Louisville Contra 2022-07-25

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Reel Easy

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: do si do, swing, long lines, allemande, circle, pull by dancers

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors do si do once
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
6
neighbors allemande right once
2
neighbors pull by right to next neighbors

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To change from a Becket dance to Reel Easy in a medley, change Reel Easy's first figure to circle left 3/4. From a counter-clockwise Becket dance, change it to men allemande left 1+1/2.

The second half of B2 can be danced as neighbors allemande right 1+1/4, walk straight forward to (A1) do-si-do the next. But I think it is more fun to allemande right 1, lean back a bit, and pull by.

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Bicoastal Contra

by: Pete Campbell

introduces moves: star promenade, butterfly whirl, gyre, chain, star

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
4
star promenade left ½ Partners are scooped up and brought across set
4
butterfly whirl with Partner
B1 6
ladles gyre once
10
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places ⁋

Old Time Elixir #2

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: slide along set, right left through, petronella

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".

Grab Bag

by: Isaac Banner

introduces moves: hey, pass by, meltdown swing

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.

Symmetry in Motion

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: turn alone

formation: Becket ccw

A1 8
star left 4 places
8
gentlespoons chain
A2 8
star right 4 places
8
ladles chain
B1 6
circle right 3 places
2
turn alone and face next neighbors
8
next neighbors swing
B2 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing

waltz

Chicory

by: Cary Ravitz

formation: Becket cw

A1 6
gentlespoons allemande left once and scoop up partners
4
star promenade left ½
6
butterfly whirl moving right to next neighbors
A2 8
ladles allemande right 1½
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

Joel's in the Kitchen

by: Sue Rosen

introduces moves: balance the ring, cross trails

formation: Becket

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles chain
A2 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
B1 4
balance the ring
4
cross trails - partners across the set right shoulders, neighbors along the set left shoulders ⁋
8
next neighbors swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing

A Gentle Turn

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: square through, custom, see saw, form an ocean wave, zig zag

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors do si do once
8
square through two - neighbors balance & pull by right, then partners pull by left
A2 4
ladles courtesy turn gentlespoons
8
gentlespoons see saw once
4
form an ocean wave & balance - gentlespoons by left hands and neighbors by right hands
B1 2
neighbors pass by right shoulders
2
ladles pass by left shoulders
12
partners swing
B2 4
balance the ring
6
circle right 3 places
6
zig right zag left to next neighbor ⁋

The name comes from moment where the ladles courtesy turn the gentlespoons. Somewhat higher piece count than I'm usually comfortable with, but it offers a very smooth flow throughout and it doesn't have any super complicated bits.

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