2020-01-13: Louisville, KY

user: Chet Gray

Push the Button

by: unknown

introduces moves: swing, long lines, chain, do si do, circle, balance the ring, pass through

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B1 8
ladles do si do once
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
pass through ⁋

Homeward Bound

by: Andrea Nettleton

introduces moves: allemande, petronella, slide along set

formation: Becket

A1 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½ to trade places
B1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
B2 14
partners balance & swing
2
slide left along set ⁋

Circassian Circle

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: promenade

formation: Circle Mixer

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
long lines forward & back
A2 8
long lines forward & back Ladles only
8
long lines forward & back Gentlespoons only, turn over left shoulder & go to new partner ⁋
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 16
partners promenade along the set on the right

Not a Figment of Your Imagination

by: Lynn Ackerson

introduces moves: star, custom, meltdown swing, right left through

formation: Becket

Note future neighbors on left diagonal

A1 8
partners promenade in courtesy turn position - loop wide left ⁋
8
star left - hands across - 3 places
A2 0
gentlespoons turn out over right shoulder on home side
16
neighbors meltdown swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B2 8
right left through
4
ladles allemande right once returning to partner
4
partners courtesy turn to face across (hold courtesy turn position)

Written for the band "The Figments" made up of Anna Patton, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, and Owen Morrison

Cats and More Cats

by: Melanie Axel-Lute

introduces moves: form long waves, Rory O'More

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through to next neighbors
8
neighbors allemande right 1½
A2 0
form long waves - gentlespoons face in, ladles face out
8
balance & Rory O'More right
8
balance & Rory O'More left
B1 16
neighbors balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing

http://www.maxellute.net/cats.html

This dance is something like Peter Stix's "#1 Grade A Top Quality Cats #2" with Rory O'More moves added. Hence the name.

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Whirlpool

by: Chris Page

introduces moves: custom

formation: triple minor, triad formation

Take a standard proper triple minor. 1s and 2s cross over, and then 2s and 3s circle left 1/4. Chris describes it as 1s improper, 2s and 3s Becket. For more on Triad formation, see "TLC Tempest."

A1 8
balance & petronella [3]
8
balance & petronella
A2 8
balance & petronella [4]
8
star left 3 places **3 Gentlespoons** [5]
B1 16
grand right & left - partner right, left, right, partner left, right, left [6]
B2 16
partners meltdown swing [7] ⁋

http://chrispagecontra.awardspace.us/dances/index.htm#whirlpool

[1] Starting formation: Take a standard proper triple minor. Ones and twos cross over, and then twos and threes circle left 1/4. I describe it as ones improper, twos and threes Becket. For more on Triad formation, see "TLC Tempest."
[2] Twos and threes progress up, staying with each other, but swapping sides as they travel up. Ones progress down past two couples.
End effects at the top: Every third time through the dance, two couples get spit out at the top. The both wait out improper, one below the other. One will get in the next time, the other will have to wait until the time after that.
End effects at the bottom: Couples just wait out on the sides, Becket-like, for a full hands-six to form. Since this is double progression, there shouldn't be any couples at the bottom accidentally trapped there forever.
[3] All six. For the petronella turn, everyone move one position to their right.
[4] Everyone is now progressed. All the remaining moves finish where they started.
[5] Men ease out of the star a tiny bit early so everyone's facing their partner around the circle of six.
[6] Within the group of six.
[7] Or balance and swing. After the swing, ones face down. Twos and threes face uppish and across, having swapped sides.

There's no need to mention who are twos and threes. Just call them "side couples".

After testing "Because It Was There," I realized a grand right and left was a good thing to put in a regular-length contra. This was the result, which worked surprisingly well. It's also helped by a low piece count.

Compost Pile Breakdown by Gene Hubert

Pigtown Petronella

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: turn alone

formation: Becket ccw

Double progression.

In long lines, your partner is in one hand, your shadow is in the other hand.

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
right left through
8
left diagonal ladles chain to shadow (only if there is someone there) ⁋
B1 8
balance & petronella
0
turn alone to face a new neighbor ⁋
8
balance & petronella
B2 0
turn alone to face your partner
16
partners balance & swing

http://www.dance.ravitz.us/#pp3

Note the similarity to Maliza's Magical Mystery Motion. The chain is to the diagonal left here, so at the end of B1 you must face a new set of four to find your partner.

YouTube, 2, 3

Starburst

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: balance, box the gnat, custom

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors balance by right hands
4
neighbors box the gnat
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
A2 0
gentlespoons turn out over left shoulder WHILE
8
ladles chain to their partner
8
star left 4 places
B1 2
ladles turn out over right shoulder
14
partners meltdown swing
B2 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
8
next neighbors do si do once ⁋

http://www.dance.ravitz.us/#sb:

A nice ladles' choice variation for B1 is ladles turn in and partners gypsy left / partners turn alone clockwise and swing.

YouTube, 2, MRD

Salute to Dave Colestock

by: Melanie Axel-Lute

introduces moves: form an ocean wave

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
8
balance & Rory O'More right
A2 8
neighbors allemande left 1¼
0
form long waves - ladles face in, gentlespoons face out, right hand to next neighbor
8
balance & Rory O'More right, past new neighbor ⁋
B1 16
neighbors balance & swing (the neighbor just Rory O'Mored past)
B2 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing

http://www.maxellute.net/Salute%20to%20Dave.htm

The trickiest part of this dance is convincing dancers not to take hands and balance after the first Rory OMore.

Written to honor caller, organizer, and choreographer Dave Colestock, who died in May 2017. Debuted at his home dance in Harrisburg PA on May 12, 2017.

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