Fast Living
Double contra, also called four-face-four or Portland Fancy formation
by David Kirchner

A1
Forward and back in lines of four (8)
Ladies grand chain; end courtesy turn facing along the lines of four (8)

A2
Hey for four, starting ladies right shoulder (16)

B1
Balance and swing one from courtesy turn (16)

B2
Gents star left 1/2 (4?)
Swing partner (12?)

Notes: This dance appeared in CDSS News (July/August 1995). The best way I have found to orient the dancers for the hey is to tell them before beginning the walkthrough that they have a trail buddy -- the person of the same sex in their line of four. When teaching the ladies chain, I tell dancers to end the courtesy turn facing their trail buddy. Trail buddies will always pass each other in the middle of the hey. Watch for gentlemen to be disoriented at the start of the B2.

The title of the dance grew from the fact that there were intially two versions of this dance, one of which included a gypsy. So I called this version "Easy Living" and the one with the gypsy "Fast Living" (both are titles of jazz songs). But I discovered that Al Olson had already composed a dance called "Easy Living", and I decided that the version with the gypsy wasn't as good. So I gave the leftover dance the leftover title. (I know, this is more information than you really needed...)

Comments? Send me e-mail.

Return to dances I've written.