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2017-08-13: CDSS American Week Dance Exchange

user: Allison Jonjak

Table of Contents

  1. Pete's Dark Roast by Andy Shore
  2. Climate Change's Reel by Ron T. Blechner
  3. Marshmallows in Flight by Rich Goss
  4. A Ravitzingly Rosy Recombination by Tavi Merrill
  5. Galena by Jo Mortland
  6. You Can't Get There From Here by Carol Ormand
  7. Are You 'Most Done by Russell Owen
  8. Boys From Urbana by John Coffman
  9. The Big Bicep by Jim Hemphill
  10. Roll, Roll, Roll Your Beau by Dale Wilson
  11. XYZ by Bob Green
  12. Cup of Joe by Sarah Kaiser
  13. Leap of Faith by Bob Isaacs
  14. Easily Led Lad by Jim Hemphill
  15. Sleeping With The Hounds by John Coffman
  16. Reel Me Across the Ocean by Alan Stevens
  17. Lunt Birthday Waltz by Chris Ricciotti
  18. Lucia Watson will enter her husband's memorial dance by Paul Wilde

  19. Boys From Brooklyn by Donna Hunt
  20. Dancing Through the Decades by Donna Hunt
  21. Carrot Cake and Candles by Donna Hunt
  22. A 60th Birthday Dance (for Chris Deephouse) by Donna Hunt
  23. Weave Me the Sunshine by Dale Rempert
  24. Laura's 3/4 Century by Bob Stein
  25. Star Through by Bob Stein
  26. Henry & Jacqui by Scott Higgs
  27. Jacqui & Henry by Scott Higgs
  28. Rad Robin by Rick Mohr
  29. Sidmouth Swirl by Bob Isaacs
  30. Walking on Air by Rick Mohr
  31. Star-Thru Corners by Ron T. Blechner
  32. Shift Happens by Rick Mohr
  33. Deja Vu All Over Again by Tori Barone
  34. Salute to Larry Jennings by Ted Sanella and Larry Jennings
  35. A Thing of Trust by Chris Page
  36. Tag and Zag by Rick Mohr
  37. Woven Waves by Cary Ravitz

Pete's Dark Roast

by: Andy Shore

from Andy Shore

introduces moves: allemande, swing, promenade, mad robin, box the gnat, right left through, do si do

formation: Becket

A1
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
neighbors swing
A2
neighbors promenade
mad robin, ladles in front for 8
B1
partners balance & box the gnat
right left through - courtesy turn new neighbor
B2
ladles do si do 1½
partners swing

when out with partner, cross over and get in with Balance & Box the Gnat
(if you miss that, you'll still be in position to courtesy turn new neighbor)

Climate Change's Reel

by: Ron T. Blechner

from Andy Shore

introduces moves: long lines, box circulate, circle, balance the ring, California twirl

formation: improper

A1
neighbors balance & swing
A2
long lines forward & back
ladles do si do once to ladles face out long waves (RH to N)
B1
balance & box circulate - gentlespoons cross while ladles loop right
partners swing
B2
circle left 3 places
balance the ring
partners California twirl to face next Neighbor

Marshmallows in Flight

by: Rich Goss

from Andy Shore

introduces moves: roll away, give & take

formation: improper

A1
balance the ring
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay along
balance the ring
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay across
A2
neighbors balance & swing
B1
gentlespoons give & take partners for 4
partners swing for 12
B2
circle left 3 places
balance the ring
partners California twirl

A Ravitzingly Rosy Recombination

by: Tavi Merrill

from Andy Shore

introduces moves: chain, custom, pass by

formation: Becket

Identify shadow beside you in original Becket

A1
long lines forward & back
ladles chain
A2
circle right 4 places ladles lead
turn away
neighbors swing your new neighbor
B1
circle left 3 places for 6
partners pass by right shoulders along the set
shadows do si do once
B2
partners balance & swing

Galena

by: Jo Mortland

from Marjorie Matthews

introduces moves: Rory O'Moore, custom

formation: improper reverse progression

short wave ladles hold left hands in center

A1
balance & Rory O'Moore right
balance & Rory O'Moore left
A2
neighbors allemande right ½ for 4
walk to next neighbor for 2 1s up, 2s down
neighbors swing for 10
B1
circle left 3 places
partners swing
B2
circle left 3 places
neighbors do si do once to wave with ladles in center

You Can't Get There From Here

by: Carol Ormand

from Marjorie Matthews

introduces moves: balance, progress

formation: improper

Begin in short wavy lines with ladles in the center and ones facing down the set.

A1
balance the wave
neighbors allemande right ¾ for 4 - long waves - ladles facing in
balance the wave
neighbors allemande right ¾ for 4 - short waves - gentlespoons in center
A2
balance the wave
neighbors swing for 12
B1
circle left 3 places
partners swing
B2
circle left 3 places
neighbors do si do 1¾
progress to new neighbors in short waves

Are You 'Most Done

by: Russell Owen

from Marjorie Matthews

introduces moves: star, hey

formation: Becket

A1
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
neighbors swing
A2
long lines forward & back
star left 3 places 7/8 around til gents face next gent on diagonal
B1
right diagonal hey, gentlespoons lead
B2
gentlespoons allemande right ¾ To meet partner, ladles walk to meet
partners swing

When waiting out, gentlespoons be in front of your partner prepared to come in on right diagonal hey.

Boys From Urbana

by: John Coffman

from Laurie Pietravalle

introduces moves: zig zag

formation: Becket

A1
circle left 3 places
zig zag left then right, trailing two catching hands
gentlespoons allemande left ½ for 2
A2
neighbors balance & swing
B1
long lines forward & back
ladles allemande right 1½
B2
partners balance & swing

The Big Bicep

by: Jim Hemphill

from Laurie Pietravalle

introduces moves: ocean wave, pull by dancers

formation: Becket

A1
circle left 3 places
to ocean wave ladles by the left in the center
balance forward & back; step forward
A2
neighbors allemande right ½ for 3 (next neighbor)
gentlespoons allemande left ½ for 2
ladles allemande left ½ for 3 (double swing through)
neighbors swing
B1
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
partners pull by right across
ladles allemande left once for 6
B2
partners balance & swing

Roll, Roll, Roll Your Beau

by: Dale Wilson

from Allison Jonjak

formation: Becket

A1
right left through
ladles chain
A2
balance the ring
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay across
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay up and down
gentlespoons roll away next neighbors with a half sashay up and down
B1
neighbors balance & swing same new neighbor
B2
circle left 3 places
partners swing

I borrowed the roll-away; roll-away; roll-away; sequence from a square dance, because it's fun. To make it work in a contra, I had to bend it around a corner. 2017

Jim H. complained about the Chain into the R&L -- pointing out it was awkward for the men's hands, so I reversed them. It now starts with a R&L into a chain.

XYZ

by: Bob Green

from Allison Jonjak

introduces moves: pull by direction

formation: improper

A1
ladles allemande right 1½
partners swing
A2
ladles chain
long lines forward & back
B1
pull by left across the set for 4 - partner
pull by right diagonal for 4
pull by left diagonal for 4
pull by right diagonal for 4
B2
pull by right across the set for 4 - same dancer
pull by left diagonal for 4
pull by right diagonal for 4
pull by left diagonal for 4 - partner
progress to new neighbors - ladles see new ladles

Cup of Joe

by: Sarah Kaiser

from Allison Jonjak

introduces moves: slide along set

formation: Becket

A1
circle left 3 places
balance the ring
gentlespoons roll away partners across
A2
neighbors balance & swing
B1
mad robin, gentlespoons in front for 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
B2
partners balance
partners swing and
slide left along set for 4 to new neighbors

This dance was written for Joe Groceman, a dancer, artist and all around great human.

