Here is one of mine that I have used successfully many times, though the main figure is
drawn more from the Southern Square tradition than the Western tradition:
Sow the Wheat Contra (improper) Chuck Abell 1/15
A1 Bal and swing N (16)
A2 Gents alle left 1 1/2x (8) (8)
P swing (8)
B1 Ladies chain (8)
Circle left 1x, gents roll P across set (8)
B2 Bal the ring (4)
Sow the wheat/mow the clover 1 1/2x, ones duck first (12)*
w/ new N….
* Twos arch, ones duck under, then back up arching over the twos, then duck again to
progress. Basically an inside dosido 1 1/2x while holding partner’s hand (which is an
option for any one with shoulder issues)
An easier variation on the B part (good for beginners):
B1 Ladies Chain
Bal ring, roll P across
B2. Bal the ring, Sow the wheat/mow the clover (16)
From: Callers <callers-bounces(a)lists.sharedweight.net> on behalf of Mac Mckeever via
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2017 5:12 PM
To: Mark Hillegonds via Callers; Dale Wilson
Subject: Re: [Callers] Contra Dances with Modern Western Square Dance Figures
Highly recommend Dale Wilson's Gold Star Wednesday - I added Dale to this reply and he
can fill you in on a teaching secret. It contains the star inversion that comes from
Also Rang Tang Contra by Ridge Kennedy comes to mind - it uses the Georgia Rang Tang
Kath Anderson's Deep Well uses a figure she saw clogers performing - does that count?
On Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12:05:24 PM CDT, Mark Hillegonds via Callers
I'm preparing for a workshop at a dance weekend in November where the theme will be
contra dances that incorporate square dance moves.
I have a number dances with square thrus and swing thrus and box circulates. However,
these moves are fairly well known at this point. This will be an advanced group of dancers
so I'm looking for dances that incorporate more unique and sophisicated moves.
I know Bob Isaacs has several that quality, with dances that use Spin the Top and Spin
Chain Exchange the Gears.
Looking forward to seeing what you may have.
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