A1 1-4 Partners set right and left, then turn single right. 5-6 Partners right-hand turn half way. 7-8 Partners left-hand turn halfway. A2 1-4 Four diagonal changes as follows: On the right diagonal, dancers cross right shoulder; on the left diagonal, cross left shoulder; repeat. Order is now: 4-3-2-1, all crossed over. B 1-4 In a ring of eight, circle right halfway. All home. 5-8 Partners gypsy left shoulder once around. 9-10 In halves of the set, star left halfway. 11-12 Middle two couples, star right halfway. 13-16 In halves of the set, star left once around. Progression: 2-4-1-3
Teaching tips: In A2, it's important not to get ahead of the music. Each change is two waltz steps and it helps to have the dancers notice their straight lines after each pass.
I composed this dance for Jacqueline Schwab and Edmund Robinson on the occasion of their marriage. The biblical title comes from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5;13); it seemed to me an apt reference to people who make their surroundings worth savoring, but also to Edmund's role as a Unitarian minister. Childgrove included this tune on their 2008 recording Wanderlust.