Swing and slide is a blended move that takes the final twelve together. If I had to break it I'd say 8 swing, 4 slide. I tend to drift swing in those cases but others may not.

Leap of Faith

by: Bob Isaacs

from Lisa Greenleaf

formation: improper

begin in short R hand wave (ladles left in middle, neighbor in right)

A1
balance & Rory O'Moore right
balance & Rory O'Moore left LADLES R'OM spin past 2 to partner
A2
partners balance & swing
B1
circle left 3 places
neighbors swing
B2
long lines forward & back
star right 4 places

Easily Led Lad

by: Jim Hemphill

from Lisa Greenleaf

introduces moves: pass through, gyre star

formation: Becket

A1
slide left along set to new neighbors
ladles chain for 6
half hey, ladles lead by right
A2
neighbors balance & swing
B1
long lines forward & back
pass through for 4
neighbors California twirl
B2
gyre star clockwise 3 places with ladles putting their left hands in and backing up
partners swing

for Gyre Star, have dancers keep joined hands as they complete the California Twirl; extend those joined hands into the center. Gentlespoons take right hands across, Ladles left hand across so you are facing your partner.

Sleeping With The Hounds

by: John Coffman

from Lisa Greenleaf

introduces moves: allemande orbit, custom, gyre

formation: Becket

A1
circle left 3 places for 6
pass through
ladles allemande left once around while the gentlespoons orbit clockwise ½ around to partner
A2
partners allemande right ½ for 4
gentlespoons allemande left ½ for 4
neighbors swing
B1
ladles chain
star left 4 places, hands across, for 6
ladles turn out for 2
B2
partners gyre once
partners swing

Reel Me Across the Ocean

by: Alan Stevens

from Lucia Watson

introduces moves: gyre meltdown, star promenade, butterfly whirl

formation: improper

A1
neighbors gyre meltdown
A2
gentlespoons allemande left once pick up neighbor
star promenade left ½
butterfly whirl
B1
to ocean wave no balance (ladles don't need to catch left hands)
neighbors allemande right ½ for 2
gentlespoons pull by left (swing through)
partners swing
B2
star left 4 places
circle left 3 places for 6
partners California twirl for 2

Written in 2010 as his partner, Laura Stringer, was thinking of moving to England, where Alan lives.
Now they live in England, are married and have twins!

Lunt Birthday Waltz

by: Chris Ricciotti

from Lucia Watson

introduces moves: poussette, custom

formation: improper - waltz tempo

A1
circle left 4 places
half poussette - gentlespoons pull partners back then left for 8 | men backing up, poussette ¾ till men are back to back in the center
A2
partners allemande right once
gentlespoons allemande left ½ for 4
neighbors box the gnat - ladles are now back to back
B1
half hey, gentlespoons lead "gyre hey" - gents cross ladles don't
neighbors gyre ½ for 2
gentlespoons gyre left shoulders ½ for 2
partners gyre once for 4 , end in ballroom hold
B2
waltz 1 1/4 around Neighbors
open up to face new Neighbors, hands four

Written to celebrate the 50th birthday of contra dancer Lisa Lunt, 5/21/16

Dance entry notes: pousette is actually 3/4

Lucia Watson will enter her husband's memorial dance by Paul Wilde

Boys From Brooklyn

by: Donna Hunt

from Donna Hunt

introduces moves: petronella

formation: Becket

A1
circle left 3 places
zig zag left then right, trailing two catching hands
gentlespoons allemande left ½ for 2
A2
neighbors balance & swing new neighbor
B1
balance & petronella for 4
partners allemande left ¾ for 4
ladles allemande right once
B2
partners balance & swing

*March 2015 Dedicated to all the musicians from Brooklyn that I’ve called with over the years. When asked which musicians I wanted to work with for the March 2015 gig in Brooklyn, I said, “Those Brooklyn boys” so they hired Danny, Marco, Jody, Sam, Bob and Michael.
A1 credit to John Coffman

Dancing Through the Decades

by: Donna Hunt

from Donna Hunt

formation: improper

A1
neighbors balance & swing
A2
ladles allemande right 1½
ladles star promenade right ½ for 8 pick up partners
B1
half hey, gentlespoons lead pass left in center
partners swing
B2
long lines forward & back
ladles chain

Contributed by Donna Hunt to CDSS American Week dance swap. Possibly A2 star promenade also means "& butterfly whirl" to use all beats?

Written in June 2007 to honor Tom Coles’s 60th Birthday in Bethlehem, Pa

Carrot Cake and Candles

by: Donna Hunt

from Donna Hunt

formation: Becket ccw

New neighbors are on Left diagonal

A1
partners promenade left diagonal and face new neighbors
half hey, ladles lead , passing right in center
A2
ladles allemande right 1½
neighbors swing
B1
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
partners pass by right shoulders
half hey, ladles lead for 6 , passing left in center
B2
partners gyre meltdown

Written in Sept 2012 for Julianne Schieffer’s 50th Birthday

A 60th Birthday Dance (for Chris Deephouse)

by: Donna Hunt

from Donna Hunt

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall

formation: Becket

next neighbors are on the left diagonal

A1
partners promenade (and progress CCW around set one place to meet new Neighbors)
to ocean wave ladles have left in center, partner in right
balance
A2
partners allemande right ½ for 6
gentlespoons pull by right
neighbors swing , end facing down hall
B1
down the hall and thread the needle
up the hall and bend into a ring
B2
balance & petronella
partners swing

Thread the needle = all four hold hands, gentlespoons on end make arch with neighbor and ladle on the other end go under arch while gent on end walks around to invert the line (couples change sides of the set)---ladle in the middle twirl under her arm---and face up

Weave Me the Sunshine

by: Dale Rempert

from Bob Stein

formation: Becket ccw, double progression

A1
gentlespoons allemande left ½ for 4
to ocean wave for 2
balance for 2
neighbors swing
A2
right left through
ladles chain
B1
left diagonal half hey, ladles lead
half hey, ladles lead
B2
partners balance & swing

This dance is really much simpler than it first appears. Dale calls this combination of heys a "zigzag hey". Dale teaches the heys by having the dancers identify the people they will trade places with, first
on the diagonal then across the hall. Most dancers catch on pretty quickly that the two heys should be blended into one. (In other words, the ladle never stops between the two 1/2 heys.)

As in all double progression dances an odd number of couples is preferred. The odd couple stands in the gentlespoons' line

Laura's 3/4 Century

by: Bob Stein

from Bob Stein

formation: improper

A1
mad robin, ladles in front for 8
neighbors swing
A2
hey, ladles lead for 12 3/4 hey, gentlespoons pass left
partners gyre once for 4
B1
partners long swing
B2
long lines forward & back
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
circle right 3 places for 4

Those who don't like a long 16-count swing may gyre twice.

Star Through

by: Bob Stein

from Bob Stein

introduces moves: custom

formation: square dance

A1
H (S) forward & back
H (S) forward again & STAR through (in the center: PASS through)
A2
STAR through with Outside 2 for 4
right left through , courtesy turn
with the one you face: STAR through for 4
B1
right left through , courtesy turn
inside arch, ends DIVE through for 4
one you meet (in the center) STAR through for 4
B2
pass through
separate around One for 2
into the center, STAR through for 4
pass through and CROSS trail
look for your Corner & for 6 allemande left

Henry & Jacqui

by: Scott Higgs

from Scott Higgs

formation: Becket ccw

introduce shadows as in *

A1
right left through
left diagonal ladles chain
A2
next neighbors promenade
ladles chain to shadow *
B1
balance & petronella , catch neighbor from other ring
neighbors swing **
B2
balance & petronella
partners swing

now take hands in a ring, and look diagonally right to a different ring---this is the neighbor you'll swing in 4 seconds
*
take hands in new ring, look diagonally right to a different ring---there's your partner

Henry & Jacqui vs Jacqui & Henry, notes from Scott:
These dances are identical in the Bs. The petronella-to-swing transition is the highlight of each, but the set-up varies dramatically. The original, easy dance (H&J) is a bit repetitive in the As, and is double-progression. It took years of experimentation (many too-bland versions) to devise the latest model (J&H), which is single progression, and more challenging.

For Henry & Jacqui Morgenstein

Jacqui & Henry

by: Scott Higgs

from Scott Higgs

formation: Becket ccw

in A2, dancers scoop the neighbor you swung last round

A1
long lines forward & back gents look left to next gent
gentlespoons allemande left 1¼ next gent
A2
star promenade left ½ the old neighbor directly across
ladles chain to shadow *
balance & petronella , catch neighbor from other ring
neighbors swing **
balance & petronella
partners swing

now take hands in a ring, and look diagonally right to a different ring---this is the neighbor you'll swing in 4 seconds
*
take hands in new ring, look diagonally right to a different ring---there's your partner

J&H can break down suddenly in A2 unless the caller is very clear to identify and emphasize 'scooping-up' the correct neighbor for the star promenade. (with the unusual progression, it's not easy to regroup if things go awry)

A1 + A2 are perfectly reasonable, but "outside the box." If you were to take hands 4 with the couple you just completed the last round of the dance with (feels natural), the neighbor directly across in this ring is the neighbor with whom you'll do the star promenade. However, it is NOT the two gents in the starting 4-some who allemande left -- instead, all gents look left to the next 4-some, and left-hand turn. Then scoop-up the neighbor directly across for the star promenade. This is the gimmick that enables the single-progression.

Henry & Jacqui vs Jacqui & Henry, notes from Scott:
These dances are identical in the Bs. The petronella-to-swing transition is the highlight of each, but the set-up varies dramatically. The original, easy dance (H&J) is a bit repetitive in the As, and is double-progression. It took years of experimentation (many too-bland versions) to devise the latest model (J&H), which is single progression, and more challenging.

For Henry & Jacqui Morgenstein

Rad Robin

by: Rick Mohr

from Scott Higgs

formation: Becket

A1
right left through
ladles chain
A2
mad robin, ladles in front for 8
next neighbors swing
B1
circle left 3 places for 4
ladles roll away partners with a half sashay
half hey, gentlespoons lead passing left shoulders
B2
partners gyre meltdown

Scott Higgs notes: a fun/surprise transition: from Mad Robin eye
contact with partner to sudden swing with new neighbor.

Sidmouth Swirl

by: Bob Isaacs

from Anne Lutun

introduces moves: custom

formation: four face four

A1
long lines forward & back
circle right 4 places with all 8
A2
____ allemande left once for 6 your corner
right left grand for 10
B1
all 8 spin the top *
all 8 spin the top**
B2
partners balance & swing

Partner allemande R 1/2, ladles star L 3/4 and gentlespoons move up one place
*
Partner allemande R 1/2, gents star L 3/4 and ladles move up one place

Bob's notes: Written on June 11, 2017, and first called on August 8 at the Sidmouth Folk Week in Sidmuth, UK. I had a great time at Sidmuth, and was happy to share this one with the home audience. It received lots of positive comments, as the All 8 Spin the Top is one of the few MWSD Plus figures accessible to contra dancers.

