]

(8) Men star left 1

B2

(4) Corner balance [head men with C1, head women with C3]

(12) Corner swing [head men with C1, head women with C3]; reform square (women home)

C1

(1-4) [Current sides] Men roll away corner C3 (current partner)

(0) All stand next to nearest same-role person

(5-12) Men (holding hands with nearest man) go forward and back

(9-16) Women go forward and back

(13-16) Men pass through (MR); face nearest man; fall back; form diagonal lines (women in center)

C2

(8) In other diagonal lines of four, go forward and back (all next to corner C2)

(8) Women star left 1

D1

(8) C2 corner allemande right 1 & 1/2

(8) Men star left 1

D2

(4) C2 corner balance

(12) C2 corner swing; reform square (women home)

E1

(8) Grand ladies chain to partner with power turn; face out

(2) [Groups of four] Pass through (NR)

(6) In a square, go forward and back [with square #2]

E2

(6) Women single file promenade counterclockwise 3/4 [with square #2]

(10) C3 corner swing [with square #2]

F1

(6) Men single file promenade counterclockwise 3/4 [with square #2]

(10) Partner swing

F2

(8) C1 corner do-si-do [with square #2]

(8) Partner swing

Calling Notes:

Main figure is done twice (A1-B2, C1-D2), then the break figure to move to a new square and rotate ninety degrees clockwise.

During main figure (A1-B2 or C2), head men move one spot clockwise around square, side men move one spot counterclockwise. So, after the A1-D2, all men are across the square from where they started.
Appearances: The Lizard Research Institute & other dances, p 8