Louisville Contra 2022-05-09

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

The Baby Rose

by: David Kaynor

introduces moves: swing, circle, do si do, chain, star

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners do si do once
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places to new neighbors

Grab Bag

by: Isaac Banner

introduces moves: long lines, hey, pass by, meltdown swing, allemande

formation: improper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
neighbors swing
A2 16
gentlespoons start a full hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
B1 2
gentlespoons pass by left shoulders
14
partners meltdown swing
B2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing ⁋

The A1 neighbor swing is a new neighbor each time after the first through the dance.

Saturday Night Line

by: Joseph Pimentel

introduces moves: Rory O'More, give & take, form an ocean wave

formation: improper

begin in short waves (ladles in center by left, neighbor in right)

A1 8
balance & Rory O'More right
8
balance & Rory O'More left
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons give & take partners
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do 1½ and dance forward to ⁋
0
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands

Mac McKeever note on balances before Rory O'More: first balance is in the direction you will be going

Lads of Ohio

by: Rick Mohr

some issues, work on teaching progression and emphasizing a brisk circle

introduces moves: gyre

formation: Becket

A1 2
gentlespoons pass by left shoulders
4
neighbors gyre ½ ⁋
10
next neighbors swing
A2 8
circle left 4 places
8
ladles chain (identify shadow as other person next to you who isn't partner)
B1 8
ladles chain
8
star left 3 places
B2 6
shadows allemande right once
10
partners swing

Rick's notes:

"While this is technically a Becket dance with the progression in A1 it's simpler to teach it as duple improper starting with the neighbor swing, and to call it that way the first time through.

After the ladles chain in A2 everyone is next to their shadow. Introducing shadows at this point in the walk-through will help them find each other in the B2.

The progression is like 1/4 of a hey, but don't tell the dancers. Instead, have the gentlespoons cross and stop in the center facing neighbors. All look right to identify the next neighbor, then gypsy the current neighbor 1/2 and progress to swing the next.

In honor of fine times with my friends Joseph Pimentel and Fred Todt of Columbus Ohio, warm talented fun lads, at whose dining room table this dance was written. I was preparing for a session billed to lure the local gentlespoons with fabulous dances and then help them to be less rough with the ladles. I had no fabulous dance with both neighbor and partner courtesy turns, and this was my attempt to provide one. So a secondary nod is to all the lads of Ohio, on their path to becoming everyone's favorite dance partner. (A spot firmly held by Joseph and Fred, I might add.)"

Life Crossings

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: slide along set, down the hall, up the hall, balance the ring, roll away, figure 8

formation: Becket

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
8
ladles chain
6
ladles do si do once, end in a line of four with the ladles in the middle
A2 8
down the hall and slide doors
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B1 4
balance the ring
4
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay
8
gentlespoons half figure 8 above, first gentlespoon leading
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Based on my other dance Crossroads Contra. That dance had a lot of action for the ladles and almost none for the gentlespoons, so I decided to fix that. Now with a new title.

waltz

Salmonella Evening

by: Steve Zakon-Anderson

medley

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

medley

introduces moves: 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

medley

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.

Moving Day

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: promenade

formation: Becket

Identify next neighbors on left diagonal and identify shadow on other side of partner

A1 8
partners promenade looping CCW to next neighbors
8
ladles allemande right 1½
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through to shadows
8
shadows start a half hey - rights on ends, lefts in center - and look for partners (like a half gyre to begin)
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Make sure to emphasize that the partner swing ends across from the neighbors you swung. When walking the hey, make sure the dancers are solidly aware of whom they're dancing the hey with and where they need to end up.

An easier setting for the half hey with shadow to a partner swing sequence that I used in The Birds are the Words. Written around the same time, but finally named on the day after I moved to Cincinnati, OH. Revised slightly as of 2019-10-29, changed the shadow allemande to a direct entry into the hey. Treat the first pass as a half right gyre with your shadow followed by the two gentlespoons passing left in the center.

Double Mud Pig 🐽

by: Rick Mohr

broke down, work on teaching progression and emphasizing brisk stars

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
right diagonal ladles chain to shadow #1
B1 8
star left 4 places with shadow #1
8
partners allemande right 1½
B2 8
star left 4 places with shadow #2
8
partners swing

Rick Mohr notes: While enjoying Mike Boerschig's Happy as a Cold Pig in Warm Mud I wondered, could you enjoy flying stars with both shadows instead of just one?

This dance is the result. It's more accessible than you might expect for a dance where you leave the minor set twice, because finding your partner rights the set in both B1 and B2. In B1, watch for your partner in the other star and meet with an allemande; in B2, watch for your partner in the other star and meet with a swing.

I'm not usually a fan of "shadow / partner / other shadow / partner" sequences because you keep repeating the same longish sequence with the same people, and so don't mix enough. But because the stars in this dance involve a changing cast of neighbors, you get the thrill of flying to your partner twice without the tarnish of identical setups

Happy as a Cold Pig in Warm Mud

by: Mike Boerschig

introduces moves: custom, California twirl

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners allemande right 1½
B1 8
The first gentlespoon and second ladle star left above, and the second gentlespoon and first ladle star left below
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋

Snake in the Hey

by: Cary Ravitz

replaced with the nice combination

introduces moves: form a long wave, box the gnat

formation: improper

A1 4
ladles allemande right ¾
4
ladles form a long wave in the center - balance the wave
8
ladles dance out while gentlespoons dance in to a long wave in the center - balance the wave
A2 4
gentlespoons allemande left ¾
4
partners box the gnat
8
partners start a half hey - rights on ends, lefts in center
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
right left through
8
ladles chain ⁋

Green Lake Twirl

by: Isaac Banner

introduces moves: slice

formation: Becket

A1 4
slice left ⁋
4
gentlespoons take neighbors
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners do si do 1¼ into short waves
B1 8
balance & Rory O'More right
8
balance & Rory O'More left
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Inspired by Cheat Lake Twirl by Perry Shafran

backups

Butter

by: Gene Hubert

formation: Becket

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
B1 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Dancing Spell

by: Cary Ravitz

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
circle left 4 places
8
star left - hands across - 4 places and ladles let go
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B2 8
right left through
8
ladles chain and look for next neighbors

Another Nice Combination

by: Tom Hinds

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
6
shadows do si do once
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places ⁋

The Nice Combination

by: Gene Hubert

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing end facing down the hall
A2 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
8
up the hall and bend into a ring
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places ⁋