Category Archives: Proven

Dosi Dude – DI – Don Veino 20171006

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Proven This dance is one of a set that grew out of my work on (Like) Juggling Chainsaws. There is a mirror role and move dance to this one, Swinging Chainsaws, which could be … Continue reading

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Oh, The Indecency! – Indecent – Don Veino 20170802

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Indecent Status: Proven Indecent formation = ones proper, twos crossed over Not much to say about this one other than I hope dancers really enjoy the novelty of the formation and somewhat uncommon moves. I’m guessing … Continue reading

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Lobster Roll – 4 Face 4 – Don Veino 20170823

Type: Contra Dance, 4 Face 4 Status: DRAFT This sequence re-uses a concept I’d first developed for a down the hall dance Strolling & Rolling. When thinking about the commonality of facing lines/4 and a line/4 down the hall I … Continue reading

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Ephervescence – DI – Don Veino 20170729

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Proven This is a conventional respin of my all-reverse dance Counter Clock-Weiss, written in memoriam to Eph Weiss. Eph was an active dancer in many folk styles in the Boston, MA area up until … Continue reading

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Wicked Smooth – Becket or DI – Don Veino 20170803

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper or Becket Left/CW Status: Proven There’s been a dance “seed” on my whiteboard for some time, which germinated today into what I think is a wonderfully smooth dance (what we New Englanders might describe as … Continue reading

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Poussette in Boots – Becket – Don Veino 20170715

Type: Contra Dance, Becket Left/CW Status: Proven This dance came out of playing with Poussettes towards my dance Poussettey Spaghetti, intended to be simpler than that dance. At the time of it’s composition, our daughter Raeden was obsessed with getting … Continue reading

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(Riding in the) Zoomy Car – DI – Don Veino 20170717

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Proven The A parts of this composition were inspired by Lindsey Dono’s work-in-progress composition Working Title (WT), which I’d become involved in discussing. Lindsey, several others and I were challenged to date in finding … Continue reading

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Dance No Evil – Becket – Don Veino 20170710

Type: Contra Dance, Becket CW/Left Formation Status: Proven Another in a series of my “not evil” Star 3/4 explorations. See Shining Sparkle for my original Star 3/4 composition and motivation. This dance counts on the “New England Style” Promenade and … Continue reading

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Trip Through Athol – Becket – Don Veino 20170609

Type: Contra Dance, Becket CW/Left Formation Status: Proven US Route 2 is a significant road connecting contra dances in the eastern and western parts of Massachusetts (in particular at the Concord Scout House and Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield). To … Continue reading

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Shining Sparkle – DI – Don Veino 20170609

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Proven Alternate Title: During testing this was temporarily known as “The 75% Solution” and “Stellar Redemption.” While discussing a caller’s draft dance with colleagues, one persisted that a Star 3/4 was always “Evil, Don. … Continue reading

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Trip to Santa Fe – Circle Mixer – Don Veino 20170622

Type: Circle Mixer Status: Proven During a trip to New Mexico for other reasons I arranged to be booked for the Santa Fe FolkMADS Contra Dance. Shortly before the event I was informed that a group of 20+ international students … Continue reading

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House of Love – DI – Don Veino 20170529

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Proven This is a re-imagining of my dance Soft Gummy Tummies to provide everyone partner and neighbor swings plus allow for greater tune flexibility. Note the A-parts marching direction is reversed here vs. SGT in … Continue reading

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Dark Side of the Moon – DI – Don Veino 20170526

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Proven In the Contra Dancers Facebook group Emma Rushton posted to ask if anyone had or was planning to write a contra themed for the August 21, 2017 total eclipse of the sun. I originally … Continue reading

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Super Robin – DI – Don Veino 20170523

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Proven Dedicated to Robin Humes – family friend and super volunteer in service of the Concord Scout House area contra community. It’s only fitting this dance include a Mad Robin (besides the obvious eponymous … Continue reading

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Bang a U-Ey! [V2] – DI – Don Veino 20140321

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Proven but revised 20170528 I wanted to create an improper dance which provided the opportunity for cross-set play so often available in proper contras. Originally the A1 action was for the ones and then … Continue reading

