[Callers] Dances Inspired by "Beneficial Tradition"

Bob Green via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Fri Mar 3 10:44:29 PST 2017

Hi Dugan,

Here is one with the zipper on steroids:


*XYZ *by Bob Green      Duple Minor improper      used by permission

A1 Ladies allamande by the right 1 1/2 (8)
Partner Swing (8)

A2  Ladies chain (8)
Long lines forward and back (8)

B1 With partner, pull by left, on right diagonal pull by right  (8)
On the left diagonal next pull by left, on the right diagonal pull by right

B2 Reverse with same person pull by right, then diagonal pull by left (8)
diagonal Pull by right, partner Pull by left.

This dance uses a modification of the "zipper" or "shoelace"  move used by
Dan Pearl in his classic dance *Beneficial Tradition*
that is, I believe is based on a move in the English Country dance, *Pat's
Tradition <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9026vlPB6do>*.
Date of video: May 20, 2011
Dance Group: Childgrove Country Dancers (St Louis, MO)

I have never gotten a chance to confirm this with Dan, but I am guessing he
was inspired by a 3-couple set dance called "*Pat's Tradition*" by Cor
Hogendijk written for Pat Shaw. It has a compact version of the zipper:


Bob Green
St. Louis

On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 12:16 PM, Bill Olson via Callers <
callers at lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:

> Dugan, Here are Dan's own notes regarding the dance.. not sure what the
> Steve Schnur dance is titled, someone on here certainly knows..:
> "I always loved this zig-zag gimmick when I danced it in Cor Hogendijk's
> "Pat's Tradition", done by English country dancers. A dance by Steve Schnur
> that featured it motiviated me to try my own. The dance was written for and
> first performed at the Dance Musician's Development Fund annual benefit
> dance. The Fund sprung out of a one-time benefit dance to help Susan
> Worland, a fine fiddler in Boston, replace her stolen instruments. From
> that, the Fund formed as a subcommittee of the Folk Arts Center of New
> England. At the annual DMDF dance (12 hours of varied dancing) funds are
> raised to benefit research and special projects for Boston-area dance
> musicians. The title gives a nod to "Pat's Tradition" and the beneficial
> tradition of the DMDF.
> "Little did I know that when the dance started getting around, people
> would start yelping, hooting, etc. during B2. I think this started in
> Philadelphia. They have my blessing! Certainly, the "pulls" in B2 should be
> done with strength, tension, and other good contra-type connection.
> Foot-stompers have my blessing, too! ;-)"
> bill
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Callers <callers-bounces at lists.sharedweight.net> on behalf of
> Dugan Murphy via Callers <callers at lists.sharedweight.net>
> *Sent:* Friday, March 3, 2017 6:10 PM
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> *Subject:* [Callers] Dances Inspired by "Beneficial Tradition"
> Does anybody know of dances inspired by "Beneficial Tradition" by Dan
> Pearl that includes the "zipper" figure (B2 of "Beneficial Tradition") or
> variations of that figure?  I just wrote one myself, so I'm curious to see
> what else is out there.
> Here's mine:
> Dela Says Yippee by Dugan Murphy (Clockwise Becket)
> A1  Long Lines Forward and Back (8) / Neighbor Left Hand Pull-by Across
> the Set (hopping and shouting recommended on the fourth beat) (4) - New
> Same-Role Dancer Across the Set Right Hand Pull-by Across the Set (hopping
> and shouting recommended on the fourth beat) (4)
> A2  New Ladies (not the one just pulled by) Left Hand Allemande 1.5 (8) /
> Neighbor Swing
> B1  Circle Left 3 Places (8) / Partner Di-Si-Do (8)
> B2  Partner Balance & Swing (16)
> This dance is also posted here: www.duganmurphy.com/dances-i-wrote
> <http://www.duganmurphy.com/dances-i-wrote>
> Choreography — DUGAN MURPHY <http://www.duganmurphy.com/dances-i-wrote>
> www.duganmurphy.com
> Dugan Murphy is a nationally known contra dance caller. He's written
> contra dances, too, emphasizing intuitive transitions and flow.
> Dugan Murphy
> Portland, Maine
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