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Easy contra dances

Al's Safeway Produce by Robert Cromartie.
Star-L all-the-way-around(8). Allemand-L nbr 1.5 (8).
Ladies allemand-R 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
Long-lines(8). Star-R (merging to a star-L with new couple).
VideoCameraMartha Edwards | Echo Valley String Band.
VideoCameraJoy Greenwolfe | ? .

The Baby Rose by David Kaynor.
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Circle-left 3-places(8). Partner DoSiDo(8).
Partner Bal&Swing(4+12).
Ladies chain(8). Left-hand star(8).
VideoCameraJack Mitchell | Big Medicine.
Broken Sixpence by Don Armstrong.
[IMPROPER: 3 dosido's]
[New] Nbr dosido(8). Gents dosido(8).
Ladies dosido(8). ONEs swing, face down the hall(8), step between TWOs.
Line4-DTHall, turn alone(6+2). Line4-UTHall, bend the line(6+2).
Circle left(8) [or Right-hand Star]. [Reverse] Left-hand Star(8).
VideoCameraInisheer Irish Dance | Contra from 15:58 till 21:22, Jonathan King calling | Waltz.
Band: Flying Turtles. At 21:30, Joe tries to steal my waltz partner. Unsuccessfully.

*  NBR balance&swing(4+12) [on the side].
*  Long-lines, roll-away while backing up(8).
ONEs swing, face down the hall(8), step between TWOs.

Cranky Ingenuity by Bill Olson.
[IMPROPER: Dosido as couples]
Circle-left(8). As couples, dosido nbr-couple(8).
Individually, nbr dosido(8). Swing nbr(8).
Gents allemand-L 1.5 (8). Partner Swing(8).
Circle-left 3/4 (8). Ring-balance(4). California Twirl(4), to face new nbrs.
VideoCameraMyra Hirschberg | Mike Ayles & David Boulanger.
VideoCameraAlice Morris.

Family Contra in the Castle by Seth Tepfer.
Balance-the ring, twice(8); Circle-LEFT 4-places(8).
Balance-the ring, twice(8); Circle-RIGHT 4-places(8).
[Face nbr] NBR dosido(8), then swing(8).
[Face across] Partner dosido(8), then swing(8).

Fidelity Reel by Bill Wellington.
[IMPROPER: Two gypsys]
Gypsy, then Nbr swing(8+8).
Long-lines(8). Gents allemand-L 1.5 (8).
Gypsy, then swing partner(8+8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).

Frederick Contra by Tom Hinds.
(“New”)Gents dosido(8). Ladies allemand-L 1.5, to change places(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs next to TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2). Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Gents look for new gent on L-diagonal.

Hay in the Barn by Chart Guthrie.
[IMPROPER:] Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Ladies chain(8). Ladies start half-hey(8).
Partner Bal&Swing(4+12).
Ladies chain(8). Ladies start half-hey(8).
VideoCameraSeth Tepfer | Tim&Friends.
See also the “Roll in the Hey” medley.

Jefferson and Lincoln by Seth Tepfer.
[IMPROPER: 1's arch, then backing up]
Circle left(8). Circle right(8).
Star-R(8). Star-L(8).
Long-lines(8). ONEs&swing(8), in the middle.
Line4 DTHall, ONEs in the center(4). ONEs arch(4) [still facing down]. TWOs pop through(4) [facing up the hall]. All go up 2 by 2 [ONEs bkwards](4); ONEs are facing their new NBRs.

Judah Jig by Charlie Fenton.
[IMPROPER: Circle-into-star]
Bal&swing nbr(4+12).
Circle-left 3 places, swing partner(8+8).
Circle left(8). Hands-across R-hand star(8) [i.e, both in same dir].
Ladies chain to Nbr(8), L-hand star(8) to face new nbrs.

VideoCameraDave Harvey.
See “Roll in the Hey” medley. Bob Isaacs: “Charlie Fenton, of San Francisco, named this dance for the street on which the local contra dance was located.

Oak Hill Quickstep by Bob Nicholson.
[IMPROPER: 4-in-line, turn alone]
Down the hall, 4-in-line [ONEs in the center], turn alone(8); come on back, face nbr(8).
Bal&swing nbr(4+12).
Ladies chain(8), then chain on back(8).
Long lines(8). ONEs swing(8).

Simplicity Swing by Becky Hill.
[IMPROPER: Identify ONEs/TWOs, and direction of progression.]
Nbr bal&swing(4+12).
Circle left 3-places(8). Partner swing(8).
Long-lines(8). Ladies chain [to nbr](8).
Star-L 4-places(8). Next Nbr dosido(8).
OR: A2: Long-lines and Gents take partner back to Gents side(8). Partner swing(8).
VideoCameraJean Gorrindo | Celtic Spring. VideoCameraLinda Leslie, calling the give&take variant.


