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

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Becket Counter-Clockwise
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 enable the progression (not jump ahead of or wait behind). Timing is leisurely/smooth in the A1 – encourage dancers to relax into and enjoy the refined pace. A minor key marchy tune is a great fit with the dance.

Will Mentor called Ladies, Whirled at the Rehoboth, MA Challenging Dance on 3/31/2017, where I got a chance to dance it. Discoveries there led to a B1 tweak as shown below to adjust & make things that much simpler. Had to find another suitable name – given the “Whirl” was no longer part of this dance. ๐Ÿ™‚

A1
(8) Hole in the Wall*
(8) Left Hand Star 1x**
(Gent is looking at N Lady’s back across set, they keep walking forward and to the left to…)

A2
(6,2) Neighbor Promenade CCW around the set, Ladies Turn Back (over right shoulder) as Gents continue forward to
(8) Next Neighbor Swing

B1
(8) Promenade back to across from Partner
(8) Ladies Allemande Right 1+1/2

B2
(4,12) Partner Balance (or Gypsy) & Swing

*Hole in the Wall: Borrowed from an English Country Dance move, you walk forward 3 steps to face N across, Gypsy Right 1/2x to swap places with the Neighbor and back out 3 steps. It’s very similar to a hands-free Long Lines Forward & Back (with the same cadence) – except you change places/facing direction with your Neighbor in the middle. For contra dancers, I call this with something like “Forward, Neighbor Swap, Fall Back” – I avoid using Hole in the Wall to limit the terms in play.

**Will teaches this as a Star 1+1/4 so the first couple of steps of the A2 Promenade automatically happen and the Neighbors are on the side facing their CCW oval direction

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. Despite the date, that’s not an April Fool’s joke – don’t you wish they all came that easily? ๐Ÿ™‚

This is one of a series of dances I’ve written featuring a Hole in the Wall* move taken from English Country Dance. Like Mad Robin, this is not a literal lift of the move here but rather a modification for contra dance use. For other compositions with a similar move, see my The Love Pirate & Ladies, Whirled, Linda’s Gifts, Give the Gents a Whirl and Another Gent-le Whirl dances.

Emphasize with the dancers that the Hole in the Wall bit takes a full 8 beats or it’s likely they’ll rush it (by design, the circle and swing can absorb that). One way to do this would be to tell them it’s effectively a hands-free Long Lines Forward & Back – except you swap facing direction with your Neighbor halfway through. Having a partner target for the left diagonal chain helps anchor dancers.

A1
(4,4) Slice Forward on left diagonal, Fall Straight Back
(8!) Hole in the Wall* (with N straight across – “Go Forward, Neighbor Swap, Fall Back”), look away from Partner

A2
(6) Circle Left 3/4 (w/same N & your shadow)
(10) Neighbor Swing

B1
(8) Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (to P)
(8) Half Hey Ladies Pass Right (straight across)

B2
(4,12) Partner Balance & Swing

End effects: When ejected for the circle, swing your neighbor on the left diagonal and be ready for the Ladies Chain. Wait out with your Partner on left diagonal to enter via the slice.

*Hole in the Wall: Borrowed from an English Country Dance move, you walk forward 3 steps to face N across, Gypsy Right 1/2x to swap places with the Neighbor and back out 3 steps. It’s very similar to a hands-free Long Lines Forward & Back (with the same cadence) – except you change places/facing direction with your Neighbor in the middle. For contra dancers, I call this with something like “Forward, Neighbor Swap, Fall Back” – I avoid using Hole in the Wall to limit the terms in play.

First called by me at the Monday Contras series at the Concord, MA Scout House on 6/5/17.

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

Type: Contra Dance, Duple Becket Counter-Clockwise
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 I’d first developed in my dance Give the Gents a Whirl. First called from (a reconstructed) memory at the Rutland, MA contra dance in Summer 2016, I polished it a bit more and called it successfully at the Monday Contras dance at the Concord Scout House on 2/13/2017.

The ends must participate in the big oval promenade and interleave between the two neighbor-partner dyads coming out of the endmost star to enable the progression (not jump ahead of or wait behind). Timing is leisurely/smooth in the A1 – encourage dancers to relax into and enjoy the refined pace.

Will Mentor called this at the Rehoboth, MA Challenging Dance on 3/31/2017 where I got a chance to dance it. We discovered dancers completed the promenade back much quicker than expected, so I’ve revised the B1 to adjust for that experience. See The Love Pirate for an alternative fix and The Whole Slice for a different take on the same opening move.

A1
(8) Hole in the Wall*
(8) LHS 1x
(Gent is looking at N Lady’s back across set, they keep walking forward and to the left to…)

A2
(6,2) Promenade N CCW around the set, Ladies Turn Back (over right shoulder)
(8) Next N Swing

B1
(4,4) Promenade back to across from P, Courtesy Turn 3/4 [L fwd, G back up] to face across
(8) Ladies Allemande Right 1+1/2

B2
(4,12) Partner Balance & Swing

Version 1 was:
B1
Promenade back to across from P (8)
Courtesy Turn 3/4 [L fwd, G back up] to face across (6), Ladies Pass Right to cross (2)

*Hole in the Wall: Borrowed from an English Dance move, you walk forward 3 steps to face N across, Gypsy Right 1/2x to swap places with the Neighbor and back out 3 steps.

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

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Linda Leslie

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 and composition.

A1
(6,6) First Corners Set to each other (small steps to the Right-2-3, Left-2-3), Hole in the Wall cross (forward 3 beats/steps, pass rights as pivot 1 step, fall back 2 steps into each other’s places)
(12) Second Corners, same thing

A2
(12) Partner Two-Hand Turn 1x
(12) Circle Left 1x

B1
(12) Ones Half Figure 8 up and around Twos to finish below
(12) Twos do similar below, to finish above

B2
(12) Partner Back to Back/Dosido
(6) Ring Balance with current Neighbors
(6) Cloverleaf Turn Single over outside shoulder to face new Neighbors

B2 Variation (To fit Northdown Waltz tune, December 2017)
(12) Partner Back to Back/Dosido
(12) Four Changes of Rights and Lefts to next

Working title was “Two Rivers”, written to go with the tune of the same name by Larry Unger – twice through the dance for one cycle of the tune. Turns out Linda isn’t fond of that approach as she feels the dance/music fit varies.

In consideration of Linda’s view, I had previously recommended Max Newman’s waltz Saari & Kristen off the Nor’easter CD. As of March 2018, I’ve now come full circle back to a common repertoire Larry Unger tune which I find to be a perfect fit to the original (non-variation) dance – Judy and Jim’s Wedding (YouTube).

See also: ยกQue Linda!