Choreography

Occasionally, I stumble on a sequence that hasn’t already been crafted. Feedback is always appreciated; please let me know what works and what you might consider revising.

Tested dances: 
These contras are in the repertoires of other individuals and have all been called at camps, weekends, or festivals.

Diamond Allotrope, improper, November 2016
(begins in short wave, ladies LH in middle)
A1: short wave balance R/L
spin to a diamond*
balance the diamond
spin right
A2: balance the diamond
gent draw neighbor lady to their side, neighbor swing
B1: half hey, gents pass LSh
ladies ricochet, partner swing
B2: ladies chain
star left 1x
*ladies facing across, gents facing up/down- gents are facing the same direction that they do in the short wave.
Inspired by Jerome Grisanti’s Kimmswick Diamonds.

Folklife Frolic, improper, May 2015
A1: star right 1x
neighbor allemande right 1 1/2 to long waves (gents face in)
A2: balance, box circulate (gents cross, ladies loop)
balance, box circulate (ladies cross, gents loop)
B1: balance the wave, gents cross
partner swing
B2: ladies chain
star left 1x
Written for my Saturday evening set at NW Folklife.

In the Mood, becket CCW (coauthors Ron T. Blechner and Yoyo Zhou), February 2017
A1: circle L 3/4
neighbor swing
A2: right and left through
CCW mad robin (ladies in center slide L)
B1: CW half pousette around next neighbors (gents backing up)
CW mad robin (gents in center slide R)
B2: gents pass left shoulders
partner right shoulder ’round and swing
This is version #3 of the now-retired dance “Mesmerize Me.” See below for version #2.

Triassic Poetry, improper, November 2014
A1: neighbor 1 pass right shoulder (up/down)
neighbor 2 left shoulder ’round 1x
neighbor 1 swing
A2: long lines
gents allemande left 1 1/2
B1: partner balance and swing
B2: ladies chain
half hey (ladies pass right)
My first dance. The idea here was to craft a hey with a ninety degree angle. The end result has similarities to Carol Ormand’s Jurassic Redheads as well as Lisa Greenleaf’s Poetry in Motion, hence the title.

Straighten Up and Slide Right, becket CCW, May 2017
A1:
circle left 3/4
neighbor swing
A2: long lines
ladies chain
B1: CCW mad robin (ladies in center slide L)
circle right 1x
slide RIGHT (lady in lead)
B2: next gents allemande left 1x
partner swing
Inspired by a Facebook discussion of the question: “can dancers intuitively slide to the right along the set?” Called at several house parties and Faultline Frolic.

Under Review:
These sequences have been called in experimental settings, but remain in need of broader vetting. If you do try one of these, please write me and let me know how it went!

Working Title, improper, December 2016
A1: 1s half figure 8 down below 2s
2s hole-in-the-wall cross by R shoulder to trade places*
1s step between 2s to make a line of four going down the hall (8)
line of four down hall, bend the line (8)
A2: 2s half fig 8 above same 2s
1st hole-in-the-wall cross by R shoulder to trade places*
2s step between 1st to make a line of four facing up the hall (8)
line of four up the hall, bend the line (8)
B1: circle left 3 places (6)
neighbor gent roll lady across set (2)
partner swing (8)
B2: long lines (8)
ladies chain (8)
*Crossers need to “hesitate until the 5” so they don’t bump into the couple dancing the half figure 8 around them.
This sequence is the doubled version of “Rick Mohr’s Potluck (below),” a dance written in April 2016 at Portland Raindance to test the half figure 8/hole-in-wall meanwhile figure above. I’m not thrilled with the B part. Called at several house parties and at Meet Me In St. Louis during a quirky contras workshop.

Rick Mohr’s Pot Luck, improper, (Coauthors: Christine Appleberry, Cindy Holmes, James Lane), April 2016
A1: long lines
1s half figure 8 down below 2s
2s hole-in-the-wall cross by R shoulder to trade places*
1s step between 2s to make a line of four going down the hall (8)
A2: down the hall, turn as couples, return
B1: balance the ring, give and take to lady’s side
partner swing
B2: circle left 3/4
neighbor swing
*Crossers need to “hesitate until the 5” so they don’t bump into the couple dancing the half figure 8 around them.
In his choreography workshop, Rick Mohr asked us to come up with a “nugget,” or figure idea, to construct a dance around. My suggestion of a half figure 8/hole-in-wall meanwhile figure won enough votes to merit a group effort. I’ve called this version several times at evening dances.


Flap Your Wings, CW becket, 
November 2014
A1: slice left
give and take to lady’s side, neighbor swing (“slice and take”)*
A2: ladies allemande right 1 1/2
partner star promenade, butterfly whirl (ladies backing up)
B1: hey (gents pass left)
B2: partner R shoulder ’round (or balance) and swing
*Here’s how I’d teach the A1: “Take inside hands with your partner. Dance forward on the left diagonal to meet new neighbors; ladies, take free hands with your neighbor and draw them back to your side for a swing.”
This dance is the inverse of “Flutterwhat;” the ladies back up on the butterfly whirl and launch the gents into the hey. 

Life Is Short; Dance Often, CCW becket (coauthor Yoyo Zhou)
A1: circle left 1x
ladies chain to neighbor 1
A2: CCW mad robin around neighbor 1
circle right 1x
B1: with partner, veer right, veer left to face neighbor 2
~3/4 hey, gents pass left
B2: partner balance and swing
Come in from the ends in B1 with the lady on the left. This is Yoyo’s significantly more danceable version of the now-retired “Mesmerize Me.”

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