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Contradance 2012

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Year 2012 Event ------------------- ---------------------- Jan. 27-29,F,Sa,Su. Florida SnowBall. Feb. 4,Sat. Called: Florida Earthskills, 8PM-10. Feb. 5,Sun. Called: Boltin Center, 4PM-7. Feb.19,Sun. Called: O'Leno, 2-5PM. Feb. 24-26,F,Sa,Su GODS Dance-weekend. (English Country Dance and UFCC techno-contra.) Mar.18,Sun. Called UFCC, 4-7PM. (Eric Harris came by, after calling O'Leno.) Mar.23-25,Fri-Sun Vernal's 2012 and FB Vernal's. Mar.29-Apr.3 Maryland 2012 Conference. Apr.13-16,Fri-Mon Wild Asparagus trip: Apr.13 Tallahassee. Apr.14 Melrose. Apr.15 UFCC, 4PM-7, Rion Ballroom. Apr.16 St. Pete. May 1, Tue. Erin's and my wedding anniversary. Elaine and Sidney's wedding; small, around noon. May 06, Sun. 4PM-7. After-party at their home. Shauna and Donny's wedding, O'Leno. Eric Harris calling, Flying Turtles. May 11, Fri. Contra 7PM-10PM. May 12, Sat. Contra 10AM-1PM. Wedding 5PM-? Dinner. Contra ≈7PM-10PM. May 12, Sat. Ruth's Batizado. May 13, Sun. Ruth's concert. May 14-17, Mon-Fri In Pittsburgh, judging the Menger Prize for ISEF 2012. Aug.18, Sat. Called: Boltin Center, 8PM-11. Oct.21,Sun. Calling: O'Leno dance 2PM-5PM. Cancelled! due to insect damage of the floor. The hall is closed. Oct.27,Sat. Called: Casselberry Halloween Dance 8PM-11. Oct. 31, Wed. Halloween. Nov.5-7,Mon-Wed. Ramanujan conference Nov.14, Wed. JK gave GMA Sem. Dec.30, Sun. Called: Advanced contra, Boltin center, 4PM-7.


2012 Feb 04, Sun., 7PM–10PM: Called the Florida Earthskills dance in Brooker, FL, with The Whistling Thieves plus Karan Newman and Chuck Spitzner.

What transpired:
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.

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.

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.

Al's Safeway Produce by Robert Cromartie.
[IMPROPER:]
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 | ? .

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?.

Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].

Waltz
Roll over Johannes by Becky Hill.
[IMPROPER: Down the River and Around the Bend]
It transmogrified into Mad Scatter.

2012 Feb 05, Sun., 4PM–7PM: Called the GODS Boltin Center dance.

Program:
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.
Tune: Reel de Gaspé /La Bastringue.
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.
Tune: Girl I Left Behind Me /Rocks of Brae.
Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face 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.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.
Tune: Mississippi Sawyer /Kitchen Girl /Cold Frosty Morning.
Chain the Hey by Becky Hill.
[IMPROPER:]
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.
Tune: Mari's Wedding /Rose Tree /Mari's Wedding.
Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].
Tune: Lilting Banshee /Indian Point.
The Cure for the Claps by Bob Isaacs.
[IMPROPER:]
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.
Tune: Possum's Tail /L'Oiseau Blue /Come Dance and Sing.
Waltz and Break.
Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).
Tune: Shelathwell by the Sea /Glory in the Meeting House.
Devil's Backbone by William Watson.
[4-FACING-4:] The end-lady in each short-line [i.e on the R] is the Leading lady. After the L-hand star, the lead-lady is looking at the back of a Gent in the other flock. His psn is her “Target”. Remember Original Direction. [The Gents end every swing facing this direction.]

Short-line, F&Back(8). Up/down: In little-groups-of-four, ladies chain(8).
Star-L all-way(8). “Lead Ladies, lead your flock”(8).
Lead-ladies pass right-shoulders, as their stars unroll behind them. She leads her three ducklings to the other side, occupying the four positions of the other flock (she ends at her Target). As they arrive, each flock takes hands-4, ready to circle.

[Hands-4] Circle-left all-way(8). Nbr swing(8); end facing up/down. [Face your partner.]
Up/down: Gents allemand-L 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8); end facing Original Direction.
VideoCameraSusan Moffett | The Coffee Zombies.
WW says: Flowing or driving 32-bar AABB tunes See: Notes
Tune: Red Haired Boy /Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman.
WarmUp by Jerry Blum, Patti Gutwein, John Lenarduzz, Kathryn C. Millis, Josh Moses, Dave Notman, Bill Olson, Kate Power, Cary Ravitz.
[4-FACING-4: Has the “Awful Ladies” move.]
In line facing you. The couple on the diagonal has your 1st-nbr. In the couple across from you is your 2nd-nbr. You are facing your “Original Direction”. Gents, you have 3 swings, each ending facing a different direction. Your Partner-swing ends facing your original direction.
Lines-of-four, foward and back(8). Up/down: In little-groups-of-four, ladies start a half-hey(8).
“All four ladies, chain halfway.” The four ladies do a righthand-star, halfway round till they see their first-nbr(8). Swing that nbr(8), ending facing across the set (i.e, like in long lines).
In your new little-groups-of-four, gents allemand-L 1.5(8) to your second-nbr. Swing second-nbr(8), ending facing Reverse Direction. Face your partner, hands-4, circle left.
[Up/down in your new little-groups-of-four] Circle left 3-places(8). Swing partner, end facing Original Direction, in your line-of-four.
Its good if the music has an energy boost either on B1 [best] or A2. Also, kinda funky is good.
Tune: Bending my Elbow /Happy Together.
Sweet Music by Amy Kahn.
[IMPROPER: Scoop the Lady]
Gents left allemand(8) once around, and keep going. Scoop your partner [to cross the set] and Butterfly Whirl(8).
Ladies start a full hey(16).
[As gents come back to their partner] Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights&Lefts across the set [courtesy turn](8), gent roll-away the Lady, R-hand star(8). [“Gents look left allemand.”]
VideoCameraJonathan King | Barnstorm.
VideoCameraCaveman by Jim Hemphill, is similar.
Tune: Banish Misfortune /Morrison's Jig.

2012 Feb 19, Sun., 2PM–5PM: Called the Old Time Contra Dance at O'Leno State Park, with the Flying Turtles.

Bandana-Man's Program:
Lordags Waltz.
[Circle-mixer waltz: Couples start in Varsouvienne psn, in a circle of couples, with the gents on the inside.]
F:=Fwd. Pattern: FBFF×4.
VideoCameraDanced 0:06.

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.

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.

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?.

Silly threes.
[Circle mixer: Lost&found is in the center]
Make lines of three [holding hands] facing CCW around the circle like spokes on a wheel. If you are between two people then you are a MIDDLE; else you are one of the two SIDEs; you retain this name through one cycle of the dance.
Promenade in lines-of-three CCW(16).
Circle-of-three: Circle Left, Circle right(8+8).
MIDDLEs swing the one who [is] ___(8) [tallest, curliest hair, youngest, who can stick the stomach out the farthest, who can jump the highest, thinking of the color purple etc…] [the cute one... the cuter one] MIDDLEs swing the other one!(8)
SIDEs make a Both-Arms arch and all the MIDDLEs run through all the arches around the circle until the music stops.(16) SIDEs capture the closest MIDDLE to make a new line. [Decide who’s going to be the new MIDDLE.]
I renamed “middles” and “sides” from innies and outties.


Waltz, then no-break.
Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).

Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face 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.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.

[We attempted
Sweet Music by Amy Kahn.
[IMPROPER: Scoop the Lady]
Gents left allemand(8) once around, and keep going. Scoop your partner [to cross the set] and Butterfly Whirl(8).
Ladies start a full hey(16).
[As gents come back to their partner] Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights&Lefts across the set [courtesy turn](8), gent roll-away the Lady, R-hand star(8). [“Gents look left allemand.”]
VideoCameraJonathan King | Barnstorm.
VideoCameraCaveman by Jim Hemphill, is similar.
, but the R-&-L through, roll away, R-Star was more beginner-difficult than I had remembered.]

Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].

Final Waltz.

2012 Mar 18, Sun., 4PM–7PM: Called the UFCC dance (UF Contra Club) in the Rion Ballroom of the Reitz Student Union on the Univ. of Florida campus. The band? –The Whistling Thieves!

Jonathan's Program:
Robbin's Favorite by Greg Frock.
[PROPER: Handy-hand]
ONEs step between TWOs [TWOs facing up, ONEs down] and handy-hand allemand 1.5 (8) [Gents R-hand with each other, Ladies L-hand], sending TWOs into the center to swing(8); then end facing down.
[The ONEs are facing up] TWOs step between ONEs and [with NBR] handy-hand allemand 1.5 (8). ONEs swing(8); end facing down.
Line4 DTHall [L-to-R 2Gent-1Gent-1Lady-2Lady] ONEs in the center, turn alone(6+2), UTHall, then bend the line(6+2).
Circle left 1.5 (8+4), TWOs arch, ONEs dive DTHall to next couple(4).
Greg Frock wrote: Was Composition 24 but is now Robbin's Favorite in honor of Robbin Marcus.

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.

Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face 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.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.

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.”

Waltz and Break.

Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).

Silly threes.
[Circle mixer: Lost&found is in the center]
Make lines of three [holding hands] facing CCW around the circle like spokes on a wheel. If you are between two people then you are a MIDDLE; else you are one of the two SIDEs; you retain this name through one cycle of the dance.
Promenade in lines-of-three CCW(16).
Circle-of-three: Circle Left, Circle right(8+8).
MIDDLEs swing the one who [is] ___(8) [tallest, curliest hair, youngest, who can stick the stomach out the farthest, who can jump the highest, thinking of the color purple etc…] [the cute one... the cuter one] MIDDLEs swing the other one!(8)
SIDEs make a Both-Arms arch and all the MIDDLEs run through all the arches around the circle until the music stops.(16) SIDEs capture the closest MIDDLE to make a new line. [Decide who’s going to be the new MIDDLE.]
I renamed “middles” and “sides” from innies and outties.

Lordags Waltz.
[Circle-mixer waltz: Couples start in Varsouvienne psn, in a circle of couples, with the gents on the inside.]
F:=Fwd. Pattern: FBFF×4.
VideoCameraDanced 0:06.

Sweet Music by Amy Kahn.
[IMPROPER: Scoop the Lady]
Gents left allemand(8) once around, and keep going. Scoop your partner [to cross the set] and Butterfly Whirl(8).
Ladies start a full hey(16).
[As gents come back to their partner] Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights&Lefts across the set [courtesy turn](8), gent roll-away the Lady, R-hand star(8). [“Gents look left allemand.”]
VideoCameraJonathan King | Barnstorm.
VideoCameraCaveman by Jim Hemphill, is similar.

Snowball Shimmy by Seth Tepfer.
[BECKET:]
Circle-L 1x (8). Gents allemand-R 1.5 (8).
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
Join hand in ring, Bal-the-ring then petronella twirl(8). Bal-the-ring, then petronella-nella [twirl two places around the ring](8).
With partner, Bal&Swing(4+8). Slide left to face Next Couple(4).
The “petronella-nella” first appeared in Wasatch Wiggle, by Erik Weberg.

The Cure for the Claps by Bob Isaacs.
[IMPROPER:]
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.

Cows are Watching by Bill Pope.
[BECKET: (Rev-progression dance.) Id DIR-PROG. Hands4, then rotate Right one click]
Long lines(8). Ladies R-allemand 1.5 (8).
Nbr Bal&swing(4+12).
Bal-the-ring(4). Gent rolls away his Partner, across the set [from L-to-R](4), as he sashays R-to-L. [He travels further than she, so as to start the weave.] As a couple, weave left(4), weave right(4) [so you've gone around just one couple].
Gents snag L-hands then L-allemand 1x(8). Swing partner(8).
VideoCameraChattahoochee Country Dancers (CCD, Atlanta).
VideoCameraSue Rosen | The Figments. VideoCameraCis Hinkle | Troublesome Creek.

Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].

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-Prog] 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.


JK and Montage (Rachel Bell shown) 2012 23March: The caller at Vernal's 2012 (23–25, March) was Beth Molaro. On Friday night, guest-callers (Tara, Dana, Jolaine, me) called no-walk-throughs, with music from Montage. JK dipping Ruth King

I called
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?.
and
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.”
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Later, dancing with my daughter Ruth, we were photographed in a, ahem, dip.

On Day 2, we engaged in a bit of Mental Dancing (jpg).

Lastly, there is Ruth, trying to avoid..., or out-run, Photons.


2012 Jul 31, Tue., Laura Johannes called the MIT dance, and kindly let me call Chainsaw Reel to the music of Firefly.

2012 Aug 18, Sat., 8PM–11PM: Called the GODS Boltin Center dance, with Comes When Called: Kathie Aagaard (fiddle), Rich Crew (recorder), Susan Marynowski (piano and percussion), John McEwen (banjo).


Jonathan's Program:
Al's Safeway Produce by Robert Cromartie.
[IMPROPER:]
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 | ? .
Tune: Batchelder's Reel.
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.
Tune: Flowers of Edinburgh.
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.”
Tunes: Moving Cloud /Reel de Montebello.
Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face 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.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.
Tunes: Dick Gossip /Reel Yvonne.
Lordags Waltz.
[Circle-mixer waltz: Couples start in Varsouvienne psn, in a circle of couples, with the gents on the inside.]
F:=Fwd. Pattern: FBFF×4.
VideoCameraDanced 0:06.
Tune: Waltz of the Toys.
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-Prog] 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.
Tunes: Kate n' Roses /Tamlin.
Adjoined:
Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).
Tunes: Paddy on the Railway /Evil Diane.
Waltz. Tune: Waltz of the Floating Bridge.

Second half:
    As a medley:
Roll in the Hey by Roger Diggle.
[IMPROPER:]
Circle left(8); swing nbr(8).
Circle left 3 places(8); swing partner(8).
Long lines(8). Ladies chain(8).
Ladies start a full-hey(8+8).
VideoCameraSteve Zakon-Anderson. At 4:17 morphs into a variant of “Judah Jig” by Charlie Fenton. At 7:28 morphs to “Hay in the Barn” by Chart Guthrie.
VideoCameraChris Ricciotti.

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.

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.

Tunes: Pipe on the Hob /Sally Gardens /Bus Stop.
Devil's Backbone by William Watson.
[4-FACING-4:] The end-lady in each short-line [i.e on the R] is the Leading lady. After the L-hand star, the lead-lady is looking at the back of a Gent in the other flock. His psn is her “Target”. Remember Original Direction. [The Gents end every swing facing this direction.]

Short-line, F&Back(8). Up/down: In little-groups-of-four, ladies chain(8).
Star-L all-way(8). “Lead Ladies, lead your flock”(8).
Lead-ladies pass right-shoulders, as their stars unroll behind them. She leads her three ducklings to the other side, occupying the four positions of the other flock (she ends at her Target). As they arrive, each flock takes hands-4, ready to circle.

[Hands-4] Circle-left all-way(8). Nbr swing(8); end facing up/down. [Face your partner.]
Up/down: Gents allemand-L 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8); end facing Original Direction.
VideoCameraSusan Moffett | The Coffee Zombies.
WW says: Flowing or driving 32-bar AABB tunes See: Notes
Tunes: Wissahicken Drive /Dinky's Reel.
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.
Tunes: Goldstud /Catharsis.
WarmUp by Jerry Blum, Patti Gutwein, John Lenarduzz, Kathryn C. Millis, Josh Moses, Dave Notman, Bill Olson, Kate Power, Cary Ravitz.
[4-FACING-4: Has the “Awful Ladies” move.]
In line facing you. The couple on the diagonal has your 1st-nbr. In the couple across from you is your 2nd-nbr. You are facing your “Original Direction”. Gents, you have 3 swings, each ending facing a different direction. Your Partner-swing ends facing your original direction.
Lines-of-four, foward and back(8). Up/down: In little-groups-of-four, ladies start a half-hey(8).
“All four ladies, chain halfway.” The four ladies do a righthand-star, halfway round till they see their first-nbr(8). Swing that nbr(8), ending facing across the set (i.e, like in long lines).
In your new little-groups-of-four, gents allemand-L 1.5(8) to your second-nbr. Swing second-nbr(8), ending facing Reverse Direction. Face your partner, hands-4, circle left.
[Up/down in your new little-groups-of-four] Circle left 3-places(8). Swing partner, end facing Original Direction, in your line-of-four.
Its good if the music has an energy boost either on B1 [best] or A2. Also, kinda funky is good.
Tunes: Indian Point /Blue Jig.
The New Parliament House Jig or The Prime Minister by John Colville.
[3×3 GRID OF DANCERS, ALL FACING UP: Center-person is the Prime Minister. Often given a symbolic hat (will be passed on to the next PM). Term Limits: You only get to be PM once! “Rows” horiz., “files” vertical.]
[Music: 64-bar reels or jigs, 3 times through. E.g The New Parliament House Jig. Reels: Rickett's Hornpipe / Lamplighter's Hornpipe.]
Right-wing; caucus: The Right 2 files take skater's hold, promenades CCW around the “far left”; the leftmost file.(16)
Left-wing; caucus: Left 2 files take skater's hold, promenades CW around the “far right”.(16)

“Moderates” (the four in the middle of an edge) “run rings” around the PM; circle-left(8) then right(8).
“Extremists” (the four corner dancers) run rings around the Prime Minister. [Left, then right.]

Lobbying: The PM makes a Right-Hand star in the front-right [NE] corner(8); then a Left-Hand star with [NW] front-left.(8) Frontbenchers, right wing, then left.
PM makes a RH-star with the back-left [SW] corner(8); then a LH-star with the [SE] back-right.(8) Backbenchers, right wing, then left.

Descend into usual Parliamentary chaos: Hey-for-3 in each file: The head dancer faces DTHall, the other two in his file face up. He starts the weave passing R-shoulders with the middle person, weaving down and back(8+8). [Each dancer ends up where he started.] Orig. has Heys along rows, rather than files. Files seem easier for the PM to get in to.
Change of Government: Front-row faces right, and puts R-hand on shoulder of person in front, in his row. Front person arcs right, around and behind the middle row [which steps fwd to become the new front] then arcs left around the back row [which becomes the new middle]. There isn't much time for this bit, so move smartly. Ok to permute psns, doing this, so everyone can be PM.
VideoCameraCarol Ormand | Atlanta 2011. Notes A, Notes B, Notes C and History.

The dance represents the system of Government in Australia.
Tune: Cantina.
Skipped: Sweet Music.
Waltz. Tune: April Waltz.

2012 Oct 21, Sun.: Calling the O'Leno Old Time Contra Dance. As of 20Sept.: Cancelled! due to insect damage of the floor. The hall is closed.

2012 Oct 27, Sat., 8PM–11 (teaching at 7:30): Called the Casselberry Halloween Dance. My daughter and I were in convincing Pirate costumes. Fine and lively music from Flying Turtles Band: Tom & Elle Hogan, with Linda Pottberg, Sharon Hartmann and Linda Clipp. This is the first time I've been blessed with three fiddlers…

My planned Casselberry program (with steps), and what I actually called:

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.
Tunes: Whiskey /Red-haired boy.
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.
Tune: Big sweet taters.
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.
Tunes: Cold Frosty Morning /Old Joe Clark.
Snow Dance by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Shadows. Teaching: Pass-through one-couple so that folks have a couple to look for. (As usual, put lady on right.)]
[New nbrs, hand-4] Ring-balance(4), then ladies trade places passing R-shoulder(4). Ring-bal(4), with nbr California twirl [to face a new couple].
With new couple circle-left(8) [gents, your shadow is in your L-hand]. L-hand star(8). No one there?: Dance with ghost couple. OR, turn alone, wait with Gent on the RIGHT.
With partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Ladies chain(8).
VideoCameraRuth Pershing. VideoCameraDarlene Underwood | Hotpoint.
Tunes: Soldier's Joy /Duck River.
The New Parliament House Jig or The Prime Minister by John Colville.
[3×3 GRID OF DANCERS, ALL FACING UP: Center-person is the Prime Minister. Often given a symbolic hat (will be passed on to the next PM). Term Limits: You only get to be PM once! “Rows” horiz., “files” vertical.]
[Music: 64-bar reels or jigs, 3 times through. E.g The New Parliament House Jig. Reels: Rickett's Hornpipe / Lamplighter's Hornpipe.]
Right-wing; caucus: The Right 2 files take skater's hold, promenades CCW around the “far left”; the leftmost file.(16)
Left-wing; caucus: Left 2 files take skater's hold, promenades CW around the “far right”.(16)

“Moderates” (the four in the middle of an edge) “run rings” around the PM; circle-left(8) then right(8).
“Extremists” (the four corner dancers) run rings around the Prime Minister. [Left, then right.]

Lobbying: The PM makes a Right-Hand star in the front-right [NE] corner(8); then a Left-Hand star with [NW] front-left.(8) Frontbenchers, right wing, then left.
PM makes a RH-star with the back-left [SW] corner(8); then a LH-star with the [SE] back-right.(8) Backbenchers, right wing, then left.

Descend into usual Parliamentary chaos: Hey-for-3 in each file: The head dancer faces DTHall, the other two in his file face up. He starts the weave passing R-shoulders with the middle person, weaving down and back(8+8). [Each dancer ends up where he started.] Orig. has Heys along rows, rather than files. Files seem easier for the PM to get in to.
Change of Government: Front-row faces right, and puts R-hand on shoulder of person in front, in his row. Front person arcs right, around and behind the middle row [which steps fwd to become the new front] then arcs left around the back row [which becomes the new middle]. There isn't much time for this bit, so move smartly. Ok to permute psns, doing this, so everyone can be PM.
VideoCameraCarol Ormand | Atlanta 2011. Notes A, Notes B, Notes C and History.

The dance represents the system of Government in Australia.
Tune: Hangsman's reel.
Waltz and Break.

Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).

Ely Waltz by Colin Hume.
[Pronounced “eel lee”. Circle-mixer waltz, double progression: Couples start in big circle, with Lady on the right. Parenthetical-counts count triple-steps.]
Circle left(4). Circle right(4).
R-Hand turn partner(3), move on passing R-shoulder(1). L-Hand turn the next(3), move on passing L-shoulder(1).
Give R-Hand to #3, bal. fwd-and-back(2); box the gnat(2). Bal. fwd-and-back(2); do a wide Petronella turn single, ending gents facing out, ladies facing in(2); flowing into...
Do-si-do this new partner(4). In ballroom position, waltz around(4), opening up w. lady on right, hands joining in a big circle.

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.”
Tunes: Virginia /Flying home to Shelley.
A few folks found progression of my Hey on the fritz challenging, so I switched to:
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?.
Tunes: French gigue /Coffee.
    As a medley:
Roll in the Hey by Roger Diggle.
[IMPROPER:]
Circle left(8); swing nbr(8).
Circle left 3 places(8); swing partner(8).
Long lines(8). Ladies chain(8).
Ladies start a full-hey(8+8).
VideoCameraSteve Zakon-Anderson. At 4:17 morphs into a variant of “Judah Jig” by Charlie Fenton. At 7:28 morphs to “Hay in the Barn” by Chart Guthrie.
VideoCameraChris Ricciotti.

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.

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.
I'd planned the medley as the final contra, but folks wanted one more dance, so I changed a few calls and redid (as a no-walk-through)
Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).

2012 Dec 30, Sun., 4PM–7: Called the GODS Advanced dance. The band: Kumquats on Ice: Bill Dudley, Rich Crew and Chuck Levy.

Program:
Angela DeCarlis called
Come at Me, Bro by Angela DeCarlis.
[BECKET: Reverse-progression]
Gents JK: pass R-shoulders cross to Nbr-Lady on Right Diagonal to Gypsy-R(8). JK: I think the Lady needs to slide-R to stay in the same foursome as her partner. Possibly, we can think of this as the couple slides-R, then the gent crosses the set to gypsy. (Naturally, in practice he travels diagonally.) Then nbr-swing(8).
Ladies start half-hey(8). Ladies gypsy(8).
Circle left all the way(8). Ring-balance(4), and Petronella spin one place to the right(4).
Partner bal&swing on the side(4+12).


Centrifugal Hey by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr allemand-R 1.5 (8). Gents allemand-L 1.5 (8).
Full hey, Ladies pass partner by R (8). [Prtnr-R Ladies-L Nbr-R Gents-L]
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Circle-left 3 places, pass through to new nbr(8).

A Pirate's Life for Me by Nathaniel Jack.
[IMPROPER: Id DIR-PROG for the gypsy]
Nbr bal&swing(4+12).
Pass through to an ocean wave(4) [“pass the ocean”], bal-the-wave(4). Everyone spin/slide right, with Gents sliding two places to snag L-hands(3); Gents L-allemand to face partner(5).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Ladies dosido 1.5(8). Gypsy current nbr(8), to face new nbr.
VideoCameraNils Fredland | Perpetual e-Motion. VideoCamera Charlie Dyer | Briarpickers.

Labor of Love by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Alternating 1s/2s Contra Corners. Note DIR-PROG.]
Nbr bal&swing(4+12).
Long-lines(8). ONEs/TWOs R-hand balance across the set, Box-the-Gnat(4+4). [Gnat puts all the Gents on one rail, Ladies on the other]
ONEs/TWOs turn Contra Corners(4+4+4+4).
ONEs/TWOs bal&swing(4+12); End that swing facing original Dir-Prog. [Push apart to step to opposite rails, to face a new nbr].
VideoCameraAdina Gordon | Crowfoot. In Quebec.
VideoCameraKaren Jackson | Playing with Fire.

WarmUp by Jerry Blum, Patti Gutwein, John Lenarduzz, Kathryn C. Millis, Josh Moses, Dave Notman, Bill Olson, Kate Power, Cary Ravitz.
[4-FACING-4: Has the “Awful Ladies” move.]
In line facing you. The couple on the diagonal has your 1st-nbr. In the couple across from you is your 2nd-nbr. You are facing your “Original Direction”. Gents, you have 3 swings, each ending facing a different direction. Your Partner-swing ends facing your original direction.
Lines-of-four, foward and back(8). Up/down: In little-groups-of-four, ladies start a half-hey(8).
“All four ladies, chain halfway.” The four ladies do a righthand-star, halfway round till they see their first-nbr(8). Swing that nbr(8), ending facing across the set (i.e, like in long lines).
In your new little-groups-of-four, gents allemand-L 1.5(8) to your second-nbr. Swing second-nbr(8), ending facing Reverse Direction. Face your partner, hands-4, circle left.
[Up/down in your new little-groups-of-four] Circle left 3-places(8). Swing partner, end facing Original Direction, in your line-of-four.
Its good if the music has an energy boost either on B1 [best] or A2. Also, kinda funky is good.

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.

Waltz and Break.
Beneficial Tradition by Dan Pearl.
[BECKET: Double progression.]
(New) Ladies L-allemand(8), and swing partner(8).
Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
Ladies chain(8). Long-lines(8). [All are home now.]
Zig-Zag! [Four pull-bys, double progressing. The lady is paralleling her partner, sort-of looking at his back.]
Pull-by-LEFT with current Nbr (Whoop!).
Pull-by-R with next Same-gender (Whoop!).
Pull-by-Left with next Opp-gender (Whoop!)
Pull-by-R with next Same-gender (Whoop!).
[Now: New-Lady L-allemand, not the one she just pulled-by with.]
[End: If no-one is there, stay put. Gents, when your partner is free for L-pull-by, then pull-by-L with partner.] [If extra couple at bottom, they line up becket, ready for the pull-by-R.]

The orig. choreography has A1: Allemand 1x(4), a bal-the-wave(4), swing(8). This is too rushed.
VideoCameraRyan Smistopher | Atcher, Beck, and Kahl.

