Ocean Wave Circle is an Appalachian Circle Dance. It was devised by Eugene Hardison in 2018. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 225 bars.
The figure "Ocean Wave" was described by Ida Levin in Kentucky Square Dances, 1928 as:
First couple, joining hands crossed with the right above the left, walks to the couple on the right. First couple walks between the second lady and gentleman. Simultaneously, as the second couple separates, it walks forward. Each gentleman takes his partner's left hand in his right and they turn left about. Second couple, joining hands crossed with the right above the left, walks between the first couple which simultaneously separates and walks forward. Both couples turn left about as before. All four join hands in a circle and walk to the left completely around.
First gentleman joins right hands with the second lady and swings her completely around, simultaneously the second gentleman joins right hands with the first lady and swings her completely around.
First couple walks th the next couple on its right and continues in this manner.
The figure "Thread the Needle" is also described by Ida Levin.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.
The dance contains the following figures: circle (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 2018 by Eugene Hardison. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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