hook: super mad robin to wave of four
by: Don Veino
neighbors balance & swing
long lines forward & back
mad robin 1¼ around, ladles in front to
form an ocean wave - ladles by right hands and neighbors by left hands
balance the wave left and right
neighbors allemande left ½
gentlespoons pass by right shoulders across
circle left 3 places
balance the ring
partners California twirl ⁋
Status: Proven, Public
Here’s a contra in honor of Linda Leslie. I wanted to give Linda a dance more likely to be regularly called than my prior dance Linda’s Gifts (which is a waltz-time sort-of-hybrid Contra & English Country Dance (ECD)).
Linda and I were in a correspondence around the Mad robin to a wave idea I’d first used in my dance Super Robin. She’d written a couple of sequences (which are not published on her site but were called in her final few gigs, with lovely dedications) featuring the idea with different solutions around it. This was to be my choreographic response – using a CCW rotation instead of the
Gentsfirst/CW MR in those dances. Unfortunately, she never got to see this dance.
May it bring dancers joy – as did she. Linda spoke fluent Spanish and, I believe, would have appreciated the word play of the title.
Tune suggestions: Bouncy & driving – we used The Kitchen Girl & Stampin’ and Champin’ (Glen Loper) for NEFFA 2018 with the YFO.
See also: My Super Robin and Linda’s dances Creativity and Felicidades.
First called by me in final form at the FSGW Sunday dance at Glen Echo’s Spanish Ballroom with the Dead Sea Squirrels on 4/15/2018 and dedicated to Linda at the 2018 New England Folk Festival in a session with the Youth Festival Orchestra on 4/21/18. Earlier drafts were shared with the Portland Intown Contra Dance (PICD) and Scout House Monday Contras communities.