La Habañera

By Mike Richardson
Composed October 14, 95

Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
A1(8) Circle left
(8) Neighbors dosido 1 1/4 to a wave of four, ladies in the middle
A2(4) Balance the wave forward and back
(4) Balance again
(8) Ladies allemande left 1 1/2 while gents walk clockwise once around the ladies
B1(16) Partners balance and swing
B2(8) Long lines go forward and back
(8) Ladies allemande right 1 1/2, to progress

Author's Notes:
1. The double balance in A2 should be forward and back, rather than side to side. This will launch everyone in the appropriate direction for the orbit figure.
2. In B2, the transition from ladies allemande right 1 and 1/2 to the circle left with the next is potentially awkward. One way to make this a feature rather than a liability is for the women to turn once over their own right shoulder after the allemande, which should send them into the circle very naturally.
3. Many tunes will work fine for this dance. However, with the right band, the Bizet tune "La Habañera" from Carmen is swell. With a nice slinky rendition of this tune, one might consider substituting a gypsy for the dosido in A1.
4. The dance is named, not for the Bizet tune, but for the spicy habañera pepper, which is over 1000 times hotter than a jalapeño. :-)

Editor's Notes:
Make sure the sets are well spread out along the line so there is room for the gents to walk around the ladies in A2.

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 12/18/1996; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen