Louisville Contra 2021-12-31

user: Nicholas Rockstroh



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Starburst

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: balance, box the gnat, star, custom, chain, meltdown swing, circle, pass through, do si do

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors balance by right hands
4
neighbors box the gnat
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
A2 0
gentlespoons turn out over left shoulder WHILE
8
ladles chain to their partner
8
star left 4 places
B1 2
ladles turn out over right shoulder
14
partners meltdown swing
B2 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
8
next neighbors do si do once ⁋

http://www.dance.ravitz.us/#sb:

A nice ladles' choice variation for B1 is ladles turn in and partners gypsy left / partners turn alone clockwise and swing.

YouTube, 2, MRD

Spoot the Dog

by: Rick Mohr

introduces moves: allemande, form an ocean wave, swing, long lines

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors balance
6
neighbors do si do once
6
neighbors allemande right 1¼
A2 0
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
4
balance left and right
2
ladles allemande left ½
10
partners swing
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B2 8
star left 4 places
8
star right 4 places ⁋

http://rickmohr.net/contra/dances.asp#SpootTheDog

In Michael McKernan's "Daybreak Real" (and descendants), the gentlespoons balance each other, then do si do, then allemande right. This combination cries out for more uses, as in this dance where everyone gets to do it with their neighbor.

The rest of the dance isn't too complicated, making it a candidate for that small category of dances which are straightforward for beginners while still interesting for veterans. I often use it successfully as the second dance of the evening for a mixed crowd.

Named for Malcolm Sanders' wonderful dog Spoot, who appeared in Malcolm's life at 1:00 AM after a Froggie on the Carport gig during the time the band was infatuated with Ian Burns' tune Spootiskerry. (One story is that "Spootiskerry" approximates the sound of the ocean splooshing into a rock formation on a particular Scottish island.)

Call Me

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: right left through, hey

formation: Becket ccw

A1 8
right left through
8
ladles chain
A2 8
star left 4 places look for new neighbor ⁋
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
ladles start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Pucker Up

by: Sarah Kaiser

introduces moves: mad robin

formation: improper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
mad robin, gentlespoons in front
8
circle left 3 places
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
mad robin, ladles in front
8
ladles chain and take hands with next neighbors in long lines

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