Coal Country Contra

By Ron Buchanan

Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
A1(8) Ladies pull by right and allemande left your neighbor 1 1/2
(8) Gents allemande right 1 1/2
A2(4,12) Partners balance and swing (across from home)
B1(8) Right and left through and roll away with a half sashay (gents mark your spot, that's where you are coming back to)
(8) Gents dosido; end in that spot, in line, with your partner on the left, facing across
B2(8) Ladies allemande right, pass your partner by the left, go around behind him and end in line to his right (meanwhile the gents do not move!)
This is the progression; you should be across from a new couple
(8) Long lines go forward and back

Author's Notes:
Best done at a Midwestern tempo, which is faster than a New England tempo.
For the progression to work well the gents must end the dosido where they began it and to stay there while the ladies cast around them. It helps to have the gents note where they are before teaching the dosido.
Couples who are out should join the line on the right.
Written for the "Coal Country Convention", a clogging and square dance event put on by the Coal Country Cloggers that emphasizes Southern music and dancing.

Editor's Notes:
Collected from Ron Buchanan January, 1997.

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 1/18/1997; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen