IsaacB.Phinney.Waxwings.12.07.18

user: Isaac Banner

Back of the Envelope

by: Dugan Murphy

introduces moves: long lines, allemande, swing, circle, do si do

formation: improper

A1 8
long lines forward & back
8
ladles allemande left 1½
A2 16
partners balance & swing
B1 8
circle left 3 places
8
neighbors do si do once
B2 16
neighbors balance & swing

Trip To My Sunshine

by: Isaac Banner

introduces moves: meltdown swing, chain, hey, petronella, balance the ring, California twirl

formation: improper

A1 16
neighbors meltdown swing
A2 8
ladles chain
8
ladles start a half hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B1 16
partners balance & swing
B2 8
balance & petronella
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋

Scratched this together for the PDX Contra Dance. It probably already existed from someone else, but I couldn't find it when I was looking for a dance to put in this slot.

Al's Safeway Produce

by: Robert Cromartie

introduces moves: star

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

Happy Ending

by: Chris Weiler

formation: Becket

A1 8
balance & petronella
8
neighbors allemande left 1½
A2 16
ladles start a full hey - rights in center, lefts on ends
B1 16
next neighbors balance & swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
8
partners swing

Roses on the Road

by: Isaac Banner

introduces moves: pass through

formation: Becket

Identify neighbors number 2 and 3 before the walk-through.

A1 8
left diagonal ladles chain to 2nd neighbors
8
star left 4 places ⁋
A2 16
3rd neighbors balance & swing
B1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
8
partners do si do once
B2 16
partners balance & swing

In addition to marking out neighbors 2 and 3 ahead of time, it helps to identify the dancer's shadow in the star/circle post-chain.

Waltz/Break

Our House

by: Dean Snipes

introduces moves: form a long wave, Rory O'More

formation: Becket

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
ladles chain
8
star left - hands across - 4 places and a little bit more
B1 0
ladles form a long wave in the center
8
balance & ladles Rory O'More right while gentlespoons Rory across
8
star right - hands across - 4 places and a little bit more
B2 16
partners balance & swing ⁋

Cupid's Clout

by: Susan Petrick

introduces moves: poussette

formation: improper

A1 6
half poussette - gentlespoons pull partners back then left
10
neighbors swing
A2 6
half poussette - ladles pull partners back then left
10
ladles start a hey - lefts in center, rights on ends - until partners meet the second time
B1 16
partners meltdown swing
B2 8
circle left 3 places
4
balance the ring
4
partners California twirl ⁋

The Hobbit

by: Melanie Axel-Lute

introduces moves: box the gnat, pull by dancers

formation: improper

A1 8
neighbors balance & box the gnat
2
neighbors pull by right
6
prev neighbors allemande left once
A2 8
ladles allemande right 1½
8
partners swing
B1 6
circle left 3 places
2
pass through
8
neighbors swing
B2 8
long lines forward & back
8
star left 4 places ⁋

Maliza's Magical Mystery Motion

by: Cary Ravitz

introduces moves: promenade

formation: Becket

A1 8
gentlespoons allemande left 1½
8
neighbors swing
A2 8
neighbors promenade
8
ladles chain
B1 8
balance & petronella and turn to face next N
8
balance & petronella
B2 16
partners balance & swing

"The motion in B1 does seem magical – while the ladles Petronella over and back across the set, the gentlespoons do consecutive Petronellas along the side, in effect progressing behind his partner’s back."
- Rich Goss