Walking on Air

by: Rick Mohr

from Anne Lutun

introduces moves: custom

formation: Becket

A1
pass through across the set for 4
partners California twirl
mad robin, gentlespoons in front for 8
A2
circle left 4 places
ladles chain
B1
mad robin, ladles in front for 8
circle right 4 places
B2
zig right with partner for 4 past neighbors
zag left with partner for 4 to home side, across from New neighbor
partners swing

"An all-moving dance with good flow and symmetry—gents lead a clockwise Mad Robin (eyes on neighbor) into circle left, then ladies lead a counter-clockwise Mad Robin (eyes on partner) into circle right.
After the A1 California twirl, gents are moving forward and can smoothly step in front to start the Mad Robin. But some gents on autopilot use their left hand instead of their right hand to twirl their partner, making for an awkward transition. To help avoid that mistake I say in the
walkthrough "Pass through across and stay facing out. Take your partner's near hand (gents, that's your right) and trade places—gents to the outside and ladies to the inside under the arch."

Gents lead the B2 zig right (partners are on the "wrong" side of each other); ladies then lead the zag left and have a nice opportunity to pull into the partner swing after crossing in front of new neighbors. For my friend Cindy Visness, college bagpipe buddy and heartful dancer in Chapel Hill, NC."

Star-Thru Corners

by: Ron T. Blechner

from Anne Lutun

This dance is not published.

Shift Happens

by: Rick Mohr

from Allison Miller

introduces moves: slice

formation: Becket

A1
circle left 3 places
neighbors swing
A2
slice left and straight back
ladles chain
B1
half hey, ladles lead passing right
partners swing (find partner in adjacent hey)
B2
half hey, gentlespoons lead passing left
partners gyre once for 6
slide left along set to new neighbors

Deja Vu All Over Again

by: Tori Barone

from Allison Miller

formation: improper

A1
neighbors balance & swing
A2
circle left 3 places
partners swing
B1
left diagonal right left through
balance & petronella
B2
balance & petronella
balance & petronella 1 1/2 and face the wrong way (ones up, twos down) for the next

The next neighbors are the couple you passed on the right and left through

Salute to Larry Jennings

by: Ted Sanella and Larry Jennings

from Allison Miller

formation: Becket

In opening circle you are with the couple on your left diagonal.

A1
circle left 4 places with couple on your left diagonal
1st neighbors do si do once
A2
1st neighbors pull by right
2nd neighbors pull by left
3rd neighbors pull by right
4th neighbors allemande left once for 6
3rd neighbors pull by right
2nd neighbors pull by left
B1
1st neighbors balance & swing
B2
gentlespoons give & take partners to gentlespoon's home side
partners swing

Notes from Bob Isaacs: In this crossing of two New England greats, Larry improves a dance written in
his honor by adding the give and take. The very long and good neighbor sequence is allemande L-pull
by R-pull by R-pull by L-pull by L-circle-dosido-pull by R-balance-swing-give and take.
Source: Give and Take, by Larry Jennings.

A Thing of Trust

by: Chris Page

from Allison Miller

formation: improper

A1
half poussette - ____ pull partners back then left for 6 clockwise
neighbors swing for 10
A2
long lines forward & back
circle left 3 places
B1
half poussette - ____ pull neighbors back then left for 6 clockwise
partners swing for 10
B2
ladles chain to neighbor
circle right 4 places

Notes from Bob Isaacs: Written on August 7, 2012 as a smushing together of the B2/A1 of "A Sure Thing" and A2/B1 of "Trust," to put both transitions in the same dance. Chris learned to dance and call at Glenside before moving to San Diego a decade ago. This dance has it all; a new transition, good flow into both swings, and the beautiful/circle R/pousette progression.

Tag and Zag

by: Rick Mohr

from Allison Miller

This dance is not published.

Woven Waves

by: Cary Ravitz

from Allison Miller

introduces moves: custom

formation: Improper

A1
neighbors balance & swing
A2
ladles walk forward to wavy line in middle for 4
balance
ladles stay in place while gentlespoons walk forward to a wavy line in the middle for 4
balance (there are interlinked wavy lines)
B1
gentlespoons drop left hands, ladles drop right hands, to form
gyre star counter-clockwise 3 places with ladles putting their right hands in and backing up
partners swing
B2
circle left 3 places for 6
pass through up and down
next neighbors do si do once

5-1999