Custom

Usage

jargon

formal parameters: custom, beats

examples

Dance Figure
40 Years of Penguin Pam
partners two hand turn 1½
20 Below
move forward to new wavy line (progression) ⁋
balance the wave
3 Places Left
ones cast down one place – own side of the set ⁋
A Gentle Turn
ladles courtesy turn gentlespoons
A New Idea
right & left through with partner on the half-right diagonal +
right & left through with neigbor on the half-left diagonal ++
A Proper Potpourri
2nd corners (ladle 1& gentlespoon 2) do-si-do WHILE first...
right & left through with only the ones rolling away (leaving...
hey, first corners start right shoulders. Upon passing same role...
A Proper Whoosh
grand right and left along the set: [1]
A.O.'s No-No
hey, gentlespoons start left until facing neighbor a second time...
finish star from B1, gentlespoons turn alone, partners swing
ANTICI...PATION
do si do as couples, once and a little more to launch ladles into
MEANWHILE gentlespoons loop around to the left, left shoulder...
Abolish Mop Snarl
walk forward to next neighbors
Across Nottingham A
neighbors trade places, ones behind twos
ladles trade places across, ladle one behind ladle two
first corners (gentlespoon one, ladle two) do si do, while second...
Across Nottingham B
neighbors trade places, ones behind twos
gentlespoons trade places across, gentlespoon one behind...
first corners (gentlespoon one, ladle two) do si do, while second...
Ad Vielle (Oddville)
drop hands, walk forward along the set
Adam's Trip to the Corner
ones and twos circle left
Alligator Colonnade
colonnade - "ones arch, colonnade!" +
Anne's Visit
partners two-hand turn ⁋
Attleboro Reel
as couples do si do +
Azure Aster
MEANWHILE ladles pause, then follow neighbor to cross the set
Bicoastal Contra
Ladles U-Turn in center
Boulder Bound
revolving door
But Y, Tho?
center four star left 4 places, pick up partners
outside four star right 4 places
CDS Reel
whole set circle left
whole set circle right
Cape Mixer
all to middle & back out
ladles to middle & back out
gentlespoons to middle
Celebration
sashay in & out
sashay in & out
Chance Dance Scrambled Eggs
chainsaw promenade left
chainsaw promenade back to the right
Cincinnati Reel
staying with the person you just turned,
Circle of Fun
neighbor right elbow
neighbor left elbow
partner right elbow
partner left elbow
Colonnade
Colonnade - "1's Arch: Colonnade!" +
Complicity Swing
swing through - neighbors allemand right 1/2, ladles allemand left 1/2
Contra Corners Special
gentlespoons allemande left 1 1/2 WHILE ladles allemande right 1 1/2 ⁋
Contra Corners Special
MEANWHILE ladles allemande right 1 1/2
Crankshaft variation
ins and outs
Cross Hey
SIMULTANEOUS:
first gentlespoon and second ladle do si do once
WHILE:
first ladle and second gentlespoon allemande right 1½
Dance the Snapper
"Spank the Alligator" + ⁋
Dance the Snapper variation
balance the wave & "Spank the Alligator" + ⁋
Dar Trek
look away from partner to form minor set with shadow and first...
look away from the star to form minor set with shadow and second...
look for your partner ⁋
Dar Trek (alt. presentation)
look away from partner to form minor set with shadow and original...
Dar Trek variation
look away from partner to form minor set with shadow and first...
look away from the star to form a minor set with shadow and second...
Devil's Backbone
lead ladles unroll the star - passing right, cross the set, gather...
Diagonal Discovery
left diagonal gentlespoons allemande left 1½ to next neighbors
partners two hand turn twice and open into long lines
Diamond Allotrope
ladles ricochet to a
Dick Witt's Circle Mixer
partners promenade counterclockwise
promenade clockwise back to place with your new partner,...
Dipping Dots
dip and dive across the set +
couple with gentlespoon 1 arches, cross over
all California Twirl
other couple arches, cross back
all California Twirl, let go
Dipping Dots alternate B1
dip and dive across the set +
couple with gentlespoon 1 arches, cross over
all California Twirl
other couple arches, cross back
all California Twirl, let go
Dipping and Diving
top couple sashay down and back
top couple Dip and Dive down ⁋
Dive for the Dolphin
neighbor handy-hand allemande (ones split the twos)
Diving Under the Double Rainbow
Ones arch
Dolphiniums & Daisies
dolphin gyre+ on left diagonal
Don't Let's Star
neighbors star through
E.J.M.J.F. in Cincinnati
Neighbors balance and swing
1/2 hey, neighbors start left, until again facing neighbor. ...
Eggbeater
