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Phinney.Waxwings.12.07.18

user: Isaac Banner

Table of Contents

  1. Back of the Envelope by Dugan Murphy
  2. Trip To My Sunshine by Isaac Banner
  3. Al's Safeway Produce by Robert Cromartie
  4. Happy Ending by Chris Weiler
  5. Roses on the Road by Isaac Banner
  6. Waltz/Break

  7. Our House by Dean Snipes
  8. Cupid's Clout by Susan Petrick
  9. The Hobbit by Melanie Axel-Lute
  10. Maliza's Magical Mystery Motion by Cary Ravitz

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
partners swing
A2 8
ladles chain
8
star left - hands across - 5 places
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
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