Another of my “extra swings” dances – you get to swing with 3 out of the 4 opposite role dancers in your set without resorting to tricks like ending one swing mid-phrase to swing the next. I use dances like this to make up with the “every dance must have two swings” crowd when I wish to call an interesting but swing-light dance in a program. The timing of this easy one is right on and satisfying but not so tight that slower dancers can’t make it.
Lines/4 Forward & Back, Corner Swing
Gents Star Left 1/2x, Neighbor Swing (the one that’s not your corner)
Ring/8 Balance, Gents Roll Neighbor Lady (you Swung)
Ring/8 Balance, Ladies Star Right ~1/2x (to P)
We’re in that season again – where everything gets offered in some form of pumpkin spiced variant. I find most such things (but for pancakes or other baked goods) totally foul but the other residents of our household seem to relish them. So I figure I just have to embrace the amusement of the Pumpkin Spice Madness season and trust it’ll come to an end soon! At least I got a decent dance theme/title out of it. 🙂
Ring/4 Balance, Gents Swap (passing left – in essence, Partner Lady rolls the Gent while staying put)
Ring/4 Balance, Ladies Swap (passing right – in essence, Neighbor Gent rolls the Lady while staying put)
[Alt: Ring/4 Balance & Petronella Slide/Twirl 1 place, repeat]
Neighbor Balance & Swing
Mad Robin CW (Gents in front first) 1x, Gents Cross (to P)
Circle Left 3/4x, Pass Through (up/down)
Next Neighbor Dosido into Ring/4
I was playing with new ways to do a Down-the-Hall dance – in particular, how to achieve the progression. I hit on the idea of a ring of dancers going down and then twirling to change facing direction into a new ring before coming back up… and realized this could work in a duple longways as well as a 4-face-4 setting – this is the longways dance.
The title here was inspired by an event with our daughter in her first grade class at school. They were doing bubble painting, where the kids blow bubbles into liquid tempera paint with glycerin and then use the bubbles to create a design on paper. However, our daughter got so carried away with the fun and laughing that she forgot you needed to blow out and ended up sucking the painty bubbles into her mouth – yuck! The rings/4 here reminded me of the bubbles in that infamous family incident.
While not yet tried out, I expect you’ll want to have the lines stretch down a bit to make room for rings/4 going down the hall… but not too far.
Long Lines Forward & Back
Circle RIGHT 3/4x (to the 1s face up, 2s down)
(~7) Ring/4 Down the Hall (2s are walking forward, 1s backward as the 2s steer)
(~2) Turn Alone (inwards, glance at partner as continue turning to face next couple)
(~7) New Ring/4 Up the Hall (2s are walking forward, 1s backward as 2s steer)
Ring/4 Balance, Gent Roll Partner Away across
Ladies Allemande Right 1+1/2x (Alt.: Circle Left 3/4x), Partner Swing
End effects: Wait out Indecent (Gent on Right, Lady Left) to enter the A2 Ring. The rest is somewhat straightforward but just to be complete: twos pay attention to the line’s movement so as to be in place to form the new ring at the bottom (and scoot out of the way when ejected at the top). New ones wait out at the top for the twos to come up the hall to you. Tune suggestions: Video: See also: the 4-Face-4 mentioned above and another slightly crazier DI dance (coming soon!)
I’ve written a series of dances playing with the residual tension from the last contact in a roll-away and this one I feel is my simplest solution to date for it feeding a hey (suitable for a mixed crowd). Some of my related dances are listed in See Also below.
I find it very helpful to demo the roll to hey transition for dancers and stress keeping the tension of the last contact to pull into the first pass right of the hey. Once dancers get this they’re pleasantly surprised that the move works smoothly and feels great.
The secondary name for the dance honors first calling it on Cinco de Mayo 2018 and my coming up with another substitute term for Gypsy – using “Synchronize” (Sync) for the move.
Line/4 Down the Hall, G1 turns alone while G2 does RH High, LH Low to all face up (swapping the Ladies)
Line/4 Up the Hall, Gents Roll Partner Lady Away (w/half sashay) and KEEP last HOLD tension to face P across
(pull into) Partner Pass Right Full Hey (P by R, L1 & G2 by L, Same Role by R, G1 & L2 R, etc.)
Partner Synchronize (a.k.a. Gypsy) & Swing
End effects: Tune suggestions: well-phrased, driving. Video: See also: Lobster Roll, Rolling & Strolling, Proof of Concept, Shaken Not Stirred, Stirred Not Shaken, … (yep, there’s a lot of them!)
First called by me at the Berlin Country Orchestra dance in Berlin, MA on 5/5/2018.
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 recognized the same idea of a roll away into a hey would fit into a 4 Face 4 as well. This dance is the result – I paired very bouncy A parts to smooth Bs to give bands some sonic room.
The lobster roll is a classic New England gustatory treat – heck, even McDonald’s offers them here in season. Come visit, find a classic oceanside seafood shack and give one a try!
Rings/4 Balance, Petronella Right 1 place
Rings/4 Balance, Petronella Right 1 place
Rings/4 Balance, Gents draw Opposite Lady Back & Swing
Ladies Chain (up/down to Partner)
Long Lines Forward, Lady Roll Away Partner (and face P across the set)
Half Hey (Partner Pass Right)
Partner Swing, face progression
End effects: Remember to face progression at end of the Partner Swing! Tune suggestions: Bouncy As, smooth Bs Video: See also: Strolling & Rolling, Wild Mouse
First called by me at the Jamaica Plain Gender Free dance on 9/30/17.
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 nearly his 93rd birthday. See Counter Clock-Weiss for the original composition.
Neighbor Gypsy 1x
Ladies Pass Left Half Hey
Neighbor Gypsy & Swing
Give & Take to Gents, Partner Swing
LLF & G Roll Away Partner on way Back
Star Right 3/4x to next