Type: Contra Dance, Becket Left/CW
This dance came out of a discussion Will Mentor and I had about writing a dance which built up and defied expectations regarding when you’d get together with your partner. It was briefly titled “Finally!” during testing. Have received really positive dancer feedback on this (it’s pretty cool when dancers seek you out at the end of the evening to praise/discuss a particular dance – you know it brought them joy. 🙂 ).
Ladies Chain, Mad Robin CCW (Ladies front first) & look away from these NBRs
(w/Next NBRs) Circle Left 1/4x and continue into…
[see alternate original A1 notation below]
Circle Left 3/4x, Neighbor Swing
Full Hey (Gents Pass Left to start) BUT LADIES BOUNCE BACK SECOND TIME
Partner Gypsy & Swing
End effects: Wait out crossed over on left to slide into A2 circle.
Video: Me calling at the Greenfield, MA Shooting Star Series, 3/8/19
First called by me at Concord Scout House Monday Contras Series on 1/28/19.
Type: Contra Dance, Duple Improper
I wanted something smooth and stately which swapped around the idea of who typically does certain sorts of moves (e.g.: in this dance, it’s the Ladies who cast the Gents – not the other way around) plus avoided overused elements like allemandes and circles to keep things unique. This one came along pretty easily, once I thought of deconstructing a normal Figure 8 so only one party would walk that path – which is what the Gents do in the A2 here.
Dancers report liking this very much and the Ladies “bounce-back” in the A2 was a dancer-invented alternative.
During development, this was also known as “The Eyes Have It” because of all the eye play possibilities, but I discovered that title was already taken. Yes, I’m a big fan of very early R.E.M. music.
Neighbor Gypsy, Swing
Gents Swap Places (passing left) and face out
Gents Loop Left *WHILE* Ladies Slide Left+ (so each move into Partner’s starting place)
(inside hands) Ladies Gate the Gents 1x
[+Alternative for the Ladies here: Walk forward on the slight left diagonal to bounce back into the left hand position next to Partner Gent]
Pass Through straight across, Partner Swing
Gents pass Left for a Full Hey (EXCEPT Ladies Bounce Back the FIRST time)
End effects: none
Tune suggestions: Smooth/romantic/driving
Video: First trial at Concord Scout House Monday Contras series
First called by me at Concord Scout House Monday Contras series on 9/17/18.