Louisville Contra 2022-11-14 (Positional)

user: Nicholas Rockstroh

Tuesday Night Special

by: Larry Jennings

Both swings swap places

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

Note hand with next neighbor and note that the partner swing leaves you on the same corners of the set just with one pair flipped

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

Note home side for give and take

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.

Starburst

by: Cary Ravitz

Box the gnat have neighbors take right hands, step slightly left, folks in the middle go under and folks on the outside go around

introduces moves: balance, box the gnat, custom, pass through, do si do

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors balance by right hands
4
neighbors box the gnat
8
star right - hands across - 4 places
A2 0
gentlespoons turn out over left shoulder WHILE
8
ladles chain to their partner
8
star left 4 places
B1 2
ladles turn out over right shoulder
14
partners meltdown swing
B2 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
8
next neighbors do si do once ⁋

http://www.dance.ravitz.us/#sb:

A nice ladles' choice variation for B1 is ladles turn in and partners gypsy left / partners turn alone clockwise and swing.

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Saturday Night Fever

by: Erik Hoffman

Same note as #2 for partner swing

introduces moves: square through

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 ⁋

WALTZ

Bumbling in the Shower

by: Paul Eric Smith

introduces moves: custom

formation: Becket

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
ladles chain
4
pass through across the set, turn right 90 degrees
4
walk single file along the set (ladles leading) to next neighbors
B2 8
circle left 4 places
8
partners swing

Square Deal

by: Chris Page

Figure out how to prompt the gents to identify each other

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

Through the Looking Glass

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: star promenade, butterfly whirl

formation: Becket

A1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through ⁋
8
next neighbors swing
A2 8
gentlespoons start a half hey - lefts in center, rights on ends
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½, scoop up partners
B1 4
star promenade left ½
4
butterfly whirl
8
ladles start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B2 16
partners balance & swing