You made some great points, and offer some good choices.
My experience as a dancer is the Give & Take is rarely satisfying. Seldom
is there any resistance, or playfulness, as intended by Jennings.
I try not to call more than one G&T in an evening.
On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM, Luke Donforth <luke.donev(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Lots of great dances already suggested.
Talking about the bigger picture programming thing, I hear wanting to
change the feel and not have circles in every dance. While Give and Take
might feel like a cheat to you, it will feel different for the dancers, and
it's probably not egregious.
You can also add a fair bit of texture with just different results from
the circle. A swing ->circle & swing transition is going to feel different
than a circle into a chain, or a circle left to a circle right, etc. I
think two no-circle dances in a half is a good thing to shoot for, but also
showing the various ways the circle can be used.
A lot of 4x4 dances don't use circles, so if your crowds are up for (and
large enough) for those, they can get you there and add other program
As for specific dances that haven't been mentioned yet, here are some with
10+ calls from my box:
Marion's Delight by Carol Kopp
A turn for the better by Bill Pope
Friday Night Fever by Tony Parks
Rocket City Romp by Cis Hinkle
iFlirt by Luke Donforth
2nd Course by Luke Donforth
A Sure Thing by Chris Page (has Circle Right)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre by James Hutson (no N swing)
Amherst and Wooster by Chris Weiler (no N swing)
On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 8:16 PM, Rich Sbardella via Callers <
This group has been so quiet lately. The group has been so important for
me as I developed my Contra calling repertoire and skills, so I thought I'd
initiate a conversation.
As I sit here programming a dance I realize that I do not have many
dances without circles. Many that I do have, do not have a Neighbor Swing,
or have a Give & Take to cheat it out. Those factors limit where and when
I can use them.
I generally like to program two no circle dances in each half, and also a
NO neighbor Swing dance in at least one half if not both halves of an
evening. Any thoughts on this?
Does anyone want to share some modern contras that have no Circles and no
Give & Takes, but include a partner and neighbor swing.
Here are a few I have used.
Just for NEFFA, Linda Leslie
Rollin' and Tumblin'. Cis Hinkle
Rocket City Romp, Cis Hinkle
Travels with Rick and Kim, Shari Miller Johnson
Friday Night Fever, Tony Parkes
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