user: Allison Jonjak
from Andy Shore
from Andy Shore
from Andy Shore
from Andy Shore
from Marjorie Matthews
from Marjorie Matthews
from Marjorie Matthews
from Laurie Pietravalle
from Laurie Pietravalle
from Allison Jonjak
from Allison Jonjak
from Allison Jonjak
from Lisa Greenleaf
from Lisa Greenleaf
from Lisa Greenleaf
from Lucia Watson
from Lucia Watson
Lucia Watson will enter her husband's memorial dance by Paul Wilde
from Donna Hunt
from Donna Hunt
from Donna Hunt
from Donna Hunt
from Bob Stein
from Bob Stein
from Bob Stein
from Scott Higgs
from Scott Higgs
from Scott Higgs
from Anne Lutun
from Anne Lutun
from Anne Lutun
from Allison Miller
from Allison Miller
from Allison Miller
from Allison Miller
from Allison Miller
from Allison Miller
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  8  gentlespoons allemande left 1½

8  neighbors swing
 
A2  8  neighbors promenade

8  mad robin, ladles in front
 
B1  8  partners balance & box the gnat

8  right left through  courtesy turn new neighbor
 
B2  8  ladles do si do 1½

8  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)
by: Ron T. Blechner
from Andy Shore
introduces moves: long lines, form long waves, box circulate, circle, balance the ring, California twirl
formation: improper
A1  16  neighbors balance & swing

A2  8  long lines forward & back

8  ladles do si do once to
 
B1  0  form long waves  gentlespoons face in, ladles face out (give right hand to neighbor)

8  balance & box circulate  gentlespoons cross while ladles loop right
 
8  partners swing
 
B2  8  circle left 3 places

4  balance the ring
 
4  partners California twirl to face next Neighbor

by: Rich Goss
from Andy Shore
introduces moves: roll away, give & take
formation: improper
A1  4  balance the ring

4  gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay along
 
4  balance the ring
 
4  gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay across
 
A2  16  neighbors balance & swing

B1  4  gentlespoons give & take partners

12  partners swing
 
B2  8  circle left 3 places

4  balance the ring
 
4  partners California twirl

by: Tavi Merrill
from Andy Shore
introduces moves: chain, turn alone, pass by
formation: Becket
Identify shadow beside you in original Becket
A1  8  long lines forward & back

8  ladles chain
 
A2  6  circle right 4 places ladles

2  turn alone
 
8  neighbors swing your new neighbor
 
B1  6  circle left 3 places

2  partners pass by right shoulders along the set
 
8  shadows do si do once
 
B2  16  partners balance & swing

by: Jo Mortland
from Marjorie Matthews
introduces moves: Rory O'More, custom, form an ocean wave
formation: improper reverse progression
short wave ladles hold left hands in center
A1  8  balance & Rory O'More right

8  balance & Rory O'More left
 
A2  4  neighbors allemande right ½

2  walk to next neighbor 1s up, 2s down
 
10  neighbors swing
 
B1  8  circle left 3 places

8  partners swing
 
B2  8  circle left 3 places

8  neighbors do si do once to
 
0  form an ocean wave  ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands

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  4  balance the wave

4  neighbors allemande right ¾ to
 
0  form long waves  ladles face in, gentlespoons face out the wave
 
4  balance
 
4  neighbors allemande right ¾
 
A2  0  form an ocean wave  gentlespoons by left hands and neighbors by right hands

4  balance the wave
 
12  neighbors swing
 
B1  8  circle left 3 places

8  partners swing
 
B2  8  circle left 3 places

8  neighbors do si do 1¾
 
0  progress to new neighbors
 
0  form an ocean wave  ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands in short waves

by: Russell Owen
from Marjorie Matthews
formation: Becket
A1  8  gentlespoons allemande left 1½