eggbeater++
Ellie's Pumpkin Show
ladles walk clockwise 1/2 around partner while gentlespoons go...
gentlespoons walk clockwise 1/2 around partner while ladles go...
Entangled in Monte Carlo
Arm Bridge Balance with partner (ladles end in middle of set,...
Evanesce
walk forward to new wave ⁋
Expert Bits
All walk forward, on very slight right diagonal, to meet new...
Fan in the Doorway
3/8 hey, neighbor right, gentlespoons left in the center, partner...
5/8 hey, gentlespoons lead, neighbor right, ladles left, partner...
Fat Bear's Reel
ladles drop out
Fatal Attraction
first gentlespoons roll away neighbor [1]
Ones go forward; pivot counterclockwise 90 degrees; fall back....
Twos go forward; pivot counterclockwise 90 degrees; fall back....
Ones go forward; pivot counterclockwise 90 degrees; fall back....
Twos go forward; pivot counterclockwise 90 degrees; fall back....
Fiddleheads
and go left around one person to form a ladle facing down,...
Fiddlers' Frolic
Gentlespoons take right hands, ladles take left hands to form
Fire in Vermont
cloverleaf left 3 places
Firefly Pedicabs
with original neighbor, weave the line -zig left past current...
First Night Quadrille
forward and back head couples
grand right left
First of May
Ladles keep left hands to allemande left 1.5 MEANWHILE the...
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
gentlespoons drop hands; make turn to right MEANWHILE ladles...
For All, There Exists, Such That
Alternately: Mad Robin, ladles through the middle
Fun Dance For Linda (for Linda Leslie)
star through
Galena
walk to next neighbor 1s up, 2s down ⁋
Gallery Place Transfer
gentlespoons in the center push back, ladles push back
Galopede
top couple sashay to bottom of set - others move up ⁋
Gaye's Groove
walk diagonally right to join neighbor #2 in new wave
walk diagonally left to join neighbor #3 in new wave
Genet's Recall
ones down the outside
ones up the outside
ones down the outside past twos
ones and threes swing neighbors
Gold Star Wednesday
Invert the star +
Gentlespoons loop right around neighbor, Ladles follow path
Goody One Shoe
Three quarters hey, neighbors passing right
Grand Western Canal
walk forward
Grease & Glue
ones split twos, return to place
twos split ones, return to place
Happy Birthday
MEANWHILE gentlespoons orbit CCW ½ around the set
MEANWHILE ladles orbit CCW ½ around the set
Happy as a Cold Pig in Warm Mud
The one gentlespoon and two ladles star left above, and the two...
Haste to the Wedding
Clap, clap
Clap, clap
Heart of Joy
single file promenade clockwise 1/2 (facing neighbor) [1]
single file promenade clockwise 1/2 (facing partner) [3]
Heavenly
ladles reach under star
Here There and Yonder
right left grand
Hey the Line
partners start a hey for eight - first pass by right, 7 passes -...
Hoots and Shouts
MEANWHILE ladles continue forward (clockwise) halfway around the...
Hoots and Shouts
Long lines forward and on the way back, gentlespoons roll partner...
Gentlespoons do-si-do and return to where they started the...
Balance toward and away neighbor; spin (or slide) by neighbor to...
Balance and swing new neighbor
Circle left 3/4; partners swing
Hopscotch Reel
MEANWHILE gentlespoons dance forward to next star ++ ⁋
I ♥ Unicorns
mirror mad robin - twos beak-to-beak then ones beak-to-beak
Ice Cream in the Sink
gentlespoons twirl ladle to gentlespoon behind ⁋
Indigo Silk
ones star through (ladles left hand, gentlespoons right hand) ⁋
ones arch, twos half figure 8 under ++ to ends of a line of four
Infinity Continued
ladles dance in
ladles push off, gentlespoons pull by
Ins and Outs of Contra
ins and outs
Irritable Inventiveness
As a couple, Partners do si do with Neighbor couple
Joyous Rose Seth Tepfer variation
walk forward to new ⁋
swing through (neighbor allemande right 1/2, ladles allemande left 1/2
Joyous Rose original
walk forward to new ⁋
swing through (neighbor allemande right 1/2, ladles allemande left 1/2
Kimmswick Express
heads forward & back
La BubbleSort
shorts to the middle, clap, and back
talls to the middle, clap, and back, facing in to make a wavy ring+ ⁋
new partner, in right hand, balance & swing
end with shorter on the right
La Grande Voyage
Leapfrog - Gentlespoons don't move - roll your partner from across...
Leapfrog - Ladles don't move - roll your partner from side to...
La Guaracha aka Spanish Waltz
waltz the set
La String Bean
ladles to the center and back
gentlespoons to the center
gentlespoons go back
Lamplighter's Hornpipe
ones cross down between twos
Leave the Wine
Weave the line Zig past neighbors, zag past next neighbors, zig to...
Life, the Universe, and Everything
walk forward ⁋
Lunt Birthday Waltz
waltz 1 1/4 around Neighbors ⁋
open up to face new Neighbors, hands four
Mandelbrot Set
big oval circle right
big oval circle left
Melted Butter
Star Thru (use inside hands)
Microchasm
peel the banana #1s cast to bottom and form arch while others...
Money Musk
ones cast down one couple to long lines along
Monophobia
Unwind to an outward facing circle, just turning on the spot, do...
Moving Day
identify next neighbors on left diagonal
Not Quite Fifty
gentlespoons, with gentlespoon in his star, walk right shoulder ...
Not Quite Fifty with encoded heys
gentlespoons, with gentlespoon in his star, right shoulder gyre 1...
Not a Figment of Your Imagination
gentlespoons turn out over right shoulder on home side
partners courtesy turn to face across (hold courtesy turn position)
Peace Is Still the Way
next gentlespoons catch left
Peak Bagger
centers on the right, right elbow turn (right hand partner)
centers on the left, left elbow turn (left hand partner)
Pedal Pushers
single file promenade three places
Petronella
ones spin right to form a diamond, gentlespoon below, ladle above
Petronella Hurl (variation)
Partners Jersey Twirl* (face new neighbors)
Petronella Milkshake
neighbors scatter promenade
Petronella Stars
ones petronella diamond [1]
ones petronella square [2]
Pixie Star
gyre star once ladles drop out on home side
Polymorphous' Reel #1
neighbors take inside hands, star through to a ring
with neighbor, slide along set to shadows ⁋
Porpoiseful Play
ones pass second gentlespoon one last time
Progress for Progress's Sake
walk forward to NEW next neighbor ⁋
Projectile Possums
walk forward and ricochet with next neighbors or prev neighbors
walk forward and ricochet with shadows
Projectile Possums Variant
walk forward and ricochet with next neighbors or prev neighbors
walk forward and ricochet with shadows
Rang Tang Contra
neighbors rang tang right
partners rang tang left
neighbors rang tang right
partners rang tang left
Rockin' Robin
hey, partners passing left shoulders to start
Roll Away
heads (sides) forward and back
heads (sides) right left through
heads (sides) pass through and cross trail
heads (sides) go around 2 to form lines at the sides (heads) + +
two ladles roll away with a half sashay + side ladles roll head...
two gentlespoons roll away with a half sashay + head gentlespoons...
center two roll away with half sashay + gentlespoon rolls opposite
everybody roll away with a half sashay + gentlespoons roll corners
Roll Away Beginner Variation
heads (sides) forward and back
heads (sides) star right four places then heads (sides) separate,
heads (sides) go around 2 to form lines at the sides (heads) + +
two ladles roll away with a half sashay + side ladles roll head...
two gentlespoons roll away with a half sashay + head gentlespoons...
center two roll away with half sashay + gentlespoon rolls opposite
everybody roll away with a half sashay + gentlespoons roll corners
Rollin' Outta Barstow
custom 3/4 hey with ricochet (gentlespoon left, partner right,...
Rory O'More
ones cast down around twos
ones cross up between twos and cast down with twos moving up ⁋
Salute to Larry Jennings (Larry Jennings variation)
grand right & left along the set (and around the ends):
Salute to Larry Jennings (original)
grand right & left along the set (and around the ends):
Shades of Impropriety (variation)
SIMULTANEOUS:
WHILE
ones face down, twos face up toward next neighbors ⁋
SIMULTANEOUS:
WHILE
twos face up, ones face down, toward next neighbors ⁋
partners two-hand turn any amount, end facing down in line of four ⁋
Shadows of St. Louis
3rd shadows swat the flea
3rd shadows pull by left
Shoot to the Middle (variation)
bend the line
Sleeping With The Hounds
ladles turn out
Slice and Dice
slice ricochet diagonal back with 2nd neighbor (ladles are now on...
slice ricochet diagonal back with 2nd shadows (ladles are now on...
Snake in the Garden
gentlespoons find new gentlespoons
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Alternate: down the hall and turn alone
Alternate: up the hall and twos face first ladle
Alternate: dolphin hey - start with twos passing first ladle by...
Spider Jive
celtic hey*
Springtime in Philly
single file promenade to next neighbors (ladles leading partner) ⁋
Springy Connection
cast and cross
2s cast the 1s around
Star Step
ladles give partner left hand for a courtesy turn
Star Through
H (S) forward & back
H (S) forward again & STAR through (in the center: PASS through)
STAR through with Outside 2
with the one you face: STAR through
one you meet (in the center) STAR through
separate around One
into the center, STAR through
look for your Corner & allemande left
Star-Thru Corners
1s take free hands
star-thru corners++
Starburst
gentlespoons turn out over left shoulder WHILE
ladles turn out over right shoulder
Stargazer
return to prev neighbors
return to neighbors
Sugarbritches 2.0
dance forward to
Sugarbritches 2.0 allemande variation
dance forward to
Summer of '84
walk forward to ⁋
Tag, You're It
interrupted hey for three+
Tetrahymena Twirl
handy hand allemande neighbor 1 1/2
twos arch, gentlespoon one pull ladle one under arch
Thanks, Charlie
gentlespoons drop out at home
The Contra Dancer's New Groove
left right through
The Country of Marriage
meanwhile ladles slide left to meet partner for a
The Country of Marriage Lawn variation
meanwhile ladles slide left to meet partner for a
The Fabulous Couple
walk forward to ⁋
The Future Soon
as couples do si do
jersey twirl to new neighbors
california twirl back to old neighbors
The Gang of Four
ladles cast back while gentlespoons continue forward ⁋
entire set oval left until across from partner
The Long Road Home
ladles start a left diagonal(ish) half hey for three with the first...
ones catch right hands across
The Menagerie
#2s split #1s for mirror shoulder rounds once around - turn to next...
neighbors box the gnat / swat the flea as appropriate
The Petronella Hurl
Partners Jersey Twirl* (face new neighbors)
The Pizza Democracy
Cloverleaf turn a single towards neighbors and take inside hands
Neighbors balance and inside hands California twirl
The Pizza Democracy variation
Cloverleaf turn a single towards neighbors
The Queen Bee
ladles slide right to partner
The Sturgeon General
gentlespoons catch left hands
The Sturgeon General variation
gentlespoons catch left hands
The Treasure of Sierra Madre
neighbors take right hands
partners take right hands
There Is No Way to Peace; Peace Is the Way
next gentlespoons catch left
Tinkie Winkie
neighbor star through +
star through with neighbor +
Tinkie Winkie Lawn variation
neighbor star through +
star through with neighbor +
Totally Improper
double figure of 8 – ½ way – ones leading [*1]
handy hand turns 1½ times – mirror turns [ones in and down]
double figure of 8 – ½ way – twos leading [*1]
handy hand turns 1½ times – mirror turns [twos in and down]
Travels with Rick and Kim
promenade single file around the circle 3 places
Trip to Brattleboro DV #1
ones split the twos - mirror gyre
Trip to IHOP
ladles to the center to a long wavy line, balance, and stay there
gentlespoons to the center to a long wavy line, balance, and stay...
Trip to Kentucky (variation)
neighbors two-hand turn **counterclockwise** 1/2/3+ times - end...
Trip to Wilson
Ladles cast, loop to face across. Gentlespoons follow partner
Twirly Minds Think Alike
Neighbor handy hand balance and star through Gentlespoons right,...
Five changes of a hey, gentlespoons start passing left Until the...
Two Waves, Two Ways
swing through - partner allemande right ½, gentlespoons allemande...
Virginia Reel
partners two hand turn
ones form an arch
Waldorf Colonnade
Colonnade - "1's Arch: Colonnade!" +
Walk Along John to Kansas
B1:
B2:
walk forward to next neighbors ⁋
Walk Along John to Kansas (shifted)
A1:
A2:
walk forward to next neighbors ⁋
B1:
B2:
Wave Goodbye to Winter
gentlespoons swing through
slide across to ocean wave +
Wave Goodbye to Winter Rollaway variation
gentlespoons swing through
slide across to ocean wave +
Weave Well Enough Alone
weave the ring ½ (to partner)
West By Midwest
swing though
Where's Alex?
half hey, gentlespoons start passing right, partners pass left,...
half hey, gentlespoons start passing left, partners pass right,...
3rd neighbors walk left shoulders one around and return to 2nd...
2nd neighbors swing. (2nd neighbors then become new 1st neighbors)
Whirlpool
grand right & left - partner right, left, right, partner left,...
Winter in Summerland
dance forward to next neighbor ⁋
three-quarters hey (gentlespoons by left in the center)
Wizard's Walk Ted Steele A2
wizard's walk: Ones separate around the twos. Ones split the next...
Woven Waves
gentlespoons drop left hands, ladles drop right hands, to form
You Can Get There From Here
walk forward to ⁋

Dances without Custom

Moves Sharing a Dance with Custom

allemande

allemande orbit

arch & dive

balance

balance the ring

box circulate

box the gnat

butterfly whirl

California twirl

chain

circle

contra corners

cross trails

do si do

dolphin hey

down the hall

facing star

figure 8

form a long wave

form an ocean wave

form long waves

gate

give & take

gyre

hey

long lines

mad robin

meltdown swing

pass by

pass through

petronella

poussette

promenade

pull by dancers

revolving door

right left through

roll away

Rory O'More

see saw

slice

slide along set

square through

stand still

star

star promenade

swat the flea

swing

turn alone

up the hall

zig zag

Moves Preceding Custom

allemande

arch & dive

balance

balance the ring

box the gnat

butterfly whirl

California twirl

chain

circle

custom

do si do

dolphin hey

down the hall

figure 8

form a long wave

form an ocean wave

gate

gyre

hey

long lines

mad robin

meltdown swing

pass by

pass through

petronella

poussette

promenade

pull by dancers

right left through

roll away

Rory O'More

slice

square through

star

star promenade

swing

turn alone

up the hall

Moves Following Custom

allemande

balance

balance the ring

box the gnat

chain

circle

contra corners

custom

do si do

dolphin hey

down the hall

facing star

figure 8

form a long wave

form an ocean wave

form long waves

give & take

gyre

hey

long lines

meltdown swing

pass by

pass through

petronella

promenade

pull by dancers

right left through

roll away

Rory O'More

see saw

star

star promenade

swat the flea

swing

turn alone

up the hall