Louisville Contra 2022-06-13

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

After the Solstice

by: Lisa Greenleaf

introduces moves: swing, long lines, allemande, right left through, circle, pass through

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
right left through
6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through ⁋

Centrifugal Hey

by: Gene Hubert

introduces moves: hey

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors allemande right 1½
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners start a full hey - rights on ends, lefts in center +
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
right left through
6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through ⁋

Bob Isaacs notes: One of Gene Hubert’s best, which is really saying something. As good a full hey dance as any ever written.

+partners right, ladles left, neighbor right, gentlespoons left

The Connectrix

by: Rick Mohr

teach cozy wave for ones and twos

introduces moves: down the hall, up the hall, custom, balance the ring, California twirl

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
down the hall and form a cozy line
8
up the hall and bend into a cloverleaf
B1 8
cloverleaf left 3 places
8
partners swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋

Rick's notes:

"Once when my foursome improvised the A2 (from Fred Feild's classic modern contra "Symmetrical Force") in a different dance, I noticed the seamless transition from cloverleaf to swing. The result is this pleasing straightforward dance, with the additional quality that hand connection is never broken."

Star's End

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: star, mad robin

formation: Becket

A1 8
right left through
8
star left - hands across - 3 places and a bit more until gentlespoons are aligned in the center
A2 4
gentlespoons allemande left ½
12
neighbors swing
B1 8
mad robin, gentlespoons in front
8
star right 3 places and a bit more so new ladles can take left hands ⁋
B2 4
ladles allemande left ½ while gentlespoons walk forward to meet partners
12
partners swing

In practice, both stars function as full stars, but noting the different alignment may help to keep the set oriented, especially on the star right before the progression

Swingin' Off a Ring

by: Kelsey Hartman

remember to emphasize that the ladies don't move while the gents dosido

introduces moves: chain, petronella, see saw

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors allemande left 1½
8
ladles chain
A2 8
balance & petronella
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
balance & petronella
8
partners swing
B2 6
gentlespoons see saw once
6
circle right 3 places ⁋
4
partners California twirl

break

Sarah's Journey

by: Gene Hubert

introduces moves: box the gnat, pull by dancers, do si do

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors box the gnat
4
gentlespoons pull by left
8
partners swing
A2 8
circle left 4 places
8
partners do si do once
B1 4
partners box the gnat
4
ladles pull by left
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
right left through
8
star left 4 places ⁋

Red Beard Reel

by: Bob Isaacs

introduces moves: meltdown swing, form an ocean wave, custom, pass by

formation: Becket

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
A2 16
neighbors meltdown swing
B1 8
pass through to an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left in the center, neighbors by right on the sides
2
walk forward to next neighbors
6
mad robin, ladles in front
B2 2
ladles pass by left shoulders
14
partners swing

The Gang of Four

by: Gene Hubert

introduces moves: promenade, custom

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors swing
A2 6
neighbors promenade along the set on the right
2
ladles cast back while gentlespoons continue forward ⁋
8
next neighbors swing
B1 8
entire set oval left until across from partner
8
long lines forward & back
B2 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing