Folklife 5/27/2019

user: Adam Carlson

La Grande Voyage

by: Adam Carlson

introduces moves: right left through, allemande, swing, balance the ring, custom

formation: Becket

When you're out, don't move, wait on the side for the ladles allemande. There will be people to dance with in 8 beats.

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
Bumpercar - Gentlespoons don't move - roll your partner from across to your side
4
balance the ring
4
Bumpercar - 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

Bumpercar - Like petronella but you take turns with your partner and move twice as far, 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 and for naming the signature move.

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").

Pixie Star

by: Adam Carlson

introduces moves: circle, pass by, long lines, chain, gyre, custom

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
neighbors pass by right shoulders
8
next neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B1 4
ladles gyre ¾ gentlespoons enter in front of partner
8
gyre star once ladles drop out on home side
4
gentlespoons gyre ¾ back to home side ⁋
B2 16
partners long swing (optional balance)

Can be dizzying, don't call near end of evening or for too long.
Originally named Gypsy Star. I prefer the term Gyre now.

500 Miles, One Step at a Time

by: Adam Carlson

introduces moves: balance, pull by dancers, hey

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.

A Summer Night in Seattle

by: Mike Richardson

introduces moves: 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

Greenfield Petronella

by: Chris Ricciotti

introduces moves: petronella, California twirl

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.

Folklife Flash

by: Adam Carlson

formation: Becket

This is a quintuple progression dance designed for the tight conditions at Folklife.

A1 8
ladles chain ⁋
8
next neighbors swing ⁋
A2 8
next neighbors gyre 1½ ⁋
8
next neighbors swing
B1 8
ladles chain to partner
8
left diagonal right left through - conga line ladles in lead, gentlespoons follow your partner ⁋
B2 8
right left through conga line again ⁋
8
partners swing

Timing is tight in the A part with all the moves taking 8 counts and being moves where people often embellish.
I teach the conga by saying you're going to trade places with another couple and you're going to do it as a conga line of 2. Ladle in the lead, passing the other couple on the right. I would put hands on shoulders, or no hands at all. I also emphasize that you've still got to keep it moving briskly if you want time for a satisfying swing at the end.

Folklife Frolic

by: Lindsey Dono

introduces moves: box circulate

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 ⁋

CDS Reel

by: Ted Sannella

introduces moves: custom, turn alone

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 ⁋