Trite and True

By Charlie Fenton
Composed 1994

A1(6) Circle left 3/4
(2) Pass through along the line (this is the progression)
(8) With the new hands across left-hand star (lady in the lead)
A2(8) Gents drop out, ladies continue until facing partner
(8) Hey 3/4, partners pass right shoulders to start
B1(8,8) Neighbors gypsy and swing (on gent's original side)
B2(8) Circle left 3/4
(8) Partners swing
With the same neighbors...

Author's Notes:
Written for the "historical" Contra Medley at the 50th New England Folk Festival in 1994. I have seen a different "fad" emerge in newly written dances each year or two at NEFFA and elsewhere. So I decided to bring together as many of the recent "trends" as I could into one dance to represent the state of contemporary Contra choreography. Since it contained so many dance cliches, I called it "Trite and True". Fortunately, all these pieces have become popular because they work well, so I was fairly pleased with the result of combining them. One of these fads is remaining in Becket formation just long enough to swing your partner, which I refer to as "Barely Becket".

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
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Added to database 12/24/1996; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen