[Callers] Novelty & Gimmick Contras

Erik Hoffman via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Sun Mar 20 11:37:30 PDT 2016

Here are a couple novelty dances I've made up:*


Erik Hoffman

Odd—Modified Tempest Formation

December 1998

A1Ones down center, turn as a Couple, Return, WHILE the twos and threes 
slide up the set one Couples place, cast off with (new) same sex two and 
three person

A2Hey for Four, ones start, passing Right shoulder, Couples two and 
three acting as “units” latching (arms around each others backs) onto 

B1Finish the hey (it takes longer with “units”), ones cross to Star Left 
(in threes) with the opposite Couple (ones without Partners)

B2All Balance & Swing Partners

Formation is a U shaped triple minor formation, Couple one facing down, 
Couple two to the Right of Couple one(from the callers point of view), 
facing in, Couple three to the Left of Couple one, also facing in. I set 
this up by having both the ones and the twos get Improper, then the twos 
and threes circle Left one-quarter, as in Becket formation.

On the first walk-through I don't teach the progression; I do on the 
second walk-through.Note that when couples finally progress, two couples 
come out at the same time.Since only one goes in the next time round, at 
the top I have the number two Couple go in first, and the number three 
Couple wait out an extra time.At the bottom, when the a couple comes 
out, they need to wait for a second Couple before entering the dance.I 
suggest the first Couple waiting out become a number two, the second a 
number three. That way, Twos wait out twice at the bottom, threes, twice 
at the top.

This dance was written at Camp Harmony, the San Francisco Folk Music 
Club’s annual new years camp.It was at a workshop where I was making up 
“experimental contras.”I was naming them for the signs around the 
hall.This one landed on the “Garbology” sign – one discussing the use of 
garbage.Since this is something we should all consider, I think it’s 
well named
     Part of the idea for this came from the beautiful and flowing 
dance, /American Summer/, by Phillipe Callens.


The next is designed as a Christmas dance, to go with the tune, We Three 
Kings, played as a straightened out jig. But I think it can be fun just 
as it is:

*Follow That Star*


Erik Hoffman

A1with New Neighbors: Star Left;with Old Neighbors: Star Right
A2Ones take Number Two Man Down Hall in Line of Three WHILE
                  the Number Two Women come up the hall single file,'
       Turn Alone, Return, the Lines of Three Folds into a Circle around
       Number Two Women
B1 Circle Three around Number Two Wm;Neighbor Swing on “Own” Side
B2Long Lines Forward &Back;All Swing Partner (or just Ones if space is 

The story line is:
    Three Kings Follow Stars. They find a Babe in a Manger, Everyone 
Celebrates!To be danced to “We Three Kings” straightened out and as a Jig.

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