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: pass through, meltdown swing

formation: Becket

Identify next neighbors on left diagonal and identify shadow on other side of partner

A1 8
partners promenade looping CCW 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 start a half hey - lefts on ends, rights in center - and look for partners (like a half gyre to begin)
B2 16
partners meltdown swing

Make sure to emphasize that the partner swing ends across from the neighbors you swung. When walking the hey, make sure the dancers are solidly aware of whom they're dancing the hey with and where they need to end up.

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. Revised slightly as of 2019-10-29, changed the shadow allemande to a direct entry into the hey. Treat the first pass as a half gyre with your shadow followed by the two ladles passing right in the center.

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.