Contra Dances by John Coffman

Contra Dance Choreography by John Coffman
(contra dance compositions)

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Aback             by John Coffman                     3/11, revised 8/11, 2/13
Duple, Improper, REVERSE PROGRESSION

 

A1      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

           

A2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

Partner Swing (8)

 

B1       Right and Left Through {across}(8)

            Ladies Chain {to neighbor}with Extra Courtesy {see notes}(8)


B2       Neighbor See Saw ¾ to make a short wavy line across the set.  {see notes}  (8)

            Balance the Wave {R, L} (4), Missouri Twirl {see notes} (4)


            Start dance over with new neighbors

 

Alternate A1: Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)


Notes:  This is a REVERSE PROGRESSION dance; that is, ones will progress up the hall, and twos will progress down the hall. 

 

To teach this dance, I would have dancers take hands four, and face their current neighbor.  Then, tell them they will progress backwards; that is, their next neighbors are behind them.  You might have dancers drop hands and turn around to meet their next neighbors behind them.  After introducing dancers to their next neighbors, ask them to turn back around to take hands four with their current neighbors.

 

B1: The "ladies chain with extra courtesy" starts like a normal ladies chain.  However, the men should continue to courtesy turn the woman for another 180 degrees, so both dancers end up facing outside the set {with the lady on the right as you face outside the set}.  Dancers will then have connected left hands to pull into the see saw {left shoulder dos-si-dos}.

 

In B2, after the Neighbor See Saw {left shoulder dos-si-dos} ¾, all will end up in a short wavy line across the set. All will have right hands with their neighbor, and ladies will have left hands in the center; ones will be facing down, and twos will be facing up {the normal direction of progression}.  You and your neighbor will have joined right hands, and you will be facing opposite directions.  Balance the wave {R, L}, ladies drop left hands and Missouri Twirl with your neighbor.  [A Missouri Twirl has much of the feel of a California Twirl, with this exception: you and neighbor start facing opposite directions, and you end up facing opposite directions.]  When the Missouri Twirl is complete, all will be facing their new {reverse progression} neighbors.  The progression takes place at the end of B2 with the Missouri Twirl.


Dancers will have time to loop wide on the See Saw ¾ in B2.

When out on the ends, stand out with the lady on the left, and the man on the right as you face back in.

Jim Hemphill provided feedback that improved flow in B1

 

See the original version danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M1mtuzh4nw



Aberdeen Angus     by John Coffman                     2/11, Revised 2/13

Duple, Improper,

 

A1       Neighbor Allemande Left 1  X  (8)

Men Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 (8)

 

A2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

           

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B2       Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin 1 Place to the Right (4)

            Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin 1 Place to the Right to face New Neighbors (4)

 

Start dance over with new neighbors

Alternate A1:  Neighbor Allemande Left 1  X  (8)

          Men Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

 

Notes: The progression takes place at the end of B2; spin one place to the right, and spin a little more (or less) to face your new neighbor.

 



Abracadabra                       by John Coffman    12/10

Duple, Becket, COUNTERCLOCKWISE

 

A1       Right Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

            Circle Right 3/4 (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

{Straight Across} Ladies Chain {to partner}(8)

 

B1       Left Hand Star ¾  (8)

Old {previous} Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

            Partner Swing (8)


Notes:  All will progress two places with the right diagonal right and left through in A1.  In B1, all will un-progress one place when they swing their old {previous} neighbors for a net progression of one forward {counterclockwise}.

 

To teach the dance, I would have dancers take a hard look at the dancers on their right diagonal – call these dancers their old neighbors, and tell them they will come back to them.  Now, have dancers do a right diagonal right and left through with these old neighbors.

 

The Old Neighbor Swing in B1 is with the neighbor dancers did the right diagonal right and left through with.

 

End Effects: Dancers are never really out in this dance.  If a couple finds themselves alone after the right diagonal right and left through, they should stand out with the lady on the left, man on the right so they can be ready for the old {previous} neighbor swing.  When waiting for the right diagonal right and left through, dancers should position themselves accordingly.



Adam's Apple                     by John Coffman                9/2012
Duple, Improper                      (Inspired by and written for Adam Hinton)

A1   Neighbor Left Hand Balance (4), Swat the Flea {see notes} (4)
    Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)

A2   Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1   Circle Left 3/4 (8)
        Partner Swing (8)

B2  Right and Left Through; Men Roll {their Partner}Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
        Star Right 3/4 (8)

 Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.

Notes: The "Swat the Flea" figure in A1 is a left handed "Box the Gnat."


Adam's Dance                     by Adam Hinton                5/2012
Duple, Improper

A1   Neighbor Left Hand Balance (4), Swat the Flea {see notes} (4)
    Ladies Chain {to partner}(8)

A2   Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start}(16)

B1   Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2  Promenade Across {with partner}; Men Roll {their Partner}Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
        Star Right 3/4 (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.


Alternate B2:

B2  Right and Left Through; Men Roll {their Partner}Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
        Star Right 3/4 (8)



Notes: The "Swat the Flea" figure in A1 is a left handed "Box the Gnat."


Ain't Dancing Grand?                 by John Coffman        12/12

Duple, Improper                      {Written for Peggy Lavender}
 
A1      Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
 
A2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1       Right and Left Through (8)
Ladies Chain (8)
 
B2       Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)Balance the Ring (4),
            Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right {with a little extra twirl} to face

        new
neighbors and start dance over (4)

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfv0la4xZPs&list=UUF_ExFYC6eUgoCdNsFQ0ADg&index=2
 


Alternating Current      by John Coffman     8/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2     Right and Left Through (8)
         Men Roll Neighbor Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (4), Ladies Roll Same Neighbor Man Away with 1/2 Sashay (4)
 
B1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2    Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin 1 Place to the Right (4)
        Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl (4)

        
Notes: A2: For ladies that like to twirl (ladies choice), a twirl works nicely with the Right and Left Through.  [Without the twirl, some men may roll the ladies away prematurely, mildly disrupting the flow of the dance.]  So, when teaching, I like to suggest a twirl for the ladies that like to twirl.

We have noticed that without careful teaching, many dancers will attempt the first (ladies roll) prematurely, because lots of dances have the right and left through and courtesy turn and roll away compressed into 8 counts of music.  For this dance to flow properly, dancers need to take the full 8 counts to do the right and left through (including the courtesy turn).  Then the first (ladies) roll away takes place during the first 4 counts of the following (8 count) phrase.

Dancers' muscle memory will influence them to do the first roll away prematurely, so the caller needs to help them understand the timing.


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js_HtnxmjoY



An Arm and a Leg           by John Coffman    2/11

Duple, Becket

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

            Ladies Chain {across}(8)

 

A2       Left Hand Star 1X (8)

            With Old Neighbors, Right Hand Star 1X (8)


 B1       Ladies Turn In, Old Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

B2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

Partner Swing (8)

           

Notes:  All will progress two places with the left diagonal right and left through in A1.  In A2, all will un-progress one place when they find their old neighbors to Left Hand Star 1X {for a net progression of 1 place forward}.


To teach the dance, I would have dancers take a hard look at the dancers on their left diagonal – call these dancers their old neighbors, and tell them they will come back to them.  Now, have dancers do a left diagonal right and left through with these old neighbors.

 

In A1, the ladies chain is with the neighbors now across from you. 

 

The Old Neighbor Gypsy and Swing in B1 is with the neighbor dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with.

 

End Effects: Dancers are never really out in this dance.  If a couple finds themselves alone after the left diagonal right and left through, they should stand out with the lady on the right (as in most duple improper dances) so they can be ready for the right hand star with their old neighbors.  When waiting for the left diagonal right and left through, dancers should position themselves accordingly.


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czfV8m7q3k8

 

or here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrnPWhx6oEI


 

Another Chance for Love      by John Coffman  7/11

Duple, Becket


A1    Full Hey {Men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (16)


A2   Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)


B1    Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)

     Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through Up and Down (2)


B2    Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)


Dance starts over with the neighbors now across from you


Alternate A2:    Partner Balance and Swing (16)


Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  While standing next to your partner in becket formation, look at your partner; your shadow is beyond your partner (in the next minor set).  After the left diagonal ladies chain, your shadow is across from you.


Timing is tight in B1; twirling should be discouraged.  I would only use the alternate B2 (P B&S) with relatively nimble, experienced dancers; otherwise, they may not make the balance and swing on time.



Another Runaround                       by John Coffman      2/12
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABBCC Format}

A1        Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1X to Long Wavy Lines {men face out}  (8)
            Balance the Lines {R, L} (4), Slide Right {as in Rory O'More} (4)            

A2        Neighbor Allemande Left 1 X  (8)
            Promenade Across {men pass left shoulders}  (8)

B1        Mad Robin {ladies to inside first}  (8)
            Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2  (8)

B2        Partner Balance and Swing (16)

C1        Right and Left Through  (8)
            Ladies Chain (8)

C2       Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to the Right (4)
           Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl  (4) 

Start dance over with new neighbors
 

Notes: This dance is actually just a variation of "The Runaround" below.




Around the Bend    by John Coffman        2/12

Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes [AABBCC Format]

A1  Neighbor Allemande Right 1X to Long Wavy Lines {men face out, ladies face in} (8)
      Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O'More (4)

A2  Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)
      Promenade Across (8)
      
B1  Mad Robin {ladies to inside first} (8)
      Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 (8)

B2  Partner Balance and Swing (16)

C1  Right and Left Through (8)
      Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)

C2  Full Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

Look to new neighbors to start the dance over    




At Your Service           by John Coffman    4/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/4 to short wavy lines {Right hand with Neighbor, Ladies have left hands in Center} (8),
         Balance the Lines {R, L} (4), Swing Through {Neighbor Allemande Right ½, Men Allemande Left ½ } (4)
 
A2     Partner Swing (16)
 
B1     1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start} (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Circle Left 3/4, Pass Through Up and Down (8)

Start the dance over with new neighbors
 
Notes:  A1: When the short wavy line is complete, all have right hands with their opposite gender neighbor, and ladies have left hands in the middle. All are facing their direction of progression.
 



Back Row Sitter                           by John Coffman    1/11

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

            Straight Across, Ladies Chain (8)

 

A2       Left Hand Star 1X  (8)

Old {previous} Neighbor Swing {see notes}(8)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes:  All will progress two places with the left diagonal right and left through in A1.  In A2, all will un-progress one place when they swing their old neighbors for a net progression of one forward

 

To teach the dance, I would have dancers take a hard look at the dancers on their left diagonal – call these dancers their old neighbors, and tell them they will come back to them.  Now, have dancers do a left diagonal right and left through with these old neighbors.

 

In A1, the ladies chain is with the neighbors now across from you. 

 

The Old Neighbor Swing in A2 is with the neighbor dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with.

 

End Effects: Dancers are never really out in this dance.  If a couple finds themselves alone after the left diagonal right and left through, they should stand out with the lady on the right (as in most duple improper dances) so they can be ready for the old {previous} neighbor swing.  When waiting for the left diagonal right and left through, dancers should position themselves accordingly.

 

Bad Hair Day     by John Coffman    5/13
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Right Hand Balance and Box the Gnat (8)

           ½ Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4  (8)

           Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Long Lines forward and back (8)

           Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 to face new neighbors} (8)

           

 

Balance the Books      by John Coffman    2/12
Duple, Improper
, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABCC format}

A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat (8)
          Right Hand Star 1X {wrist hold star} (8)            

A2      Right and Left Through (8) 
          Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

B1      Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2      Long Lines Forward and Back (8) 
          Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

C1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

C2     Square Through Four {with balances} (16)  

Notes: Square Through Four starts with right hand balance with partner across set – pull by and turn to face neighbor to pull by with left hands. Then right hand balance partner and pull by; face neighbor again to pull by with left hands to face a new neighbor (to start dance over). 




Bashful Bachelor                      by John Coffman                1/11

Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Allemande Right 1 ½  (8)

            ½ Hey {Men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Long Lines (8)

Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

 

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

 

Be My Heroine     by John Coffman               10//12, Revised 12/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Start Dance in Long Wavy Lines, Men Face Out, Current Neighbor in Right Hand, Past Neighbor in Left Hand
         Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O' More (4)
         Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)         

A2    
Men Dos-Si-Dos 1X  (6)   
         Neighbor Swing (10)         

B1    Balance the Ring (4) Ladies Pull their Men (Partner) to their Side
and Swing (12)

B2    Right and Left Through (8)
        Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)

Form long wavy lines with past neighbor in left hand, next neighbor in right hand


Hero Variation:

B1    Balance the Ring (4) Men Pull their Ladies (Partner) to their Side and Swing (12)

B2    Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)
        Left Hand Star 1X (8)





Beaming Bob Green        by John Coffman     4/11, Revised 12/13
Duple, Improper                                                               {Written for Bob Green}

A1     Neighbor Allemande Right ¾ to form short wavy lines {see notes} (4), Balance the Wave {R,L} (4}
          ½ Hey {Neighbor pass Right shoulders to start – men do slightly more than ½ hey} (8)

A2     Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
          Partner Swing (8)

B2     Long Lines (8)
          Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

Notes: A1: After the Neighbor Allemande Right ¾, all will end in a short wavy line; men will have left hands in the center, and all will have right hands with their neighbor; all will be facing opposite their direction of progression. During the ½ Hey, ladies will go exactly ½ Hey; men will go slightly more than ½ Hey.


