user: Allison Jonjak
by: Eric Conrad
introduces moves: up the hall, down the hall, do si do, slide along set, swing, custom, long lines
formation: proper mixer
all face up, inside hands joined
A1  4  up the hall 4 steps forward

4  down the hall backward 4 steps back
 
4  up the hall 4 steps forward
 
4  down the hall backward 4 steps back
 
A2  6  partners do si do once

2  slide left along set ⁋
 
8  partners swing (new partner)
 
B1  16  "lonesome one, ride the ferry" ⁋

B2  8  long lines forward & back (adjust)

8  partners swing

Start teaching dance at the "slide left along the set". Most of you are facing a new partner, but at the top and the bottom are 'lonesome ones'. Lonesome ones will 'ride the ferry (weave your own line to the top or bottom)
notice which side you're on.
57 couples, 6 ideal
learned from Lynn at Breaking Up Thanksgiving 2022, an ideal dance for letting barn dancers practice swings ending on correct side, because there is lots of practice but no harm if it goes wrong.
by: Lynn Ackerson
introduces moves: custom, allemande, circle, balance the ring, California twirl
formation: four face four
Have dancers note their "trail buddies" and who their corners are. The two dancers in the middle of the line of 4 are corners and the dancers at the ends have their corners in front of them.
A1  8  long lines forward & back

8  middle 4 star right 4 places
 
A2  8  partners allemande left 1½

8  other 4 star right 4 places
 
B1  16  partners balance & swing

B2  8  circle left 4 places

4  balance the ring
 
4  partners California twirl ⁋

In this case there are 8 places in the circle, so going 4 places is equivalent to half way.
introduces moves: balance, roll away, custom
formation: four couple square
any 32bar waltz, esp. "My Lodging is on the Cold
Ground
A1  4  ____ balance corners

4  gentlespoons roll away ____ corner (left hand ladle to gentlespoon's right hand)
 
4  balance corners
 
4  gentlespoons roll away ____ corner
 
A2  4  balance corners

4  gentlespoons roll away ____ corner
 
4  balance corners
 
4  gentlespoons roll away partners
 
B1  32  waltz the set

Via Alan Winston, as I wanted a dance featuring rollaways, but without choreography inaccessible to a room full of firsttime dancers.
Alan notes: you might get to your goal with this dance which barely has choreography (La Guaracha, from "Companion to the Ballroom" 1827, here from the Community Dances Manuals):
That A1 is balance and roll away (with gentlespoon not halfsashaying); four times gets everybody home.
For a barn dance where you can't rely on everybody being able to do a traveling waltz, you can easily adapt this in multiple ways;
first off, sub a promenade for the waltz, or sub a circle left and promenade home.
second, you can just make it duple meter if you prefer, and then make it balance and swing and promenade.
Third, you can change it to be roll away with a half sashay, and it's more important to reach your partner than to get home on the rollaways; the promenade takes care of that.
Fourth, change the figure to
1st time: all balance, ladles roll left to right in front of gentlespoons (start crossing neighbor) 4x
2nd time: all balance, gentlespoons roll left to right in front of ladles
(start partner)
(For ONS you might be fine just repeating those two times, but if you're a little ambitious ... 3rd time: all balance, roll left to right 2x, / all balance, gentlespoons roll left to right 2x, meet partner on other side ...
Anyway, it's barely choreography but it gives you roll away practice in square formation without having to do heads or sides.
by: Sue Rosen
introduces moves: promenade, chain, cross trails
formation: improper
A1  8  neighbors do si do once

8  neighbors swing
 
A2  8  neighbors promenade

8  ladles chain
 
B1  8  ladles allemande right once

8  partners swing
 
B2  8  circle left 3 places

4  gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay
 
4  cross trails  partners across the set right shoulders, neighbors along the set left shoulders ⁋

With neighbor along the set roll away with half sashay (ladles rolling from left to right)
by: Tanya Rotenberg
introduces moves: hey
formation: improper
A1  8  neighbors allemande left 1½

8  ladles chain
 
A2  16  ladles start a full hey  rights in center, lefts on ends

B1  16  partners long swing

B2  8  circle left 3 places

8  neighbors allemande right 1½ ⁋

Written in 1985 for the 20th anniversary of her parents' wedding, these being their wedding flowers.
by: Bill Olson
introduces moves: pass through
formation: improper
A1  16  neighbors balance & swing

A2  4  circle left 3 places

4  gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay (along the set)
 
4  circle left 2 places
 
4  gentlespoons roll away neighbors with a half sashay (across the set)
 
B1  16  partners balance & swing

B2  8  circle left 3 places

4  balance the ring (not part of original choreography)
 
4  pass through (to new neighbors) ⁋

http://www.billolsondance.com/wwnc.html
B1: roll away directly into a swing (no balance) is very satisfying
Original choreography has a new neighbor dosido after the pass thru in B2. I removed the dosido and added a balance the ring prior to the pass thru. Dancers seem to want to associate the B2 dosido with the A1 bal&sw and occasionally drift off the phrasing because of it.
introduces moves: gyre, petronella
formation: improper
A1  8  neighbors do si do once

8  neighbors swing
 
A2  4  long lines forward

4  ladles roll away neighbors with a half sashay
 
8  ladles allemande left 1½
 
B1  8  partners gyre once meltdown to

8  partners swing end in ring of 4
 
B2  8  balance & petronella spin right one place

4  balance the ring
 
4  pass through ⁋

Notes: Written to medley with Steve ZakonAnderson and Louis Cromartie’s dance Salmonella Evening. Preserves the progression from that dance while doing some different stuff beforehand. Perfectly enjoyable on its own, but the name only makes sense in the context of the medley. Inspired by a conversation I had with Josiah Roberts.
formation: improper
A1  8  neighbors allemande right 1¾

8  gentlespoons allemande left 1½
 
A2  16  partners balance & swing

B1  8  balance & petronella

8  balance & petronella
 
B2  8  balance & petronella

4  balance the ring
 
2  pass through ⁋

by: Bill Olson
introduces moves: box the gnat, star, right left through
formation: improper
A1  8  neighbors right hand balance & box the gnat

8  star right  wrist grip  4 places
 
A2  8  right left through

8  ladles do si do 1½
 
B1  16  partners balance & swing

B2  8  partners promenade

6  circle left 3 places
 
2  pass through ⁋

by: Lisa Greenleaf
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 dosido 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.
by: Chestnut
introduces moves: custom
formation: circle mixer
Couples in a circle around the room facing anticlockwise, 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".