Indianapolis, IN 2019-07-09: Contra dance

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Tuesday Night Special

by: Larry Jennings

introduces moves: swing, circle, promenade, chain, star

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing
B1 8
partners promenade
8
ladles chain
B2 8
neighbors promenade
8
star left 4 places to next neighbors

Dancing Bear

by: Becky Hill

introduces moves: allemande, hey

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors allemande right ½
4
neighbors allemande left once
8
ladles chain
A2 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places

In A1, allemande right for just three steps, then "jump and grunt" to change hands on the 4th count. Allemande left the same neighbor all the way around so that they have traded places.

Pucker Up

by: Sarah Kaiser

introduces moves: long lines, mad robin

formation: improper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
mad robin, gentlespoons in front
8
circle left 3 places
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
mad robin, ladles in front
8
ladles chain and take hands with next neighbors in long lines

Will You Marry Me?

by: Seth Tepfer

introduces moves: slide along set, form an ocean wave

formation: Becket cw

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
4
ladles allemande left once
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and partners by right hands
4
ladles allemande left once
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Old Time Elixir #2

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: right left through, petronella

formation: Becket

A1 0
slide left along set ⁋
8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
right left through (or promenade)
8
ladles chain to partner
B1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
B2 16
partners balance & swing

A variation of the dance Old Time Elixir by Mike Boerschig. The same dance was also written by Dean Snipes, and is called "Tica Tica Timing".

BREAK

Heart of Glass

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: pass through, star promenade, butterfly whirl

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through ⁋
8
next neighbors swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½, keeping hands, pick up partner
4
star promenade left ½
4
butterfly whirl to face in
B1 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Cary Ravitz notes: This dance is an easier version of Through the Looking Glass, or you
might see it as Amy Kahn's Sweet Music with a different progression,
or Steve Zakon-Anderson's Twirling at the Alter with the progression
moved from the hey to the circle, or David Zinkin's Becky's Becket
with a different A2.

http://www.dance.ravitz.us/dance2011.htm#hg

Gaye's Groove

by: Rick Mohr

introduces moves: custom, revolving door, California twirl

formation: improper

Join hands in a wave of four—neighbors right, ladles left. Spot neighbor #2, and, when available, spot neighbor #3

A1 4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and 1st neighbors by right hands
4
walk diagonally right to join neighbor #2 in new wave
4
form an ocean wave & balance - gentlespoons by right hands and 2nd neighbors by left hands
4
walk diagonally left to join neighbor #3 in new wave
A2 4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and 3rd neighbors by right hands
4
3rd neighbors allemande right ¾
8
2nd neighbors swing +
B1 8
revolving door - ladles take right hands and drop off 2nd neighbors on other side
8
partners swing
B2 2
pass through across the set
4
partners California twirl ⁋
8
circle left 3 places to form, with current 1st neighbors,

/+In "Revolving Door", couples start a "wrong side" half promenade where ladles pass right instead of gentlespoons passing left. As the ladles meet they catch right hands and allemande right once around. The gentlespoons drop out after crossing the set, and partners swing as the ladles come around. It flows easily and feels good. I often do a floor demo, both because it's unfamiliar and because it's pretty cool to watch. Since the promenade only lasts for a beat or two I think the easiest hold is for neighbors to join left hands, with the gentlespoon's right arm briefly behind the ladle's back.

Rick Mohr notes: This dance offers a single-progression version of the travelling wave sequence from Bill Olson's inspired dance Eleanor's Reel, along with Ron Buchanan's "Revolving Door" figure and some satisfying glue.

Some dancers like to spin while moving between the waves—big fun and highly optional.

For Gaye Fifer, heartful and fun-loving dancer, caller, and connector from Pittsburgh PA. When Gaye's around you're sure to have a good time.

Original at http://rickmohr.net/contra/dances.asp#GayesGroove

Maliza's Magical Mystery Motion

by: Cary Ravitz

formation: Becket ccw

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
neighbors promenade
8
ladles chain
B1 8
balance & petronella and turn to face the next ⁋
8
balance & petronella
B2 16
partners balance & swing

"The motion in B1 does seem magical – while the ladles Petronella over and back across the set, the gentlespoons do consecutive Petronellas along the side, in effect progressing behind his partner’s back."
- Rich Goss

For All, There Exists, Such That

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: do si do, custom, give & take

formation: improper

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do 1¼
A2 0
Alternately: Mad Robin, ladles through the middle
8
ladles allemande left 1½, scoop up partners
4
ladles star promenade left ½
4
butterfly whirl
B1 8
revolving door - gentlespoons take right hands and drop off partners on other side
8
neighbors swing
B2 4
ladles give & take partners
12
partners swing

Written and danced at Summer CDH. Elisabeth Monica from Louisville wanted to know if any dances existed with both a star promenade/butterfly whirl and a revolving door. I didn't know of any but was happy to oblige. The title comes from the foundational assertions of mathematical proofs, and references the fact that I think any combination of two figures can be incorporated into an enjoyable dance.