 
Beauty and the Bees      by John Coffman     approx 3/10
(For my lovely wife, Kathy)
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
A2     Circle Left 1X (8)
         With the Next Neighbors, Circle Right 1X (8)
 
B1     Back to the First Neighbors, Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines (8)
         Ladies Chain (8)

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

Notes: A2/B1 Circle Left, with Next Circle Right, Back to First Neighbors Circle Left: I really like this flow, but many dancers need help getting it. I will sometimes have dancers take hands in a ring, but not go anyplace. Then drop hands, and turn to make a ring with their next neighbors. I might have them practice this a couple of times before doing it with the circles, and most come to understand that the easy (smooth) way to turn is to the inside toward your partner as you make the transition. I recently read of an even better teaching tip. After the circle left 1X, you are on the side of the set with your neighbor, and your partner is across the set from you. Now, you have one hand with your neighbor - take that hand and give it to your partner. Now, keep that hand as you turn to face your new neighbors, and make a ring with them. [Using this technique, dancers will be compelled to turn toward their partner as they make the transition.]

Bob Green came up with the title for this dance.

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/johndcoffman#p/u/7/C61hCXQEQBc

or here:  http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/150-beauty-and-the-bees.html

or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Yd1vC3Bps&list=UUF_ExFYC6eUgoCdNsFQ0ADg

See it taught here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8mxT0fD4fQ


Becketize the Baby                        by John Coffman           1/12

Duple, Becket            

 

A1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

Neighbor Swing (8)

 

A2      New Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

           Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)

 

 B1      Full Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start}(16)

 

 B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)


Note: The progression occurs at the top  of A2 when dancers allemande a new neighbor by the left 1 1/2

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaY2jk4YAUI



The Bee Attitudes             by John Coffman       5/16
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Partner Swing (8) 
 
B1      Circle Left 3/4 (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)

B2      Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
          Pass Through Across (4), Partial California Twirl to face new neighbor (4)
   

Alternate B2:
B2      Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
          Right and Left Through (8)

Face New Neighbors to start the dance over.


Bee in Her Bonnet      by John Coffman     3/2012, revised 7/12
(For my lovely wife, Kathy)
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Circle Left 1/2 (4), Men Roll their Neighbor Lady Away with 1/2 Sashay (4)
         1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start} (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (8)
 
B1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)
         Circle Right 1X (8)

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

Notes: B2 to A1 Transition: Circle Right, with Next Circle Left: I really like this flow, but many dancers will need help doing it properly.  I will sometimes have dancers take hands in a ring, but not go anyplace. Then drop hands, and turn to make a ring with their next neighbors. I might have them practice this a couple of times before doing it with the circles, and most come to understand that the easy (smooth) way to turn is to the inside toward your partner as you make the transition. I recently read of an even better teaching tip. After the circle right 1X, you are on the side of the set with your neighbor, and your partner is across the set from you. Now, you have one hand with your neighbor - take that hand and give it to your partner. Now, keep that hand as you turn to face your new neighbors, and make a ring with them. [Using this technique, dancers will be compelled to turn toward their partner as they make the transition.]

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mUKzJd6jpM&list=UUF_ExFYC6eUgoCdNsFQ0ADg


The Bee Whisperer             by John Coffman       4/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat  (4)
          Right Hand Star 1X {wrist hold star} (8)

A2      Men Turn In, Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
 
B2        Promenade across (8)
             Ladies Chain (8)

Face New Neighbors to start the dance over.

Notes:  The transition to New Neighbors {after the ladies chain} is much smoother for the men if they turn to the inside {toward their partner} as they turn to face their new neighbor.  A ladies twirl on the ladies chain also works well {for ladies that want to twirl}


The Beekeeper                           by John Coffman     Re-Written 12/10

Duple, Becket, COUNTERCLOCKWISE

 

A1       Circle Left ¾  (8)

Long Lines Forward and Back, Men Roll their Neighbor Ladies Away with ½ Sashay as they back up from the Long Lines (8)

 

 A2      Circle Right ¾ (8)

Allemande Partner Left 1 ½ (8)

 

  B1     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)

Star Left ¾  (8)

 

  B2     Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

The dance starts over with the neighbors now across from you.

 

Notes: I have not called or danced this dance; I am not sure about the flow.  It might be helpful to help dancers identify their shadows.  Before teaching the dance, have dancers line up in Becket formation and make long lines; in one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.  Your shadow will be across from you after the left diagonal ladies chain in B1.  The Star Left ¾ in B1 is with your neighbor and your shadow.

 

All should look for their partner when completing the Star Left ¾ in B1.

 
 
Bees in a Becket       by John Coffman           approx 4/10, Reivised 7/13
Duple, Becket - COUNTERCLOCKWISE

A1        Right and Left Through {with the couple across} (8)
            Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to new neighbor } (8)

 A2       Ladies Allemande Right 1X {back to neighbort} (8)
            Neighbor Swing {do not swing shadow} (8)

 B1       Long Lines forward and back (8)
            Left Hand Star 3/4  (8)

 B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Notes: It might be helpful to help dancers identify their shadows; in Becket formation, have dancers make long lines; in one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.  The 1/2 hey in A2 will be with shadow and new neighbor.

If waiting out on ends for your partner to balance and swing, stand out with the lady on the left

 

Beeswax                 by John Coffman                10/10

Duple, Becket

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through  (8)

            With the couple now across from you, Left Hand Star ¾  {hands across star}(8)

 

A2      Men turn out {over right shoulder}, Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

B1      Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow}(8)

Circle Right 1X  (8)

 

B2      Pass through up and down, Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes: I have not yet called or danced Beeswax.  It might be helpful to help dancers identify their shadows; in Becket formation, have dancers make long lines; in one hand is your partner; in the other hand is your shadow.

 

In A1: With the left diagonal right and left through, all will progress two places clockwise {to their left}.

 

In B1: With the left diagonal ladies chain, the ladies will unprogress one place.

 

In B2: With the pass through up and down, men will unprogress one place.  After the partner balance and swing, couples should be across from the same couple they did the right and left through with in A1.

 

If waiting out on ends for your partner to balance and swing, stand out with the lady on the left

 

 

 
Beeswax Light                        by John Coffman           10/10

Duple, Becket            

 

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through  (8)

Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

 

A2      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

 B1      Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow}(8)

Circle Right 1X  (8)

 

 B2      Pass through up and down, Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes: I have not yet called or danced Beeswax Light {an easier version of Beeswax}.  It might be helpful to help dancers identify their shadows; in Becket formation, have dancers make long lines; in one hand is your partner; in the other hand is your shadow.

 

A1: With the left diagonal right and left through, all will progress two places clockwise {to their left}.

 

B1: With the left diagonal ladies chain, the ladies will unprogress one place.

 

B2: With the pass through up and down, men will unprogress one place. After the partner balance and swing, couples should be across from the same couple they did the right and left through with in A1.

 

If waiting out on ends for your partner to balance and swing, stand out with the lady on the left

 


Behind Closed Doors      by John Coffman     2/2012
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Mad Robin {men to inside first}  (8)
         Men Allemande Right 1 1/2  (8)
 
A2     Partner Balance and Swing  (16)
 
B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing  (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back  (8)
         Right and Left Through  (8)

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

Alternate B1: Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
                      Neighbor Swing (8)

Notes: The Mad Robin in A1 is similar to a left shoulder Dos-Si-Dos {See-Saw}, except dancers look at their partner across the set while executing the move.  That is, dancers look at their partner as they move around their neighbor in a counter-clockwise direction.



Belly Button Diversity Project      by John Coffman     5/2013
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Mad Robin {men to inside first}  (8)
         Men Allemande Right 1/2  (3), Partner Allemande Left 1/2 (3), Ladies Allemande Right 1/2 (2)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing  (16)
 
B1     Circle Left 3/4  (8)
         Partner Swing  (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back - on the way back out, Men Roll their Lady Partner Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
         Right Hand Star 3/4  (8)

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

Notes: The Mad Robin in A1 is similar to a left shoulder Dos-Si-Dos {See-Saw}, except dancers look at their partner across the set while executing the move.  That is, dancers look at their partner as they move around their neighbor in a counter-clockwise direction.




Betwixt and Between          by John Coffman     3/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1        Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 {as the men take a step forward} (8) 
            Partner Swing (8)
 
A2        Circle Left 3/4 (8)
            Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1        Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
            Partner Swing (8)
 
B2        Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
            Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)

Notes: Men should take a step forward in A1 to enter the partner swing more gracefully.

Alternate A1 
A1        Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 {as the men take a step forward} (8) 
            Partner Swing (8)
 
 
The Big Chit Chat                  by John Coffman  12/10

Duple, Becket, Counterclockwise

 

A1       Ladies Chain  (8)

Promenade Up/Down Set {see notes} (8)


A2      Lady walks forward and weaves to inside of man directly in front WHILE man rolls out over right shoulder to

           meet the lady immediately behind him {the lady does NOT pass the man in front of her during the

           promenade – she weaves TO this man} (2) and Swing this neighbor (14) {see notes}

 

B1       Take hands in one large oval {Everbody in the line holds hands – I call this a Chainsaw}, and {big} circle

             (Chainsaw) to the Left (8)

Ladies look for the lady that just swung your partner, these ladies allemande right 1 ½ to their partner (8)

 

 B2      Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

Notes: In A1, after the ladies chain, have dancers face up and down the set in promenade position with men’s left shoulder to the center.

 

To teach A2, I would have dancers pause after they promenade. While still in promenade position, have ladies identify their next neighbor, who is the man directly in front of them.  I like to use the word “weave” to have the ladies move to the inside of her next neighbor man while this same neighbor (man) rolls out over his right shoulder to the outside; however, the word (weave) may imply to some that she is to pass the man in front – not so.  She simply walks to his inside while he rolls back to her outside.

 

I like use the words “chainsaw left” to prompt the big oval circle left because the dance will flow more nicely if the lines do not move too far apart.  I like to tell the men they can point the lady he just swung (now on his personal right) to his partner for the ladies allemande right 1 ½.


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfMhaXCZY0E&feature=related

 

 or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo3Tw3cemTw




Birds and Bees     by John Coffman    10/11
Duple, Improper
A1    Mad Robin {men to inside first - see notes} (8)
         1/2 Hey {men pass Right shoulders to start} (8)

A2    Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1    Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

B2    Long Lines Forward and Back  (8)
         Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2

Start the dance over with men going to the inside on a "mad robin" with new neighbors.

Notes:  In B2, Ladies allemande Right  1 1/2, then move to the outside of their new neighbor man to start a mad robin with these new neighbors.  Men start the mad robin by passing to the inside first.  Ladies start the mad robin by walking to the outside of her new neighbor man and looping back in over her left shoulder.



Birds of a Feather                   by John Coffman    approx 3/10

Duple, Improper

 

A1       Promenade Across {men pass left shoulders; see notes} (8)

            Mad Robin {ladies on inside first} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 
B2       Ladies Allemande Right 1 ½ to Face New Neighbors (8)
           With These New Neighbors, Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

 

Notes:  The progression takes place in B2.  To teach the dance, I would tell dancers you are starting at the end.  Have dancers allemande their neighbor left 1 ½ to exchange places with their neighbor; then all will be in place to promenade across with men passing left shoulders.

 

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNLQ1J6MQGo

or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRvKi93nzOw


Blabbermouth      by John Coffman     12/13
Becket
 
A1     Long Lines (8)
         Circle Left 1X (8)
 
A2     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
         Right and Left Through {across - see notes} (8)
 
B1     HANDS ACROSS Left Hand Star 1X (8)
         Ladies push off and loop out over their right shoulder WHILE Men Allemande Left 1 1/2
 
B2     Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

Notes: When in Becket, have dancers look at their partner; shadow is beyond partner.

In A2, after the left diagonal ladies chain, shadow is across from you.  For this dance, I would encourage dancers to do the right and left through across in A2 without the right hand pull-by.  That is, I would encourage dancers to pass through across and courtesy turn the lady - this will make the dance flow more smoothly for the men.



Black Swan        by John Coffman      2/12
Duple, Improper (3 part dance) AABCC

A1  Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1X {to long wavy lines with men facing out} (8)
       Balance the Line {R,L} (4), Slide Right {as in Rory O' Moore} (4)

A2  Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)
       Promenade Across (8)

B1  Mad Robin {ladies to inside first} (8)
       Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

C1  Partner Balance and Swing (16)

C2  Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin 1 Place to the Right
       Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl (4)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over.




Bob & Martha's Excellent Adventure                 by John Coffman        11/12
Duple, Becket   3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tune AABCC Format    {Written for Bob Green and Martha Edwards}
 
A1      Circle Left 1X (8)
           Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
 
A2      Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (16)
 
B1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

C1        Right and Left Through; Men Roll {their Neighbor}Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
            Star Right 3/4 (8)
 
C2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.

Notes: It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadow before teaching the dance.  While in Becket formation, have dancers face their partner; their shadow is beyond their partner.


After the left diagonal ladies chain in A1, your shadow is across from you.

Bob’s Good & Plenty                by John Coffman     2/11  

Duple, Becket, COUNTERCLOCKWISE                      {Written for Bob Green}

A1    Right Diagonal Ladies Chain and keep left hands after the courtesy turn{see notes}  (8)
        Pull by with left hands to next Neighbor; with this next Neighbor, Allemande Right 1X to
        return to the first Neighbor {see notes}(8)


A2   First Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1   Right and Left Through {across} (8)
        Left Hand Star 3/4 (8)

B2    Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  While standing next to your partner in becket formation, have dancers take hands in long lines.  Your partner is in one hand; your shadow is in the other hand. 

B1: All should look for their partner when completing the Left Hand Star ¾.

 

 

Bob’s High Quality Bologna             by John Coffman     3/11

Duple, Improper                                                                           {Written for Bob Green}

A1      Circle Right 1X
          Zag Right (2), Zig Left (2) to meet new neighbors {see notes}, With these new neighbors, Circle Left ½ (4)

A2     Ladies Turn In, Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

B1     Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

          Partner Swing (8)

B2      Ladies Chain (8)
          Long Lines
Forward and Back; on the way back out, men roll their neighbor lady away with ½ sashay. (8)
 

          The dance starts over with these same neighbors.