8  neighbors swing
 
A2  8  long lines forward & back

8  star left 3 places 7/8 around til
 
B1  16  right diagonal hey, gentlespoons lead

B2  8  gentlespoons allemande right ¾ To meet partner, ladles walk to meet

8  partners swing

When waiting out, gentlespoons be in front of your partner prepared to come in on right diagonal hey.
by: John Coffman
from Laurie Pietravalle
introduces moves: zig zag
formation: Becket
A1  8  circle left 3 places

6  zig left zag right, trailing two catching hands
 
2  gentlespoons allemande left ½
 
A2  16  neighbors balance & swing

B1  8  long lines forward & back

8  ladles allemande right 1½
 
B2  16  partners balance & swing

by: Jim Hemphill
from Laurie Pietravalle
introduces moves: pull by dancers
formation: Becket
A1  8  circle left 3 places

4  pass through to an ocean wave  ladles by left in the center, neighbors by right on the sides
 
4  balance forward & back; step forward
 
A2  3  next neighbors allemande right ½

2  gentlespoons allemande left ½
 
3  ladles allemande left ½ (double swing through)
 
8  neighbors swing
 
B1  8  gentlespoons allemande left 1½

2  partners pull by right across
 
6  ladles allemande left once
 
B2  16  partners balance & swing

by: Dale Wilson
from Allison Jonjak
formation: Becket
A1  8  right left through

8  ladles chain
 
A2  4  balance the ring

4  gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay across
 
4  gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay up and down
 
4  gentlespoons roll away next neighbors with a half sashay up and down
 
B1  16  neighbors balance & swing same new neighbor

B2  8  circle left 3 places

8  partners swing

I borrowed the rollaway; rollaway; rollaway; 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.
by: Bob Green
from Allison Jonjak
introduces moves: pull by direction
formation: improper
A1  8  ladles allemande right 1½

8  partners swing
 
A2  8  ladles chain

8  long lines forward & back
 
B1  4  pull by left across the set  partner

4  pull by right diagonal
 
4  pull by left diagonal
 
4  pull by right diagonal
 
B2  4  pull by right across the set  same dancer

4  pull by left diagonal
 
4  pull by right diagonal
 
4  pull by left diagonal  partner
 
0  progress to new neighbors  ladles see new ladles

Pull bys should retain grip for a moment after passing and use the torque to turn back to the direction of travel up or down the set.
by: Sarah Kaiser
from Allison Jonjak
introduces moves: slide along set
formation: Becket
A1  8  circle left 3 places

4  balance the ring
 
4  gentlespoons roll away partners across
 
A2  16  neighbors balance & swing

B1  8  mad robin, gentlespoons in front

8  gentlespoons allemande left 1½
 
B2  4  partners balance

8  partners swing and
 
4  slide left along set 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.
by: Bob Isaacs
from Lisa Greenleaf
formation: improper
begin in short R hand wave (ladles left in middle, neighbor in right)
A1  8  balance & Rory O'More right

8  balance & Rory O'More left LADLES R'OM spin past 2 to partner
 
A2  16  partners balance & swing

B1  8  circle left 3 places

8  neighbors swing
 
B2  8  long lines forward & back

8  star right 4 places

by: Jim Hemphill
from Lisa Greenleaf
introduces moves: pass through, facing star
formation: Becket
A1  2  slide left along set to new neighbors

6  ladles chain
 
8  half hey, ladles lead by right
 
A2  16  neighbors balance & swing

B1  8  long lines forward & back

4  pass through
 
4  neighbors California twirl
 
B2  8  facing star clockwise 3 places with ladles putting their left hands in and backing up

8  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.
by: John Coffman
from Lisa Greenleaf
introduces moves: allemande orbit, custom, gyre
formation: Becket
A1  6  circle left 3 places

2  pass through
 
8  ladles allemande left once around while the gentlespoons orbit clockwise ½ around to partner
 