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The Mighty Mommy Mole – Proper Triplet – Don Veino 20160327

Type: Proper Triplet Status: Proven This is my first Triplet dance. I was inspired to come up with this after seeing Bob Isaacs’ dance Cinnamon Cruller on the SharedWeight Caller’s List. I love the transition from the star into the … Continue reading

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The Love Pirate – Becket Right/CCW – Don Veino 20170331

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven This is a spin-off of my dance Ladies, Whirled. The ends must participate in the big oval promenade and interleave between the two neighbor-partner dyads coming out of the endmost star to … Continue reading

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Soft Gummy Tummies – DI – Don Veino 20170415

Type: Contra (or ECD), Duple Improper (or Gender Role Free) Status: Proven The inspiration for this dance came from Jeff Kaufman on Facebook. He related a story where his band The Free Raisins were asked to play the English Country … Continue reading

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Spring Fling – Becket – Don Veino 20170404

Type: Contra, Becket Left/CW Status: Proven A relatively simple/straightforward composition containing two uncommon points: a Mad Robin figure (easy, once taught – and which I feel flows wonderfully into a chain) and a Courtesy Fling*. Dancers often rush a Mad … Continue reading

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The Whole Slice – Becket – Don Veino 20170401

Type: Contra, Becket CW/Left Status: Proven I was reviewing candidate dances for the 2017 New England Folk Festival, and this dance literally wrote itself. It came to me in a straight stream of consciousness, in a little under a minute. … Continue reading

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Ladies, Whirled [V2] – Becket Right/CCW – Don Veino 20160716

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven but REVISED since (3/31/2017) and likely to be significantly revised once more. See my dance The Love Pirate for my recommended current variation. This dance is a further refinement of an idea … Continue reading

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Holy Cannoli! – DI – Don Veino 20160415

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Proven I wrote this dance on the way home from the 2016 New England Folk Festival’s Friday session, after indulging in some delicious cannoli in the food hall. Suggest dancers take hands in Long Lines … Continue reading

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Sage Thoughts – 4 Face 4 – Don Veino 20170315

Type: 4 Facing 4 Status: Proven, reviewing B1 timing This dance’s feature sequence is all in the Bs. My wife, Sage, really liked the feel of the Butterfly Whirl in my dance Give the Gents a Whirl (where Ladies whirl … Continue reading

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Traditions With Benefits [V3] – 4 Face 4 – Don Veino 20151004

Type: 4 Facing 4 Status: Proven but REVISED since My experiment with adopting the signature move of Dan Pearl’s contra Beneficial Tradition (flowing from Cor Hogendijk’s English dance Pat’s Tradition) into a 4 Face 4 format. Note this dance never … Continue reading

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Madly in Love (with Mermaids) [V2] – DI – Don Veino 20160430

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven Dedicated to all those who’ve found their joy through our Concord Scout House Monday dance (we’ve hosted several weddings!). Another dance in my “Mermaid” series – which all feature a Diagonal Pass The … Continue reading

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Dirty Rotten Double Crosser [V2] – DI – Don Veino 20140723

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven My second double cross-trails dance, see also Double Crossed Again! Rewritten 6/15/15 to retain the main theme but make the timing more forgiving in light of feedback I’d received on Double Crossed Again! … Continue reading

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Double Crossed Again! [V2] – DI – Don Veino 20140721

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven My first double Cross-Trails dance. Revised 6/15/15 per trial feedback from Lisa Greenleaf, to better meet dancer expectations (add balances pre-cross trails), ease timing and to allow for dropping calls sooner. Revised dance … Continue reading

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Linda’s Gifts (of Time) – Longways Duple Proper in Waltz Time – Don Veino 20160818

Type: Longways Contra or English Dance, Duple Proper Status: Public, Proven In grateful recognition of Linda Leslie’s investments of time in the folk dance community and in particular her consultation and mentoring given me as I hone my dance calling … Continue reading

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(I’ll Take) What’s Behind Door #2 – DI – Don Veino 20160822

