New contras, Summer 2021

user: Moose Flores

Dippin-Dots

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: arch & dive, turn alone, circle, swing, give & take, balance the ring, California twirl

formation: improper

Designate Ones and Twos.
If dancers have mobility issues (shoulders), they can replace arch & dive with Dosido/Seesaw one-&-a-half.

A1 4
ones arch twos dive
4
twos arch ones dive
4
ones arch twos dive, end back to back with your neighbor.
0
turn alone & form a cloverleaf +
4
circle left 2 places
A2 16
neighbors long swing
B1 8
gentlespoons give & take partners
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋
  • to form cloverleaf: hold on to partner’s hand, turn to face them & a quarter more, give free hand to your neighbor.

Chicago Shuffle

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: do si do, allemande, petronella, custom, long lines, meltdown swing

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors do si do once
8
neighbors do si do once as couples
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B2 8
balance & petronella
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋
0
LAST TIME B1)
8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
16
partners meltdown swing

Optional: last time, use C1, C2 instead of B1, B2.

Variation on Cherokee Shuffle
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Beach Adjacent

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: right left through, custom, balance, Rory O'More

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing
B1 8
right left through
8
long lines forward & back
B2 4
Gentlespoons walk, Ladles dodge, forming long wavy lines +
4
balance the wave
8
balance & Rory O'More right ⁋
  • Walk & Dodge: Gentlespoons walk across the set, Ladles step left one place.

Crystal Prelude

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: chain, star, hey, slide along set

formation: Becket

A1 8
circle left 4 places, and back out into lines
8
long lines forward & back
A2 8
ladles chain to neighbor
8
right left through
B1 8
star left 3 places
8
partners swing +
B2 14
gentlespoons start a full hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
2
slide left along set ⁋
  • left-star to swing is written for a ceili swing, or some variation. You may have some demonstrations and ask partners to collaborate which they would like to try.

Do-si-dolphin

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: dolphin hey

formation: improper

Designate Ones and Twos

A1 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing
A2 8
balance & petronella
8
neighbors do si do ¾ as couples +
B1 16
dolphin hey - start with ones passing second gentlespoon by right shoulders, and ending after the first passing is repeated.
B2 16
neighbors meltdown swing ⁋
  • do si do as couples: partners, as a unit, do si do around neighbors, 3/4 way around, making a line of four (gentlespoons in the middle), and all face the center.

The Endless Parade of Nonsense 0.2

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: form an ocean wave

formation: four face four

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½ +
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
right left through
4
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and partners by right hands
4
balance the wave
B1 16
partners start a full hey - rights on ends, lefts in center (say, “All 8 hey, until you meet your partner again”)
B2 16
partners meltdown swing, end facing new neighbors
  • Your next neighbors will be on a slight diagonal.

Four City Swing

by: Moose Flores

introduces moves: allemande orbit

formation: four face four

A1 8
neighbors do si do once
8
neighbors swing, four couples in a line, end facing your partner
A2 8
circle left 4 places
8
partners swing, end facing up/down
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
right left through, courtesy turn to face the center
B2 8
ladles allemande right ½ around while the gentlespoons orbit counter clockwise ½ around +
4
partners balance
4
partners California twirl ++ ⁋
  • Ladles will briefly form a right hand star & turn half, then give left hand to their partner. Gentlespoons orbit and give right hand to their partner.

++ finagle the California twirl to end facing new neighbors.