 

Notes: The progression takes place in A1.  The Zag and Zig is done by holding inside hands with your partner {man’s right joined to lady’s left}; couples move {Zag} to their individual right with men passing left shoulders as they move past their current neighbors.  Then all move {Zig} to their individual left to come face to face with new neighbors.

See a variant (ladies roll men away) danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFaXbhloe-k




Boogaloo Bugaboo         by John Coffman                     2/11

Duple, Becket


A1    Left Diagonal Ladies Chain  (8)

         Left Hand Star 1X (8)


A2    Ladies Turn Out, Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)


B1      Right and Left Through {across} (8)
           Men Roll their Neighbor Ladies Away with ½ Sashay on the side of the set {see notes} (2), Right Hand Star ¾ (6)

 

 B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  While standing next to your partner in becket formation, look at your partner; your shadow is beyond your partner (in the next minor set). 

 

In A1, after the left diagonal ladies chain, your shadow is across from you.  The neighbor gypsy/swing in A2 is with your neighbor (not your shadow).  [On the ends, if you don’t lose your partner with a left diagonal ladies chain, your partner becomes your neighbor.  That is, the gypsy meltdown is with the same person you end up with after the left diagonal ladies chain.]

 

In B1, after the right and left through, men roll the ladies away with ½ sashay on the side of the set.  [That is, men roll away the same neighbor they did the gypsy/swing with in A2.]

 

At the end of B1, all should look for their partner coming out of the star Right 3/4

 


 

Bounce-Back     by John Coffman           approx 11/09, Revised 5/13

Duple, Improper
 
A1     As a Couple {holding inside hands with your partner}, Dos-Si-Dos your Neighbors (8)
         Circle Left 1X (8)
 
A2    Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1     Balance the Ring (4), Men pull partner lady to his side (4)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines (8)
         Men Allemande Left 1X {to pick up partner's inside hand and face the next set of neighbors; men can keep left hands joined as they rotate to face their new neighbors -  man's right hand and lady's left hand are joined} (8)

Notes: This dance has not been tried.  In A1, couples hold inside hands (mens' right joined to ladies' left) as they dos-si-dos their neighbor couple.  You may need to help couples orient at the end of B2; I like to do a demonstration or have a couple demonstrate.  

 
 

Bow Legged Cat                     by John Coffman                2/11

Duple, Improper


A1   Neighbor Allemande Right 1 ¼ to make short wavy lines across   {men on outside; all have right hands with neighbor; ladies have

        left hands in center of wavy line} (8)

        Balance the Wave {R, L} (4), Box the Bat {see notes} (4)


A2   ½ Hey {Neighbors pass right shoulders to start – see notes} (8)

        Neighbor Swing (8)


B1   Circle Left ¾ (8)
        Partner Swing (8)

B2    Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
        Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.
 

Notes:  A1: After the neighbor allemande right 1 ¼ , all will end up in a short wavy line across the set; all will have right hands with their neighbor, and ladies will have left hands in the center.  After balancing the line (R, L), ladies should drop left hands, and dancers should box the gnat (bat) from this wavy line position so that men end up back to back in the center facing their neighbor.  Because this is not the usual starting position of box the gnat, I am calling it “box the bat,” and I would demonstrate the move for the dancers.

 

A2: Ladies do exactly ½ hey; men do slightly more than ½ hey to meet their neighbor (ladies) on the other side to swing.


See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSh13NgUNGE&feature=BFa&list=UUF_ExFYC6eUgoCdNsFQ0ADg&lf=plcp



The Boys from Urbana                   by John Coffman   12/11

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

            Zig Left (2), Zag Right (2) to meet new neighbors; Men Allemande Left 1/2 to face (same new) neighbor (4)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back  (8)

            Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

 
B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 
See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCpmxejD3Wg



 

Brainwashed                   by John Coffman   approx 10/10

Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

A2       Ladies Chain (8)

Mad Robin {ladies on inside first}(8)

 

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 
B2       Circle Left ¾  (6), Pass Through by Right Shoulders to face new neighbors {neighbors #2 - see notes} (2)

Pass this Neighbor {#2} by Left Shoulders {weave}to face the Next neighbor {#3} (2)  Allemande this Neighbor #3 by the Right 1X (6)

 

Return to neighbor #2 to start dance over {see notes}.

 

 

Notes:  The progression takes place in B2/A1. 


B2:  It might be helpful to identify neighbors for the dancers.  After the circle left 3/4, dancers are looking at their current neighbors (neighbors #1).  Beyond these neighbors are neighbors #2.  And beyond Neighbors #2 are Neighbors #3.   After passing through with the current neighbors by right shoulders, dancers will weave past neighbors #2 by left shoulders to face Neighbor #3..  Allemande this neighbor #3 by the right 1X to return to Neighbor #2 to balance and swing.

 

 

Brainwashed Becket                       by John Coffman    approx 10/10

Duple, Becket

 

 
A1       Circle Left ¾  (6), Pass Through by Right Shoulders to face new neighbor {neighbor #2} (2)

Pass this Neighbor #2 by Left Shoulders {weave}to face the Next neighbor #3 (2)  Allemande this Neighbor #3 by the Right 1X (6))

 

A2       Neighbor #2 Balance and Swing {see note}(16)

 

B1       Ladies Chain (8)

Mad Robin {ladies on inside first}(8


B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)


Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.


Notes: This is the same dance as Brainwashed; but it is made becket to avoid starting with a neighbor balance and swing, and so dancers can end with a partner swing..


The progression occurs in A1/A2.

 

A1:  It might be helpful to identify neighbors for the dancers.  After the circle left 3/4, dancers are looking at their current neighbors (neighbors #1).  Beyond these neighbors are neighbors #2.  And beyond Neighbors #2 are Neighbors #3.   After passing through with the current neighbors by right shoulders, dancers will weave past neighbors #2 by left shoulders to face Neighbor #3..  Allemande this neighbor #3 by the right 1X to return to Neighbor #2 to balance and swing.


See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm5mBDhUxq0 
  
 

Bubbles in the Tub     by John Coffman    approx 10/09
Duple, Becket
 
A1     Circle Left ¾ (6), Men Roll Neighbor Lady Away with a Half Sashay on the side of the set (4),
         Ladies Allemande Right 1X in the middle to return to Neighbor (6)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Pass Through to an Ocean Wave (4), Balance the Wave (4)
 
B2     Swing Through {Neighbor Allemande Right ½, Men Allemande Left ½ }(4), Partner Swing (12)
         Slide Left with Partner to Next Neighbors
 
Notes: This dance is not recommended for inexperienced dancers or novice callers. Timing is tight in A1; I encourage dancers to think of the circle left/roll away as one fluid move. After the men roll their neighbor ladies away, the man should have the lady’s left hand in his right hand. I like to encourage the men to give the ladies a little tug to help them into the ladies’ allemande right.

In B1, the Pass Through to an Ocean Wave is achieved by passing right shoulders with the person (partner) across the set; as women pass left shoulders with each other, they take left hands in an allemande grip and turn ¼ to make a short wavy line across the set. When the short wavy line is complete, all have right hands with their opposite gender neighbor, and ladies have left hands in the middle. All are facing OPPOSITE their direction of progression.

 
Busy as a Bee      by John Coffman   approx 3/10, Revised 12/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         1/2 Hey {Ladies Pass Right Shoulders to Start} (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1     Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Right and Left Through, and Men Roll the Lady {partner} Away with 1/2 Sashay (10)
         Right Hand Star 3/4 (6)
 
         Face New Neighbors to start the dance over

 


Busybodies      by John Coffman          4/11
Duple, Improper


A1    Circle Right 1X  (8)
        Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

A2    ½ Hey {partners pass right shoulders to start – see notes} (8)
        Partner Swing (8)

B1    Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)

B2    Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Ladies Chain (8)

       Face new  neighbors to start the dance over.

 

Notes: A busy dance; not recommended for inexperienced dancers. The circle right into the men allemande left 1 ½ is unusual; inexperienced dancers may become disoriented.

 

When teaching:  After the men allemande left 1 ½, I would have the men stand back to back in the center, looking at their partner.  During the ½ Hey, ladies will do exactly ½ Hey; men will do slightly more than ½ Hey.

B2: After the ladies chain, the men should continue to rotate {toward their partner as they turn to face their new neighbors to circle right – this will make the transition much smoother}.



Butterbump     by John Coffman               11/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Start Dance in Long Wavy Lines, Men Face Out, Current Neighbor in Right Hand, Past Neighbor in Left Hand
         Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O' More (4)
         Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)         

A2   
Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy 1X (8)         
        Neighbor Swing 1X (8)         

B1    Circle Left 3/4
(8)
        Partner Swing
(8)

B2    Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)
        Left Hand Star 1X (8)

Form long wavy lines with past neighbor in left hand, next neighbor in right hand

Alternate A2:  Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)         
                     Neighbor Swing 1X (8)


Butter Her Up      by John Coffman    3/12, Revised 6/2014
Duple, Becket
 
A1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
A2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)
 
B1     Full Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
        

Slide left with your partner to start the dance over with new neighbors.




The Calico Girls      by John Coffman    approx 3/10, modified 1/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1     As a Couple {holding inside hands with your partner}, Dos-Si-Dos your Neighbors (8)
         Circle Left 1X (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1     Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)

 Notes: In A1, couples hold inside hands (mens' right joined to ladies' left) as they dos-si-dos their neighbor couple.



Camden's Cap            by John Coffman                    11/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2       Circle Left 3/4 (8)
Partner Swing (8)

B1        Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
            Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
            Cross Trails Through (8)
 
Notes: In B2, Cross Trails Through: pass through across, ladies turn left as the men turn right; the lady passes in front of the man as both walk to meet their new neighbor to start the dance over.



Camden's Cap and Gown       by John Coffman                    11/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1       Full Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start - See Notes} (16)

A2       Men pull by with left hands, Partner Swing (16)

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)
Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
            Cross Trails Through (4), Gypsy NEW Neighbor 1/2 so men face in (4).
 
Notes: Teach this dance by starting at the end;  That is, have Neighbors Gypsy 1/2 so Neighbors have traded places and Men face in; then dancers will be in position to start the hey.  In B2, Cross Trails Through: pass through across, ladies turn left as the men turn right; the lady passes in front of the man as both walk to meet their new neighbor to start the dance over.  The Progression takes place in the last 4 counts of B2. 

See it taught here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YO0v0jW7vQ

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3HzbmMrfiY




Captain Kirk’s Halibut      by John Coffman  approx 9/08
Duple, Improper

A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2     Hands Across Star Left 1X (8)
         Ladies keep left hands to Allemande Left 1 ½ WHILE the Men push off and Loop over their own right shoulder (8)

B1     Partner Gypsy and Swing {meltdown} (16)

B2     Long Lines forward and back (8)
         Ladies Chain across (8)
Notes: In my experience, the men loop right needs to be demonstrated with an emphasis on using about 8 beats of music.  Otherwise, men tend to stand around waiting on their partner.



Cards on the Table       by John Coffman                    5/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1    Start dance in long wavy lines, men face out.  Balance the Lines, R,L (4), Slide Right as in Rory O' More (4)
         Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (6),  Ladies Allemande Right 1/2 (2)

A2    Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B1    Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B2    Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right {with a little extra twirl} to meet new neighbors and start

         dance over (4)


Form long wavy lines with past neighbor in left hand, next neighbor in right hand

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdpOi0YKPNY

 
Celestial Navigation     by John Coffman    approx 3/10
Duple, Becket     Revised 9/14/2010
 
A1     Circle Left ¾ (6), Men Roll Neighbor Lady Away with ½ Sashay on the side of the set (2) Men Allemande Left 1 ½ WHILE Ladies
         Orbit clockwise ½ way to cross to the other side of the set to meet her Neighbor. {see notes} (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1     Ladies Chain (8)
         ½ Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
Slide Left with Partner to meet next Neighbors
 
Notes: After the men roll their neighbor lady away in A1, The man’s right hand will be holding his neighbor’s left hand. Ask the man to keep that connection as he takes left hands with his neighbor man in the center. Ask the men to give a little tug to his neighbor lady’s hand to start her on her clockwise orbit. {Men and ladies travel in different directions as the ladies orbit – the ladies travel clockwise while the men travel counter-clockwise.} As ladies orbit, they will come face to face with another lady from the next minor set. Though it is counter-intuitive, the ladies should pass RIGHT shoulders with the lady she meets. {No real harm is done if she passes left shoulders, but she will arrive at her destination early.} The sequence in A1 also occurs in "Venus and Mars."


Chains of Love     by John Coffman               11/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Start Dance in Long Wavy Lines, Men Face Out, Current Neighbor in Right Hand, Past Neighbor in Left Hand
         Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O' More (4)
         Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)         

A2   
Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)   
        Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)         

B1    Partner Balance and Swing
(12)

B2    Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)
        Left Hand Star 1X (8)

Form long wavy lines with past neighbor in left hand, next neighbor in right hand

Cheeseburger          by John Coffman    Approx 9/12
Circle Mixer

 

A1       Ladies into the Middle, then face out to make a Long

            Wavy {continuous} Line {or circle with Men facing in, Ladies facing out,

             current partner is in right hand} (8)

             Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O' More (4)

            

A2       New Neighbor Balance and Swing {this neighbor becomes

            your new partner} (16)

 

B1       Promenade Counterclockwise {men have left shoulders to center} (16)

B2       Circle Right (16)


Notes: An easy circle mixer dance to teach Rory O'More.
Looking from the ceiling, men progress counterclockwise; ladies progress clockwise.


Chicken on a Leash     by John Coffman    9/11
Duple, Improper

A1    Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

A2    Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B1    Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)

B2    Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right {with a little extra twirl} to face new
         neighbors and start the dance over (4)

Notes:  I try to discourage clapping in B2.  If dancers clap after the second Petronella Twirl, they will be late for their Allemande Left with their new neighbor.


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXz_RYOBKBk&feature=g-all



 
The Chicks are Here
      
by Kathy Coffman                    3/11

Duple, Becket – COUNTERCLOCKWISE

 

A1       Balance the Ring (4) Petronella Spin 1 Place to Right (4)

Balance the Ring (4) California Twirl to Face New Neighbors (4)


A2       With these New Neighbors, Circle Left 1/2 (4), Neighbor Swing (12)


B1       Right and Left Through {across} (8)

Men Roll their Neighbor Ladies Away with ½ Sashay on the side of the set {see notes} (2), Right Hand Star ¾ (6)

 

B2       Men Turn In, Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

Notes: In B1, after the right and left through, men roll the ladies away with ½ sashay on the side of the set.  [That is, men roll away the same neighbor they did the  neighbor swing with in A2.]

 


 
The Collective     by John Coffman    approx 3/10
Duple, Improper
 
A1     As a Couple, Dos-Si-Dos Neighbors (8)
         Circle Left 1X (8)
 
A2     Ladies Curl In to stand back to back in the middle facing their Neighbor. Pass Neighbor by Right Shoulders to start ½ Hey.
         {Men do exactly ½ Hey, Ladies do slightly more than ½ Hey} (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines (8)
         Men Allemande Left 1X {to pick up partner's inside hand and face the next set of neighbors - man's right hand
         and lady's left hand are joined} (8)

Notes: You may need to help couples orient at the end of B2; I like to do a demonstration or have a couple demonstrate. The ladies curl at the top of A2 sets up the 1/2 hey that follows. I like to tell dancers that as they come out of the circle left 3/4, men should give the ladies a little tug {as they would do when rolling the ladies away - but you only do a partial roll away so the ladies end up back to back in the middle. That is, men roll the ladies away about 1/4 so the ladies end up back to back in the middle. {I like to instruct men to put their right hand in their pocket as I teach the curl (or ¼ roll away) figure. If men attempt to use their right hand (and many may), it will make this smooth figure clunky.} During the actual dance, this should happen fluidly, and the ladies don't actually have to line up exactly, back to back with each other.

This dance features a circle left 1X in A1, and a circle left ¾ in B1.  It is easy for dancers to confuse these two circles and become disoriented.  So, it is important to be clear in the teaching.  And I recommend prompting that tells dancers how far to circle (e.g, “circle left three places,” or “circle left all the way,” or “circle left once around,” etc.
 

Come What May      by John and Kathy Coffman     10/13
Counterclockwise Becket
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (8)
 
B1     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)
         HANDS ACROSS Left Hand Star 3/4 (8)
 
B2     Keep left hands joined, Balance the Star (4)  Ladies Let Go {push off and turn back over right shoulder},
         Men Keep Left Hands to pull Across to Partner for a Partner Swing (12)

Teaching Note: When in Becket, have dancers hold hands in long lines; partner is in one hand, shadow is in the other hand.


 
 

Communist Plot                      by John Coffman       approx 10/10

Duple, Improper

 

A1       ½ Hey {men pass left shoulders to start}(8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

A2       Men Pull Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1), Neighbor Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1)

 

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Ladies Chain (8)

With New Neighbors, Allemande Right 1 ½ (8)

 

Notes:  New dance; not sure of flow in B2; I recommend teaching this dance by starting at the bottom of B2; that is, have dancers allemande their neighbor right 1 ½ so men are in correct position to start the ½ hey.  I would also be sure to tell dancers that you are actually starting {the teaching} at the end so they will be in correct position to start the dance.  After the walk through, dancers should be in correct position to start the dance.  That is, dancers will have exchanged places with their opposite gender neighbors after the new neighbor allemande right in B2 – this will put the men in correct position to start the ½ hey by passing left shoulders as they will when the dance/music begins.

 

Company Man                    by John Coffman     4/12
Duple, Improper

 

A1       1/2 Ricochet Hey {men to inside first} (8)

           Men Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8) 

           

A2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)

        

B1       Circle Left 3/4  (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8)

          

B2       Ladies Chain {to partner}, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

           Star Right 3/4 (8)


Start the dance over with new neighbors.



 
Congress of Bunkbeds      by John Coffman     approx 6/10, Revised 7/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1        Star Through, Circle Right 1X (10) 
            Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (6)
 
A2        Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)
           
1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start}  (8) 
 
B1        Partner Balance and Swing (16) 
 
B2        Long Lines forward and back (8) 
            Men Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 to face new neighbors (2) 
 
 
Alternate:
B2:       Long Lines forward and back (8) 
            Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 to face new neighbors (2) 
 

Notes: In A1, “star through” is man’s right hand to lady’s left hand; lady walks under man’s raised right hand; both finish the star through trading places and facing across the set.
 

 
Cool Your Jets      by John Coffman     4/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1        Ladies Allemande Right 3/4 (4) 
            Neighbor Swing (12)
 
A2        Right and Left Through (8) 
            Circle Left 3/4 (8)
 
B1        Partner Gypsy and Swing (16) 
 
B2        Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
            Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)

 
Alternate:  To make the dance easier for beginners, consider replacing  the Right and Left Through in A2 with a Promenade.

Notes: When teaching A1, it might be helpful to coach the men to take a step forward as the ladies allemande right {so the neighbor swing flows smoothly.}



 
Counterbalance     by John Coffman    approx 2/10
Duple, Becket – COUNTERCLOCKWISE
 
A1     Right Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
         1/2 Hey Across {Ladies Pass Right Sh} (8)
 
A2     Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy {1X back to neighbor} (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Left Hand Star 3/4 (8)
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
Notes: It is important to help dancers identify their shadow. After taking hands four, have dancers start by taking hands in long lines - in one hand is their partner, in the other hand is their shadow.

In A1, all will lose their partner and their current neighbor with the right diagonal ladies chain. The person you Right Diagonal Chain to is your new neighbor. After the right diagonal ladies chain, your shadow is across from you in your current group of four. The 1/2 hey in A1 is with this new neighbor and your shadow.

In A2, Ladies gypsy 1X to return to neighbor (not shadow) for a neighbor swing.

In B2, Ladies may need to turn around to find their male partner behind them for a Partner Balance and Swing.  (Hopefully, ladies will spot their partner as they are completing the left hand star.) 

End Effects: On ends, your partner may become your neighbor. Also, when your partner is in a different star and you are waiting out for the Partner Balance and Swing, stand out with the lady on the left, man on the right.

 
 
Counterweight                by John Coffman    approx 2/10

Duple, Becket – COUNTERCLOCKWISE

 

A1       Right Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)

1/2 Hey Across {Ladies Pass Right Sh} (8)

 

A2       Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy  {1X back to neighbor} (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

            Left Hand Star 3/4 (8)

 

B2       Partner Gypsy Meltdown (16)

 

Notes: This is really just a minor variation of “Counterbalance.”  It is important to help dancers identify their shadow.  After taking hands four, have dancers start by taking hands in long lines - in one hand is their partner, in the other hand is their shadow.

 

In A1, all will lose their partner and their current neighbor with the right diagonal ladies chain.  The person you Right Diagonal Chain to is your new neighbor.  After the right diagonal ladies chain, your shadow is across from you in your current group of four.  The 1/2 hey in A1 is with this new neighbor and your shadow.

 

In A2, Ladies gypsy 1X to return to neighbor (not shadow) for a neighbor swing.

 

In B2, Ladies must look to their right when coming out of the star left to find their male partner in the star behind them for a Partner Gypsy and Swing

 

End Effects: On ends, your partner may become your neighbor.  Also, when your partner is in a different star and you are waiting out for the Partner Gypsy and Swing, stand out with the lady on the left, man on the right.

 
 
Cross Purposes                by John Coffman    2/13

Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

 

A2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B2       Right and Left Through (8)

            Cross Trails Through {see notes}(8)



Notes: In B2, Cross Trails Through: pass through across, ladies turn left as the men turn right; the lady passes in front of the man as both walk to meet their new neighbor to start the dance over.



 
Crossed the Line     by John Coffman   approx 7/10
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Square Through Two (Rt hands to Partner, pull by; give left hand to current neighbor and
         pull by to face a new neighbor) (4); New Neighbor Swing (12)
 
A2     Right and Left Through (8)
         ½ Hey (Ladies Pass Rt Sh) (8)
 
B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Left Hand Star (wrist hold star) 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)

         {Dance starts over by taking right hands with partner across the set in A1}

Notes: At the end of B2, Ladies will end up facing out of the set, so the Man should give the lady's left hand a little extra push with the Man's left hand when they finish up the Allemande Left so the Ladies can pivot around to face back in to face her partner across the set.

The progression takes place in A1, and most of the dancing takes place on the opposite side. That is, the men do most of their dancing on the ladies side, and vice versa.

After taking hands four, I would tell dancers that this dance has an unusual progression, and here is how they will get to their new neighbor. Then teach the square through two - No Balances in the Square Through Two.

 

Cupid’s Crusty Lips        by John Coffman        10/10

Duple, Improper, Double Progression

 A1       Long Lines Forward and Back, Ladies Roll their {New} Neighbor Men Away with
             ½ Sashay as they back up from the Long Lines (8)

 Circle Right 1X (8)    

 

A2       With the Next Neighbors, Circle Left 1X (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Right and Left Through (8)

Ladies Chain (8)

 

 

Notes: I received the creative idea (long lines, roll away, circle right, with next circle left) from Nils Fredland who may have been inspired by Joseph Pimentel.

 

A1/A2 Circle Rt, with Next Circle Left Progression:  I really like this transition, but many dancers need help getting it. I read a good teaching tip: After the circle right 1X, you are on the side of the set with your neighbor, and your partner is across the set from you.  Now, you have one hand with your neighbor - take that hand and give it to your partner.  Now, turn to face your new neighbors, and make a ring with them to circle left.  [Using this technique, dancers will be compelled to turn toward their partner as they make the transition.]

 

In A1, the men roll away a new neighbor lady each time.  Dancers progress in A1 and A2.

 

 

Dale Street                             by John Coffman    7/11
Duple, Improper                {Written for Dale Wilson}
 
A1      Mad Robin {men on inside first - see notes} (8)
          Pousette 1 1/8
{Start pousette with men pushing, ladies pulling - see notes} (8)

A2      Partner Gypsy and Swing {on ladies original side} (16)
                   
B1      Right and Left Through (8)
         
Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
 
B2      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

[B2 Variation: Neighbor Balance and Swing]

Start dance over with New Neighbors

Notes:  A1: Mad Robin is with NEW NEIGHBORS - men on inside first.  The Pousette 1 1/8 ends with couples on the ladies' original side, and flows into a partner gypsy meltdown.



 
Dance Freak      by John Coffman    approx 6/10
Duple, Becket

A1       Circle Left 3/4  (6), Pass Through to next neighbor (2)
           Dos-Si-Dos Next Neighbor 1X (8)

A2       Balance and Swing First {original} Neighbor (16)

B1       Ladies Chain (8)
           Mad Robin {ladies on inside first} (8)

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
Slide Left to meet new neighbors

Notes: To teach the Mad Robin, I like to ask dancers to do a left shoulder Dos-Si-Dos (See Saw) with their neighbor on the side of the set (without twirling), and note the elliptical path their feet trace around the dance floor.  Now, have them face their partner across the set, and let their feet take the same elliptical path while looking at their partner - ladies take the inside path first.


 

Dance of the Honeybee     by John Coffman    Approx 5/10
Duple, Becket - COUNTERCLOCKWISE 
 

A1       Right and Left Through (8)

           Left Diagonal Ladies Chain to new neighbor (8)

 

A2       Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy 1X  (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           NEW MEN Allemance Left 1 ½  (8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes: Once in Becket formation, have dancers make long lines; their partner is in one hand, and their shadow is in the other hand.

 

All lose their partner and their current neighbor with the left diagonal ladies chain in A1.  After the left diagonal chain, your shadow will be across from you and your new neighbor will be beside you. All will swing this new neighbor in A2.

 

The progression takes place at the top of B1, when NEW men allemande left 1 ½.  {That is, men look slightly to their left for the next man (new minor set) to allemande left with.}


See variation danced here:  http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/88-dance-of-the-honeybees.html

 

 

Dancing in My Bones     by John Coffman    5/12
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat (4)

           1/2 Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 1/2

           Partner Swing (8)

           

B2       Ladies Chain {to Neighbor} (8)

           Left Hand Star 1X (8)


Alternate A2: Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)



Danny's BBQ     by John Coffman    4/12
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Balance the Ring (4), Spin One Place to the Right as in Petronella (4)

           Partner Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

 

A2       Full Hey {men pass right shoulders to start} (16)

 

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

           

B2       Right and Left Through (8)

           Circle Left 3/4, Pass Through Up and Down {to progress to new neighbors} (8)




David's Daily Double     by John Coffman        7/11, Revised 12/11, 4/15
Duple, Improper
                
A1     Neighbor Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         1/2 Hey {Men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (16)

B2     Ladies Chain (8)
         Balance the Ring (4), Cross Trails Through (4)

         Meet new neighbors to start the dance over.

Alternate A2: Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

Notes: To make the dance a little more flowing (and dizzy), the Neighbor Balance and Swing in A2 can be replaced with a Neighbor Gypsy and Swing.  The Cross Trails Through is achieved when all dancers pass their partner (across the set) by right shoulders to move to their original side.  The Neighbor Lady turns to her individual left 90 degrees to face her next neighbor WHILE that same lady's neighbor man turns to his individual right 90 degrees to face his next neighbor.  During the Cross Trails Through, the lady always turns in front of the man.



Don't Ask, Don't Tell                    by John Coffman     5/12
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

           

A2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

           

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Right and Left Through, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

           Star Right 3/4 (8)


Start the dance over with new neighbors.

