Dance Mount Saint Helens 4684

Medley · 32 bars (S16+R16) · 4 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 2341)

Devised by
Canada Vancouver Branch
4668/4668/4888/8888 = 84% (whole dance)
  • Skip-Change, Strathspey setting, Strathspey travel
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Extra info
The dance starts with cracks ...

The dance starts with cracks opening deep beneath the mountain. Warm waters percolate upward, with small steam emissions. (March-April 1980.) The cracks open more, magma approaches the surface to culminate in the climactic eruption of May 18, 1980. Vancouver, Washington, 35 miles from Mount St. Helens, was the headquarters of the U.S. Geological Survey and Forest Service teams during the eruption. The VANCOUVER, USA INTERMEDIATE DANCE CLASS devised this dance commemorating the explosion, all the more appropriate since one of the class members, a geologist, worked on the volcano. Now, eight years after the eruption, the Mount St. Helens National Monument is open for all to view and climb the natural wonder of Washington.

Mount Saint Helens 4/4L · M32


All W set | A&R {1+1} while{4} All M A&R {1+1} | set ; 3c+4c ½ RHA (to 1,2,4x,3x) | 2c+4c ½ LHA (1,4,2x,3x)
1c+4c & 2c+3c RHA ; 4c+2c ½ LHA (to 1,2,4x,3x) | 4c+3c ½ RHA (1,2,3,4)


½ Reels4 on sides (to 4,3,2,1) ; 4c+3c+2c ½ Reels3 on sides, 4c+3c passing RSh (2,3,4,1)
1c (4c+3c+2c dancing down to follow) lead up ; cast off to bottom (2,3,4,1)

Deviser's note:
Bar 4, 2nd couple dance long way (complete loop), flowing half reel of four into half reel of three and again on Bar 8, dance long way blending the half reel of three into a "cast" to follow down on Bars 9-12.

Mount Saint Helens 4/4L · M32


All Ladies set, Adv+Ret (1 step each) while all Men Adv+Ret (1 step each) & set
4s+3s dance 1/2 RH across, 4s+2s dance 1/2 LH across
4s+1s & 2s+3s dance RH across (once round)
4s+2s dance 1/2 LH across, 4s+3s dance 1/2 RH across. 1 2 3 4


All dance 1/2 RSh reel of 4 on sides; 4s+3s+2s dance 1/2 reel of 3 on sides (4s+3s pass RSh to start)
1s followed by 4s+3s+2s (who dance down sides to start) lead up & cast to 4th place. End 2 3 4 1

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