A2  4  partners allemande right ½

4  gentlespoons allemande left ½
 
8  neighbors swing
 
B1  8  ladles chain

6  star left  hands across  4 places
 
2  ladles turn out
 
B2  8  partners gyre once

8  partners swing

by: Alan Stevens
from Lucia Watson
introduces moves: meltdown swing, star promenade, butterfly whirl
formation: improper
A1  16  neighbors meltdown swing

A2  8  gentlespoons allemande left once pick up neighbor

4  star promenade left ½
 
4  butterfly whirl
 
B1  4  pass through to an ocean wave  ladles by left in the center, neighbors by right on the sides no balance (ladles don't need to catch left hands)

2  neighbors allemande right ½
 
2  gentlespoons pull by left (swing through)
 
8  partners swing
 
B2  8  star left 4 places

6  circle left 3 places
 
2  partners California twirl

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!
by: Chris Ricciotti
from Lucia Watson
introduces moves: poussette, custom
formation: improper  waltz tempo
A1  8  circle left 4 places

8  half poussette  gentlespoons pull partners back then left 
 
A2  8  partners allemande right once

4  gentlespoons allemande left ½
 
4  neighbors box the gnat  ladles are now back to back
 
B1  8  half hey, gentlespoons lead "gyre hey" 

2  neighbors gyre ½
 
2  gentlespoons gyre left shoulders ½
 
4  partners gyre once, end in ballroom hold
 
B2  8  waltz 1 1/4 around Neighbors

8  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
by: Donna Hunt
from Donna Hunt
introduces moves: petronella
formation: Becket
A1  8  circle left 3 places

6  zig left zag right, trailing two catching hands
 
2  gentlespoons allemande left ½
 
A2  16  neighbors balance & swing new neighbor

B1  4  balance & petronella

4  partners allemande left ¾
 
8  ladles allemande right once
 
B2  16  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
by: Donna Hunt
from Donna Hunt
formation: improper
A1  16  neighbors balance & swing

A2  8  ladles allemande right 1½

8  ladles star promenade right ½ pick up partners
 
B1  8  half hey, gentlespoons lead pass left in center

8  partners swing
 
B2  8  long lines forward & back

8  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
by: Donna Hunt
from Donna Hunt
formation: Becket ccw
New neighbors are on Left diagonal
A1  8  partners promenade left diagonal and face new neighbors

8  half hey, ladles lead, passing right in center
 
A2  8  ladles allemande right 1½

8  neighbors swing
 
B1  8  gentlespoons allemande left 1½

2  partners pass by right shoulders
 
6  half hey, ladles lead, passing left in center
 
B2  16  partners meltdown swing

Written in Sept 2012 for Julianne Schieffer’s 50th Birthday
by: Donna Hunt
from Donna Hunt
introduces moves: custom, down the hall, up the hall
formation: Becket
next neighbors are on the left diagonal
A1  8  partners promenade

0  progress counterclockwise around set one place to meet new neighbors
 
4  form an ocean wave & balance  ladles by left hands and partners by right hands
 
4  balance
 
A2  4  partners allemande right ½

2  gentlespoons pull by right
 
10  neighbors swing, end facing down hall
 
B1  8  down the hall and thread the needle +

8  up the hall and bend into a ring
 
B2  8  balance & petronella

8  partners swing

by: Dale Rempert
from Bob Stein
formation: Becket ccw
A1  4  gentlespoons allemande left ½

4  form an ocean wave & balance  gentlespoons by left hands and neighbors by right hands
 
8  neighbors swing
 
A2  8  right left through

8  ladles chain
 
B1  8  left diagonal half hey, ladles lead

8  half hey, ladles lead
 
B2  16  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
by: Bob Stein
from Bob Stein
formation: improper
A1  8  mad robin, ladles in front

