20-01-10 Lexington

user: Ned McNeil

Like I've Known You Forever

by: Devin J. Pohly

introduces moves: allemande, swing, chain, promenade, circle, pass through, do si do

formation: improper

A1 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
ladles chain
8
partners promenade
B2 8
circle left 3 places
2
pass through ⁋
6
neighbors do si do once

Written to fulfill some criteria I had for a teaching dance:

  • First swing is with partner. Pairing beginners intentionally with experienced dancers for teaching loses some utility if they end up spending the lengthily-practiced first swing with their inevitably inexperienced neighbor.
  • Chain and promenade, but no right and left through. Rehearse and reinforce courtesy turns before dancers are even given the option to mistakenly turn alone.
  • Clear progression. So we can talk about progression.

I picture the B1 promenade in courtesy turn position, as it was the local custom where I danced at the time, it allows transfer of knowledge from the ladles chain, and it makes for a lovely partner moment as you are reunited for a cozy, leisurely walk across the set. However, don't feel you have to make a special request if your community's customary promenade differs.

The original B2 of this dance was "circle left, balance the ring, pass through" to emphasize the progression and leave some recovery time. In practice, I found that the extra time wasn't needed even for new dancers, and that it consistently caused the ladles to hesitate before starting the A1. The new ending tightens the timing and gives the ladles a nice flow into their allemande. (New dancers running behind can just skip the do-si-do.)

The ladles' allemande was changed from left-hand to right-hand based on a comment made by Lisa Greenleaf. Both work equally well out of the do-si-do, but the ladles benefit from having a left hand free to start the partner swing.

Number: DJP-000
Composed: State College, PA, fall 2012.
Debuted: Harrisburg, PA, 2012-10-12.
Updated: Warrenville, IL, fall 2018; again in summer 2019.

Floating the Platte

by: Charlie Steiner

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall, see saw

formation: improper

A1 8
next neighbors do si do once (progress here)
8
neighbors swing (end facing down)
A2 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
neighbors see saw once ⁋

Ending see saw can be replaced with a mad robin for more experienced crowds. Named after the Platte river in Michigan.

Contra Essentialism

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: long lines, right left through

formation: improper

Note the hand in which the next neighbor's hand will be held in the long lines

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
right left through
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing and take hands with next neighbors in long lines

I was taking a course on gender and sexuality at the time I wrote this. The title is a double pun; "Contra is essential" is one meaning, "against cultural/biological essentialism" is another.

20 Below

by: Bill Olson

introduces moves: balance, custom, hey

formation: Becket

Nice to start with a couple out at the top because the progression is in A2
Last time thru likewise should start with a couple out at top

A1 8
circle left 3 places to wavy line across, L in cntr
4
balance wave
4
move forward to new wavy line (progression) ⁋
A2 8
balance the wave
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners start a half hey - rights on ends, lefts in center
B2 16
partners balance & swing (start again with same neighbors)

Fire in the Tunnel

by: Yoyo Zhou

introduces moves: balance the ring, California twirl, square through

formation: Becket

A1 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋
A2 8
neighbors do si do once
8
square through two - neighbors balance & pull by right, then partners pull by left
B1 16
neighbors balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing

a request was made on the Contra Callers facebook group for any easy dances with balances halfway through both A1 and A2. Yoyo wrote this and commented it on the Facebook thread on October 23, 2019.

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Another Nice Combination

by: Tom Hinds

introduces moves: star

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
6
shadows do si do once
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places ⁋

Maliza's Magical Mystery Motion v.

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: petronella

formation: Becket ccw

A1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B1 8
balance & petronella and turn to face the next ⁋
8
balance & petronella
B2 16
partners balance & swing

32 Seconds

by: Tom Calwell

introduces moves: roll away

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.

Saturday Night Line

by: Joseph Pimentel

introduces moves: Rory O'More, give & take, form an ocean wave

formation: improper

begin in short waves (ladles in center by left, neighbor in right)

A1 8
balance & Rory O'More right
8
balance & Rory O'More left
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons give & take partners
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do 1½ and dance forward to ⁋
0
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands

Mac McKeever note on balances before Rory O'More: first balance is in the direction you will be going

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