I find Monkey in the Middle (by Sherry Nevins) a friendly variant of Ninepins. You are choosing a partner rather than scrambling and a person feeling left out.
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> On Jan 31, 2018, at 3:59 PM, Chris Page via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> -Chris Page
> San Diego, CA
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM, Sue via Callers
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>> Sure they're all fun (we hope). I'm looking for a few dances that are
>> particularly playful, quirky, silly....something that typically gets the
>> dancers laughing.
>> You get the idea. What are your favorites?
>> Sue Gola
>> Princeton, NJ
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Hello Callers! Around the breakfast table at Penelope Weinberger’s house this morning, while on tour with Cloud Ten, I came up with this dance. Wrote it with the Sam Bartlett tune Penelope’s Cruise (also written for Penelope Weinberger) in mind. Wondering if it is already out there? Thanks for your input!
Breakfast at Penelope’s
by Jean Gorrindo
(8) Partner R-Hand Balance; Square Thru (pull by Partner with Right, Neighbor Left)
(8) Partner Balance & Box the Gnat
(16) Neighbor balance and swing
(8) Women allemande Right 1-1/2
(8) Partner swing
(8) Long lines, forward and back
(8) Women's Chain
I don't recall seeing the dip-and-dive-across-the-set figure before
(choreographically equivalent to right and through), came up with this,
called it tonight and people seemed to have fun. I don't think it
registers as too gimmicky for hot contra dancers because they get the
twirls to face back in, and it goes well pretty early in the evening
Bouncy, jolly (Quebecois, polka?), or smooth and driving.
Alan Winston, 9/27/2018
A1: Neighbor balance and swing, face across
A2: Dip and dive across the set (couple containing #1gent arches first)
1-2: Cross over
3-4: All California twirl
5-6: Other couple arches, cross back
7-8: All California twirl, let go.
B1: Gents/Larks pass right shoulder to partner
Partners right shoulder round and swing on the ladies/ravens side
B2: Cl 3/4 (to progressed crossed over places)
Balance the ring
Sorry I was unclear. Because some contra callers say “mad robin” and some contra callers say “double mad robin,” meaning the same thing, and if you’ve learned it as “mad robin” and a new-to-you caller says “double mad robin,” you’ll think it’s a different figure.
> On Sep 28, 2018, at 8:51 AM, Folk Dance <ceilidh.caller.bob(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't think the distinction is necessary is it? "mad robin with your neighbour" is clearly distinct from "1s in the middle mad robin" so why add double mad robin? It'd be like calling most petronella's double petronellas because they have four people moving but the original petronella is for 1s only.
> On Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 1:29 PM Read Weaver via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
> It’s perhaps worth saying during the teaching “also called a double mad robin,” since dancers will sometimes hear that (from callers who know ECD). I’ve seen confusion on moderately experienced contra dancers’ faces (and feet) at the term “double mad robin” (thinking you go around twice, or that it involves more than 4 people) because they’ve only ever seen the figure with 4 people moving and they’ve only ever heard it called “mad robin.”
> (In the English country dance “Mad Robin,” only two people are moving in the eponymous figure.)
It’s perhaps worth saying during the teaching “also called a double mad robin,” since dancers will sometimes hear that (from callers who know ECD). I’ve seen confusion on moderately experienced contra dancers’ faces (and feet) at the term “double mad robin” (thinking you go around twice, or that it involves more than 4 people) because they’ve only ever seen the figure with 4 people moving and they’ve only ever heard it called “mad robin.”
(In the English country dance “Mad Robin,” only two people are moving in the eponymous figure.)
Jamaica Plain, MA
I have some cryptic notes about the dance by Robert Cromartie: "Would you do it for $20", and it's not complete.
Would someone, please, send me the figures so that I can correct my notes? Thanks.
My latest dance for your enjoyment, with an animation at
Keith Wood September 2018
Becket formation, double reverse progression
The snakelike move for the men to reunite with their partners inspired
this dance, and its name. If there's a spare couple at the bottom they
wait together on the "men's" line. The woman joins in from the diagonal
ladies chain, while the man joins in from the snake.
A1 Men allemande left once around, while women orbit clockwise half-way
A2 On the left diagonal, ladies chain to shadow
Opposite do-si-do left shoulder
B1 Star left once around
Star right once around
B2 Snake: Men allemande right 5/8, next neighbour allemande left 1/2,
next neighbour allemande right 1/2 to face partner; man coming out at
the end loop right and rejoin immediately
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On Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:57:42 +0000, Bill Olson via Callers wrote:
> Judy, I really like Sackett's Harbor.
I second Bill's vote for Sackett's Harbor. Always goes down well, and it's a good introduction to contra corners because the twos
and threes can only see their own active couple whereas when it's been compressed to duple minor they have to look out for people
coming at them from all directions, it seems!