The Barn Mixer by Rick Mohr.
[Scattered-fours, couple-with-couple. Contra-music.]
Circle left(8). R-star, wrist-grip star(8).
Slide hands to Rights-&-lefts with Nbr(8). Dosido Nbr(8).
Nbr bal&swing(4+12); this is your new partner.
Promenade anywhere with new partner(16), to find another couple to circle with.

Borrowdale Exchange
[Scatter mixer: 3-couple groups, Lady on right]
Circle left(8), circle right(8).
Dance to center and back(4+4). Partner dosido(8).
Right hands-across star [3 couples](8). All lift joined-hands; lowest-hand gent pull [new]partner under the arch, then next lowest-hand gent, then last; you have three new couples.
As couples, scatter promenade to make new sets. [Cèilidh (“kay-lee”) version: Skip as couples].
VideoCameraDanced in Seattle.

Mad Scatter by Rick Mohr.
[Scatter mixer: Couples in 4-somes or 6-somes or 8-somes]
Circle left(8). Dosido nbr(8).
Allemand-R partner 1.5 [sending ladies in](8). Ladies star-L, while Gents orbit CW(8).
Bal&swing new partner(4+12).
Promenade anywhere with new partner(16) [Find another group to circle with].
Any number of couples can be in the circle left, ditto the star-L.

Dive for the oyster, dig for the clam.
[2-couples in hands-4, anywhere on the floor.]
[Hands-4] “Dive for the oyster ”(8). A couple makes an arch, others dive/peek under; all hands stay joined. “Dig for the clam”;(8); the other couple makes an arch, and the others peek through.
[All hands stay joined] “Shoot through the hole in the old tin can”(16). First couple arches, 2nd pops through, rolls-over-outside shoulder, brings the other couple through, and they roll over.
Circle-L, circle-R(8+8).
Promenade about the hall(16), to find a new couple.
VideoCamera[This is a different version].

La Bastringue
[Circle mixer:] In-to-Center, back(8). Again(8). Cir-L(8), Cir-R(8). Gent turns LH lady to him, swing(4+12). Promenade(16) with swing-hands-out/in.
VideoCamera2008 California State Fair.
Of French-Canadian origin, La Bastringue is a fine warm-up dance.

Slightly less Easy contra dances

Chainsaw Reel by Don Lennartson.
[BECKET: Huge oval circle]
[Same two] Ladies chain(8). Long lines(8); keep hands, and connect at the ends to make a huge oval.
Oval right(8) [“Ovaltine”]. Oval left(8) [“OvalTang”].
[Original foursomes] Circle-left(8). [C'mon back with a] Left-hand star(8) all the way around [Gent in front of his partner].
[Ladies look right and] Allemand-R the new nbr-lady coming toward you(8). Partner-swing(8), on the side.
VideoCameraJonathan King, Footloose. Called as no-walk-through. VideoCameraCaller? | Band?.

Chain the Hey by Becky Hill.
Nbr dosido, then swing(8+8).
Gents allemand-L 1.5, partner swing(8+8). [short swing]
With partner, promenade across(8). Rights-and-lefts across(8).
Ladies start half-hey(8), to Ladies chain(8). [Turn to face new nbrs]
VideoCameraDavid Keller | Playing with Fire.

Seth: Good 4th dance.

The Cure for the Claps by Bob Isaacs.
Ring-bal, petronella(4+4), partner swing(8).
Ring-bal, petronella(4+4), nbr swing(8).
DTHall line4 [ONEs in the center], turn alone(6+2), UTHall, bend line(6+2). 4-by-4 go down the floor
Circle left all the way(8). Ring-bal(4), Cal-twirl(4).
VideoCameraBob Isaacs | Crowfoot. See 4:20-4:42.
VideoCameraJonathan King | Flying Turtles. Contra till 2:53, then a waltz.

Delphiniums and Daisies by Tanya Rotenberg.
Nbr allemand-L 1.5 (8). Ladies chain(8).
Ladies start a full-hey(16).
Partner Bal&Swing(4+12).
Circle-left 3-places(8). Nbr allemand-R 1.5 (8).
VideoCameraLisa Greenleaf | Great Bear Trio.
VideoCameraDave Harvey. At 2:21 a dancer plays spoons

Heartbeat Contra by Don Flaherty.
Bal-the-ring then petronella(8). Bal-the-ring, petronella(8).
Bal-the-ring(4). Nbr swing(12) on the side.
Ladies gypsy 1.5 in the middle(8), partner swing(8) on the side.
Circle-left 3-places(8). Ring-bal(4), California twirl(4).
VideoCameraHank Morris | Contraversial.

Sarah's Journey by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Contra-stretch; Fours far apart. No balance on box-the-gnat.]
Box-the-Gnat with Nbr(4); Gents pull-by L-hand to cross the set(4). Partner swing(8).
Circle left all-the-way(8); Dosido Partner(8).
Box-the-Gnat Partner(4); Ladies pull-by L-hand to cross the set(4). Nbr swing(8).
Rights-&-lefts across(8). Star-L all-the-way(8), to face new Nbrs.
VideoCameraJo Morland | Stringdancer. VideoCameraWilliam Watson | Joyride.

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