Chaos in the Cosmos

By Russell Owen
Composed June 1, 1997

Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
A1(8) Circle left
(8) 1's half figure eight down through the 2's, while the 2's turn to face out
A2(8) Same-sex neighbors handy-hand allemande 1 1/2 (gents right, ladies left)
(8) 2's dosido 1 1/2
B1(16) Neighbors balance and swing
B2(4) Ladies trade (half gypsy)
(4) Gents trade
(8) 1's swing

Author's Notes:
This dance is named for my cat "Chaos", who loves to lie under a patch of Cosmos in the back yard. The orbital theme is intentional. Carol Kippes gets partial credit (or blame) for the name.
This is a simplified version. The original is also worth considering:
2's face out, 1's face in
(8) Neighbors handy-hand allemande 1 1/2 (gent 1 left, lady 1 right)
(8) 2's dosido
(16) Neighbors balance and swing
(8) Long lines go forward and back
(8) 1's swing, end facing up towards current neighbors (gent facing gent, lady facing lady)
(8) Circle left (a GGLL circle)
(8) 1's half figure eight up through the 2's, while the 2's turn to face out
This dance first sprang into my head March 18, 1997, while I was mulling over Larry Jenning's "The Common Tern". B2 is probably from Tony Parkes' "For Those Who Cared" and/or Jim Gregory's "Ice On The Stream".

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 3/23/1997; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen