20190606 Portland Intown Contra

user: Ezra Smith

The Big Easy variation

by: Becky Hill

Easy, LL, Alle, circle

introduces moves: swing, long lines, allemande, circle, balance the ring, pass through

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors long swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
pass through

A variation on The Big Easy obtained from Dugan Murphy. Longer swing in A1 and allemande RIGHT in A2.

November Night

by: Jim Hemphill

Pull by, Promenade, Alle

introduces moves: do si do, promenade

formation: improper

A1 8
gentlespoons do si do once
8
ladles allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
neighbors promenade across
8
long lines forward & back ⁋

Bradley Smith Notes:
The first time through the dance, the gentlespoons do-si-do in A1 is with the couple that you start the dance with. Every time after that, the gentlespoons have to look to the left to find the next gentlespoon to do-si-do. It's a very simple progression that just requires reminding gentlepoons that they must look to the left every time through the dance after the first to find the next gentlespoon to Do-si-do.

Kitchen Stomp

by: Becky Hill

Petronella, star, Alle Old time Elixir #2 as backup

introduces moves: chain, petronella, star

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B1 8
ladles chain
8
balance & petronella
B2 8
balance & petronella
8
star left 4 places ⁋

The Carousel

by: Tom Hinds

Hey

introduces moves: hey

formation: improper

A1 8
long lines forward & back ⁋
8
ladles allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners start a full hey - rights on ends, lefts in center
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing

A Becket Full of Butterflies

by: Jim Hemphill

Push in Part 1, Bicoastal Contra as backup

introduces moves: California twirl, star promenade, butterfly whirl, slide along set

formation: Becket

A1 4
pass through across the set
4
partners California twirl
8
ladles allemande right once
A2 4
ladles star promenade right ½, scoop your partner
4
butterfly whirl
8
partners swing
B1 2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½, scoop your partner
4
star promenade left ½
4
butterfly whirl

Jim Hemphill teaching notes: A2 Have the ladles scoop their partners with their arm higher up and instruct the gentlespoons to keep their right arm down low. Having the ladle's arm above the gentlespoon's makes the transition from butterfly twirl into a swing much smoother

Push the Button

by: unknown

No walkthrough, Ravens Chain Followed by Waltz

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B1 8
ladles do si do once
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
pass through ⁋

Autumn Leaves variation

by: Linda Leslie

Easier, Down the Hall, Larks take

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall, give & take

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through ⁋
8
next neighbors do si do once
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B2 4
balance the ring
4
gentlespoons take partners
8
partners swing

No long lines

Greenfield Petronella

by: Chris Ricciotti

Push in Part 2 Double progression

formation: improper - double progression

A1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
A2 4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
ladles start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends ⁋

Half-hey in B2 must be done briskly to allow for 2nd progression into new ring with next neighbors.

Trip to Falmouth

by: Linda Leslie

Easier, cut if not enough time

introduces moves: form an ocean wave, gyre

formation: Becket

A1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do 1¼
A2 4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
2
pass through ⁋
10
next neighbors swing
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles gyre 1½
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Jubilation

by: Gene Hubert

No walkthrough, alle, .5 Hey, LL

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners allemande right 1½
B1 8
ladles start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
8
partners swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back ⁋
8
ladles chain

Earl & Squirrel

by: Chris Weiler

Ocean, 2 Rory O'More Extra Dance

introduces moves: Rory O'More

formation: improper

A1 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do 1¼ to
B1 0
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
8
balance & Rory O'More right
8
balance & Rory O'More left
B2 16
neighbors balance & swing, ladles look on slight right diagonal for a new ladle to allemande

Chris Weiler notes:
Written at the Down East Country Dance Festival in Topsham, ME on March 28th, 2009 during the rehearsal period for the Festival Orchestra. Called later that afternoon during the Festival Orchestra slot in the main hall. Named for my host's new kitten (Earl of Grey was his full name) and the baby flying squirrel that he thought would be a better snack than playmate.

This was another case of creating a dance to fit the need. The title of the session was "Well Balanced Contras" and the tune sets had been chosen. I needed a dance with a <u>Rory O'More</u> style <u>balance</u> in the B1 to fit the music and the rest of the session and did not have one in my repertoire.

http://caller.chrisweiler.ws/dances.htm#earlsquirrel