I don't know if this has already been posted here. If so, my apologies.
> The Central Florida Dance Alliance is co-sponsoring a contra dance
> choreography contest along with one of our long-term dancers, Chere
> Force. She lost her mother in 2005 and wishes to honor her Momâs
> passing (10/2/05) by dedicating a new Contra Dance in her mother's name.
> There is a cash prize of $250 to the person that comes up with the
> dance we pick. To personalize the dance, Chere asks that the
> choreographer use Troy Lee and any of the following words in the
> calling: gardening, jam, blackberry, bingo, scrabble, deviled
> eggs. Feel free to create new moves & name them from the suggested
> list. Please suggest a name for your dance, but Chere reserves the right
> to name the dance.
> The dance will debut at Orlando Contra Halloween dance 2006. We
> will do our best to showcase all entries that night.
> If you have any questions, please direct them to Chere Force,
> <mailto:email@example.com>otterplay(a)cfl.rr.com, or Alice Milmoe,
> Entries should be submitted by e-mail to
> <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>otterplay(a)cfl.rr.com no later than
> August 1, 2006.
> Please pass this along to any others who might be interested in
> entering. We're looking forward to your entry.
> Alice Milmoe Chere Force
> Vice Pres.
> Central Florida Dance Alliance
What are your favorite dances for beginners, and "very beginners" - any
formation? Are there some of these that experienced dancers can also enjoy?
I would be happy to share what I have, if folks would like that, as well.
I am doing a callers discussion at NEFFA on private party dances aka One
Night Stands. I define these as events where the vast majority (or all) of
the attendees are what Dudley so aptly called "Not beginners. They're not
beginning anything." In other words, dancers once a year or once a lifetime
with no experience who, appropriately, just want to have a good time.
I am hoping that many of you will be interested in attending, (Friday night,
9:30 pm, in the Chorus room. If you don't know about NEFFA: www.neffa.org)
but that is not why I'm posting this. My original intention for this hour
was a material swap. I'm rethinking that, but would still want to have
material to share.
If you have favorite private party material (remember, 100% non-experienced
dancers) that you are willing to share, I would appreciate it. If you call
lots of private party dances and would be willing to email me a "typical"
program*, that would be great. I would give you credit, unless specifically
requested not to.
So email me back at: beth(a)hands4.com and I hope to see some of you at NEFFA,
where I am wearing way too many hats.
* Yes, I know that there is no "typical" program and that one of the skills
of a good caller is the ability to adapt to conditions on the floor, but
many of us have a pretty good idea of what is common.
Here is another question about a dance I collected at the Down East Country
Dance Festival this year. In the B parts of Don Flahertys Heartbeat
Contra I have Swing Neighbor; left gypsy (1 ½ ?) to Partner; All Swing
Partner/ Circle left ¾; balance (who?) and California Twirl (Partner?).
Besides my other questions I am unsure if the All Swing Partner ends (B1) or
Thanks for your help.
Here's how the dance starts:
A1: Circle right (8)
Allemande left with neighbor (6)
Men pull across by the right (2)
A2: Hey (partners pass left shoulders to start) (16)
So yes, the allemande left is once around, leaving the men facing each other for
the pull by which in turn starts the hey.
I recently danced Rick Mohrs Rockin Robin at the Survivors Dance after
this years Down East Country Dance Festival. A great dance and a great
I am wondering about the transition from the allemande left with neighbor to
the Men pull-by by the right hand to partner, that ends A1. It seems that
the allemande left must have been for something like ¾ until the men can
meet in the middle, but I cannot remember from the dancing of it. Is that
I'm wondering about names for these 2 dances.
a1 Men to center, long wave bal
women to ctr, long wave bal
a2 women all R
b1 down hall 4 in line, turn as cpl, ret
b2 circle L 3/4
a1 Bal ring, rollaway w/ half sashay (woman roll N gent to L hand)
a2 women gypsy
b1 circle L 3/4
bal ring, pet twirl
b2 bal ring, pet twirl
bal ring, Calif. twirl
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thanks!! :-) chf
Lady Walpole's Reel is a great dance with out a partner swing. The dance is
great, the tune is great, but the tune is not the easiest to play. One of
those old dance tunes that really needs to be played up to speed for you to
really love it, and you really can't dance Lady Walpole's Reel, without the
Here's one more that I haven't heard anyone say:
"Thank you, and good-nite, drive safely.... Remember the time change! SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR..... !!!!! .... April Fool's ... I mean, forward one hour! when you go to bed....
(or don't tell them it's forward, spring fwd, fall back!!!!)
Have fun all,
Chris Page <page(a)student.physics.upenn.edu> wrote:
--- In trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com, Karen Fontana
> Hello, all...
> Any one have or recommend any simple, easy contra dances with no
Partner Swing that can be done as part of a medley? (no P Swg, no P
Swg, P Swg)!... Yes, for April Fool's!
> Karen Fontana
Lady Walpole's Reel?
Any one have or recommend any simple, easy contra dances with no Partner Swing that can be done as part of a medley? (no P Swg, no P Swg, P Swg)!... Yes, for April Fool's!
I have one that has no swing at all:
Here is a duple improper by Ted Crane of Ithica NY
White Towed Cat
A1 Corner Bal
Corner DSD 1.5
A2 Circle Left
Rt hand across Star
B1 Ladies chain over and back
B2 Long Lines F&B
On to the next