Please see the separate dance page for videos of some of the dances being called at a contra dance.

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All the Way Over & All the Way Back

Jacqui Grennan, 1/2015

Type: Contra

Formation: Becket-CW

Level: Easy

 

Note: Partner is in one hand, shadow is in the other

A1 -----------

(6) Circle Left 3/4

(10) N Sw (after the swing, shadow is on the left diagonal)

A2 -----------

(3) Ladies right allemande 1/2

(3) P left allemande 3/4

(5) Shadow right allemande 1x

(5) P left allemande once and a little more until ladies face in

B1 -----------

(16) Full Hey for 4 (ladies pass right to start)

B2 -----------

(16) P B&Sw,  slide left

Note: Timing in A2 is fuzzy but it works.

Be Cheery

Jeff Spero & Jacqui Grennan, 9/2015

Type: Contra

Formation: Becket-CCW

Level: Int

 

A1 -----------

(4) Pass thru to ocean wave

(4) Balance the wave

(4) Ladies LH allem. 5/8th, RH to NEXT N (gents step forward along the side) 

(4) Balance the diagonal wave

A2 -----------

(4) with NEW N, RH allem. 5/8th to short (straight across) waves, gents in middle

(4) Balance the wave

(8) N Sw

B1 -----------

(8) LL F&B to P

(8) Gents allemande Left 1-1/2

B2 -----------

(16) P B&Sw

END EFFECTS: Wait out improper on ends.

Note: It may help to point out there are 3 waves in this dance. First is across with current neighbors, second is diagonal with ladies reaching out to new neighbor gents, third is across with new neighbors.

Note: Progression happens in A1, may help to identify first new neighbors on the right diagonal while dancers are in starting Becket position so that the ladies know who to reach out to in A1.

I Want You Back

Jacqui Grennan, 7/2013

Type: Contra

Formation: Duple-Improper

 

A1 -----------

(4) Ladies pass L Shoulders across, gents take 1 step left along the side

(12) P Sw

A2 -----------

(8) Ladies allemande Right 1-1/2 to N

(8) “current” N Left Shoulder Gypsy 1-1/4, turn to face *previous* N

B1 -----------

(8) Prev. N Right Shoulder Gypsy

(8) Prev. N Sw

B2 -----------

(8) Star Left 1x with these N’s

(8) *current* N allemande Right 1-1/2 to NEW N

Notes: Neighbor swing is with previous neighbor, there is no swing with current neighbor. Thus the title. This dance has various end effects and may need to be called for longer than the average dance.

Modified 2/5/17

Mad Orbin

by Jacqui Grennan, 8/13/16

Contra/Improper

 

A1 -----------

(4) N RH Balance

(4) Box the gnat

(8) Mad Robin, gents in front

A2 -----------

(8) Gents allemande Left 1-1/2 

          meanwhile ladies orbit CW

(8) N Sw

B1 -----------

(4) Balance the ring, ladies give & take their P

(12) P Sw 

B2 -----------

(6, 2) Circle left 3/4, pass thru

(8) Next N DSD

Note: The title is a play on words. Robin + Orbit = Orbin  

Pinwheel Roundabout (circle mixer)

Jacqui Grennan, 8/6/2016

Type: Circle Mixer

Formation: Duple-Improper

 

A1 -----------

* Circle of couples facing in *

(8) Fwd & back 

(4,4) All go forward: Ladies back up while gents turn R to face P

A2 -----------

(8) P DSD 1x

(4) Slide left 4 counts

(4) Slide right, give RH to P, LH to corner, to wavy lines (gents face out, ladies in)

B1 -----------

(4, 4) Bal wave right; allem. RIGHT 1/2 to new waves (gents in, ladies out)

(4, 4) Bal wave right; allem RIGHT 1/2 (gents out, ladies in)

B2 -----------

(16) Corner B&SW - This is your new P

Notes: Gents travel ccw, ladies travel cw

A modification of Sibyl's Roundabout by Les Wootton. 

Alternative A2: P DSD 1x, slide left 4 counts, on count 4, double high five to the next person of opposite dance role in the facing circle

Alternative A2: P DSD 1x, take 2 hands with current P and step to gent’s left together, then back to gent’s right together, taking right hands at the end of the move.

Pivot the line

Jacqui Grennan, 5/2016

Type: Contra

Formation: Duple-Improper

Level: Easy

 

A1 -----------

(Couple 1 standing between couple 2 all facing down the hall; she/he/she/he)

(4) Four steps down the hall, turn alone (towards neighbor), rejoin hands in lines of 4

(4) Four more steps down the hall, walking backwards

(4) Four steps up the hall, turn alone, rejoin hands in lines of 4

(4) Four more steps up the hall, walking backwards. Bend the line

A2 -----------

(16) 2’s gypsy RIGHT/swing, face up to same N’s

B1 -----------

(16) Same N B&Sw

B2 -----------

(8) 1’s DSD across set

(8) 1’s P Sw (2’s get ready for DTH, 1’s end the swing facing down between new neighbors).

Notes - I like calling the A1 of this dance the way I heard Rick Mohr call it at the Portland Raindance Weekend in April 2016

5-6-here we go

1-2- PIVOT- Backup, and a 1-2-and a come on back

1-2- PIVOT- Backup, and bend that line, 2's gypsy

Sling Wave

Jacqui Grennan, 11/2014

Type: Contra

Formation: Becket-CCW

Level: Easy-Int

 

A1 -----------

(8) Ladies Chain to N

(4) Balance the ring

(4) Pass thru to ocean wave

A2 -----------

(4) Balance the wave

(4) Walk forward to NEW N, ladies allem. LEFT 1/2 to short wavy (P in RH)

(4) Balance the wave

(2, 2) P allem. R 1/2, Gents allem. L 1/2

B1 -----------

(16) N B&Sw

B2 -----------

(8) Circle Left 3/4

(8) P Sw

A Stroll in the Hey

by Jacqui Grennan, 5/2/2017

Contra/Becket-CW

 

A1 -----------

 8) Gents allemande Left 1-1/2

(8) N Sw

A2 -----------

(8) LL F&B to P

(8) Ladies Chain to P, extra courtesy turn

B1 -----------

(8) w/P, Promenade the set clockwise, ladies in the middle, turn as couples

(8) Return promenade, go PAST current Ns

B2 -----------

(8) 1/2 hey (NEW gents start passing left, NR, ladies L)

(8) P Sw

End effects: Come in on the promenade

Zag It Back

by Jacqui Grennan

Contra/Becket-CW

 

A1 -----------

(8) w/P, slice on left diagonal, fall straight back

(8) Ladies allemande Right 1-1/2

A2 -----------

(16) N B&Sw

B1 -----------

(Note: loose timing in the B1) 

(8) Circle Left 3/4

(3,3) w/N, zig left, zag right to your shadows

(2) Shadow L allem. 1x

B2 -----------

(16) P B&Sw