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Frederica contra by Jonathan King.
(“New”)Ladies dosido(8). Gents allemand-R 1.5, to change places(8).
Gypsy partner, [melt into a] swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs to the right of the TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2) [L2,G2,L1,G1]. Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle RIGHT 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Ladies look for new gent on R-diagonal.
A role-reversal of Tom Hinds' fine Frederick Contra.
Mad Frederick by Jonathan King. (2017Aug05)
[Face across] With (“New”) nbrs, mad-robin, Gents sliding left in front of nbr-lady(8). [As ladies come back to place] Ladies snag R-hands to allemand-R 1.5 (8),
Partner gypsy, [melt into a] swing(4+12) [gents home side].
DTHall line4, ONEs left of TWOs(4), center-couple Cal-twirl(4) [outsides turn alone to make G1,G2,L1,L2]. Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle RIGHT 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
An homage to Tom Hinds' fine Frederick Contra. Written in the shower that morning, then called at Cocoa Beach that evening.
Not all Earthquakes are Andreas' Fault by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: The Earthquake! shakes you from the-one-you're-swinging to swinging-the-next. (Triple-Swing version, single-progression.)]
[Before becketizing: Id DIR-PROG. Pass through up-down, takes hands4 with the next; these are your current nbrs. Your Previous nbrs are behind you. Now BECKETIZE.]
Star-R 3-places(8). With new couple “your previous nbrs”, star-L all-the-way(8).
[Face orig. Nbr; ONEs down, TWOs up]  Square-Through [Nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr L-hand pull-by across(2); w.nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr pull-by across(2)], to face current nbr. In this Square-Through: Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
Swing curr.nbr(8). “Earthquake! You swing the next!” Face away from the-one-you-swung, and swing the next(8) [in your Dir-Prog.].
Circle-left 3-places(8). Partner swing(8).
Hey on the fritz by Jonathan King.
[BECKET: [First, memorize DIR-PROG, to find new NBRs, for RH_star. Now Becketize, hands in long lines, join at ends to make a huge Oval. Partner in one hand, Shadow in the other.]
R-star all-the-way-around (8). Ladies look left to find Shadow. Shadow L-allemand(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Ladies chain(8). Ladies start half-hey(8). [As Gents finish crossing the set, melt into a...]
...Nbr swing(8). Gents “Left-shoulder Hey” [a half-hey](8). Gents pass L-shoulder, then R-shoulder with partner, then looks right, and sticks out R-arm, ready for the star-R with new nbrs. Each Lady passes R-shoulder w.partner, then does a L-shoulder gypsy with the other lady, till she sees her partner's back; hook on to him and make a R-hand star with New Nbrs.
A modification of: The Ritz by Gene Hubert.

Three videos of the dance being developed, to recorded music by Groovemongers:
VideoCamera2nd run (JK calling/dancing); taught as Becket dance, 24Aug2014.
VideoCamera1st run; taught as Improper dance, 27July2014.
VideoCamera3rd run, Becket; new music too slow, switched back to Groovemongers, 14Sept2014.
Oval-teen by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: At A2, explain the pattern: Gents allemand-L, oval-right; Ladies allemand-R, oval-left. In counting couples, count your own couple, when appropriate.]

[Slide-left to New Nbrs to...] Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
Gents allemand-L(8) [back to place].   Oval-right(8).
[You are across from your Partner, and same-gender Nbr; they are couple #1. Oval-R to past couple #2, #3, #4, and as you get to couple #5... (opposite gender in #5 is your “Distant Shadow”) Gents stop, Ladies get ready to...]

Ladies R-allemand with Lady #5 (8). Oval-left(8) [back to your original four-some, facing your Partner].
Circle left 3-places(8). Partner swing, and Slide-Left to face new Nbrs(8).
Written for my teen, Ruth, when she was 12, while driving to pick her up from Adventure Camp.
Chainsaw Orbit by Jonathan King.
[BECKET: Huge oval.] Identify DIR-PROG, then Becketize. Now identify home-side.

[Same two] Ladies chain(8). W. left-hand, gent leads his nbr-lady into a Mad-Robin [sideways dosido](8). Join hands into a huge…
…Oval right(8) [“Ovaltine”]. Oval left(8) [“Ovaltang”].
[Original foursomes] Circle-left(8) [approx] 3-places. [C'mon back with a] Left-Hands-across star(8); at halfway round, Gents push off [and walk fwd in Dir-Progr] while Ladies keep on allemanding halfway more, to progress.
[Ladies look right and] Allemand-R the new nbr-lady coming toward her; simultaneously, Gents orbit CCW around the ladies(8) [As two gents cross, I suggest passing L-shoulders, interlocking their orbits.]. Partner-swing(8), on your original [home] side.
A modification of D.L's beloved Chainsaw Reel, VideoCameraFootloose, called by JK.
Ceremonial Mirror by Jonathan King (June 2016).
[Rev-progr-BECKET: Turn foursome 1-click to the RIGHT. This is your home-side.]

[New] Gents Allemand-L 1.5 (8), to swing Nbr(8).
Gents pass L-shoulder to start a full hey (8+8).
Gents cross the set, passing L-shoulders, to gypsy partner and melt into swing(4+4+8).
Mad-robin-twirl, Gents sliding-right in front of partner(8). [As lady returns to place, she does a 3/4 twirl, pulling R-shoulder back, to catch her partner's L-hand, then stepping into the circle-to-the-R with current NBRs.]
[Take Hands-4], Circle RIGHT all way, then Slide-right [lady leading] to new NBRs(8).
This is an homage to Adriane Moser's Three Ceremonies, written for our own Bob Saint Laurent.
Melrosean Triplet by Jonathan King.
[Triplet, PROPER: abc
Letters are Ladies,  diGits are Gents.]

Circle-6-Right, halfway(8) 321
THREEs star-L [with the couple below] halfway(4) bc1
[and flow into a]
THREEs star-R [with the couple below] halfway(4), to end in handshake with partner across the set ba3

Box-DoSiDo: [“meanwhile-move”: Bottom couple (the THREEs) Balance & Box-the-Gnat(4+4), while top two couples mirror-DoSiDo Ptnr, Gents passing between the ladies. (ONEs DoSi, TWOs see-saw).] bac
Lines fwd-and-back(8).

Middle-couple [ONEs] turn Contra Corners(4+4+4+4).
ONEs swing(8) [drifting down beteen the THREEs] while THREEs cast-up [“ONEs swing-down, THREEs cast-up”] bca
Everyone, dosido partner(8).

Done to contra music, this dance is challenging. Done to waltz music, each 2 contra-steps becomes a single waltz triple-step; e.g, a parenthetical (8) means four waltz triple-steps.    In waltz timing, for “Lines-fwd-and-back” I recommend going fwd on the R-diagonal (triple-step 1), fwd on L-diagonal (triple-step 2), then reversing for the remaining two triple-steps. With hands-joined, this is very satisfying.

Dances in-progress

The Long Hello by Jonathan King. (Aug. 2013)
[(New, Work-in-progress) BECKET: Reverse-prog. Waltz-contra, or regular-contra]
Rights-&-lefts across(8). On the Left-diagonal, Ladies chain(8).
Slice-right [long-lines going in diagonal-R]; slice-R back, and while backing-up, the Lady in the Gents right-hand, puts herself into wrap(4+4); Nbr wrap. [The slices are so that nbr-Gents are lined-up to star-promenade]
Star-promenade to the other side(4) and ladies unwrap(4), so that #1Gent-and-Lady are facing down, other couple facing up.

[Gents, pull against each other a bit, so that] As a couple, slide-left a little and then: With the couple that is facing you [your partner is in it] Circle-left halfway(4); as you arrive, the Lady in the Gent's Left-hand, his Partner, puts herself into wrap(4) [as she arrives at her home rail]; Partner wrap.
  Star-promenade all-the-way around to the Gent's home side(8).

Lady unwraps into a partner swing(16).
End effect: After the Rights-&-lefts: Do NOT chain, if there is no couple on your left-diagonal. [If there is a couple out, do NOT chain with them.]
You will go out at the start of the circle-L. Turn around individually. Now the Gent's partner is in his L-hand. You will come back on the continuation of the circle-L.
[In honor of the marriage of Sidney & Lainey, and of Donny & Shauna.]
[Takes a move from Tailor Made by Kirston Koths.]
VideoCameraTailor Made, called by Jack Mitchell | Footloose Trio.
Princely Petronella Stars by Jonathan King. (Aug. 2013)
[BECKET: Reverse--single-prog. Before becketizing: (We'll start with one couple out.) Pass through up-down, takes hands4 with next nbrs. (For me: Your Previous nbrs are behind you.) BECKETIZE. In one hand is your Partner, the other is your SHADOW.]

