By Chart Guthrie
|Level||med (assigned by the editor)|
|A1||(8) Long lines go forward and back|
(8) Gents chain
|A2||(16) Hey, gents pass right shoulders to start|
|B1||(16) Partners balance and swing|
|B2||(8) Right and left through|
(8) Ladies chain
The gentlemen chain in this dance is done exactly like a ladies chain with the gentlemen taking the ladies part (i.e. gentlemen start on ladies right, they give right hand to each other, pull by and give left to their partner who gives them a courtesy turn). I find that this dance provides a good opportunity to let the men experience the other side of twirling in a chain. When I teach the ladies chain, I always point out that the lady is the one that makes the decision to twirl. The gentleman can offer by raising her hand, but the lady decides by allowing her hand to be raised. In this dance the roles are reversed for the first chain.
This dance was named for my good friends Gar and Rita Hartmann who have done a great deal to build community spirit at the Smithtown, Long Island Contradance.
This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
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Added to database 11/16/1997; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen