20220305 Stone Lake Practice Dance

user: Allison Jonjak

lesson (circle, Lark Raven, promenade, do si do, allemande, swing)

Galopede

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: long lines, pass through, turn alone, do si do, swing, custom

formation: improper or proper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
4
pass through across the set
4
turn alone
A2 8
long lines forward & back
4
pass through across the set
4
turn alone
B1 8
partners do si do once
8
partners swing
B2 16
top couple sashay to bottom of set - others move up ⁋

If you finish dancing before the music is done, let each couple in turn just sashay down until the music is ready to end.

Do-Si-Three

by: Linda Leslie

you're going to meet a lot of new people and you're going to adapt to them, that's the fun of dancing

introduces moves: circle

formation: three-face-three

Three face three in lines facing up/down the hall. Teach "home position".

A1 8
circle left 6 places
8
circle right 6 places
A2 8
neighbors do si do once "ends do-si-do your opposite"
8
neighbors do si do once "middles do-si-do your opposite"
B1 8
neighbors swing "ends swing your opposite"
8
neighbors swing "middles swing your opposite"
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
pass through to a new line of 3 ⁋

Linda Leslie notes: Although I don't have the exact time that I wrote this dance, it must predate the first date I called it: 10/22/93 for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Joy Street, Boston. Especially useful for one night stands! Any combination of three. All dancers CAN do this dance, and it really mixes up the dancers. Great for weddings, etc. For these type evenings, I don't talk about #1 or #2 lines of three, or progression: rather I describe "home position". Once we have walked through the dance once, I then point out the couples who have come out at the top and/or bottom, asking them to wait out one time through the dance, turn around, and that this is when "home" changes. Works like a charm.....and the dancers are very happy finding new opposites for each cycle.

Original at http://www.lindalesliecaller.website/very-easy-dances.html

free polka/waltz

Annie and the Oaklies: Annie Johnson, Bruce Qualey, Eric Maki

Unnamed Easy Progression

by: Mac McKeever

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall, arch & dive

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors do si do once
A2 8
gentlespoons do si do once
8
ladles do si do once
B1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ones swing +
B2 6
down the hall
6
up the hall backward
4
ones arch twos dive to new neighbors
  • make sure dancers understand 1s and 2s, and how they change when they're out

Mac notes:
I have a very easy dance that progresses but has worked for beginner groups. It was the only contra I got to work at the [] community dance.

It goes like this (I have never bothered to give it a name or check to see if it already exists)

Make sure they understanding being out one time---once I had couples who were out at the bottom run up to dance with the couple at the top.

La String Bean

by: Ron T. Blechner

"la bastringue" tune

introduces moves: custom, allemande, promenade

formation: circle mixer

A1 8
ladles to the center and back
2
gentlespoons to the center
4
gentlespoons turn alone
2
gentlespoons go back
A2 8
partners allemande left 1½ (gentlespoons progress CCW, ladles progress CW) ⁋
8
next neighbors do si do once (now your partner)
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 16
partners promenade along the set on the right

Dipping and Diving

by: Linda Leslie

follow down line

introduces moves: custom

formation: proper

tell the band timing's not essential

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
long lines forward & back
A2 16
top couple sashay down and back
B1 16
top couple Dip and Dive down ⁋
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Linda Leslie notes: timing here is not essential!
2022 03 27 called "Dip" as "under the arch" and "Dive" as "around the outsides so the 1s split and ring the 2s. Twos are alternately arches and posts.

free polka/waltz

Peak Bagger

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: custom

formation: three face three

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
centers on the right, right elbow turn (right hand partner)
8
centers on the left, left elbow turn (left hand partner)
B1 16
same roles long swing (your opposite)
B2 8
long lines forward & back
2
pass through ⁋

Virginia Reel

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: custom

formation: four couple longways set

Reel 4 x 40 bars. Four-couple set so sashays aren't numbingly long.

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
long lines forward & back
A2 8
partners allemande right once
8
partners allemande left once
B1 8
partners two hand turn
8
partners do si do once
B2 8
ones down the center sashay
8
ones up the center sashay
8
ones down the outsides, followed by twos threes fours,
0
ones form an arch
8
twos up the center under the arch, followed by threes fours ⁋

"peel the banana" could be helpful language

Sashay til you're out of music

Original at MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle: https://www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com/dance-crib/virginia-reel.html

The Gay Gordons

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: custom

formation: circle mixer

Couples in a circle around the room facing anti-clockwise, ladles on the right.

Hold: Right hands joined over ladle's shoulder (gentlespoon's arm behind ladle's back), and left hands joined in front.

A1 8
walk forward
8
pivot to walk backward (still counterclockwise)
A2 8
walk forward
8
pivot to walk backward (still clockwise)
B1 8
ladles turn alone (drop left hands, raise rights above ladle's head. ladle pivots on spot) gentlespoon may set. ⁋
8
partners swing (polka)
B2 32
partners swing (polka)

free polka/waltz

thank hall & Christine, thank band, have Annie describe upcoming gigs!

Jefferson's Remorse

by: Bob Green

For "gate" explain 2s are posts. 1s and 2s to experience in Do Si Three.

introduces moves: star, gate

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
star left - hands across - 4 places
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
B1 4
ones down the center and turn alone
4
ones up the center
8
twos gate ones to face into the set
B2 16
ones long swing in the middle, end facing down ⁋

A variation on the traditional Jefferson And Liberty. Coreographer's notes here: http://www.childgrove.org/index.php/about-dances/dance-writers/bob-green-dances

Rod's Grits Lawn variation

by: Bill Olson

introduces moves: box the gnat, right left through

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors right hand balance & box the gnat
8
star right - wrist grip - 4 places +
A2 8
right left through
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
partners promenade
6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through to new neighbors

Variation of https://contradb.com/dances/542 eliminates do-si-do for use outdoors

/+ star back where you came from

Collected from Liz Burkhart at MMiSL 2018.

First Night Quadrille

by: Bob Dalsemer

introduces moves: custom

formation: square dance

A1 8
forward and back head couples
8
circle left 4 places same four
A2 8
circle right 4 places same four
8
star right 4 places same four
B1 8
first corners allemande left once
8
grand right left
B2 8
partners do si do once
8
partners promenade along the set on the right home

Repeat for side couples, then all four ladles and all four gentlespoons. The transition from star to grand right and left is a challenge for beginning square dancers and provides an opportunity for the "team" to be successful. Introduction and ending are caller's choice.

Mad Scatter

by: Rick Mohr

introduces moves: allemande orbit

formation: scatter mixer

Scattered circles of two or more couples

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors do si do once
A2 8
partners allemande right 1½
8
ladles allemande left 1½ around while the gentlespoons orbit clockwise ½ around. Ladles star if more than two.
B1 16
partners balance & swing New partner
B2 16
partners promenade to find new group to circle with ⁋

In this mixer dancers form scattered groups with any number of couples. That makes for fun chaos, less transition panic (compared with 2-couple scatter mixers), and more flavors to enjoy as circle sizes vary.

The A2 allemande ends with ladles in the center facing counterclockwise and gentlespoons on the outside facing clockwise. If there are two ladles they allemande left for 8 beats; if there are more than two they star left for 8 beats. Either way, the gentlespoons orbit clockwise around the ladles. Then all balance and swing a new partner and promenade to a new group.

I tell the dancers it's a zero-stress dance. "If a couple wants to join your circle, let them in!" And no problem if you happen to keep the same partner now and then.