Birth and Death of a Star, The

By Adam Carlson
Composed October 6, 2000

Levelmed-hard (assigned by the editor)
A1(16) Neighbors balance and swing
A2(8) Ladies allemande right 1 1/2
(8) Hands across right-hand star, gents join behind your neighbor
B1(4) Ladies drop across from home while the gents keep going to your partner
(12) Partners swing
B2(12) 3/4 hey, gents pass left shoulder to start
(4) Neighbors gypsy 3/4 to face new neighbors

Author's Notes:
This dance has some fairly tricky bits, but I think it's worth it. When teaching, make sure the ladies know the the goal in A2 is to cross the set. They have to drop out on their partner's side. In the B2 hey, gents go over and back, ladies just go across the set.
I originally wrote this dance based on a great figure. Imagine A2 with no hands, just eye contact. I called it a Gypsy Star. (The dance was originally called "Eye Candy".) However, without the weight of an allemande it was difficult to get the figure to go fast enough and the timing was thrown off. I think the trick is to construct the figure so that noone has to end up across the set. (See "Gypsy Star" which is the final version of that dance, and, I think, ultimately a better dance than this one.)

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
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Added to database 6/24/2001; edited by Russell Owen