Star in the West

For David Green, always
Choreography:  © Sharon Green, 2012
Tune:Star of David, Ruth Anne Fraley ©1997
Recording:Jon Berger, Jonathan Jensen, Shira Kammen & Rebecca King,
Dances from the Greenery
Formation:3-couple Longways Set, Twos Active

A1Twos give R-hand to Neighbor on the R
 2Twos give L-hand to Neighbor on the L
 3-4All set R & L in line
 5-8Partners R-shoulder Back-to-Back ¾ (until they are
  L-shoulder to L-shoulder), turn single R into
 9-12Single file circle L ½ way into lines
 13-14End couples, set R & L while
  Twos, Hole-in-the-Wall cross to become proper
 15-16All turn single R to end in circular formation
W1 W3
M1 M3
B1-4Virtual R-hand Star for 6* once round and ease out
 5-6All balance forward & back
 7-8All turn single L into
 9-12Virtual L-hand Star for 6** once round, ending in lines
 13-16Threes 2-hand turn ½ way, fall back proper at top while
  Twos cast down to bottom, cloverleaf turn single down while,
  Ones lead up to middle, 2-hand turn ½ way
* Virtual R-hand star for 6: The middle couple (Twos) takes right hand with partner. All six face clockwise and dance forward. For the Twos, this is a hand turn; for the Ones and Threes, it is a single-file circle.

** Virtual L-hand star for 6: Twos take left hands. All face counter-clockwise.

Note: At Mendocino English Week in 1997, David and I were the high bidders who won the opportunity to have a new waltz tune created for them by Ruth Anne Fraley: we asked for it to be named Star of David. During that week Ruth Anne frequently consulted with David, asking his musical preferences. We greatly loved the tune that was the result.

Later that year Colin Hume, who was staying with us, discovered Ruth Anne's tune on our piano. He created the lovely, intricate dance Star of David, which can be found in his Dances with a Difference, vol. 5. It is an advanced dance, and quite rewarding. But over the years I grew to wish for a less complex, more accessible dance set to Star of David, so that more of our friends could have the pleasure of dancing to Ruth Anne's lovely tune. And so I wrote Star in the West.