12 May 2011 program

A dance program of Contra Classics and Chestnuts!

Jefferson's Reel (Dudley Briggs, 1954)


A1. ( 8) Cir lf
( 8) Cir rt
A2. ( 8) Star rt
( 8) Star lf
B1. (16) 1s separate, go dn outside, turn alone, ret
B2. ( 4) 1s in center of line-of-4 down hall
( 8) 1s arch, 2s duck through, take hands 4 w/ new N
( 4) 1s back up, 2s walk fwd back up the hall

This dance is a simplification of Jefferson & Liberty (the tune that the band played).

Circassian Circle (Traditional)

Circle mixer

A1. ( 8) Cir lf
( 8) Cir rt
A2. ( 8) W fwd & bk
( 8) M fwd, turn lf to face out, ret
B1. (16) Corners sw
B2. (16) Promenade

This circle mixer shows up as a well-known folk dance all over the world. This (contra) version replaces everybody fwd & bk 2x in A1 with cir lf/cir rt.

Lady Walpole's Reel (Traditional)


A1. (16) N bal & sw
A2. (16) 1s dn center, turn alone, ret, cast off
B1. (16) W ch (over and back)
B2. ( 8) Promenade across
( 8) Rt and lf thru

British Sorrow (Trad, sometime well before 1807)

Triple proper

A1. ( 8) 1s down outside below 2 cpls
( 8) 1s come up inside, cast around 2s
A2. ( 8) 1s face dn, hands-across star rt w/ 3s
( 8) 1s face up, hands-across star lf w/ 2s
B1. (16) Cir rt (all six)
B2. (16) 1s w/ 2s rt & lf thru over and back


Corner Triplet (Linda Leslie, 1991)

Proper triplet, ends (2, 3, 1)

A1. (16) 1s dn center, turn alone, rt, cast off
A2. (16) 1s turn contra corners
B1. (16) 1s bal & sw; end facing up
B2. ( 8) 1s up center to top, separate to bottom
( 8) Lines of 3 fwd & bk

(It's not so much a classic as a classic helper....)

Rory O'More (Traditional)


A1. (16) 1s cross over, go dn below 1, 1s come up center while crossing back, cast off with same-sex N, come in to center, give rt hd to P and lf to next active to make wavy line of 1s
A2. ( 8) bal wave rt, then lf, and slide rt
( 8) bal wave lf, then rt, and slide lf
B1. (16) 1s turn contra corners
B2. (16) 1s bal & sw, end proper

It turns out that this dance is deceptively difficult for more novice dancers.


Fiddleheads (Ted Sannella, 23 Feb. 1983)


A1. ( 8) 1s cross over, loop lf around 1 into center (M1 face up, W1 face dn) (*)
( 8) bal diamond, petronella twirl to rt
A2. ( 8) bal diamond, petronella twirl to rt
( 8) 1s sw, end facing dn
B1. (16) 4-in-line dn hall, 1s turn as cpls, 2s turn alone, ret, cast
B2. ( 4) Cir lf 1/2
(12) N sw, end facing across

(*) 1s not with your P in A1

It was a bit tricky to teach, but the dance went very well.

Monadnock Reel (Ralph Page + folk process)


A1. ( 4) 1s bal
( 8) 1s dsd (across phrase)
( 4) N almd lf (asymmetric!) (*)
A2. (16) 1s sw
B1. (16) N bal & sw
B2. (16) W ch over and bk
(*) The allemande left in A1 continues until the 1s are facing across.
(1 1/4 for M1, but only 3/4 for W1)

Shadrack's delight (Tony Parkes, Apr. 1972)


A1. ( 8) N dsd 1 1/4 to wavy lines (W in center)
( 4) Bal wave
( 4) All almd rt 1/2
A2. ( 4) Bal wave
( 4) Men almd lf 1/2
( 8) P sw, end facing dn
B1. (16) 4-in-line dn hall, turn as cpls, ret, cast off
B2. ( 8) Rt & lf thru
( 8) W ch

Chorus Jig (Traditional)


A1. (16) 1s down outside, turn alone, ret, meet P in center
A2. (16) 1s down center, turn alone, ret, cast off w/ 2s
B1. (16) 1s turn contra corners
B2. (16) 1s bal & sw

The band started with the title tune, then switched to Dancing Bear. Awesome tune choice!