Louisville Contra 2022-08-08

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Airpants, Bradley Smith pass through

by: Lisa Greenleaf

introduces moves: swing, long lines, allemande, circle, balance the ring, pass through

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
pass through to new neighbors

Bradley Smith Notes: Originally, the last figure of this dance was a neighbor do-si-do 1 1/2, but I usually swap it for the ring balance and pass through to make the progression as simple as possible for inexperienced dancers.

The Joy of Six

by: Myra Hirschberg

introduces moves: gyre, mad robin, meltdown swing, right left through, star

formation: Improper

A1 8
neighbors gyre once
8
mad robin, ladles in front
A2 16
partners meltdown swing (Ladles cross to partner's side out of mad robin)
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
right left through
8
star left 4 places ⁋

Don't rush the neighbor gyre in A1. Dance was suggested by the first moves of Cal Hurd's "Mad Gypsy". Written for 3 couples who shared an anniversary. Pure coincidence that it has the same name as a Rick Mohr dance.

Chinese New Year

by: Chris Page

introduces moves: box circulate, square through, form long waves

formation: improper

begin in long waves---right hand to neighbor, gentlespoons face out, ladles face in.

A1 8
balance & box circulate - ladles cross while gentlespoons loop right
8
balance & box circulate - gentlespoons cross while ladles loop right
A2 8
balance & box circulate - ladles cross while gentlespoons loop right
8
partners swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
square through two - partners balance & pull by right, then neighbors pull by left to ⁋
0
form long waves - ladles face in, gentlespoons face out

In the pull-by left, keep left hands and take right hands with a new neighbor to reform long waves.
For better entry, consider an allemande left 1/2 rather than a pull-by left, so that all hands are at the correct height for long waves.

Written for Joyce Fortune of the Bay Area, won at the auction of the 2010 Spring Fever dance camp at Monte Toyon, CA. She requested a dance with long lines, some balances, and a swing/circle/swing transition. (A surprisingly tough set of requirements to fulfill.) This sequence was the option she liked best.

Indifferential Equations

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: hey, do si do, slice, chain

formation: Progressed Improper

Start from improper, swap places with neighbors and retake same hands four with ones below and twos above

A1 8
ladles start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
8
ladles do si do once
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B2 8
slice left and straight back ⁋
8
ladles chain

As a mathematician by trade, I've dealt with differential equations a few times. Lisa Greenleaf calls progressed improper dances "indifferent," and the name wrote itself. Can also be called as a Becket CW dance by starting in the B2, but that sacrifices the pun in the title.

Aberdeen Angus

by: John Coffman

introduces moves: petronella

formation: improper

A1 6
neighbors allemande left once
10
gentlespoons do si do 1½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella to face next neighbors

Waltz

Beneath the Stars

by: Jim Hemphill

introduces moves: slide along set, roll away, custom, swat the flea, box the gnat

formation: Becket

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
6
right left through
2
gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay
B1 6
star right 3 places
0
partners join left hands (gentlespoons reaching in below star)
2
partners swat the flea
8
star left 4 places
B2 0
partners join right hands (gentlespoons reaching in below star)
2
partners box the gnat
14
partners swing

Chet Gray's personal notes:

The timing of the star>swap>star is variable, and will likely bleed across phrases, within the B1 and then into the B2.

Fairport Harbor Hey B2

by: Paul Balliet

introduces moves: promenade, turn alone

formation: Becket

On side of the set with your partner, ladles, face your not-your-partner and freeze.

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½ same two. Ladles, snatch your neighbor in promenade position as hecomes in.
8
neighbors promenade along the set on the right counterclockwise big oval
A2 2
ladles turn alone over their right shoulder to ⁋
6
next neighbors gyre once
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
neighbors promenade along the set on the right home (til across from partner)
8
ladles chain to partner
B2 8
gentlespoons start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
8
partners swing

This version supplants http://contradb.com/dances/128 .

Paul Balliet notes: The idea to progress in a promenade came from Gene Hubert's dance, "Gang of Four." I first called this at the 1993(?) "Balance and Swim," a favorite dance party thrown by Charlotte and Rich Cobos in West Virginia.

Fairport Harbor lies east of Cleveland along Lake Erie.

Russel Owen Notes:
Teaching tip (especially helpful for less experienced dancers): while dancers are swinging their new neighbor, mention that if you have your partner then you are about to be out. Otherwise such couples may attempt to join the ladles chain.

Calling tip: remind the dancers who are out to join the promenade. It can be difficult to recover if a couple forgets.

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
http://www.quiteapair.us/calling/acdol/dance/acd_52.html