Speaking of dances with missing details, I have a great dance called
Fruit Punch. Diane Silver called it at Bogue Banks Boogie a few years
ago. Not sure who wrote it (maybe Diane?).
I evidently wrote it down wrong since it doesn't progress but instead
keeps sending the dancers back and forth. Someone said it felt like
it was missing a circle somewhere. Does it start with a circle left
half way into a slide left? Does anyone have the correct
choreography? I haven't heard back from Diane yet about this question.
What I have is this:
Fruit Punch by Diane or?
I have Improper written down, but it looks like a Becket.
A1 With couple on L diagonal, Yearn to new Neighbors and fall straight
Ladies Allem R 1+1/2 (8)
A2 N Balance & Swing (16)
B1 Take hands in a ring.
Balance the ring (4)
Pass through to an ocean wave (4)
Balance the wave (4)
N Allemande R x1 (4)
B2 Ladies Allemande L 1+1/2 to partner (8)
Partner swing (8)
Thanks for any clarification anyone might have.
There was a two-part video previously available on the WMUR TV (Manchester,
NH) web site on the history of contra dancing. IIRC, it had footage from
the RPDLW. I'd linked to it from the http://mondaycontras.com site but WMUR
apparently redesigned their site and those links no longer work (and
searching uncovered nothing). Does anyone have an alternative location
where that material is posted?
Concerning Paul's suggestions, what is the sequence for Paul's suggestion "To Have & To Hold" ?
I found the sequences for the other two:
The second time around, Improper by Jim Kitch
A1 N gypsy & sw
A2 M almd left 1 1/2; 1/2 hey
B1. P gyspy & sw
B2. Long lines; Cir left 3/4, pass thru
Bowl of Cherries, Improper by Sue Rosen
A1 N Dsd & swing
A2 Promenade across, W ch to P
B1 W gypsy each other, then sw P
B2 Circle left, Cross Trails (pass thru across, pass N by left shoulder to face new N)
Michael Fuerst 802 N Broadway Urbana IL 61801 217-239-5844
From: Paul Wilde <zenyente(a)gmail.com>
To: Michael Fuerst <mjerryfuerst(a)yahoo.com>; Caller's discussion list <callers(a)sharedweight.net>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 1:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Callers] What is the best contra dance(s) ever written?
Three of my favorite contemporary dances are:
To Have & to Hold by Don Flaherty
The Second Time Around (apologies, author temporarily slipped my mind)
Bowl of Cherries by Sue Rosen
Not intentional, but there isn't a balance in one of them.
Kalia said, "a right and left through over and back (4 changes of rights
and lefts for you English dancers)".
Q1: Why for English dancers? Dancers in England do R&L Throughs, and I
am pretty sure that ECD dancers in the USA do them as well.
Q2: "Four changes" does NOT (to the best of my knowledge) have any
courtesy turns in it, whereas wherever I have danced in the UK or the
USA (extensively in both countries) R&L Throughs DO. How do you do a
Q3: When the dance is proper like this, then the two men are courtesy
turning each other - is that what makes the difference? In my
experience the men turn shoulder to shoulder, possibly with arms around
each other, but they still do a turn which wouldn't happen in "four
changes". (And the ladies likewise of course.)
Q4: Does anyone know how a R&L Through was done, and with what styling,
back when this dance was written?
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
My all-around favorite to begin any dance has long been Don Armstrong's
"Broken Sixpence". It moves a lot, introduces dancers to each other, is easy
for beginners to comprehend, and would look familiar to square dancers. It's
all about the fun!
John B. Freeman, SFTPOCTJ
I've been listening a lot lately to Elixir's album "Rampant" and Wild
Asparagus's "From the Floor Up". I really like them just as upbeat
music to listen to. KGB's waltz album "The Red Light of Evening" is in
that class, too. What are some of your favorite contra band recordings,
and what is it about them that really gets your tail wagging?
I have been known to sing along with the band on a fiddle tune now and
then. One of the bands that I used to work with played tunes that most bands
didn't play. I would often be asked by the band to sing along as they played
"Waltz Across Texas". This was usually well received by the dancers. Some
would join in on the chorus. The band and I usually sang along with "Just
Because" when it was used as a polka. The dancers seemed to appreciate our
playfulness. I have also, rarely, sung along to Petronella. Then, there are the
times when a band didn't show up, or I was asked to call with no notice. I have
had to sing and hum for several dances over the years.
John B. Freeman, SFTPOCTJ
I've been talking with my band lately about coming up with some contra
tunes that I/they/we can sing.
a) suggestions for tunes? (Contra and waltz alike.)
b) when do you usually stop calling and start singing? What do you do if
the dance gets off track and you need to throw in some more calls?
c) other relevant things to consider when the band/caller tries to sing for
a less experienced group of dancers?