Folklife 5-27-2019

user: Adam Carlson



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A Summer Night in Seattle

by: Mike Richardson

introduces moves: swing, circle, do si do, box the gnat, star

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing
B1 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors do si do 1½ look for new neighbors
B2 8
next neighbors balance & box the gnat
8
star right 4 places look for new new neighbors

Double progression

CDS Reel

by: Ted Sannella

introduces moves: long lines, custom, turn alone, allemande

formation: improper

Tunes: upbeat reels with short phrases (8 beat repeat) to help dancers remember the long lines.

A1 8
next neighbors swing
8
long lines forward & back
A2 8
whole set circle left
8
whole set circle right
B1 6
star left 3 places with original hands four
2
gentlespoons turn alone back
8
partners swing
B2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing with original neighbor ⁋

500 Miles, One Step at a Time

by: Adam Carlson

introduces moves: balance, pull by dancers, hey, pass by, right left through

formation: improper

Triple progression

A1 4
neighbors balance
2
neighbors pull by right #1 ⁋
2
neighbors pull by left #2 ⁋
8
neighbors allemande right 1½ with #3
A2 16
gentlespoons start a full hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
B1 2
gentlespoons pass by left shoulders
14
partners swing
B2 8
right left through
4
ladles allemande right ½
4
neighbors allemande left ¾ to new neighbors

A dancer wore a pedometer to our dance one night, and at the end of the evening, we calculated that the entire crowd had jointly danced about 500 miles. That was the inspiration for this dance.

Folklife Frolic

by: Lindsey Dono

introduces moves: box circulate, chain

formation: improper

A1 8
star right 4 places
8
neighbors allemande right 1½
A2 8
balance & box circulate - gentlespoons cross while ladles loop right
8
balance & box circulate - ladles cross while gentlespoons loop right
B1 8
balance & box circulate - gentlespoons cross while ladles loop right
8
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places ⁋

La Grande Voyage

by: Adam Carlson

introduces moves: balance the ring, custom

formation: Becket

If there's no one to do the diagonal right and left through with, don't move, wait on the side for the ladles allemande. There will be people to dance with in 8 beats. If you're out at the bottom wait on the side with your partner and come in on the diagonal right and left through.

Like many double progression dances, this is better with an odd number of people in the set, as you have almost no interaction with every other couple.

A1 8
left diagonal right left through
8
ladles allemande right 1½
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 4
balance the ring
4
Leapfrog - Gentlespoons don't move - roll your partner from across to your side
4
balance the ring
4
Leapfrog - Ladles don't move - roll your partner from side to across the set
B2 4
balance the ring - gentlespoons bring your partner home to your side
12
partners swing

Caller notes

Leapfrog - Like petronella but you take turns with your partner and move two places, leapfrogging each other around the square. Each time through, one person is the anchor, they stay still and don't move. They roll their partner diagonally around the petronella square from their left hand to their right.

How I teach it

Gentlespoons, you're the anchor. You stand still and don't move. Your partner is across the set from you in your left hand. You want them next to you on your right. Draw them towards you, roll them to your right hand and send them to where your neighbor is now.
Balance the ring
Ladles, now you're the anchor. Don't move! Your partner is next to you in your left hand. You want them across the set from you. Draw them towards you then roll them to your right hand and send them across the set.
Balance the ring
Gentlespoons, bring your partner home for a swing. End looking on the left diagonal.

Author notes

I wrote this dance during the drive from Seattle to La Grande, OR, where I was calling a dance weekend. Thanks to Kathy Anderson and Charles Krausche for helping me hone the dance. They originally suggested the name "Bumpercars" for the signature move, but I later changed it to Leapfrog which is more descriptive.

The dance is named in the tradition of "Trip to X" dances. It's a mash-up of "voyage à La Grande" ("trip to La Grande") and "le grand voyage" ("the great trip").