Here's a few with a difference;
Cumberland Contra is here:
The Slithy Dance is at:
Note: You can change the Two Hand Turn in B1 into a Swing; you can teach B2
as a Whole Set Petronella
Still working on this one:
DosiWhat? (by John Sweeney)
Contra; Becket (CW)
A1: Men Dosido; Ladies Dosido 1 & 1/2 - Men turn to the Left and take
Man's' Right Hand to Partner's Left Hand to face a New Couple
A2: Mountain Dosido ("DoSi the Ladies"): Lasso Partner CW around self
and along to the other Man; Neighbour Swing
B1: Open Ladies' Chain: Ladies Pull by Right; Partner Allemande Left 1
& 1/4 - continue into an Alabama Rang Tang: Men pass B-to-B; Neighbour
Allemande Right; Men pass B-to-B, weave into a
B2: Partner Gypsy Meltdown
Notes: Teach the Ladies' Dosido as "Dosido and Pass Thru", otherwise they
will spin and face where they think they are going.
The Alabama Rang Tang and the Mountain Dosido were both
originally known in their communities as just "Dosido". The names were
changed to avoid confusion as mass communication brought dance communities
together. So the dance is basically a series of Dosidos!
"DoSi" is pronounced dose-eye. I usually say "Lasso the Lady"
though, to avoid confusion and remind them of what the move is. The man
raises his right hand and the lady walks forwards around him while he stands
still. Then "You Swing Mine and I'll Swing Yours".
Please let me know if you try it.
John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com 01233 625 362
http://www.contrafusion.co.uk for Dancing in Kent
Here I am with another question. I learn so much from these threads.
What are some easy, but good, novelty, or gimmick contras. To elaborate, I
mean contras that have unusual moves, or contras that use basic moves in
Maybe Ovals, Wholeset Promenades, Old-Timey square dance moves?
Two of my favorites are "Hot Buttered Rolls" and "Roll Over Johannes"
I take issue with the term "gimmick." Using familiar moves in new ways is
IMO called "good choreography." If one defines using existing moves in
novel ways as "gimmick," basically every use of petronella turns and waves
after "Petronella" and "Rory O'Moore" is a gimmick.
Originally had a long list of dances, but then i saw "easy" in Rich's
original ask, so pared down:
"Anthem to a Pet Ferret" by Sargon de Jesus may be of interest
"A Sure Thing" by Chris Page is challenging to teach but not actually
challenging to dance
also do si do and swing the one behind offers a simple but fun twist. U can
find it in Tom Hinds' "Python Reel" and Rick Mohr's "Leave the Wine"
Another great whole-oval dance, along with Gang of Four, is the ever-popular Fairport Harbour by Paul Balliet. Advanced dancers can add in a cool trick in that one: suggest that in the B, gents have time to rollaway your partner before passing through the set (with lady on the left - scandalous!) because it's a piece of cake to correct that with the next move, swing your partner on that other side.
My favorite "can only get away with calling it once every few years" dance is Carmen's Contra or variations, which features a truly goofy and fun "clap-clap-bump-bump" figure a la Carmen Miranda. Remind those dancing the gents' role to empty their pockets first.
> On Mar 16, 2016, at 2:01 PM, via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> Re: [Callers] Novelty & Gimmick Contras
I'll be co-teaching a week long Appalachian Dance and Calling class with
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SCHOLARSHIP Applications due APRIL 1st. Save yourself $450. I think we are
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dance is inclusion, no prior experience is necessary and all ages are
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fundamentals of flatfooting and clogging. Look forward to the Tennessee
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Take Care, T-Claw
Square Dance Caller
Illegal in Most States by Robert Cromartie.
A1 B/S N; face across.
A2 Ladies chain to P, Out of the courtesy turn, circle RIGHT halfway (all
are standing between P and Shadow -- except at the ends of course) Pass
through straight across, turn to Shadow.
B1 (NO Bal either swing). Swing Shadow (8), roll out and swing P (8)
B2 LL F/B. Circle 0.75, pass thru
There's a video on YouTube
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This emerged as I was driving home Wednesday night listening to a Latter Day Lizards CD and thinking about needing some fairly simple, but interesting dances to call at an upcoming dance. I can’t find it in my collection of dances, but it’s so generic, I think someone else must have composed it and I was merely remembering.
A 1 N DoSiDo; Swg
A 2 LLF&B; Pass thru to an ocean wave (women take left hands); Balance the Wave
B1 Women allmd Left 1/2; Ptr Swg
B2 Circle L 3/4; Balance the ring, California Twirl
I'm in the process of sorting through old dance notes, and found this: "Trinity? triple swing, double progression, Al Olson." If this is an existing dance, does anyone have the choreography?
I'm also interested in finding other dances with more than two swings, especially swing-to-swing transitions.I have:Back from VermontString of SwingsCDS ReelMeg's a Dancing FoolTen Strings AttachedGang of FourNaked in CaliforniaAlexander's Swingtime
Many thanks in advance!Lindsey(Tacoma, WA)