Louisville, KY Contra 2022-09-12

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

Centrifugal Hey

by: Gene Hubert

introduces moves: allemande, hey, right left through, pass through

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

Contra Essentialism

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: long lines

formation: improper

Note the hand in which the next neighbor's hand will be held in the long lines

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
right left through
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing and take hands with next neighbors in long lines

I was taking a course on gender and sexuality at the time I wrote this. The title is a double pun; "Contra is essential" is one meaning, "against cultural/biological essentialism" is another.

Tica Tica Timing

by: Dean Snipes

introduces moves: promenade, petronella, slide along set

formation: Becket

A1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
neighbors promenade
8
ladles chain
B1 8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
B2 14
partners balance & swing
2
slide left along set ⁋

Star's End

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: 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

Waltz

Road to Yesterday

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: slice, give & take, roll away

formation: Becket cw

A1 4
slice left ⁋
4
ladles take neighbors
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
ladles chain
8
circle right 4 places
B1 4
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
8
balance & petronella
8
balance & petronella
12
partners swing

I wrote a dance called “Bridge to Yesterday” which was very similar to this one, but turned out to be excessively clockwise. This is the result of my rewrite of that dance. Note the petronella turns where the spinning figures come before the balances as in the original dance “petronella.” I wanted something using the traditional-style petronella turns since it would enable a spin into a 12-count swing.

Tent City Twirl

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: box the gnat, meltdown swing, swat the flea

formation: proper

Identify first corners and second corners

A1 8
first corners right hand balance & box the gnat
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
A2 16
partners meltdown swing
B1 8
long lines forward & back
4
circle left 2 places
4
ones roll away partners with a half sashay - gentlespoons rolling
B2 8
second corners left hand balance & swat the flea
8
star left - hands across - 4 places, look for new first corners

Written at Summer CDH 2018 for the band In Tent City. I suggest identifying the ones at the beginning of the dance so that there's no confusion when telling the ones only to do the roll to swap.

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

The Gang of Four

by: Gene Hubert

introduces moves: 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