Lexington Contra 2022-11-11

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Tuesday Night Special

by: Larry Jennings

introduces moves: swing, circle, promenade, chain, star

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 6
circle left 3 places
10
partners swing
B1 8
partners promenade
8
ladles chain
B2 8
neighbors promenade
8
star left 4 places to next neighbors

I suggest replacing the promenade in B1 with a right and left through to maximize glossariness.

Contra Essentialism

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: long lines, right left through, allemande

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.

Give and Take 1

by: Larry Jennings

introduces moves: hey, meltdown swing, give & take

formation: sawtooth cw

A1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors allemande right 1½
A2 16
gentlespoons start a full hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
B1 16
neighbors meltdown swing
B2 4
gentlespoons give & take partners ⁋
12
partners swing and face next neighbors

While this was originally written as a sawtooth dance and I've listed it here as such, it might be better to teach this as a clockwise becket dance with a slide left at the beginning as dancers have become better at moving back to the posts for the partner swing after the give and take.

Square Deal

by: Chris Page

Switched mid-dance to Butter

introduces moves: square through

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors swing
A2 8
right diagonal ladles chain to shadows
8
star left 4 places with shadows, next neighbors
B1 16
square through four - partners balance & pull by right, then next neighbors pull by left, then repeat ⁋
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Butter

by: Gene Hubert

introduces moves: slide along set

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

WALTZ

Saturday Night Fever

by: Erik Hoffman

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors balance & swing
A2 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B1 8
right left through
8
ladles chain
B2 8
square through two - partners balance & pull by right, then neighbors pull by left
8
square through two - partners balance & pull by right, then neighbors pull by left ⁋

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

by: Nicholas Rockstroh

introduces moves: down the hall, custom, up the hall, dolphin hey

formation: Becket cw

A1 2
slide left along set ⁋
6
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors swing, end in a line of four facing down
A2 8
down the hall and turn as a couple
0
Alternate: down the hall and turn alone
8
up the hall and ones face second ladle
B1 0
Alternate: up the hall and twos face first ladle
16
dolphin hey - start with ones passing second ladle by right shoulders and do one extra pass to home sides
B2 0
Alternate: dolphin hey - start with twos passing first ladle by right shoulders and do one extra pass to home sides
16
partners meltdown swing

This dance holds a special place in my heart. I wrote it to commemorate my time in Louisville, KY when I realized I would be leaving. This was the last dance I called on a Monday night there before moving to Cincinnati, OH. Named after the famous line from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I spent seven years as a native in the Louisville Contra scene and nine in the Louisville folk dance scene in general. It's the place where I found my love of country dance and learned my craft as a caller and choreographer. It is, undoubtedly, one of the best dance scenes in the country, and I look forward to returning as often as possible.

United We Dance

by: Bob Isaacs

introduces moves: Rory O'More

formation: improper

Form long waves at the sides taking right hands with neighbors

A1 8
balance & Rory O'More right, reform the waves
8
balance & Rory O'More left
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
star left 4 places and take right hands with next neighbors to form long waves

Balances should always be towards and away from neighbor you will swing.

The Art of Negotiation

by: Al Olson

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors allemande left once or once and a half
8
gentlespoons start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends (or ladles or mixed), end with someone facing in
A2 16
same roles long swing in the center (or whoever is facing in), end near your neighbor
B1 8
neighbors allemande left once or once and a half
8
ladles start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends (or gentlespoons or mixed)
B2 16
neighbors balance & swing ⁋

In both allemandes, you and your neighbor decide who's going in for the hey and, ultimately, who's going to be swinging in the center. End the neighbor swing facing a new neighbor.