I have called hey mania several times and it is not hard to stay with the 
phrasing - as long as you use the swing after the heys to let everyone catch up
Mac McKeever

    On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:17:08 AM CDT, Luke Donforth via Callers 
<callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:  
 Thanks all for the feedback! I'll reach out to Erik and Nils. 
As Rick pointed out, the dance could work from standard 4x4 lines; and I 
certainly wouldn't object to folks dancing it that way. In my head, the half 
grand hey precludes this from many dance events, so I figured dancers I could 
toss this at would probably not be thrown by the bent formation. But keeping 
the non-hook moves simple is worthwhile. 
I haven't done a Dutch Crossing workshop, although I've been meaning to. Nice 
to see Lisa getting everyone through it, thank you for the link; and the 
reminder to learn Dutch Crossing.
Colin, I don't remember the last time I got to call a 48 bar dance. But if I 
get a band itching to play one, now I've got some things in the quiver. 
Jim, I'll admit Heymania is intimidating to me. I like the fixed timing of 
contra, the squishyness of squares is a challenge for me. I'd have to work up 
to that one with some simpler non-musically-square squares. 
As for this dance, dropping the balance before the partner swing and letting 
the hey flow into B2 seems the simplest and most forgiving way of handling the 
timing. I like the idea of the reunion moment being marked in time though, so 
that partners know when they're supposed to find each other. You could give the 
hey more time in B1 at the expense of some of the neighbor swing. What about 
the following variation, informed by Chris's comments on timing?
Tamlin's Cross (variation)4x4 (lines or bent)
(4) All 8 go into the middle
(4) Gents roll partners away on the way out
(8) Corner Swing, square set
(8) Gents left hands across star 1x; gents drop out
(8) Ladies left hands across star 1x;ladies keep hands, and take right hand 
with corner (making crossed wavy lines of 4)B1
(4) Balance the wavy lines of four(12) half grand hey, start passing corner you 
swung by right
then turn away from corner you swung
(16) Partner Balance and Swing
End the swing facing new couple, having swapped sides with your trail-buddy 
That gives both roles the muscle memory of a left hand star in the middle as 
prep for the handless-star in the hey; which could either be helpful or 
monotonous. <digression>
I wouldn't usually chase a left hand star with a left hand star, but I think 
left will flow better for the gents out of a swing; and I want the corners to 
take right hands (because getting folks to balance left then right seems 
impossible outside of Rory o'More). The two left hand stars would also leave 
some room for silliness on the part of the dancers. A2 could be ladies right 
hand star, then gents left; but I'm not super fond of the swing->ladies go in 
transition. It happens a lot in swing->chain, but I don't think it would add to 
the dance here.</digression>
Thanks again for sharing your experience :-)

Luke Donforth
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