Bloomington Zoom Contra 2020-12-09

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Zoom Contra #3

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: custom, hey, swing, long lines, do si do

formation: One Couple

A1 16
sashay down and back
A2 16
partners start a full hey - lefts on ends, rights in center
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
partners do si do once

A hey in a Zoom Contra usually takes the form of passing one shoulder with your partner and looping over your other shoulder to face back in. Perform twice for the full hey.

Zoom Contra #1

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: box the gnat, pull by dancers, custom, petronella, down the hall, up the hall

formation: One Couple

A1 8
partners right hand balance & box the gnat
2
partners pull by right
6
loop left to reorient as if at the top and bottom of a diamond
A2 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
4
up the hall
4
push off from each other and loop back into place

Inspired by Fiddleheads

Zoom Contra #4

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: circle, pass through, allemande, see saw, poussette

formation: One Couple

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
8
1st shadows do si do once
A2 8
partners allemande right 1½
8
2nd shadows see saw once
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 16
full poussette - gentlespoons pull partners back then left

Zoom Contra #2

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: Rory O'More, mad robin, meltdown swing

formation: One Couple

A1 8
partners do si do once as a couple
8
partners allemande right 1¼
A2 8
balance & Rory O'More right
8
partners allemande left 1¼
B1 8
balance & Rory O'More left
8
mad robin, ones in front
B2 16
partners meltdown swing

The Mad Ladle is similar to the diagonal Mad Ladle in Cary's Ravitz's dance "Cross Ladle" minus a second couple. You walk the same path of a Mad Ladle as if you and your partner are on the diagonal which goes through the middle to start with, but instead of having your eyes straight ahead (since there's no one there) you keep your eyes on your partner.

Detour in Louisville

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: balance the ring, 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.

Rim of the Sky

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: California twirl, zig zag

formation: Becket cw

Shadow 1 is next to you, shadow 2 is past shadow 1

A1 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors swing
A2 4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl and face next neighbors
8
circle right 3 places with next neighbors
B1 8
neighbors zig right zag left zig right around two couples to 2nd shadow
6
2nd shadows allemande left once
2
1st shadows pull by right
B2 16
partners balance & swing

For those unfamiliar, the California twirl here is a Nevada twirl, which is a California twirl with the opposite hands. People waiting out at the ends should stand with the ladle on the left and the gentlespoon on the right or else the California twirl will end up leaving you facing someone of the same role which breaks the shadow action in the zig zags. Named after The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and a line in Miracle of Sound’s “Sovngarde Song” based on the game.