Gypsy Star

By Adam Carlson
Composed November, 2000

Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
A1(6) Circle left 3/4
(2) Pass through along the line
(This is the progression to new neighbors)
(8) New neighbors swing
A2(8) Long lines go forward and back
(8) Ladies chain across
B1(4) Ladies gypsy once around
(8) Gypsy star (see notes) once, gents entering in front of partner
(4) Ladies drop out at home while the gents gypsy once
B2(16) Partners swing

Author's Notes:
The move in B1 is called a Gypsy Star. I sometimes teach it by doing the whole thing first with right hand allemandes and a right handshake star, then say, "OK, now the move is just like that, except instead of holding hands, you hold eyeballs." It helps to reinforce in B1 that everyone ends up right where they started. Though the choreography should work, in practice B1 sometimes takes a little more than 16 beats, but the next move is forgiving of being late. It may help to clarify that this is a same-gender gypsy.
This dance has a very early progression, so I usually walk it through an odd number of times so the top couple is out to start.
I originally wrote a dance called "Eye Candy" with a gypsy star in which the ladies go 2 1/2 times around and end up on the other side. That didn't work very well, and I rewrote it twice, once with a handhold star (The Birth and Death of a Star) and once with a Gypsy Star (this dance).

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 6/24/2001; last revised 6/25/2001; edited by Russell Owen