 




Double Hat Syndrome     by John Coffman        5/12
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance AABCC
                
A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing {end facing down the hall in short lines of four (16)
 
A2     Down the hall in lines of four (8)
         Turn Alone and Come Back Up the Hall {in lines of four} (8)

B1     Invert the Line {Man #1 makes an arch with lady #2; lady #1 leads her neighbor under the arch and swings her neighbor partner on
         their opposite side as Man #1 and his neighbor {lady #2} walk to the opposite side to swing on their opposite side (16)

C1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

C2     Long Lines {Forward and Back} (8)
         Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over.

Notes: I got the "invert the line" idea from Jim Hemphill (who may have gotten the idea elsewhere).   According to Jim, "the invert the line move is a fun way to enter a swing as long as a lady is on the left, and a man is on the right of a line of 4."  Here, the #1 man makes an arch with his neighbor {the #2 lady} as they bend the line to cross the set {to their opposite side}.  The #1 lady leads her neighbor under the arch to their opposite side, and all swing their neighbor on this opposite side.



Double Play     by John Coffman        7/11
Duple, Becket
                
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
A2     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing  {end in short lines of four facing down the hall} (8)

B1     Down the Hall in lines of four (8)
         Turn Alone and Come Back Up the Hall {in lines of four} (8)

B2     Invert the Line {Couple #2 makes an arch; lady #1 leads her partner under the arch and swings her partner on their original side as the
         #2 couple walks to their original side and swings}  (16)

Slide left to start the dance over with new neighbors

Notes: I got the "invert the line" idea from Jim Hemphill (who may have gotten the idea elsewhere).   According to Jim, "the invert the line move is a fun way to enter a swing as long as a lady is on the left, and a man is on the right of a line of 4."  Here, the 2s arch as they bend the line to cross the set {to their original side}.  The #1 lady leads her partner under the arch to their original side to swing as the 2s cross to their original side to swing.

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUTEMSjkl7s




 
Downstream     by John Coffman        Modified 1/11
Duple, Improper

A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing {end facing down hall} (16)

A2     Down the Hall in Lines of 4 (8)
         Bend the Line and Circle Left ¾ (8)
 
B1     Partner Gypsy and Swing {end facing up hall} (16)
 
B2     Up the Hall in Lines of 4 (8)
         Circle Right 3/4 (6), California Twirl (2)

Notes: The creative idea for this dance came from Joe Surdyk. This dance requires some {lengthwise} room since dancers do not immediately return after traveling down the hall.

 
or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPGkAGUrbdM



Drama in Middle School                     by John Coffman                11/11
Duple, Improper

A1   Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2   Circle Left 3/4 (8)
        Balance the Ring (4), Inside Turn to a Right Hand Star (4)

B1   Star Right 1X (8)
        Partner Swing (8)

B2 Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
        Ladies Chain (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.
 
Notes: The figure "inside turn to a right hand star" was choreographed by Ron Buchanon, who borrowed it from swing dance.  After balancing the ring, the man is holding hands with both his partner and his neighbor lady.  The man should let go of his neighbor's hand, and keep hands with his partner.  That is, his left hand is connected to his lady partner's right hand.  With his left hand, the man brings his partner's right hand in front of her face as he twirls her and exchanges places with her.  He then places her right hand on his own right wrist to form the right hand star.

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShLG4wfYKrg



Easy Come, Easy Go         by John Coffman                    2/12
Duple, Improper, Double Progression, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABBCC Format}
 
A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2       New Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
            Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)

B1       Full Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to star} (16)
 
B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

C1       Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
            Neighbor Swing (8)

C2        Right and Left Through (8)
            Cross Trails Through (8)

Notes:  This is a double progression dance, but dancers will swing both neighbors each time through the dance.  That is, each neighbor swing is with a new a neighbor..  Dancers progress at A1/A2, and at the end of the dance.  

In C2,
Cross Trails Through: pass through across, ladies turn left as the men turn right; the lady passes in front of the man as both walk to meet their new neighbor to start the dance over.





Edgy Knitter
     by John Coffman    approx 7/10
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Star Through (8)

           ½ Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

           Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Long Lines forward and back (8)

           Circle Left ¾ (6) {Pass Through to face new neighbors} (2)

           

Notes: At the end of the star through in A1,the lady’s left hand will be connected to the man’s right hand.  I encourage the ladies to give the men a little tug to start them on their left shoulder ½ Hey. 


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGtYwZlHsm8



Emotional Balance           by John Coffman        7/11
Duple, Becket
                
A1     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
         Mad Robin {ladies to inside first} (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1     Right and Left Through (6), Men Roll same Neighbor Lady Away with 1/2 sashay (2)
         Star Right 3/4 (8)

B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  When standing in Becket formation, have dancers face their partners on side of set; their shadow is beyond their partner on same side of set. After the left diagonal ladies chain, your shadow is across from you.  In B1, men roll away their neighbor lady (not their shadow).

A1: To teach the Mad Robin, I like to ask dancers to do a left shoulder Dos-Si-Dos (See Saw) with their neighbor on the side of the set (without twirling), and note the elliptical path their feet trace around the dance floor.  Now, have them face their partner across the set, and let their feet take the same elliptical path while looking at their partner - ladies take the inside path first.



Every Grain of Sand     by John Coffman    4/12
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

            

A2       Circle Left 1/2 (4), Ladies Roll their Neighbor Man Away with 1/2 Sashay (4)

           Ladies Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

 

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Right and Left Through (8)

           Ladies Chain (8)

           

           Face new neighbors to start the dance over.


Alternate B2: 


B2       Ladies Chain (8)

           Cross Trails Through (8)




 

Fall Down Cat           by John Coffman    approx 8/10

Duple, Becket

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

            Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

 

A2       Ladies Chain Across (8)

            Left Hand Star 1X (8)

 

B1       Look for your "old” neighbors behind you.  With this “old” Neighbor, Balance and Swing  (16)

 

B2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

Partner Swing (8)

           

Notes:  All will progress two places with the left diagonal right and left through in A1.  In B1, all will un-progress one place when they balance and swing their “old” neighbor.

 

To teach the dance, I would have dancers take a hard look at the dancers on their left diagonal – call these dancers their old neighbors, and tell them they will come back to them.  Now, have dancers do a left diagonal right and left through with these old neighbors.

After the ladies chain in A2, and before the star left 1X, I would have dancers turn around to identify the "old" neighbor behind them; these should be the same neighbors they did the left diagonal right and left through with.  After identifying these “old” neighbors, I would have them turn back to their current neighbors to complete the star left 1X.




Field House Mouse           by John Coffman   7/11

Duple, Improper

A1       Neighbor Allemande Right 1 ½ (8)

            1/2 Hey {Men pass LEFT shoulders to start}(8)


A2       Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

           

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

            Partner Swing (8)


B2       Ladies Chain (8)

               Star Left 1X (8)


           The dance starts over with new neighbors.

 


Fine Fellow                    by John Coffman     4/12
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

           

A2       Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

           Partner Swing (8)

           

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Right and Left Through, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

 

B2       Star Right 3/4 (8)

           With New Neighbors, 1/2 Ricochet Hey {men to inside first} (8)



Alternate A2:

A2       Balance the Ring (4), Men pull {partner} Lady to Men's side as in Give and Take (4)
           Partner Swing (8)




Fire and Brimstone                    by John Coffman     9/13
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

           

A2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

           

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Circle Left 3/4  (8)

           Balance the Ring (4), Men Roll their Neighbor Lady Away with 1/2 Sashay  (4)



Floating on Air           by John Coffman   4/11

Duple, Becket

A1       Zag Right (2), Zig Left (2) to meet new neighbors {see notes}, With these new neighbors, Circle Left ½ (4)

            Neighbor Swing (8)


A2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

            ½ Hey {pass partner by right shoulder to start – see notes} (8)


B1       Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)


B2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

               Right and Left Through (8)


           The dance starts over with these same neighbors.

 

Notes: The progression takes place in A1.  The Zag and Zig is a little different in this dance; it is done by holding inside hands with your partner {man’s right joined to lady’s left}.  Couples move one place to the right in their minor set, so they are now in normal improper position {with the ladies on the right as they face their neighbors up and down the set.}  Then all will {Zag} to their individual right with men passing left shoulders as they move past their current neighbors.  Then all move {Zig} to their individual left to come face to face with new neighbors.

 A2: After the men allemande left 1 ½, I would have the men stand back to back in the middle {facing their partner}.  All will now be in place to start the ½ hey by passing right shoulders with their partner.  The ladies do exactly ½ hey; the men do slightly more than ½ hey.

 

 
 

Frog Mouth Retro              by John Coffman     approx 10/10

Duple, Improper, REVERSE PROGRESSION {see notes}

 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

           

A2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

Circle Left ¾ (8)

 
B2        Ones Arch, Dip and Dive {see notes} (8)
            Balance the Ring (4) California Twirl (4)    

 

Notes:  This is a REVERSE PROGRESSION dance; that is, ones will progress up the hall, and twos will progress down the hall.  During B2, all will progress backwards 2 places, then progress forward one place {for a net progression of one place backwards}.  Not recommended for beginners

 

To teach this dance, I would have dancers take hands four, and face their current neighbor.  Then, tell them they will progress backwards; that is, their next neighbors are behind them.  You might have dancers drop hands and turn around to meet their next neighbors behind them.  {I will call these Neighbors #2.} After introducing dancers to their next neighbors {#2}, ask them to turn back around to take hands four with their current neighbors.

 

At the bottom of B1, dancers will circle left ¾.  I would pause dancers after the circle left ¾; at this point, all should be facing their direction of progression, which is opposite the normal direction of progression.  That is ones are facing up the hall, and twos are facing down the hall.

 

In B2, Ones will make an arch while the twos dive through {under the arch}.  All will now be facing their next neighbors {neighbors #2}.  Now, the Twos will make an arch, as the ones dive through {under the arch}.   All will now be facing yet another set of neighbors. {I will call these neighbors #3.}  With these neighbors #3, make a ring, and balance the ring (4), California Twirl (4) to face neighbors #2, and the dance will start over.

 

When kicked out on the ends, California Twirl to face back in with the lady on the right.  {If kicked out in the middle of the dip and dive, the California Twirl should be done quickly.}

 

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcGO8b-gVq0



Full Monty    by John Coffman        2/12
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes [AABCC Format]

A1  Circle Left 1X (8)
      Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)

A2  Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1  Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
      Partner Swing (8)

C1  Right and Left Through (8)
      Ladies Chain (8)
      
C21  Full Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (16)

Look for new neighbors to start the dance over




 

 The Girls of Saint Louis         by John Coffman     3/11

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Pass Through to an Ocean Wave (4), Balance the Wave {R,L} (4)

            Partner Allemande Right ½ (3), Men Allemande Left ½ (2), Neighbor Allemande Right ½ (2) Walk Forward to New

            Neighbors (1)

 

A2       New Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)


B1    Circle Left 3/4 (8)

                    Partner Dos-Si-Dos (8)


            B2    Partner Balance and Swing (16)



Alternate:

     

B1       Long Lines (Forward and Back) (8)

            Circle Left ¾ (8)

 

B2       Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

 


            Start dance over with the neighbors now across from you.

 

Notes:  The {unusual} progression takes place at the end of A1.  To teach this dance, I would have dancers take hands four in improper formation.  Tell the dancers this dance has an unusual progression, and it will help if they identify their next neighbors by looking past their current neighbors.  Then have dancers move one place to the left so they are in Becket formation.

 

In A1, the Pass Through to an Ocean Wave is achieved by passing right shoulders with the person (neighbor) across the set; as women pass left shoulders with each other, they take left hands in an allemande grip and turn ¼ to make a short wavy line across the set.  When the short wavy line is complete, all have right hands with their partner, and ladies have left hands in the middle.  Partners will be facing opposite directions.  {If you have a foursome demonstrate, it might help to cue dancers to look at the person standing in their spot.}

 

The second part of A1 is a modified swing through; that is, it is a swing through with one extra allemande.  After the ladies allemande their partner Right ½, they should stand in place for a moment so they will be ready to allemande their neighbor man Right ½.  After the final allemande, all should be facing their direction of progression.  Advise dancers that timing is tight with the modified swing through, so they don’t want to get too far spread apart (lengthwise); otherwise it will be difficult to make it to their new neighbor on time for the balance and swing.


See the alternate danced here:  http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/113-girls-of-st-louis.html

 




Give it a Whirl     by John Coffman     3/12
Duple, Becket
 
A1     Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
A2     Right and Left Through (8)
         Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
 
B1     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B2     Men Allemande Left 1X (6)
         Men Scoop Up Partner and Star Promenade Across; Butterfly Whirl with Partner WHILE shifting Left
         to get across from New Neighbors {to start dance over} (10)
 


Goldie the Guy Cat         by John Coffman     12/10

Duple, Improper

 

A1       Circle Right 1X (8)

            Ladies Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

 

A2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B2       Right and Left Through (8)

            Circle Left 1X (8)

 

Face new neighbors to start dance over.




Grey Pants        by John Coffman               4/2013
Duple, Improper

 
A1     Neighbor Left Hand Balance (4) Swat the Flea (4)
         1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)         

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

B2     Right and Left Through (8)
         Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over

Note: The progression at the end of B2 is unusual.



