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20180602 Caller's Choice with Lonely Mountain Duo

user: Allison Jonjak

Table of Contents

  1. Rod's Grits by Bill Olson

    Allison. Great, simple opener that's different from every other dance

  2. Mama Loo's Reel by Gene Hubert

    Martha

  3. Sarah's Journey by Gene Hubert

    Dale

  4. Al's Safeway Produce by Robert Cromartie

    Dave Medley with

  5. Airpants variation by Lisa Greenleaf

    Dave Medley

  6. hash square by Wade

  7. The Royal Wedding by Sarah

  8. waltz

  9. Consider Hydrogen by Martha Wild

    Allison - spread out the lines during walkthrough as well as during dance

  10. Scatter Mixer by Wade

  11. Trip to Wilson by Will Mentor

    Dale

  12. Box the Gnat Contra - Swat the Flea variation by Becky Hill

    Dave

  13. Evanesce by Sarah Kaiser

    Sarah

  14. The Country of Marriage by Susan Kevra

    Allison - need to highlight 'gents allemande gent, then gents allemande NEXT gent'

  15. Becket Medley consisting of:

  16. Sarah

  17. Cup of Joe by Sarah Kaiser

    Dave

  18. Tica Tica Timing by Dean Snipes

    Allison

  19. Dale

  20. Butter by Gene Hubert

    Martha

  21. Wade

Rod's Grits

by: Bill Olson

Allison. Great, simple opener that's different from every other dance

introduces moves: box the gnat, star, right left through, do si do, swing, promenade, circle, pass through

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors 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 ⁋

Mama Loo's Reel

by: Gene Hubert

Martha

introduces moves: long lines, allemande, chain, stand still

formation: improper

A1 8
circle left 4 places
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande right 1½
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
ladles chain
6
circle right 4 places
2
stand still let go hands and turn ⁋

Sarah's Journey

by: Gene Hubert

Dale

introduces moves: pull by dancers

formation: improper

A1 4
neighbors box the gnat
4
gentlespoons pull by left
8
partners swing
A2 8
circle left 4 places
8
partners do si do once
B1 4
partners box the gnat
4
ladles pull by left
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
right left through
8
star left 4 places ⁋

Al's Safeway Produce

by: Robert Cromartie

Dave Medley with

formation: improper

A1 8
star left - wrist grip - 4 places
8
neighbors allemande left 1½
A2 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing
B1 6
circle left 3 places
10
neighbors swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
star right - wrist grip - 4 places ⁋

Author's Notes:
The transition from left hand star to allemande left is especially nice if a New England style (hand on wrist) star is used. This is the only dance I can think of for which I specifically request that type of star in those parts of the country where the default is hands-across.
Unfortunately, the origin of the name is lost in the mists of time. All I can say is that "Al" is not Al Olson, although had I known who he is when I wrote this, it might have been. Composed sometime around 1989.

This dance is from William Watson's mirror of American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 9/14/1997; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen

Airpants variation

by: Lisa Greenleaf

Dave Medley

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
8
neighbors do si do 1½ high ten and look for new ⁋

hash square by Wade

The Royal Wedding by Sarah

waltz

Consider Hydrogen

by: Martha Wild

Allison - spread out the lines during walkthrough as well as during dance

introduces moves: allemande orbit, square through

formation: improper

ensure space along lines

A1 8
along the set ladles chain +
8
partners do si do once
A2 8
partners allemande right 1½
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½ around while the ladles orbit clockwise ½ around
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
ladles chain
8
square through two - partners balance & pull by right, then neighbors pull by left ⁋

/+ along the set is still within the minor set. After the chain you're on the same side of the set as your partner.

Martha Wild notes: I usually call the whole A2 sequence “orbit”. This dance requires space along the lines for the chain up and down. I like the half square through into ladles chain up and down transition - bit of a surprise at first.

This dance was written in honor of the late great physicist Richard Feynman, who taught at Cal Tech. There were only two questions on his Quantum Mechanics final exam - the first was “Consider hydrogen.” Of course, if you really look at this dance, perhaps it should be called “Consider Helium” or at least consider helium without the neutrons.... But that is hard on helium, so after a brief attempt at fusion (after building up spin energy in the do-si-do and allemande right), the combined orbits undergo fission and we’re back to hydrogen atoms in balance and swing your partner. By the way, the second question was “Do something elegant.”

Scatter Mixer by Wade

Trip to Wilson

by: Will Mentor

Dale

introduces moves: custom, pass by, roll away

formation: improper

a demo of A2 (with star left intro) may prove useful

A1 8
star right 4 places
8
star left 4 places
A2 6
Ladles cast, loop to face across. Gentlespoons follow partner
2
ladles pass by right shoulders
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
partners swing
B2 4
long lines forward
4
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
2
pass through and walk single file to new star

All pass through 1/4 R and walk single file along the line to a new neighbor.

For Dale Wilson, who has a knack for strategic figure redeployment into contra settings.

Original and video at: http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/502-trip-to-wilson-by-will-mentor-duple-improper

Box the Gnat Contra - Swat the Flea variation

by: Becky Hill

Dave

introduces moves: swat the flea

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors balance & box the gnat
8
partners balance & swat the flea
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing
B2 8
right left through
8
ladles chain look for new ⁋

Evanesce

by: Sarah Kaiser

Sarah

introduces moves: balance, custom, form an ocean wave

formation: improper

begin in short waves, ladles in center by the left

A1 4
balance the wave
4
walk forward to new wave ⁋
4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
2
neighbors allemande right ½
2
gentlespoons allemande left ½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
4
circle left 2 places
4
gentlespoons roll away partners with a half sashay
0
form an ocean wave - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands SMUSH

The Country of Marriage

by: Susan Kevra

Allison - need to highlight 'gents allemande gent, then gents allemande NEXT gent'

introduces moves: custom

formation: Becket

A1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do once to
A2 4
form an ocean wave & balance - ladles by left hands and neighbors by right hands
4
ladles allemande left once
8
neighbors swing
B1 8
neighbors promenade
4
gentlespoons allemande right ¾ to a fleeting long line ⁋
4
gentlespoons allemande left ½ immediately with the next
B2 0
meanwhile ladles slide left to meet partner for a
16
partners balance & swing

Susan notes "at the end, wait out on side in Becket formation, so the gentlespoons can join in on the "zig-zag chain"* in B1. Next round of the dance starts with the couple containing the gents from the allemande Left.

*a la Mary Cay's Reel by David Kaynor

Becket Medley consisting of:

Sarah

Cup of Joe

by: Sarah Kaiser

Dave

introduces moves: balance the ring, mad robin, slide along set

formation: Becket

A1 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
gentlespoons roll away partners across
A2 16
neighbors balance & swing
B1 8
mad robin, gentlespoons in front
8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
B2 4
partners balance
8
partners swing and
4
slide left along set ⁋

This dance was written for Joe Groceman, a dancer, artist and all around great human.

Sarah Kaiser notes: Swing and slide is a blended move that takes the final twelve together. If I had to break it I'd say 8 swing, 4 slide. I tend to drift swing in those cases but others may not.

Tica Tica Timing

by: Dean Snipes

Allison

introduces moves: petronella

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 ⁋

Dale

Butter

by: Gene Hubert

Martha

introduces moves: hey

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

Wade