20221112 Sawmill Saloon w/ Annie & Oaklies

user: Allison Jonjak

circle, swing, do si do, allemande, Lark Raven, would you like to dance with me

Galopede

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: long lines, pass through, turn alone, do si do, swing, custom

formation: improper or proper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
4
pass through across the set
4
turn alone
A2 8
long lines forward & back
4
pass through across the set
4
turn alone
B1 8
partners do si do once
8
partners swing
B2 16
top couple sashay to bottom of set - others move up ⁋

If you finish dancing before the music is done, let each couple in turn just sashay down until the music is ready to end.

Do-Si-Three

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: circle

formation: three-face-three

Three face three in lines facing up/down the hall. Teach "home position".

A1 8
circle left 6 places
8
circle right 6 places
A2 8
neighbors do si do once "ends do-si-do your opposite"
8
neighbors do si do once "middles do-si-do your opposite"
B1 8
neighbors swing "ends swing your opposite"
8
neighbors swing "middles swing your opposite"
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
pass through to a new line of 3 ⁋

Linda Leslie notes: Although I don't have the exact time that I wrote this dance, it must predate the first date I called it: 10/22/93 for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Joy Street, Boston. Especially useful for one night stands! Any combination of three. All dancers CAN do this dance, and it really mixes up the dancers. Great for weddings, etc. For these type evenings, I don't talk about #1 or #2 lines of three, or progression: rather I describe "home position". Once we have walked through the dance once, I then point out the couples who have come out at the top and/or bottom, asking them to wait out one time through the dance, turn around, and that this is when "home" changes. Works like a charm.....and the dancers are very happy finding new opposites for each cycle.

Original at http://www.lindalesliecaller.website/very-easy-dances.html

Jefferson's Remorse

by: Bob Green

introduces moves: star, down the hall, up the hall, gate

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
star left - hands across - 4 places
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
B1 4
ones down the center and turn alone
4
ones up the center
8
twos gate ones to face into the set
B2 16
ones long swing in the middle, end facing down ⁋

A variation on the traditional Jefferson And Liberty. Coreographer's notes here: http://www.childgrove.org/index.php/about-dances/dance-writers/bob-green-dances

Annie and the Oaklies: Annie Johnson, Bruce Qualey, Eric Maki

La String Bean

by: Ron T. Blechner

introduces moves: custom, allemande, promenade

formation: circle mixer

A1 8
ladles to the center and back
2
gentlespoons to the center
4
gentlespoons turn alone
2
gentlespoons go back
A2 8
partners allemande left 1½ (gentlespoons progress CCW, ladles progress CW) ⁋
8
next neighbors do si do once (now your partner)
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 16
partners promenade along the set on the right

Virginia Reel

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: custom

formation: four couple longways set

Reel 4 x 40 bars. Four-couple set so sashays aren't numbingly long.

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
long lines forward & back
A2 8
partners allemande right once
8
partners allemande left once
B1 8
partners two hand turn
8
partners do si do once
B2 8
ones down the center sashay
8
ones up the center sashay
8
ones down the outsides, followed by twos threes fours,
0
ones form an arch
8
twos up the center under the arch, followed by threes fours ⁋

"peel the banana" could be helpful language

Sashay til you're out of music

Original at MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle: https://www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com/dance-crib/virginia-reel.html

Dipping and Diving

by: Linda Leslie

introduces moves: custom

formation: proper

tell the band timing's not essential

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
long lines forward & back
A2 16
top couple sashay down and back
B1 16
top couple Dip and Dive down ⁋
B2 16
partners balance & swing

Linda Leslie notes: timing here is not essential!
2022 03 27 called "Dip" as "under the arch" and "Dive" as "around the outsides so the 1s split and ring the 2s. Twos are alternately arches and posts.

Annie and the Oaklies: Annie Johnson, Bruce Qualey, Eric Maki

Scottish Reel

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: custom

formation: Longways Sets, 4-6 Couples

A1 16
top ladle leads ladles line through gentlespoons line in a slalom (while ladles hold hands)
A2 16
top gentlespoon leads gentlespoons line through ladles line in a slalom (while gentlespoons hold hands)
B1 8
top couple sashay down the middle & back
8
top couple separate, cast, walk down to the bottom ⁋
B2 8
partners do si do once
8
partners swing

alternate B2 is sashay down & back as long lines holding hands (requires more space)

First Night Quadrille

by: Bob Dalsemer

introduces moves: custom

formation: square dance

A1 8
forward and back head couples
8
circle left 4 places same four
A2 8
circle right 4 places same four
8
star right 4 places same four
B1 8
first corners allemande left once
8
grand right left
B2 8
partners do si do once
8
partners promenade along the set on the right home

Repeat for side couples, then all four ladles and all four gentlespoons. The transition from star to grand right and left is a challenge for beginning square dancers and provides an opportunity for the "team" to be successful. Introduction and ending are caller's choice.

Jefferson And Liberty

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: arch & dive

formation: proper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
circle right 4 places
A2 8
star right 4 places
8
star left 4 places
B1 8
ones down the outsides and turn alone
8
ones up the outsides and end in long lines, ones in the center, facing down the hall
B2 4
down the hall
4
ones arch twos dive ⁋
8
up the hall 2x2 with the twos leading, then ones turn around to face the next

G Campbell Kaynor notes: For a simple proper dance I do one called Jefferson and Liberty to the tune of the same name (Thos Jefferson's campaign song, a.k.a the Gobby O, an American Irish Jig)

It doesn't matter if people get on the wrong side of the set so I often start the night with this if there are lots of newcomers

Rural Felicity

by: Dudley Laufman

introduces moves: custom

formation: proper

Longways set, 5-8 couples

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
top couple, sashay down
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
same two, sashay up to top
B1 8
partners do si do once
8
partners swing, end facing up
B2 16
top couple face down, others form arch. top couple promenade down ⁋

Patty Cake Polka

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: custom, slide along set

formation: Circle Mixer

Circle Mixer: gentlespoons in center, ladles outside. Hold partner's hands.

A1 4
heel, toe, heel, toe
4
slide left along set, slide, slide
4
heel, toe, heel, toe
4
slide right along set, slide slide
A2 4
right hand: clap clap clap
4
left hand: clap clap clap
4
both hands: clap clap clap
4
own legs: clap clap clap
B1 8
partners allemande right once
8
move to your next partner ⁋

The Gay Gordons (step together/step apart version)

by: Chestnut

introduces moves: custom

formation: circle mixer

Couples in a circle around the room facing anti-clockwise, ladles on the right.

Hold: Right hands joined over ladle's shoulder (gentlespoon's arm behind ladle's back), and left hands joined in front.

A1 8
walk forward
8
pivot to walk backward (still counterclockwise)
A2 8
walk forward
8
pivot to walk backward (still clockwise)
B1 8
step together, step apart
8
pass ladle to the center
B2 8
step together, step apart
8
ladle turn back

If not progressing, ladle twirl back to "outside".

Annie and the Oaklies: Annie Johnson, Bruce Qualey, Eric Maki