Most folks call this “opposite by the right”, but we call it The Wendy, in honor of our friend Wendy Brumbaugh, a musician and dancer from Shelby County, MO who, along with her dad, Wendell, calls this dance often.
- Your opposite is the dancer directly across the set from you (usually dancing as the other gender). So, if you are gent #1, lady #3 is your opposite.
- This is a progressive dance, meaning that each time through the figure, you’ll be dancing with a new partner.
- Couples one and three are head couples.
- Couples two and four are side couples.
Common in Northeast Missouri. Good for beginners.
|Head couples, balance & swing||Couples one and three balance and swing.|
|Halfway up and halfway back||Couples one and three take a few steps into the square toward each other, then back up to where they started.|
|Opposite by the right||(Head couples only) Right-hand turn with your opposite all the way around|
|Partner by the left||(Head couples only) Left-hand turn with your partner all the way around.|
|Corner by the right||(Everyone is dancing now!) Right-hand turn with your corner.|
|Partner by the left||Left-hand turn with your partner.|
|Run away with the corner girl||Swing your corner, then promenade to the gents’ home places. You should have a new partner; lady #1 should now be dancing with gent #2 and so on.|
|Repeat four times with the head couples leading the figure. Then, if everything has worked out right, you should be back with your original partner again and be ready for a break.|
|Break||A “break” is performed between repetitions of the figure. After the break, the figure will repeat, starting with the side couples, then another break, and so on.|
See it in action