Disease-Themed Dances

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Spring Fever

by: Tony Parkes

introduces moves: long lines, swing, allemande, circle, star, promenade, chain

formation: improper

A1 8
long lines forward & back ⁋
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B1 8
circle left 4 places
8
star left 4 places
B2 8
partners promenade
8
ladles chain to neighbor

Bob Isaacs notes: Tony Parkes of Massachusetts has long been one of America’s best callers of contras and squares, and this glossary dance is a fine way to start an evening.

After the Flu.com

by: Dean Snipes

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors swing, end in a line of four facing down
A2 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B1 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
circle right 4 places and turn alone to face new neighbors

Salmonella Evening

by: Steve Zakon-Anderson

introduces moves: petronella, balance, pass through

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors allemande right 1¾
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
B2 8
balance & petronella
4
balance the ring
2
pass through ⁋

Old Time Elixir #2

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: slide along set, right left through

formation: Becket

A1 0
slide left along set ⁋
8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
right left through (or promenade)
8
ladles chain to partner
B1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
B2 16
partners balance & swing

A variation of the dance Old Time Elixir by Mike Boerschig. The same dance was also written by Dean Snipes, and is called "Tica Tica Timing".

Penicillin

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: do si do, roll away, gyre, balance the ring

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors do si do once
8
neighbors swing
A2 4
long lines forward
4
ladles roll away neighbors with a half sashay
8
ladles allemande left 1½
B1 8
partners gyre once meltdown to
8
partners swing -end in ring of 4
B2 8
balance & petronella spin right one place
4
balance the ring
4
pass through ⁋

Notes: Written to medley with Steve Zakon-Anderson and Louis Cromartie’s dance Salmonella Evening. Preserves the progression from that dance while doing some different stuff beforehand. Perfectly enjoyable on its own, but the name only makes sense in the context of the medley. Inspired by a conversation I had with Josiah Roberts.

Dr. Swinglove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love COVID-19

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: revolving door, California twirl

formation: indecent

A1 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing
A2 8
revolving door - gentlespoons take left hands and drop off partners on other side
8
neighbors swing, end in a line of four facing down
B1 8
down the hall, invert the line with the right side couplet forming the arch
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B2 8
circle right 4 places
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋

Written at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. I think it's fair to say that turned out worse than I thought it would. The dance was written to maximize interactions between dancers in the hands four. The title is obviously a reference to Stanley Kubrick's film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Hey Fever

by: Tony Parkes

introduces moves: hey

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B1 8
partners promenade
8
ladles chain
B2 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends ⁋

Saturday Night Fever

by: Erik Hoffman

introduces moves: square through

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B1 8
right left through
8
ladles chain
B2 8
square through two - partners balance & pull by right, then neighbors pull by left
8
square through two - partners balance & pull by right, then neighbors pull by left ⁋

Shiver Me Timbers

by: Jim Hemphill

introduces moves: custom, form an ocean wave, Rory O'More

formation: improper

A1 8
gentlespoons right arm turn 1½ times
8
partners swing
A2 8
pass through to an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left in the center, partners by right on the sides
4
Rory O'More right
4
balance right and left
B1 4
gentlespoons Rory O'More right
12
neighbors swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
square through two - partners balance & pull by right, then neighbors pull by left ⁋

Another Cure for the Claps

by: Rich Goss / Bob Isaacs

formation: improper

A1 8
balance & petronella
8
partners swing
A2 8
balance & petronella
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B2 8
ladles chain
6
circle right 3 places briskly
2
pass through ⁋

swing out of pertronella virtually eliminates the petronella 'claps'

After the Flu.com

by: Dean Snipes

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors swing, end in a line of four facing down
A2 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B1 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
circle right 4 places and turn alone to face new neighbors