Devil's Backbone by William Watson.
[4-FACING-4:] The end-lady in each short-line [i.e on the R] is the Leading lady. After the L-hand star, the lead-lady is looking at the back of a Gent in the other flock. His psn is her “Target”. Remember Original Direction. [The Gents end every swing facing this direction.]

Short-line, F&Back(8). Up/down: In little-groups-of-four, ladies chain(8).
Star-L all-way(8). “Lead Ladies, lead your flock”(8).
Lead-ladies pass right-shoulders, as their stars unroll behind them. She leads her three ducklings to the other side, occupying the four positions of the other flock (she ends at her Target). As they arrive, each flock takes hands-4, ready to circle.

[Hands-4] Circle-left all-way(8). Nbr swing(8); end facing up/down. [Face your partner.]
Up/down: Gents allemand-L 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8); end facing Original Direction.
VideoCameraSusan Moffett | The Coffee Zombies.
WW says: Flowing or driving 32-bar AABB tunes See: Notes

The New Parliament House Jig or The Prime Minister by John Colville.
[3×3 GRID OF DANCERS, ALL FACING UP: Center-person is the Prime Minister. Often given a symbolic hat (will be passed on to the next PM). Term Limits: You only get to be PM once! “Rows” horiz., “files” vertical.]
[Music: 64-bar reels or jigs, 3 times through. E.g The New Parliament House Jig. Reels: Rickett's Hornpipe / Lamplighter's Hornpipe.]
Right-wing; caucus: The Right 2 files take skater's hold, promenades CCW around the “far left”; the leftmost file.(16)
Left-wing; caucus: Left 2 files take skater's hold, promenades CW around the “far right”.(16)

“Moderates” (the four in the middle of an edge) “run rings” around the PM; circle-left(8) then right(8).
“Extremists” (the four corner dancers) run rings around the Prime Minister. [Left, then right.]

Lobbying: The PM makes a Right-Hand star in the front-right [NE] corner(8); then a Left-Hand star with [NW] front-left.(8) Frontbenchers, right wing, then left.
PM makes a RH-star with the back-left [SW] corner(8); then a LH-star with the [SE] back-right.(8) Backbenchers, right wing, then left.

Descend into usual Parliamentary chaos: Hey-for-3 in each file: The head dancer faces DTHall, the other two in his file face up. He starts the weave passing R-shoulders with the middle person, weaving down and back(8+8). [Each dancer ends up where he started.] Orig. has Heys along rows, rather than files. Files seem easier for the PM to get in to.
Change of Government: Front-row faces right, and puts R-hand on shoulder of person in front, in his row. Front person arcs right, around and behind the middle row [which steps fwd to become the new front] then arcs left around the back row [which becomes the new middle]. There isn't much time for this bit, so move smartly. Ok to permute psns, doing this, so everyone can be PM.
VideoCameraCarol Ormand | Atlanta 2011. Notes A, Notes B, Notes C and History.

The dance represents the system of Government in Australia.

Snow Dance by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Shadows. Teaching: Pass-through one-couple so that folks have a couple to look for. (As usual, put lady on right.)]
[New nbrs, hand-4] Ring-balance(4), then ladies trade places passing R-shoulder(4). Ring-bal(4), with nbr California twirl [to face a new couple].
With new couple circle-left(8) [gents, your shadow is in your L-hand]. L-hand star(8). No one there?: Dance with ghost couple. OR, turn alone, wait with Gent on the RIGHT.
With partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Ladies chain(8).
VideoCameraRuth Pershing. VideoCameraDarlene Underwood | Hotpoint.

    As a medley:
Roll in the Hey by Roger Diggle.
[IMPROPER:]
Circle left(8); swing nbr(8).
Circle left 3 places(8); swing partner(8).
Long lines(8). Ladies chain(8).
Ladies start a full-hey(8+8).
VideoCameraSteve Zakon-Anderson. At 4:17 morphs into a variant of “Judah Jig” by Charlie Fenton. At 7:28 morphs to “Hay in the Barn” by Chart Guthrie.
VideoCameraChris Ricciotti.

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.

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.


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