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven A1 Star Right Neighbor Allemande Rt. 1+1/2 A2 Next Neighbors Star Left Original (Allemande) Neighbor Swing B1 Circle Left 3/4, Partner Swing [alt. music fit: Give and Take to Gent’s Side, Swing] B2 … Continue reading

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Charlie’s Free Flowing Elixir – DI – Don Veino 20160827

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven Updated 8/18/2017 (see below and comment). Charlie Harvey wrote a nice dance, New Elixir, which I liked in concept and used several times but it had some flow issues which I’d had dancer … Continue reading

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Reluctant Robin – Becket – Don Veino 20161103

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven I really like Mad Robins, just in case that isn’t obvious. I was wondering what else could be done with them, whether they could be used as a progression, facing direction changed, etc. … Continue reading

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Pony Fun – DI – Raeden Veino 20161012

Type: Contra, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven This isn’t, strictly speaking, one of my dances. On 10/12/2016 at bedtime my 5 year old daughter and I had the following interaction: Raeden: “Daddy. I want to write a new dance, Pony … Continue reading

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Ruth’s (For) Reel – DI (swapped w/N) – Don Veino 20161113

Type: Contra, Duple Improper but with 1s below the 2s Status: Public, Proven Written for Ruth Potwin’s 60th birthday celebration. Have dancers briefly swing their Neighbor to swap places from duple improper hands-4 position before walk-through, so 1s below 2s. … Continue reading

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Another 30 Years – DI – Don Veino 20161203

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven I asked several of our excellent local (for most of you they’re touring) musicians if there were any tunes that they’d love to play for a contra dance – but which they … Continue reading

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Boston Cream Pie – 4 Face 4 – Don Veino 20161005

Type: 4 Facing 4 Status: Public, Proven Lynn Ackerson’s Coconut Cream Pie is a fave as it’s interesting yet bulletproof with mixed crowds (and itself is built upon Apple Pie Quadrille by Ron Beeson). I use it so much, I … Continue reading

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Oceans 4 – 4 Face 4 – Don Veino 20161204

Type: 4 Facing 4 Status: Public, Proven Tune suggestion: Thomas Shrug’s March This is one of several of my dances in a series of “Oceans” and “Seasons” compositions which bring Ocean or Sea Waves into a 4 Facing 4 dance. … Continue reading

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Sue Said it was Ted – Circle Mixer – Don Veino var. 20170201

Type: Circle Mixer Status: Public, Proven My further variation on a folk-processed variant of Ted’s Mixer by Ted Sannella. I collected something from Sue Rosen’s calling in Carlisle MA which she said was Ted’s Mixer (but differed in the B1/B2 … Continue reading

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Mermaids & Seahorses [V2] – Becket – Don Veino 20160510

Type: Contra Dance, Becket Left/CW Formation Status: Public, Proven To the best of my knowledge, this is another unique transition/progression sequence that I’ve come up with. I have a whole series of “Mermaid” dances I’ve written, which all feature this … Continue reading

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Greenfield Tornado – Becket – Don Veino 20161218

Type: Contra Dance, Becket Left/CW Formation Status: Public, Proven The Chain to Allemande Left 1+1/2 (the “Tornado”) is another instance of an “I’ve not encountered it yet” transition – to the best of my knowledge it’s an new use (but… … Continue reading

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Wavy Star Slice – Becket – Don Veino 20170120

Type: Contra Dance, Becket Left/CW Formation Status: Proven, Public Respin on the theme from my dance Wavy Star Shuffle to move from a 4 Face 4 to Becket formation contra. First called at the Monday Contras series at the Concord … Continue reading

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Wavy Star Shuffle – 4 Face 4 – Don Veino 20170120

Type: 4 Facing 4 Status: Public, Proven First called at the Monday Contras dance at the Concord Scout House on 2/13/2017 to positive comments. There were plenty of smiles on dancer faces through the dance… 🙂 That’s great, because I … Continue reading

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I ♥ Faeries – DI – Don Veino 20170125

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper Status: Public, Proven Writtten in response to a challenge on the Shared Weight Caller’s Discussion List, here’s my take on a non-glossary way out of the Dublin Bay style Down-the-Hall figure – via a believed … Continue reading

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