Here are a few dances I’ve written over the past few years. If any of them already exist please let me know! If anyone decides to call them I’d be interested to hear how it goes and any feedback you might have. I’ve called The Erik Effect and Rip and Snort with great success. I’ve called Swap to  Wave a time or two and it went OK because I didn't do a great job prompting / it was a little to difficult for the crowd. 

The Erik Effect            becket CW
Ben Werner & Danielle Boudreau                                   

A1:      (16) Yearn Left, give and take, ladies take gents, Neighbor Swing
A2:      (8) right and left through
            (8) Ladies chain
B1:      (16) full hey LR, NL, GR, PL, LR, NR, GR
B2:      (16) partner gyre & Swing
Written a couple of years ago for Erik Erhardt because of the great impact he was having in our community. 

Swap to Wave          Becket
Ben Werner 

A1:      (8) partner allemande right 1 ½ gents face out
            (8) wave balance, box circulate
A2:      (16) wave balance, gents cross, partner swing
B1:      (8) ladies chain
            (8) New Neighbor Swing
B2:      (4) pass the ocean
            (4) balance the wave
            (8) Neighbor allemande 1x, ladies allemande ½ to partner

I wrote this dance specifically for a roll swapping workshop. It gives you and your partner enough time to allemande 2x to swap rolls if you want. 

Rip and Snort       imp
Ben Werner                                                                

A1:      (8) Balance the ring, Rip and Snort (1s arch 2s dive through, 2’s let go of partner, 1s keep hands with partner and neighbor, ones turn under joined hands, end in a short facing down the hall line)
            (8) Down the Hall, 1s gate the twos
A2:      (8) Up the hall
            (8) Gents Allemande Right 1 1/2
B1:      (16) Partner Balance and swing
B2:      (8) balance the ring, petronella
            (8) balance the ring, California twirl
Note: the A1 can be quite the teach but I find people think its quite satisfying once the get it. 


On Mar 27, 2017, at 3:02 PM, Jerome Grisanti via Callers <> wrote:

Dear Maia,

I recently composed a contra that may fit your criteria. I've sent it out to a few other callers, and posted it to a small Facebook group, but its challenges make it unsuitable for most dances on my schedule. The challenges are: multiple progressions/regressions and potential disorientation. I would guess a hall populated mostly with experienced dancers would not have too much trouble with it. Another caller suggested calling it as a becket starting with the B1, which would certainly give it a different feel.

Let me know if you end up using it; good luck with your workshop whatever you end up doing!


Do Re Mi Re Do

By Jerome Grisanti

Duple Improper Contra


Neighbor right-hand balance (4), pull by (2), next neighbor pull by left (2).

Third neighbor right-hand balance (4), box the gnat (4).


Gents allemande left 1 1/2 (8),
Partner swing (8)


Slide left & circle left 3/4 with 2nd neighbors, 
Neighbor swing


Gents walk forward to a long wavy line (4), Balance forward & back (4); Gents allemande left with ladies joining behind partners to turn it into a left-hand star (8) (ladies traveling about 3/4, gents about once+ around).

You interact with three neighbors in this order: 1,2,3,2,1.

An end-effects warning: you're never out for long. Couples out during the A2 will be in in the B1, if you're out in B1 you return in B2. The A1 figure wraps around the ends. 

Jerome Grisanti

"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 8:26 PM, Maia McCormick via Callers <> wrote:
Hi choreographer folks,

I'm leading a session at NEFFA called "Cutting-Edge Contras", consisting of un-premiered (or very sparsely called) contras. If anyone has any dances they'd like to throw my way for consideration, please do so!


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