OCEAN VIEW REEL


An improper duple double progression contra dance written by
Tony Parkes.

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Record: LS 307

Music: "Ocean View Reel," written by Donna Hinds.

A1 (16 counts)
DO-SA-DO THE ONE BELOW
     Actives face down, inactives up; all do-sa-do the person
     they face, ending with a slight bow.
SWING THAT ONE
     All swing the same person.

A2 (16 counts)
(4)  PUT HER ON THE RIGHT, GO DOWN IN FOURS
     Each gent puts the lady he swung on his right, facing down
     the hall. Actives are on the ends, inactives in center. The
     four people join hands and go down the hall four steps.
(8)  WHEEL IN, PASS THROUGH, WHEEL UP
     The line breaks in the center and each couple wheels
     toward the other. The action is similar to "bend the line"
     except that the center people do not back up. On counts 24
     and 25, the couples pass through each other, and on counts
     26-28, each couple continues its wheeling motion to face
     the head of the hall. Each couple has described a semi-
     circle; the actives are still at the ends of the line.
(4)  COME BACK TO PLACE
     Couples again join hands four-in-line and dance up the hall
     in four steps, ending where they were on count 17 but
     facing up the set.

B1 (16 counts)
     (4)  ARCH IN THE MIDDLE, THE ENDS DUCK THROUGH
     Without releasing hands, the center two in each line
     (inactives) make an arch with their joined hands. The
     outside people (actives) walk toward each other and under
     the arch, releasing hands and ending below the arching
     couple, facing down and temporarily on the "wrong" side
     of the set. The first progression has now been made. The
     couples at the head and foot of the set are temporarily
     "dead," but need not cross over, as the "pass through" has
     put them on the correct side to begin the dance in their new
     roles.
(12) SWING THE NEXT
     All swing the person they face (12 counts or about three
     times around), ending with the lady on the right of the gent,
     facing across the set.

B2 (16 counts)
(8)  HALF PROMENADE
     Couples exchange places in promenade pos, keeping to the
     R as they cross the set, then wheel to face the other couple.
     The second progression has now been made.
(8)  LEFT HAND STAR
     The same two couples form a L hand star and move once
     around, ending the star where they begin it but with the
     actives facing down and the inactives up, ready to do-sa-do
     the next person in line.


To prompt this dance:
          Intro:           , Do sa do the one below,
          1-8         , Bow   Swing that one,
          9-16        , Put her on the right go down in fours,
          17-24         Wheel in, pass through wheel up,
          25-32            ,     Arch in the middle,
          33-40     Ends duck through swing the next,        ,
          41-48            , Put her on the right half promenade,
          49-56            , With the music left hand star,
          57-64     (as in intro)


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