20200521 Portland Intown Contra

user: Ezra Smith

Airpants variation

by: Lisa Greenleaf

introduces moves: swing, long lines, allemande, circle, do si do

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do 1½ high ten and look for new ⁋

Luck be a Lady

by: John Coffman

introduces moves: chain, hey

formation: Becket

A1 8
ladles chain
8
ladles start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
B2 16
partners balance & swing and slid left to new couples ⁋

Heartbeat Contra

by: Don Flaherty

introduces moves: petronella, balance the ring, gyre, balance, California twirl

formation: improper

A1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
A2 4
balance the ring
12
neighbors swing
B1 8
ladles gyre 1½
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
partners balance
4
partners California twirl ⁋

Box the Cat

by: Lisa Greenleaf

introduces moves: box the gnat, pull by dancers, custom, star

formation: improper

Have dancers introduce themselves to their previous neighbor during walkthrough.

A1 8
neighbors right hand balance & box the gnat
2
neighbors pull by right
6
previous neighbors allemande left once
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places ⁋

Dance All Night

by: Rich Mohr

introduces moves: custom

formation: four face four

Have dancers note their "trail buddies" and who their corners are. The two dancers in the middle of the line of 4 are corners and the dancers at the ends have their corners in front of them.

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
corners swing
A2 8
ladles star right once
8
corners allemande left 1.25
B1 10
partners pull by right for grand right and left until they meet their partner
6
partners do si do once
B2 16
partners balance & swing and end facing new lines of 4 ⁋

In the grand right and left dancers end up traveling half way around the circle.

Back of the Envelope

by: Dugan Murphy

formation: improper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do once
B2 16
neighbors balance & swing

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Break

Detour in Louisville

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: roll away, figure 8, contra corners

formation: improper

Identify ones and twos

A1 8
balance & petronella turn
8
balance & petronella turn
A2 4
balance the ring
4
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
8
ones half figure 8 above
B1 16
ones contra corners
B2 16
ones balance & swing ⁋

Alternate between ones and twos active. A revised version of the central idea in my dance Ticket to Nashville which removes the disconnected bits.

Hot Buttered Rolls

by: Perry Shafran

introduces moves: slice

formation: Becket

A1 4
slice left, on the way back ⁋
4
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
4
long lines forward, on the way back
4
ladles roll away partners with a half sashay
A2 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners do si do once
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Fruit Punch

by: Diane Silver

introduces moves: form an ocean wave, custom

formation: Becket

A1 8
slice left and straight back ⁋
8
ladles allemande right 1½
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 4
balance the ring
4
pass through to an ocean wave - ladles by right in the center, neighbors by left on the sides
4
balance wave right then left
2
neighbors allemande right ½
2
gentlespoons allemande left ½ ⁋
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Frederick Contra

by: Tom Hinds

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall

formation: improper

Common variation is for long lines forward and back instead of do si do. That version can be found here.

A1 8
gentlespoons do si do once
8
ladles allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B2 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors swing ⁋

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