Chicken Plucker - Lee Helsel

Title

Chicken Plucker - Lee Helsel

Subject

Transitional/Western 1950s

Description

This is an excerpt of a 1957 recording (Sets in Order #1102) by Lee Helsel that was the first recording of the Chicken Plucker routine created by Bill Shymkus. The dance figures appeared in the October 1957 issue of Sets in Order; the same issue contained ads for the new record release. This routine has been cited by caller and historian Jim Mayo as "a very substantial change in the choreography of square dancing."

Chicken Plucker figure
One and three forward and back
Pass thru separate go 'round one
Into the middle and circle four, full turn
Pass thru, circle four with the outside two
Half way 'round and here we go
Dive thru, pass thru, right and left thru
Dive thru, pass thru, right and left thru the outside two
Dive thru, pass thru, right and left thru the outside two
Dive thru, pass thru, allemande left with your left hand
Grand right and left and promenade

Creator

Lee Helsel

Source

Sets in Order #1102

Date Created

October, 1957

Contributor

Stig Malmo

Temporal Coverage

1950s

Item Relations

This Item is related to Item: Chicken Plucker - choreographic innovation