Baltimore Breakdown

By Bob Dalsemer
Composed October, 1992

SourceBob Dalsemer's web site
TypeSquare-Mixer, H H S S
A1(4) Heads lead out to the right
(4) Circle left once around (end with heads inside facing out)
(4) Heads cross trail through; end in lines of four (MMWW, heads at the ends)
A2(8) Lines of four go forward and back, while you note if you are in the middle of the line or at the end
(8) All eight circle left 1/2
B1(8) Those who were ends in A2 (heads) swing your opposite;
while those who were middles (sides) circle left 3/4 and pass through
(8) All swing the one you meet; this is your new partner
B2(8) Partners allemande left
(8) Partners promenade to the gents' home

Author's Notes:
Repeat figure 3 more times with introduction, middle break and ending of the caller's choice. Allemande left in B2 may be omitted if dancers are running late or need more time to end the swing.

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 11/17/1996; last revised 5/4/2000; edited by Russell Owen