8  neighbors swing
 
A2  12  hey, ladles lead 3/4 hey, gentlespoons pass left

4  partners gyre once
 
B1  16  partners long swing

B2  8  long lines forward & back

4  gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
 
4  circle right 3 places

Those who don't like a long 16count swing may gyre twice.
by: Bob Stein
from Bob Stein
introduces moves: custom, arch & dive
formation: square dance
A1  8  H (S) forward & back

8  H (S) forward again & STAR through (in the center: PASS through)
 
A2  4  STAR through with Outside 2

8  right left through, courtesy turn
 
4  with the one you face: STAR through
 
B1  8  right left through, courtesy turn

4  ____ arch others dive insides arch & outsides dive
 
4  one you meet (in the center) STAR through
 
B2  2  pass through

2  separate around One
 
4  into the center, STAR through
 
2  pass through and CROSS trail
 
6  look for your Corner & allemande left

by: Scott Higgs
from Scott Higgs
formation: Becket ccw
introduce shadows as in *
A1  8  right left through

8  left diagonal ladles chain
 
A2  8  next neighbors promenade

8  ladles chain to shadow *
 
B1  8  balance & petronella, catch neighbor from other ring

8  neighbors swing **
 
B2  8  balance & petronella

8  partners swing

now take hands in a ring, and look diagonally right to a different ringthis is the neighbor you'll swing in 4 seconds
*take hands in new ring, look diagonally right to a different ringthere's your partner
Henry & Jacqui vs Jacqui & Henry, notes from Scott:
These dances are identical in the Bs. The petronellatoswing transition is the highlight of each, but the setup varies dramatically. The original, easy dance (H&J) is a bit repetitive in the As, and is doubleprogression. It took years of experimentation (many toobland versions) to devise the latest model (J&H), which is single progression, and more challenging.
For Henry & Jacqui Morgenstein
by: Scott Higgs
from Scott Higgs
formation: Becket ccw
in A2, dancers scoop the neighbor you swung last round
A1  8  long lines forward & back

8  gentlespoons allemande left 1¼ next
 
A2  4  star promenade left ½ the old neighbor directly across

8  ladles chain to shadow *
 
4  balance & petronella, catch neighbor from other ring
 
B1  8  neighbors swing **

8  balance & petronella
 
B2  16  partners long swing

now take hands in a ring, and look diagonally right to a different ringthis is the neighbor you'll swing in 4 seconds
*take hands in new ring, look diagonally right to a different ringthere's your partner
J&H can break down suddenly in A2 unless the caller is very clear to identify and emphasize 'scoopingup' 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 4some who allemande left  instead, all gents look left to the next 4some, and lefthand turn. Then scoopup the neighbor directly across for the star promenade. This is the gimmick that enables the singleprogression.
Henry & Jacqui vs Jacqui & Henry, notes from Scott:
These dances are identical in the Bs. The petronellatoswing transition is the highlight of each, but the setup varies dramatically. The original, easy dance (H&J) is a bit repetitive in the As, and is doubleprogression. It took years of experimentation (many toobland versions) to devise the latest model (J&H), which is single progression, and more challenging.
For Henry & Jacqui Morgenstein
by: Rick Mohr
from Scott Higgs
formation: Becket
A1  8  right left through

8  ladles chain
 
A2  8  mad robin, ladles in front

8  next neighbors swing
 
B1  4  circle left 3 places

4  ladles roll away partners with a half sashay
 
8  half hey, gentlespoons lead passing left shoulders
 
B2  16  partners meltdown swing

Scott Higgs notes: a fun/surprise transition: from Mad Robin eye
contact with partner to sudden swing with new neighbor.
by: Bob Isaacs
from Anne Lutun
introduces moves: custom
formation: four face four
A1  8  long lines forward & back

8  circle right 4 places with all 8
 
A2  6  ____ allemande left once your corner

10  right left grand
 
B1  8  all 8 spin the top *

8  all 8 spin the top**
 
B2  16  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.
by: Rick Mohr
from Anne Lutun
formation: Becket
A1  4  pass through across the set

4  partners California twirl
 
8  mad robin, gentlespoons in front
 
A2  8  circle left 4 places

8  ladles chain
 
B1  8  mad robin, ladles in front

8  circle right 4 places
 
B2  8  zig left zag right to home side, across from next neighbor

8  partners swing

"An allmoving dance with good flow and symmetry—gents lead a clockwise Mad Robin (eyes on neighbor) into circle left, then ladies lead a counterclockwise 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."
by: Ron T. Blechner
from Anne Lutun
introduces moves: gate, custom
formation: improper
A1  16  next neighbors balance & swing

A2  8  ones down the center and turn as a couple

4  ones up the center
 
4  twos gate ones to face into the set
 
B1  0  1s take free hands

16  starthru corners++
 
B2  16  ones balance & swing

++ starthru corners, like contra corners but
(a) actives star through across instead of allemande 5/8 and
(b) allemands with corners are handyhand.
The corners are on opposite sides of the set. In this dance, the first corner is the opposite gender role, and the second corner is the same gender role.
by: Rick Mohr
from Allison Miller
introduces moves: slice
formation: Becket
A1  8  circle left 3 places

8  neighbors swing
 
A2  8  slice left and straight back

8  ladles chain
 
B1  8  half hey, ladles lead passing right

8  partners swing (find partner in adjacent hey)
 
B2  8  half hey, gentlespoons lead passing left

6  partners gyre once
 
2  slide left along set to new neighbors

by: Tori Barone
from Allison Miller
formation: improper
A1  16  neighbors balance & swing

A2  8  circle left 3 places

8  partners swing
 
B1  8  left diagonal right left through

8  balance & petronella
 
B2  8  balance & petronella

8  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
by: Ted Sanella and Larry Jennings
from Allison Miller
formation: Becket
In opening circle you are with the couple on your left diagonal.
A1  8  circle left 4 places with couple on your left diagonal

8  1st neighbors do si do once
 
A2  2  1st neighbors pull by right

2  2nd neighbors pull by left
 
2  3rd neighbors pull by right
 
6  4th neighbors allemande left once
 
2  3rd neighbors pull by right
 
2  2nd neighbors pull by left
 
B1  16  1st neighbors balance & swing

B2  8  gentlespoons give & take partners to gentlespoon's home side

8  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 Lpull
by Rpull by Rpull by Lpull by Lcircledosidopull by Rbalanceswinggive and take.
Source: Give and Take, by Larry Jennings.
by: Chris Page
from Allison Miller
formation: improper
A1  6  half poussette  ____ pull partners back then left clockwise

10  neighbors swing
 
A2  8  long lines forward & back

8  circle left 3 places
 
B1  6  half poussette  ____ pull neighbors back then left clockwise

10  partners swing
 
B2  8  ladles chain to neighbor

8  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.
by: Rick Mohr
from Allison Miller
formation: improper
A1  16  neighbors balance & swing

A2  10  down the hall and slide doors

6  up the hall and bend into a ring
 
B1  8  balance & petronella

8  partners swing
 
B2  8  circle left 4 places

6  zig left zag right, trailing two catching hands
 
2  gentlespoons allemande left ½

Sliding doors: trade places as couples, turn alone
by: Cary Ravitz
from Allison Miller
introduces moves: form a long wave, custom
formation: Improper
A1  16  neighbors balance & swing

A2  8  ladles dance in to a long wave in the center  balance the wave

8  gentlespoons dance in to a long wave in the center  balance the wave (there are interlinked wavy lines)
 
B1  0  gentlespoons drop left hands, ladles drop right hands, to form

8  facing star counterclockwise 3 places with ladles putting their right hands in and backing up
 
8  partners swing
 
B2  6  circle left 3 places

2  pass through up and down
 
8  next neighbors do si do once

original at http://www.dance.ravitz.us/#ww2
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