[Everyone: Look on the R-diagonal; after once though the dance, you'll be across from that couple. And in just a moment, you be swinging that person on the R-diagonal.]

A “Petronella-star” is a conventional petronella (ring-balance, twirl-right one place) but ending in a L-hand wristgrip-star. A “petronella-star 5-places-round” is relative to your initial psn. You end up in the same place a “circle-right 5-places ” puts you, but using 16 beats of music.

A “revonella” is a reverse petronella: Ring-balance, then twirl-left one place. A “Revonella-star” is a reverse petronella that ends in a right-hand star. And a “revonella-star 4-places-round” puts you back where you started.

Revonella-star back to place(8+8). Face away from partner, take hands4 with a new couple; you are facing your Shadow.
[Your partner is in a different hands4.] [Out at the end: Turn as a couple to face in.]

Petronella-star back to place, and one place more(8+8). Swing your New-nbr; the person [on your side of the set] in the adjacent star(8). [At the end of the petronella-star, the lady is looking at the back of her New Nbr's head, while the Gent rolls over his R-shoulder to see his new nbr behind him.]

Swing this new-nbr, then [as a couple] slide-left, till you are across from the couple that has your partner(8). Gents snag R-hands and allemand 1.5 (8).

Partner bal&swing(4+12).
I wrote this dance for Stan & Linda Prince, who have been energetic contra dance organizers for many years, making many hundreds of people happy.
Ribbing Adam by Jonathan King. (Aug. 2013)
[(New, Work-in-progress) BECKET: Rev-single-progression; so have the hands-4 rotate one click to the right. Each Lady is on her Home side.]
Ladies initiate partner-trades, at will.

With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8), then give a R-hand to partner, across the set.
[Facing partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
[With these new nbrs] Step immediately into a short wavy-line across the set [Ladies in the center], bal-the-wave(4). Everyone spin/slide right, with Gents sliding two places to snag L-hands(4). Gents allemand-L 3/4 into a long wavy-line of Gents in the center(4) [facing Partner], and bal-the-wave(4).
[Each Lady is at her Home, on the side of the set.] Ladies: Bring home either your partner, or a Gent-in-Trade, and swing (4+12) on the side of the set. [Make sure to end that swing across from the couple that has the lady from the short-wave.]

[Gent-in-Trade: Lady “Jane” has: On her L-diagonal is her previous-nbr lady. Across from Jane is current nbr-lady.
  (Using hand-signals, telepathy, carrier pigeons) While the Gents are allemanding and balancing [8 beats of music], Jane agrees to trade partners with one of these 2 ladies. In that case, Jane takes the appropriate gent –who is facing away from her– and brings him home to swing; he is Jane's new partner. (Jane's trading-lady will take Jane's former partner home to swing.)
  Lost-and-found is at the bottom of the set.
  N.B: A trade causes the Gent to switch his direction of progression.]
Those who go to dance-weekends in Florida, know Rona Wiener, role-switching imp. When you see a ball of Joyful Chaos moving down a contra-line, Rona is probably in the center of it. I wrote this dance for her.
Double Dolphin Hey by Jonathan King. (Aug. 2013)
[IMPROPER:] [A dolphin-hey is a hey-for-3, with the two ONEs acting as a single person. To turn-around, each pivots in place; now #1Lady is in front of #1Gent. When they pivot again, #1Gent will be in front of #1Lady. At all times, the #1Gent is dolphin-side of the #1Lady. (After 16 beats, all four folk are back where they started; the ONEs in the center, facing dolphin-side, Gent-before-Lady.)] Dolphin: Cross-1-2 Pass-3-4 Pivot-5-6 Return-7-8

Circle left all-the-way(8). Nbr swing(8). Puts the TWOs above, progressing.
Gypsy-Star 4-places(8). [Gent shake R-hands, Ladies shake L-hands, ladies hand on top. Ladies back up, Gent fwd.] Now TWOs Bal&Push-off back to place, while ONEs swing in the center(8). [ONEs end in the center, Lady behind Gent, facing across, facing the Dolphin-side].
Dolphin-hey, ONEs (as a unit) split the above-TWOs(16).
Dolphin-hey, ONEs split the below-TWOs(16), ending in a hand-4 with them.
If anyone asks: “Dolphin hey —what is it?”, answer “It's what Nebraska dolphins eat.”
Musk of Contra by Jonathan King.
[PROPER, triple minor: 48-beat tune] abc

To Money Musk, this adjoins figures for the TWOs and THREEs, and introduces a swing.

