Bloomington, IN 2019-07-31

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

I suggest replacing the promenade in B1 with a right and left through to maximize glossariness.

Petronella Stomp variation

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: allemande, petronella

formation: Becket

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella to a left hand star
B1 8
star right 4 places and look for next neighbors
8
ladles allemande left 1½ with next ladle
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Based on petronella Stomp by Tom Lehmann. Changed the star from a left hand to a right hand making the ladles allemande a left hand instead of a right hand.

32 Seconds

by: Tom Calwell

introduces moves: long lines, roll away, hey

formation: improper

A1 4
long lines forward ⁋
4
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay as lines back up *
8
ladles chain
A2 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing

* This is how the dance was originally written, but some find that ladles rolling away gentlespoons flows better into the ladles chain. I think that variation also goes by the name "Rollin' to the Grey Eagle", written by Hank Morris.

Pucker Up

by: Sarah Kaiser

introduces moves: 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

Bev's Becket A by Cary Ravitz

BREAK

Moving Day

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: custom, pass through

formation: improper

Identify shadow on the other side of partner

A1 0
identify next neighbors on left diagonal
8
partners promenade and loop to next neighbors
8
ladles allemande right 1½
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through to shadows
8
shadows allemande left 1½
B2 8
ladles start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends - and look for partners
8
partners swing

An easier setting for the half hey with shadow to a partner swing sequence that I used in The Birds are the Words. Written around the same time, but finally named on the day after I moved to Cincinnati, OH.

Memories of a Dance I Haven't Met

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall

formation: improper

A1 4
long lines forward
4
ladles roll away neighbors with a half sashay
4
long lines forward
4
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay
A2 8
balance & petronella
8
partners swing, end in a line of four facing down
B1 8
down the hall and turn alone
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B2 8
balance & petronella
8
neighbors swing and take hands with next neighbors in long lines

Written at 3 AM at Summer CDH 2019. Sometimes the sequences just come to me, and when they do it can feel like remembering something I've never done. Named after a song from Celldweller's album Wish Upon a Blackstar.

Fire in Vermont

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: balance the ring, California twirl, custom

formation: Becket ccw

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl, take hands with next neighbors
8
balance & petronella
B1 8
balance & petronella
4
balance the ring
4
neighbors California twirl, keep hands and reach back to partners to form a cloverleaf
B2 6
cloverleaf left 3 places
10
partners swing

Notice that the two twirls to swap are done with different hands. This is intentional. The California twirl and reach back to a cloverleaf is inspired, primarily, by several Rick Mohr dances which do the same thing.

The name is a result of a remarkable confluence of events. A friend of mine from Wisconsin, Ceara Herndon, was visiting her sister in Vermont. She sent me a picture of a firepit captioned with the title, which seemed like a good name for a dance. As it turns out, the state flower of Vermont is the Red Clover, which I only learned AFTER writing the dance. On top of all this, there's an old, hitherto unpublished dance of mine called "Fire Flower," which also contains a California twirl and reach back to a cloverleaf.

Rosie's Rave

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: box the gnat, contra corners

formation: improper

A1 4
balance the ring
4
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay
8
mad robin, gentlespoons in front, look for next neighbors
A2 8
mad robin, gentlespoons in front with next neighbors
8
ones right hand balance & box the gnat
B1 16
ones contra corners
B2 16
ones balance & swing

The first Contra Corners dance that I ever wrote. Written for Rosie Wildman from Columbus, OH in honor of her graduation; she said the Mad Robin and Contra Corners were her favorite figures, and I was happy to rise to the challenge. This is technically a variation I used at Dance Trance 2016, but I greatly prefer it to the original. Alternate active couples for a more equal experience.

The S & S Connection

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: star promenade, butterfly whirl, gyre

formation: Becket ccw

Identify next neighbors on right diagonal

A1 4
long lines forward
4
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
8
circle right 3 places
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½, pick up partners
4
star promenade left ½
4
butterfly whirl moving right to next neighbors
B2 8
ladles gyre once
8
partners swing

Named for a Steak and Shake in Louisville where I enjoyed many after dance meals with friends.