Half Way Home      by John Coffman               3/2012
Duple, Becket

 
A1     Circle Left 1/2  (4),  Ladies Roll their Partner Man Away with 1/2 Sashay (4)
         Ladies Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)         

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Ladies Chain (to partner} (8)
         1/2 Hey {Ladies Pass Right Shoulders to Start} (8)

 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Slide Left to meet new neighbors




Happy Hare        by John Coffman               5/2012; Revised 5/16
Duple, Improper

 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Promenade Across {men pass left shoulders} (8)         

A2     Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)
         1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

B1     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B2     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over

Alternate B2:
B2     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)



Happy Wife Happy Life        by John Coffman               7/2012
Duple, Improper

 
A1     Start in Short Wavy Lines {ladies have left hands in the center; all have right hands with their neighbor
          and all are facing their direction of progression. Balance the Wave {R,L} (4), Neighbor Allemande Right 1/2 (2),
          Men Allemande Left 1/2 (2), Partner Allemande Right 1X (6),
          Men Allemande Left 1/2 {back to neighbor} (2)         

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
        

B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 (8)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over



Hard Turn           by John Coffman and Jim Hemphill    6/13
Duple, Becket        
 
A1     Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8),
         Left Hand Star 1X (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Allemande Right 1 1/2 {see notes} (8)
         Ladies Allemande Left 2X (8)

B1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
  
B2     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

Slide Left with Partner to start the dance over with new neighbors


Notes: At the top of A2, the ladies should reach back with their free right hand OVER the star to take right hands with their opposite gender neighbor to allemande right 1 1/2 with their neighbor.  {Neighbor man is behind the ladies in the star on the same side of the set}


Timing is tight in A2




  
He Said, She Said      by John Coffman    Revised 8/11
Duple, Becket

 
A1     Circle Left 1X (8)
         Ladies Roll their Partner Man Away with 1/2 Sashay (4), Men Roll their Partner Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (4)         

A2     Ladies Chain (8)
         1/2 Hey {Ladies Pass Right Shoulders to Start} (8)

 
B1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
        
 
B2     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

Slide Left to meet new neighbors

Notes:  I have not called or danced this dance.  The sequence in A1 is unusual.  After the men roll their partner lady away, he will have his right hand in her left hand.  I like to encourage the men to give the ladies a little tug with that hand to help the ladies as they go into the center for the ladies chain.



Heartstrings    by John Coffman        2/12; Revised 11/12

Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes [AABCC Format]

A1  Long Lines Forward and Back, on the way back out, Ladies Roll a New Man Away with 1/2 sashay (8)
      Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

A2  Partner Balance and Swing (16)
      
B1  Full Hey {men pass left shoulders to start} (16)

C1  Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

C2  Circle Left 3/4 (8)
      Neighbor Swing


Alternate:  Some callers may like to substitute the Gypsy and Swing in C! with a Balance and Swing


Notes: In A1, the ladies roll a a NEW neighbor man away with 1/2 sashay each time through the dance.





Heaven and Earth                   by John Coffman    3/12

Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

            Promenade Across {men pass left shoulders} (8)

 

A2       Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 
B2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
           1/2 Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start - see notes}(8)

Progress to new neighbors after Hey to start dance over

 

Notes:  For a smooth transition to new neighbors, it is important that men pass LEFT shoulders to start the 1/2 hey in B2.





 
Hello Goodbye     by John Coffman    approx 5/10
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)
         Old {previous}Neighbor Right Shoulder Gypsy (8)
 
A2     First {current} Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1     Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Right and Left Through (8)
         Circle Left ¾, Pass Through by Right Shoulders to face next neighbor (8)
 
 
Hemp Hill Robins           by John Coffman     3/11

Duple, Improper                      {written for Jim Hemphill}

 

A1       Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

A2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

            Circle Left ¾ (8)

 

B1       Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

           

B2       Ladies Chain {to neighbor}(8)

            Mad Robin {ladies on inside first} (8)

 

            Look for new neighbors to start the dance over.

 

Notes: Martha Edwards came up with the name for this dance.

 
 See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH_2wvv7iEU



Hemphill's Chicks           by John Coffman     2/12

Duple, Improper                      {written for Jim Hemphill}

 

A1       Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)

            Neighbor Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)


A2       Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 while the ladies 1/2 orbit {clockwise}to the other side (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

           

B2       Ladies Chain {to neighbor}(8)

            1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

 

            Look for new neighbors to start the dance over.

 

Notes: Jim Hemphill provided the creative idea for this dance..

 
 

Hey Gomer, Hey Goober   by John Coffman    10/12, Revised 4/13, 1/14

Duple, Improper

 
A1       Gypsy Neighbor 1/4 so men face in; 1/2 Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

A2       Circle Left 3/4(8); Men Roll {their partner) Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

            1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start}(8)

 

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)


B2        Ladies Chain {to your Neighbor} (8)
            Cross Trails Through (8)

 

Start the dance over with new neighbors.


 
Hint of Romance    by John Coffman    approx 8/10

Duple, Becket

 
A1       Yearn Left, Long Lines Forward and Back, on the way back out, Men Roll {Shadow} Ladies Away with ½ Sashay  (8)

            Circle Right 1X (8)

 

A2       Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to neighbor}(8)

            ½ Hey Across {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

 

B1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  In becket formation, have dancers make long lines.  In one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.

 

In A1, the progression happens when long lines move one spot to the left as they move forward {diagonally} on the long lines forward and back.  When the “yearn left, long lines forward and back” is completed, all should find themselves across from a new set of neighbors. [I will call the opposite gender neighbor across from you after the “yearn left long lines,” Neighbor #1.] When the men roll their {shadow} ladies away on the side of the set, all ladies will un-progress as they move to their right and trade places with their shadow; you will now have a new neighbor across from you, and your partner will be in another minor set of 4.  The Circle Right 1X in A1 is with your shadow and the couple now across from you {does not include opposite gender Neighbor #1}.

 

The left diagonal ladies chain in A2 is to your neighbor #1, and your partner should now be across from you. {With the left diagonal ladies chain, the ladies progress {to their left} so they are now across from their partner.}

 

The ladies un-progress in A1 with the roll away with ½ sashay, and they progress in A2 with the left diagonal ladies chain.  All couples progress with the yearn left, long lines.




Hinton's Circle of Love          by Adam Hinton and John Coffman    5/12
Circle Mixer

 

A1       Ladies into the Middle and Back Out (8)

           Men into the middle, then face out to make a Long Wavy {continuous} Line {or circle}

           Men Face Out; Ladies Face In - partner is in Right hand (8) 

            

A2       Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O' More (4)

           Partner Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

 

B1       New Neighbor Balance and Swing {this becomes your new partner} (16)

 

B2       Promenade Counterclockwise {men have left shoulders to center} (8)

           Circle Right (8)

           

          


Hinton's Hint      by John Coffman  2/13
Duple, Improper

A1     Neighbor Left Hand Balance (4)  Swat the Flea {see notes} (4)

         1/2 Hey {laddies pass right shoulders to start}

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

         Partner Swing (8)

B2     Right and Left Through {across}, Men Roll their partner
         Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)
         Right Hand Star 3/4 (8)
Progress to new neighbors to start the dance over.

Notes: A "Swat the Flea" is a left handed Box the Gnat





Hit the Hey     by John Coffman     5/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
         
A2     Ladies Chain (8)
         Pass Through to an Ocean Wave (4), Balance the Wave {R, L} (4)
 
B1     1/2 Hey {pass partner by right shoulders to start - see notes} (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Circle Left ¾, Pass Through by Right Shoulders to face next neighbor (8)
 
Notes: In B1, men do exactly 1/2 hey; ladies do slightly more than 1/2 hey.

 
 
The Hive        by John Coffman                     12/10

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

            Straight Across, Ladies Chain (8)

 

A2       With the neighbors now across from you, Circle Right 1X {all the way} (8)

With old {previous} neighbors, Circle Left 1X {these old neighbors are the same neighbors dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with in A1 – see notes} (8)

 

B1       Old Neighbor Gypsy and Swing {same old neighbor dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with in A1 – see

            notes}(16)

 

B2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

Notes:  All will progress two places with the left diagonal right and left through in A1.  In B1, all will un-progress one place when they circle left with their old neighbors for a net progression of one forward

 

To teach the dance, I would have dancers take a hard look at the dancers on their left diagonal – call these dancers their old neighbors, and tell them they will come back to them.  Now, have dancers do a left diagonal right and left through with these old neighbors.

 

In A1, the ladies chain is with the neighbors now across from you.  I really like the circle right, circle left transition, but many dancers may need help understanding how to make it flow smoothly.  After the ladies chain, have dancers take hands in a ring AS IF they were going to circle right, but don’t go anyplace.  With hands in a ring, you are on the side of the set with your neighbor, and your partner is across the set from you.  Now, you have one hand with your neighbor - take that hand and give it to your partner so you now have both hands with your partner.  Now, keep that second hand and turn to face your new neighbors, and make a ring with them to circle left.  Notice that you turned toward your partner as you made the transition.  [Using this technique, dancers will be compelled to turn toward their partner as they make the transition.]  I might then have dancers drop hands, and turn to make a ring with their current neighbors.  I might have them practice this a couple of times before doing it with the circles, and most come to understand that the easy (smooth) way to turn is to the inside toward your partner as you make the transition.

When you do the transition with circles, it is important to make sure dancers make a ring with the neighbors they did the ladies chain with (not the old neighbors they did the left diagonal right and left through with).

 

The Old Neighbor Gypsy and Swing in B1 is with the neighbor dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with.

 

End Effects: Dancers are never really out in this dance.  If a couple finds themselves alone after the left diagonal right and left through, they should stand out with the lady on the right (as in most duple improper dances) so they can be ready for the circle left with their old neighbors.  When waiting for the left diagonal right and left through, dancers should position themselves accordingly.

 
 
Honeycomb     by John Coffman    approx 6/10
Duple, Becket
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Ladies Curl In to stand back to back in the middle facing their Neighbor. Pass Neighbor by Right
         Shoulders to start ½ Hey. {Men do exactly ½ Hey, Ladies do slightly more than ½ Hey} (8)

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Ladies Curl In to stand back to back in the middle facing their Partner. Pass Partner by Right
         Shoulders to start ½ Hey. {Men do exactly 1/2 Hey, Ladies do slightly more than ½ Hey} (8)
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
         Slide Left to start dance over again with new neighbors.

Alternate:

Some callers may like to substitute the Balance and Swing in A2 and B2 with a Gypsy and Swing

Notes: Like honeycomb, this dance is symmetrical.

The ladies curl at the bottom of A1 and B1 sets up the 1/2 hey that follows. I like to tell dancers that as they come out of the circle left 3/4, men should give the ladies a little tug {as they would do when rolling the ladies away - but you only do a partial roll away so the ladies end up back to back in the middle. That is, men roll the ladies away about 1/4 so the ladies end up back to back in the middle. {I like to instruct men to put their right hand in their pocket as I teach the curl (or ¼ roll away) figure. If men attempt to use their right hand (and many may), it will make this smooth figure clunky.} During the actual dance, this should happen fluidly, and the ladies don't actually have to line up exactly, back to back with each other.


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i_JNczkSMw

 
 

Honeyville     by John Coffman      8/13
Duple, Becket, Counterclockwise
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos (8)

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)
         Shadow Allemande Left 1 1/2  (8)
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
         Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.

Notes:
It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadow before teaching the dance.  When standing in Becket formation, have dancers hold hands in long lines; their partner is in one hand; their shadow is in the other hand. Easy End Effects: ALL dancers should allemande their shadow by the left in B1; this will put dancers standing out with their shadow in the proper position to balance and swing their partner in B2.


Hoody’s Peanuts     by John Coffman    approx 9/09
{Variation suggested by Tom Hinds}
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         Promenade Across (8)
 
A2     Ladies, Rt Sh Gypsy 1X in middle to return to Neighbor (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1     Circle Left ¾ (8)
         Partner Swing
 
B2     Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         Neighbor Allemande Right 1 ½ to face direction of progression (8)

Notes: You may need to help the men orient in B2. After the men allemande left 1 ½ at the top of B2, you might have the men keep left hands for a few moments to make a short wavy line across the set. Men will have left hands in the center, and all will have right hands with their Neighbor. While in this short wavy line, all will be facing opposite their direction of progression. Once you have dancers oriented, all can allemande their neighbor by the Right 1 ½ to face a new neighbor. If you have dancers make the short wavy line, emphasize that they will NOT form a wavy line in the dance; you are only using the wavy line for teaching purposes (to help them orient). That is, during the dance, there will be no wavy line.



In the Ballpark                     by John Coffman                Approx 2/12
Duple, Becket

A1   Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
        1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start}
 
A2   Neighbor Balance and Swing {see notes} (16)

B1   Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
        Ladies Allemande Right {see notes} 1 1/2
       
B2    Ladies keep right hands joined with each other and put their free left hand on their partner's shoulder {ladies scoop up their partner

        with their left hand on their partner's shoulder} for a Star Promenade Across (4),

        Butterfly Whirl {men walk forward} (4)

        Partner Swing (8)


Notes: While standing in Becket formation, have dancers face their partner on the side of the set; their shadow is beyond their partner.  After the left diagonal ladies chain, your shadow is across from you.  The neighbor balance and swing in A2 is with your neighbor, not your shadow.

B1: After the Long Lines Forward and Back, ladies should look slightly to their RIGHT to find the lady to allemande right with.  This lady is in the next minor set; she is the same lady she did the left diagonal ladies chain with, and the same lady that just swung her partner.



In the Money     by John Coffman    5/13
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Star Through (8)

           Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy 1X (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

           Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Long Lines forward and back (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

           

Notes: At the end of the star through in A1,the lady’s left hand will be connected to the man’s right hand.  I encourage the men to give the ladies a little tug to start them on their right shoulder gypsy

 


Inside Out                     by John Coffman                1/13
Duple, Improper

A1   Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
A2   Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
        Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

B1    Partner Balance and Swing (16)
       
B2    Circle Left 3/4 (6)
        Inside Out {see notes} (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.
 
Notes: Inside Out in B2: After the circle left 3/4, men should drop hands with their neighbors and keep hands with their partner.  Men should then turn back over their left shoulder to lead their partner counterclockwise around the neighbors they have been dancing with {to progress to their next neighbors}.  The man's right hand is connected to his partner's left hand; the man should put his right hand behind his back to lead his partner single file as they do the "inside out" progression. I will try to post a video of this maneuver.