ONEs allemand-R 1.5, while TWOs/THREEs do a mad-robin [#3 Gent slides Left in front of #2 Gent](8). 1bc
ONEs cast down to 2nd place(4) [“ONEs go below”], while TWOs lead up.
Forward six & six fall back(4). b1c

ONEs R-hand turn 3/4 to lines-of-3 facing up and down(8) b c
1 a
2 3
. Forward six &  back(4). ONEs R-hand turn to home side(4) bac

[The order is TWOs ONEs THREEs] Top two couples: Right and left over and back(8+8), during which the THREEs swing (across the set). b acb
2 132
Bob's your Uncle In progress by Jonathan King. 19Aug2017: This title is already taken, for a different dance, by John Nance. Apparently I wrote this dance in 2016, Looks like it is based on "Three-Ceremonies"
[BECKET: Slide-left to Ladies chain]
[New] Ladies chain(8), into Mad-Robin(8) [around NBR].
L-hand-star(8), Nbr-swing(8) [on home side]. Gents pass left to start a full hey (8+8).
Gents cross one more time, [L-shoulders] to swing partner(8).
Long-lines(8). Circle left all way, then Slide-Left to new NBRs(8).
My original version of the following was too complex to dance:
Conveyor my Love by Jonathan King.
[BECKET: Has the conveyor-belt move]

Am working on a simplified version, and when it is done, it will appear here.

Contradances written by my daughter

Papa, what's a good name for this dance? by Ruth King (age 5). [IMPROPER: 16May2006: Created by Ruth E. King, with help from her mother.]
Nbr Allemand-R (8). Partner allemand-L [across the set](8).
Nbr swing(8). Ladies chain(8).
Ladies start a full-hey(16).
Star-L 5-places(8). [Slide L-hand to L-hand with current nbr] With L-hand balance, Swat-the-Flea, then spin-R to face new nbr(4+4).
What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander by Ruth King (age 10).
[IMPROPER: Gent roll-away Lady, L roll-away G at right-angles]

On side of set: With nbr, Do-Si-Do 1.5 (8). [Across the set] With Partner, See-saw [or left allemand] 1.5 (8).
On (other) side of set: Swing nbr(8). Ladies chain(8).
Ladies start a full-hey(16).
[From the hey go into] Partner-swing(8). Goose-then-Gander move(4), couple ends facing up/down the set, facing their current nbrs. Then pass-through(4) to a new couple.
Music should be a bit slower than standard.
Goose-then-Gander move: [Along the side, R-to-L] Gent rolls the lady away(2), then Lady rolls the gent away [R-to-L](2), but he ends up across the set, having traveled almost diagonally; then end as-a-couple facing up/down the set, ready to pass through.
King's Gambit by Ruth King.
[BECKET: ] In progress. The second half of the dance is not correct.
Allemand-L 1.5 (8). Mad-Robin(8) [Lady slides left, in front of nbr-gent].
Ladies start a full-hey(16).
[?] Give&Take to gent's home side(8). Partner swing(8).
[?] Square-through (orientation?), slide-left to new nbrs.
Written by Ruth and Erin for Jonathan's 60th birthday.

Doomed Dances, destined to never be called


A old video of JK calling
Three Ceremonies by Adriane Moser.
[BECKET: Slide-left to Ladies chain.]
[New] Ladies chain(8), into Mad-Robin(8) [Ladies slide-L in front of NBR].
Ladies pass right to start a full hey (8+8).
Ladies cross the set, passing right shoulders, to swing partner(4+12).
Long-lines(8). Circle left all way, then Slide-Left to new NBRs(8).
VideoCameraJonathan King (no-walk-through) | Montage.
VideoCameraJolaine Jones-Pokorney | Barnstorm.
Posted on the Callers mailing list was: “The published choreography has B1 as pass rt shoulder to gypsy partner, then swing.”
to a mellow mellow tune. This no-walk-through is from Vernals 2012:

An even older video:
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.
[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?.
, from Vernals 2011: Dancers twirling.

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