I can’t find a good diagram or picture of a do-si-do step in barn dancing. What are google images coming to? A description in words will have to suffice. Alternatively, get yourself a partner, and see if you can enact this move in your living room.
If you do manage it successfully, from my instructions, then I may consider my hand at calling!
You face your partner, and usually cross your arms at chest height, though this is not essential. You then each walk forward, and past each other, on the right. Then, having just got past each other, you step sideways to your left, so you both are crossing back-to-back. You then simultaneously step backwards, hopefully passing each other on your right hand side, rather than colliding. You shouldn’t change the direction you are facing at any time. This brings you back in front of each other, in time for the next dance step. The fact that you have performed the ‘do-si-do,’ to music, will ensure you have timed it to perfection!
It is the only step I can think of in barn-dancing that you do ‘blind’ – i.e. coordinating a step behind your partner’s back, and relying on the fact that they will do the same as you, and make it work. It requires mutual faith.
There was a dilemma posed at the end of the first series of the ‘Bank Job.’ The winning contestants had to decide whether to trust their fellow winner, and share the spoils, or to attempt to deceive them in order to keep the lot. They both chose deception, and so neither won a penny, instead it was shared with the finalists who had not made it to the end! A wonderful playing out of the adage that he that had had it all taken away because of fear and greed.
Jesus, in dying on the cross, undertook the do-si-do, laid it all on the line, not certain that anyone would reciprocate. Faith, with no guarantee it would be mutual. And the offer remains, unwithdrawn. As we know, to enact the offer, to make the partnership effective, you have to take a step of faith. It isn’t blind, into the unknown, but it requires trust and a willingness to offer all, as Jesus did.
This is the real bank job. The vault to freedom.