Insider Trading                     by John Coffman                11/11,  Revised 7/13
Duple, Improper

        {Start this dance at the end - see notes}

A1  
Right Hand Star 3/4 (8)
        Separate from Partner, Left Hand Star 1X {different star from partner, but with shadow} (8)
 
A2   Partner Balance and Swing (16)
       
B1    Hey {men pass left shoulders to start} (16)
       
B2     Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through up and down (2)
         With New Neighbors, Balance the Ring (4), Inside Turn to a Right Hand Star (4)  {see notes}

 
Notes: Insider Trading is not a good choice for novice callers or dancers.

The progression takes place in the middle of B2.  When teaching the dance, start by having dancers balance the ring, then inside turn to a right hand star - see below.

It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  Though this is NOT a becket dance, you might have dancers temporarily get into becket position.  If they look at their partner beside them, their shadow is beyond their partner.  Once dancers have identified their shadows, don't forget to have them move back into normal improper formation.

The figure "inside turn to a right hand star" was choreographed by Ron Buchanon, who borrowed it from swing dance.  After balancing the ring, the man is holding hands with both his partner and his neighbor lady.  The man should let go of his partner's hand, and keep hands with his neighbor.  That is, his left hand is connected to his lady neighbor's right hand.  With his left hand, the man brings his partner's right hand in front of her face as he twirls her and exchanges places with her.  He then places her right hand on his own right wrist to form the right hand star.

In the bottom of A1, Partners will separate, and star left 1X in different minor sets.  All should be in star with their shadow.  #1 man and #2 lady star above.  #2 man and #1 lady star below..


 

Interspecies Bonding                      by John Coffman   approx 10/10

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

Circle Right ¾ (6) California Twirl (2)

 

A2       Face the “wrong way” neighbors behind you.  That is, face OPPOSITE  your direction of progression.

            With this “wrong way” Neighbor, Balance and Swing  {see notes} (16)

 

B1       Men Pull Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with

            Left Hands (1), Neighbor Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes:  All will progress two places with the left diagonal right and left through in A1.  In A2, all will un-progress one place when they balance and swing their “wrong way” neighbor.

 

After the California Twirl in A2, all will face opposite their direction of progression.  The balance and swing with the “wrong way” neighbors is with the same neighbors they did the diagonal right and left through with. After the partner swing in B2, all should be across from these same “wrong way” neighbors – the couple they did the diagonal right and left through with.

 



Judy's Joy      by John Coffman  7/11
Duple, Improper

A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2     Promenade Across {with Neighbor} (8)
         Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

B1     Partner Gypsy and Swing {meltdown} (16)

B2     Long Lines forward and back (8)
         Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
Notes: A very easy dance with a {somewhat} unusual progression.  When teaching the dance, I recommend having dancers look at their neighbors after they take hands 4; then look past these current neighbors to find their next neighbors.  This should help new dancers orient when they progress at the end of the dance.



Jumping Joe Felsen      by John Coffman  11/12
Duple, Becket

A1      Circle Left 1X (8)
           Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
 
A2      Ladies Gypsy 1X (8)
           Neighbor Swing (8)

B1      Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
 
B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.

Notes: It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadow before teaching the dance.  While in Becket formation, have dancers face their partner; their shadow is beyond their partner.


After the left diagonal ladies chain in A1, your shadow is across from you.
The Neighbor Swing in A2 is with your neighbor, NOT your shadow.



Just for the Halibut      by John Coffman  3/2015
Duple, Becket

A1      Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
           Left Hand Star 3/4 (8)
 
A2      {With partner and person you did diagonal chain with} Right Hand Star 1X (8)
           Right and Left Through (8)

B1      Hey (16)          


B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.

Notes: It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadow before teaching the dance.  While in Becket formation, have dancers face their partner; their shadow is beyond their partner.


After the left diagonal ladies chain in A1, your shadow is across from you.
  During the Right Hand Star in A2, your partner and the person you did the left diagonal ladies chain are in your rigjht hand  star.  Your shadow is in another right hand star.

End Effects are unusual.  When waiting out with your partner, position yourself to come back in on the left diagonal chain.  When standing out with your neighbor, waiting for the Right Hand Star in A2, stand out with the lady on the left, gent on the right.




Karen's Kool Kurls             by John Coffman    6/11
Duple, Improper                         {Written tor Linda Schrier's sister}              
 
A1      Mad Robin {men on inside first - see notes} (8)
          Pousette 3/4
{Start pousette with men pushing, ladies pulling - see notes} (8)

A2      1/2 Hey {pass partner by right shoulders to start - see notes} (8)
           Partner Swing (8)
         
B1      Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         
Ladies Curl In to stand back to back in the middle facing their Neighbor. Pass Neighbor by Right
          Shoulders to start ½ Hey. {Men do exactly ½ Hey, Ladies do slightly more than ½ Hey} (8)
 
B2      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 

Start dance over with New Neighbors

Notes:  A1: Mad Robin is with NEW NEIGHBORS - men on inside first.  The Pousette 3 places ends with ladies standing back to back in the center; all are facing their partner; men are on their original side.

A2: 1/2 Hey: Pass partner by right shoulders to start; men do exactly 1/2 hey; ladies do slightly more than 1/2 hey

B1: The ladies curl at the bottom of B1 sets up the 1/2 hey that follows. I like to tell dancers that as they come out of the circle left 3/4, men should give the neighbor ladies a little tug {as they would do when rolling the ladies away - but you only do a partial roll away so the ladies end up back to back in the middle. That is, men roll the ladies away about 1/4 so the ladies end up back to back in the middle. {I like to instruct men to put their right hand in their pocket as I teach the curl (or ¼ roll away) figure. If men attempt to use their right hand (and many may), it will make this smooth figure clunky.} During the actual dance, this should happen fluidly, and the ladies don't actually have to line up exactly, back to back with each other.


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r9RL-cW3Ho


 
Kathy's Conundrum      by John Coffman    approx 8/10
Duple, Becket
 
A1      Circle Left 3/4  (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
A2      Right Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)
          Chain Across (8)
 
B1      Long Lines forward and back (8)
          Circle Left 3/4 (6),  Pass Through {up & down} (2)
 
B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
Start the dance over with the new neighbors now across from you.
 
Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  When standing in Becket formation, have dancers face their partners on side of set; their shadow is beyond their partner on same side of set.
In B, after the circle left 3/4 in B1, you are on the side of the set with your shadow.  Pass your shadow by right shoulders to find your partner for a balance and swing; this is where the progression takes place. After the partner balance and swing, dancers should find themselves across from new neighbors to start the dance over.
When standing out waiting for the pass through to the partner balance and swing, the ladies should stand on the right as they face back in.



Keep a Lid on It        by John Coffman    11/12
Duple, Improper                       written for the Mean Lids
 
A1      Long Lines Forward and Back; on way back out, Men roll {new} neighbor lady away with 1/2 Sashay {see notes} (8)
          1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start} (8)
 
A2      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1      Circle Left 3/4 (8)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
B2      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
Notes: A1: When starting the long lines, Men have new neighbor lady in their left hand; Men roll a NEW neighbor lady away {from the man's left to the man's right} each time.through the dance.



Kimmswick Kinnetics         by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Becket
 
A1       Balance the Ring (4),  Petronella Spin 1 Place to the Right (4)
           Zag Right (2), Zig Left (2) to meet new neighbors {see notes}, With these new neighbors, Circle Left ½ (4)
 
A2      Ladies Turn In, Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
         
B1      Men Pull Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1), Neighbor
          Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1)
 
B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 

The dance starts over with these same neighbors.

Notes: The progression takes place in A1.  There is no time for clapping after the petronella spin in A1.  The Zag and Zig is done by holding inside hands with your partner {man’s right joined to lady’s left}; couples move {Zag} to their individual right with men passing left shoulders as they move past their current neighbors.  Then all move {Zig} to their individual left to come face to face with new neighbors.


 
Lady Luck               by John Coffman     Revised 3/13
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

Ladies Dos-Si Dos 1X (8)

 
A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1       Balance the Ring (4), Men pull {partner} Ladies to their side for a Partner Swing  (12)
 
B2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

Circle Left ¾ (6) Men Roll Neighbor Ladies Away with ½ Sashay {to face new neighbors} (2)

 

The roll away to face new neighbors in B2 is unusual.

 
 

Ladybug                     by John Coffman and Adam Hinton                5/2012
Duple, Improper

A1   Neighbor Left Hand Balance (4), Swat the Flea {see notes} (4)
    1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start}(8)

A2   Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1   Circle Left 3/4 (8)
        Partner Swing (8)

B2  Long Lines Forward and Back; on the way back out, Men roll their Partner Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
        Star Right 3/4 (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.


Notes: The "Swat the Flea" figure in A1 is a left handed "Box the Gnat."




Lauren's Lagniappe            by John Coffman    7/11
Duple, Becket, Counterclockwise                         {Written for Lauren Peckman}
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)

A2     Long Lines Forward and Back(8)
         Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to your shadow}(8)
         
B1     Circle Right 1X (8)
         Shadow Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
        
 B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.
 
Variation:
A1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)

B1     Star Left 1X (8)
         Shadow Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

Notes:  It is helpful to introduce dancers to their shadows before the walk through.  In becket formation, have dancers take hands in long lines; in one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T67dFJv2IpE

or here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9qedx0Wm8c


Lavender and Lilac
                
by John Coffman        12/12
Duple, Improper                      {Written for Peggy Lavender}

 

            A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

A2       Circle Left 3/4(8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

            Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B2       Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)

            Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right {with a little extra twirl} to face new neighbors and start

            dance over (4)



Lazy Man I Won't Maintain     by John Coffman    5/13
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Star Through (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1½ (8)

 

A2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B2       Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (16)

          

           

Notes: At the end of the star through in A1,the lady’s left hand will be connected to the man’s right hand.  I encourage the men to give the ladies a little tug to start them on their allemande right 1 1/2




 

Linda's Lovely Smile         by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Allemande Right 3/4 to form short wavy lines {see notes} (4), Balance the Wave {R,L}, (4)
         
½ Hey {Neighbor pass Right shoulders to start – men do slightly more than ½ hey} (8)

A2      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
         
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         
Partner Swing (8)
 
B2      Ladies Chain (8)
          Star Left 1X (8)
 

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

Notes:  A1: After the Neighbor Allemande Right ¾, all will end in a short wavy line; men will have left hands in the center, and all will have right hands with their neighbor; all will be facing opposite their direction of progression.  During the ½ Hey, ladies will go exactly ½ Hey; men will go slightly more than ½ Hey.

See it danced here:  http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/contra/contra-modern/167-lindas-lovely-smile.html




Little Bird Speak          by John Coffman     3/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
 
A2     Promenade Across {men pass left shoulders} (8)
         Mad Robin {ladies inside first} (8)
 
B1     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2     Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)

 

The Little Book of Rules     by John Coffman    approx 3/10
Duple, Becket
 
A1     Yearn Left, Long Lines (8)
         Circle Left ¾ (8)
 
A2     Nighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1     Ladies Chain (8)
         Hands Across Left Hand Star 1X  (8)
 
B2     Ladies Turn Out, Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
Notes: In A1, all immediately lose their current neighbors with the "yearn left, long lines." That is, in long lines formation, all will shift one spot to their personal left as they go forward and back, so all will be across from new neighbors when they finish the "yearn left, long lines."

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/johndcoffman#p/u/6/A0a0O2VHgRA

 


Liz's Steady Hand      by John Coffman     4/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1        Ladies Allemande Right 3/4 (4) 
            Neighbor Swing (12)
 
A2        Circle Left 1/2 (4), Ladies Roll their Neighbor Man Away with 1/2 Sashay (4) 
            Ladies Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
 
B1        Partner Balance and Swing (16) 
 
B2        Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
            Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)

 
Notes: When teaching A1, it might be helpful to coach the men to take a step forward as the ladies allemande right {so the neighbor swing flows smoothly.}

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT9ijS2vcqc

or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UGAyRoaUc0&feature=autoplay&list=UUF_ExFYC6eUgoCdNsFQ0ADg&playnext=1


The Long and Winding Road         by John Coffman     12/10

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

            Straight Across, Ladies Chain (8)

 

A2       Star Left 1X {all the way} (8)

With old {previous} neighbor, Allemande Right 1 ½ {These old neighbors are the same neighbors dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with in A1 – see notes} (8)

 

B1       Men Pass Left Shoulders to start ½ Hey  (8)

Old Neighbor Swing {same old neighbor dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with in A1 – see notes} (8)

 

B2       Circle Left ¾ (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

Notes:  All will progress two places with the left diagonal right and left through in A1.  In B1, all will un-progress one place when they allemande right 1 ½ with their old neighbor [for a net progression of one forward].

 

To teach the dance, I would have dancers take a hard look at the dancers on their left diagonal – call these dancers their old neighbors, and tell them they will come back to them.  Now, have dancers do a left diagonal right and left through with these old neighbors.

 

In A1, the ladies chain is with the neighbors now across from you. 

 

The Old Neighbor Allemande Right 1 ½  in A2  is with the neighbor dancers did the left diagonal right and left through with.

 

End Effects: Dancers are never really out in this dance.  If a couple finds themselves alone after the left diagonal right and left through, they should stand out with the lady on the right (as in most duple improper dances) so they can be ready for the allemande right with their old neighbors.  When waiting for the left diagonal right and left through, dancers should position themselves accordingly.

 
 
Looking for Nectar     by John Coffman    approx 7/10
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor, Right Hand Balance (4) Box the Gnat (4)
         Pull by Neighbor (up and down line) with Right Hands (2) to Allemande Left 1X Previous (Old) Neighbor (6)

A2     Back to First (current) Neighbor to Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Right and Left Through (8)
         Ladies Allemande Left 1 ½ to face a new neighbor (8)
End Effects: In A1,  your partner may become your neighbor on the ends when kicked out by the Neighbor Pull By.
 
