I'm aware of one called Swingaround by Gene Hubert. It has an 8 beat neighbor swing at the beginning followed by the number two couples swinging in the middle followed by a same-sex swing followed by the ones swinging in the middle which leads to a line of four down the hall with the ones in the center. That's three swing-swing transitions. The dance is published online.
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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.
Back from Vermont
String of Swings
Meg's a Dancing Fool
Ten Strings Attached
Gang of Four
Naked in California
Many thanks in advance!
I often introduce the concept of progression with Sanita Hill Circle
(sicilian) by Ed Durlocher, where they don't change partners, but get the
idea of moving on in the big circle with no end effects to worry about.
Saturday Night Stroll by Mavis McGaugh
Family Contra by Sherry Nevins.
Back Road to Ayer by Lisa Greenleaf - an Improper contra with a traditional
feel to it...
and that one has always worked well for me
Rural Felicity, by Dudley Laufman - Proper, traditional, is another no
brainer and people always have fun with it, especially children.
1. Re: Contras for One Nighters (Linda Mrosko via Callers)
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 22:33:02 -0600
From: Linda Mrosko via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
To: Rich Sbardella <richsbardella(a)gmail.com>
The closest I usually get to a contra-style is *DoSiThree*. Everybody gets
the progression. The hardest part about that dance is getting them into a
3 face 3 position -- more particularly, a set of 3 people can be a
challenging concept for some (you need lines of 3 people, you and two
partners, etc.). Once they get in position, the rest of the dance works
I prefer longways dances instead -- *Blobs* is a staple and *Brandy Rump
Bump* for a younger crowd.
Another contra dance that has worked well for me with a majority of
beginners has been *Moonstruck* -- sliding left to progress to the next
couple is easy for anybody to understand, you interact with your partner and
your neighbor, and all you do is clapping, dosidos, circles, balancing and
sliding to the next.
One other is *French Wedding* - dosidos, 2-hand turns, circles, dig for the
oyster/dive for the clam to the next.
If I only have an hour, I don't call a contra. But if I have 2 hours,
well...I don't know about you, but I like just a little variety.
On Sat, Mar 5, 2016 at 12:44 PM, Rich Sbardella via Callers <
> I rarely call a contra at a One Night Party Dance, but occasionally I
> am asked to. I have a few in my cards, but can anyone make some sure
> fire recommendations.
> Assume 95%-100% non dancers.
> Thanks, Rich
> Stafford, CT
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I rarely call a contra at a One Night Party Dance, but occasionally I am
asked to. I have a few in my cards, but can anyone make some sure fire
Assume 95%-100% non dancers.
I have a phone message from him (about gigs in July) that says "My regular
email isn't working, use kbg%mdhweue%$$%^ -- and the way his phone #
displays doesn't work in the opposite direction. I've tried a bunch of
combinations but they keep bouncing.
If you've got a working cell number or a good email, cc this on or tell him
to contact me at this address and give me the good stuff in writing?
What makes for your "best" calling gigs?
Measure any way you'd like... size, money, people, musicians, friends,
dancers, community, etc. Been thinking about this for a while and
reflecting myself, and wanted to hear what other callers think.
For me the absolute, guaranteed never to fail contra (as opposed to a longways dance such as Gallopede), is Jefferson and Liberty. I assume it's derived from a traditional dance of the same name created in Colonial times.
Jefferson and Liberty (duple,no need to worry about who's on which side)
A.1. Circle 4 left and right ("It doesn't matter if you get all the way to the left as long as you finish where you started.")A 2. Star right and left (Same instruction.)B. 1. Ones down the outside and back.B.2. Down the center, 4 in line, ones in the middle. Ones make an arch, twos duck under ("Twos take hands with your partner so you don't lose each other!") Everybody comes back up the set, everybody look to the nexy couple..
If they're able, you can suggest that the ones not turn around to come back up the set, but come backwards so they can get acquainted with their new neighboring couple.
Susan ElbergerLowell, MA
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Subject: [Callers] Contras for One Nighters
I rarely call a contra at a One Night Party Dance, but occasionally I am asked to. I have a few in my cards, but can anyone make some sure fire recommendations.
Assume 95%-100% non dancers.
Thanks, RichStafford, CT
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