Louisville Contra 2021-06-19

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Hey Fever

by: Tony Parkes

introduces moves: swing, allemande, promenade, chain, 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 ⁋

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, circle, 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".

Shiver Me Timbers

by: Jim Hemphill

introduces moves: custom, form an ocean wave, Rory O'More, long lines, square through

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 ⁋

Alternating Corners

by: Jim Kitch

introduces moves: figure 8, contra corners

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ones half figure 8 above
B1 16
ones contra corners
B2 16
ones balance & swing ⁋
8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors swing
8
long lines forward & back
8
twos half figure 8 below
16
twos contra corners
16
twos balance & swing ⁋

Bob Isaacs notes: one of the seminal modern contras in the way it alternates the actives so everyone can be equally active in today’s long contra lines.

Tent City Twirl

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: box the gnat, star, meltdown swing, roll away, swat the flea

formation: proper

Identify first corners and second corners

A1 8
first corners right hand balance & box the gnat
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
A2 16
partners meltdown swing
B1 8
long lines forward & back
4
circle left 2 places
4
ones roll away partners with a half sashay - gentlespoons rolling
B2 8
second corners left hand balance & swat the flea
8
star left - hands across - 4 places, look for new first corners

Written at Summer CDH 2018 for the band In Tent City. I suggest identifying the ones at the beginning of the dance so that there's no confusion when telling the ones only to do the roll to swap.

Heart of Glass

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: star promenade, butterfly whirl

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through ⁋
8
next neighbors swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½, keeping hands, pick up partner
4
star promenade left ½
4
butterfly whirl to face in
B1 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Cary Ravitz notes: This dance is an easier version of Through the Looking Glass, or you
might see it as Amy Kahn's Sweet Music with a different progression,
or Steve Zakon-Anderson's Twirling at the Alter with the progression
moved from the hey to the circle, or David Zinkin's Becky's Becket
with a different A2.

http://www.dance.ravitz.us/dance2011.htm#hg

Fire in Vermont

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: balance the ring, California twirl, custom

formation: Becket ccw

Couples wait out with gentlespoons on the right and ladles on the left

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl, take hands with next neighbors
8
balance & petronella
B1 8
balance & petronella
4
balance the ring
4
neighbors California twirl, keep hands and reach back to partners to form a cloverleaf
B2 6
cloverleaf left 3 places
10
partners swing

Notice that the two twirls to swap are done with different hands. This is intentional. The California twirl and reach back to a cloverleaf is inspired, primarily, by several Rick Mohr dances which do the same thing.

The name is a result of a remarkable confluence of events. A friend of mine from Wisconsin, Ceara Herndon, was visiting her sister in Vermont. She sent me a picture of a firepit captioned with the title, which seemed like a good name for a dance. As it turns out, the state flower of Vermont is the Red Clover, which I only learned AFTER writing the dance. On top of all this, there's an old, hitherto unpublished dance of mine called "Fire Flower," which also contains a California twirl and reach back to a cloverleaf.

Shadows of St. Louis

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: pull by dancers, custom

formation: Becket cw

A1 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
right diagonal ladles chain, look for partners
B1 2
partners pull by right
2
1st shadows pull by left
2
2nd shadows pull by right
4
3rd 1st shadows swat the flea
2
3rd 1st shadows pull by left
2
2nd shadows pull by right
2
1st shadows pull by left
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Based on the dance “Me and My Shadows” by David Kirchner. “Me and My Shadows” is a great dance that I had the pleasure of dancing for the first time at the Meet Me in St. Louis dance weekend in May 2016 (called by the author, no less), but it lacks a neighbor swing. This dance has a neighbor swing as well as a few other new elements. Another good one to end a night with since the only somewhat exotic part is done with familiar faces.