 

Los Amigos     by John Coffman    10/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Circle Right 1X (8)
         Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

A2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Right and Left Through (8)
Notes: In B2, it is best to use a courtesy turn; twirling should be discouraged.


 
Love Me like a Lover     by John Coffman    approx 8/10, Revised 9/11
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Star Through (4)

Men Pull By with Left hands (3) Partner Allemande Right 1X (6) Men Pull By with Left hands (3)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 
B1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)
Partner Swing (8)
 
B2        Right and Left Through (8)
            Ladies Allemande Right 1 ½ to face new neighbors (8)
 
           

Notes: In A1, “star through” is man’s right hand to lady’s left hand; lady walks under man’s raised right hand; both finish the star through trading places and facing across the set.  At the end of the star through in A1,the lady’s left hand will still be connected to the man’s right hand.  I encourage the ladies to give the men a little tug to start them on their journey.

 

 

Luck Be a Lady         by John Coffman     1/12

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Ladies Chain {across} (8)

            1/2 Hey {ladies pass Right shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back  (8)

Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 {to partner} (8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

           

 Slide left with partner to new neighbors {to start dance over}



 
Lucky in Love         by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Zag Right (3), Zig Left (3), Zag Right (2) to meet new neighbors #3 {see notes}
          Circle Right 1X with these Neighbors #3 (8)

A2      Return to Neighbor #2, Gypsy and Swing (16)
         
B1      Circle Left ¾  (8)
         
Partner Swing (8)
 
B2      Ladies Chain (8)
          Long Lines Forward and Back; on the way back out, ladies roll their neighbor man away with ½ sashay (8)
 

The dance starts over by Zagging Right with your partner.

Notes: Progression takes place in A1.  [Dancers progress forward two places, then back one place for a net progression of one forward.]  The Zag, Zig, Zag is done by holding inside hands {man’s right joined to lady’s left}; couples move {Zag} to their individual right to move past their current neighbors {men passing left shoulders}; then move {Zig}to their individual left to move past their second neighbors {ladies  passing left shoulders}; then move {Zag}to their individual right again to come face to face with neighbors #3. All should then circle right 1X with these neighobors #3.

During the walk through, I might have dancers pause after the final Zag; dancers should be face to face with Neighbors #3.  Before having the dancers circle right, ask them to turn around to meet neighbor #2, and tell dancers they will be coming back to this neighbor #2.  Then have dancers turn back around to face their {current} neighbors {#3}.  Have dancers circle right 1X with these neighbors {#3}, and look for neighbor # 2 as they complete the circle right.  Dancers will gypsy and swing neighbor #2/

B2 The lady rolls her neighbor man away with ½ sashay when backing up from the long lines.  All should then drop hands with their neighbors, and pick up inside hands with their partners to start the dance over {with a Zag to the right}.



Mac's Wise Decision            by John Coffman    7/11
Duple, Becket, Counterclockwise                         {Written for Mac McKeever}
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

A2     1/2 Hey {Men pass LEFT shoulders to start}(8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
         
B1     Right Diagonal Ladies Chain {to your shadow}(8)
         Right and Left Through Across {keep left hands with your shadow, and face your shadow up and down the set - see notes} (6),
        
Pull buy by {up and down}with Left hands to meet your partner on the side of the set (2)
        
 B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.
 

Notes:  It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadows.  In becket formation, have dancers take hands in long lines; in one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.

B1: The right diagonal ladies chain is to your shadow.  The Right and Left Through across ends just a little short of a full courtesy turn.  {This move was choreographed by Jim Hemphill.}  Here, the man stops a little short of doing the full courtesy turn, so he and his shadow end up keeping left hands and facing up and down the set ready to pull by up and down the set.

Timing is tight in B1; if dancers get too far apart, they will find it difficult to balance and swing on time.  You may also need to discourage dancers from pushing apart after the right and left through in B1.

End Effects: As the caller looks out at the dancers, dancers will stand out with their partner on the caller's right side at the top of the hall, and dancers will stand out on the caller's left side at the bottom of the hall.  All will come back in with the right diagonal ladies chain to their shadow.

Progression takes place in B2.



Mad Money     by John Coffman    1/12

Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 
B1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)
Partner Swing (8)
 
B2        Right and Left Through, Men Roll the Ladies {partner}Away with  1/2 Sashay (10)
            Right Hand Star 3/4 (6)

Look for new neighbors to start the dance over.


Mae's Maze        by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Improper                         {Written for Mae Ylagan}
 
A1     Hands Across Left Hand Star 1X (8)
         Men push off and loop out over their own right shoulder WHILE Ladies Allemande Left 1X (8)

A2     Neighbor Pull By with Right Hands (2), Men Pull By with Left Hands (2), Partner Swing (12)

B1     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B2     Ladies Allemande Right 1 X (8)
         Ladies keep Right Hands for a Hands Across Right Hand Star 1X (8) {Men step in BEHIND your partner
         to start the right hand star.}
        
         After turning the right hand star, push off to look for new neighbors to start the dance over.

Notes: A1: In my experience, the men loop right needs to be demonstrated with an emphasis on using about 6 beats of music; otherwise, men tend to stand around waiting on their neighbor lady.  In B2, men allow the ladies to allemande right 1X, then fall in behind their partner {in front of their neighbor} to start the hands across right hand star.


Maginel's Magical Mushroom     by John Coffman    3/11
Duple, Becket                                                                  {Written for Jim and Mary Maginel}
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through {up and down by right shoulders} (2)
         Next Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)

A2     Return to first (original) Neighbor to Gypsy and Swing (16)

B1     Right Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
         Star Left 1X (8)
 
B2     Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.
        
Notes: Progression takes place in B2


Maginel's Mushroom Makeover      by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Becket, Coutnerclockwise                                             {Written for Jim and Mary Maginel}
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through {up and down by right shoulders} (2)
         Next Neighbor Dos Si Dos 1X (8)

A2     Return to first (original) Neighbor to Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Left Diagonal Ladies Chain with a Courtesy Fling {to yo
ur shadow - see notes} (6), Pull buy by with Left hands to meet your
            partner on the side of the set (2
        
 B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.
        

Notes:  It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadows.  In becket formation, have dancers take hands in long lines; in one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.

B1: The left diagonal ladies chain with a courtesy fling is to your shadow.  Jim Hemphill choreographed the “courtesy fling” move mentioned in B1.  In Jim’s words: “The move I call the courtesy fling starts out like the courtesy turn.  With the courtesy turn after a ladies chain the man does a full 360 degree turn to face back in.  In the courtesy fling, the man stops his turn 3/4 of the way around . . . while retaining the left hand connection.  The move ends with the couple facing each other and up and down the set holding left hands and ready to . . .” pull by up and down the set.

Progression takes place in B2.


Mandible Joe Johnston     by John Coffman    5/13
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Star Through (8)

           ½ Hey {ladies pass RIGHT shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

           Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Long Lines forward and back (8)

           Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

           

Notes: At the end of the star through in A1,the lady’s left hand will be connected to the man’s right hand.  I encourage the men to give the ladies a little tug to start them on their right shoulder ½ Hey. 



Martha's Fiddle       by John Coffman    3/11
Duple, Becket                                 {Written for Martha Edwards}
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through {up and down by right shoulders} (2)
         NEW Ladies Allemande Left 1 ½ WHILE Men Orbit clockwise ½ way to cross to the other side of the set to meet
         his Neighbor (8)

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Men Pull Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1),
         Neighbor Allemande Right 1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1)
            partner on the side of the set (2
        
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start dance over with same neighbors.     

Notes: Progression takes place in A1.  In A1, the men orbit clockwise ½ way to the outside of the ladies as the ladies allemande left 1 ½  (counterclockwise) in the middle.  {Men and ladies travel in different directions as the men orbit – the men travel clockwise while the ladies travel counter-clockwise.}  Timing is tight for the ladies in A1, and for everybody in B1; I like to give dancers a heads up and encourage them to keep elbows bent so they can keep the allemandes tight.  It might be good to ask the band to play a tune they like playing at a slower tempo.






Martha's Hot & Spicy       by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Improper                                                 {Written for Martha Edwards}
 
A1     Zig Left (2), Zag Right (2), Zig Left (2) to meet new neighbors #3 {see notes}
        
Allemande Neighbor #3 Right 2X {1X optional}to return to Neighbor #2 (10)        

A2     Neighbor #2 Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing
        
B2     Right and Left Through {across} (8)
         Circle
Left ¾ (8)

Start dance over with same neighbors.     

Notes: Progression takes place in A1.  [Dancers progress forward two places, then back one place for a net progression of one forward.]  The Zig, Zag, Zig is done by holding inside hands {man’s right joined to lady’s left}; couples move {Zig} to their individual left to move past their current neighbors {ladies passing right shoulders}; then move {Zag}to their individual right to move past their second neighbors {men pass left shoulders}; then move {Zig}to their individual left again to come face to face with neighbors #3. All should then allemande Neighbor #3 by the right 2X to face Neighbor #2.

End Effects: I do not recommend trying to teach end effect to the dancers - just tell them to go where they are needed.  For those who are a bit anal, like me, here is how they work:  If you have a neighbor #2 facing you at you at the end of the line, just turn around at the end to face neighbor #3 to allemande right.  If you do not have a neighbor looking at you at the end of the line, California Twirl at the end to face back in with your partner.


McContra         by John Coffman    5/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Promenade Across (8)

A2     Ladies Chain  (8)
         1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

B1     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2       Right and Left Through, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

           Star Right 3/4 (8)


Face new neighbors to start the dance over


Midnight Moo         by John Coffman and Jim Hemphill    7/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1     {New} Ladies Gypsy 1 1/2 (8)
         Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

A2     Right and Left Through Across {courtesy turn with shadow - see notes}  (8)
         Shadow Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

B1     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

         Neighbor Swing (8)


Notes: The ladies gypsy in A1 is always with a NEW lady {progression}.

It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  Though this is NOT a becket dance, you might have dancers temporarily get into becket position.  If they look at their partner beside them, their shadow is beyond their partner.  Once dancers have identified their shadows, don't forget to have them move back into normal improper formation.

In A2, all will courtesy turn their shadow.  This is unusual; dancers will likely need additional help locating their shadow.  While dancers have hands in Long Lines, tell dancers your partner should be in one hand, and your shadow in the other hand.  [The man's partner lady is on his left at this moment; his shadow is on his right.]  Right and left through across and courtesy turn with your shadow.  Keep left hands with your shadow to allemande left 1 1/2 to find your partner.

End Effects: When waiting with shadow on ends for the partner balance and swing, dancers can allemande their shadow by the left 1 1/2 to put the lady on the LEFT so they will be in place for the partner balance and swing.  [Alternatively, dancers can just stand out with the lady on the left as they wait for the partner balance and swing.]





Missouri Compromise         by John Coffman    1/12, Revised 2/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos (8)
         Neighbor Swing
(8)

A2     Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)
         1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

B1     Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B2     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 to Short Wavy Lines {see notes} (8)
         Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Missouri Twirl {see notes} (4)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over.
        
Notes: In B2, after the Men Allemande Left 1 1/2, all will end up in a short wavy line across the set. All will have right hands with their neighbor, and men will have left hands in the center; all will be facing OPPOSITE their direction of progression.  Balance the wave {R, L}, men drop left hands and Missouri Twirl with your neighbor.  [A Missouri Twirl has much of the feel of a California Twirl, with this exception: you and neighbor start facing opposite directions, and you end up facing opposite directions.]  When the Missouri Twirl is complete, all will be facing their new neighbors.  The progression takes place at the end of B2 with the Missouri Twirl.


Moonshadow         by John Coffman     7/13
Duple, Becket, Counterclockwise
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos (8)

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)
         Shadow Allemande Left 1 1/2

B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)


Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance.  Have dancers take hands in long lines; their partner is in one hand; their shadow is in the other hand.

End Effects: When waiting with shadow on ends for the partner balance and swing, dancers can allemande their shadow by the left 1 1/2 to put the lady on the LEFT so they will be in place for the partner balance and swing.  [Alternatively, dancers can just stand out with the lady on the left as they wait for the partner balance and swing.]




Moonshine     by John Coffman    6/12
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Full Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start}(16)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 
B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)
            Partner Swing (8)
 
B2       Right and Left Through, Men Roll the Ladies {partner} Away with 1/2 Sashay (10)
            Right Hand Star 3/4 (6)
 
            Face new neighbors to start the dance over.

Alternate A2: Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)




Muscle Baby     by John Coffman    12/11
Duple, Improper

 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

A2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

            Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

 
B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B2       Right and Left Through, Men Roll the Ladies {partner} Away with 1/2 Sashay (10)
            Right Hand Star 3/4 (6)
 
            Face new neighbors to start the dance over.

Alternate B2:

B2:      Balance the Ring (4), Spin One Place to the Right as in Petronella (4)
           Neighbor Allemade Left 1 1/2 to progress to next neighbor (8)
 

National Glazed Ham Day                 by John Coffman    2/2012
Duple, Becket                                                 
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (6), Men Roll their Neighbor Lady Away with 1/2 Sashay (2)
         1/2 Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)        

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
      
B1     Right and Left Through {across} (8)
         Pass Through to an Ocean Wave (4), Balance the Wave (4)
 
B2     Swing Through {Neighbor Allemande Right ½, Men Allemande Left ½ }(4), Partner Swing (12)

        
Slide Left with Partner to Next Neighbors
 
Notes: This dance is not recommended for inexperienced dancers or novice callers. Timing is tight in A1; I encourage dancers to think of the circle left/roll away as one fluid move. After the men roll their neighbor ladies away, the man should have the lady’s left hand in his right hand. I like to encourage the ladies to give the men a little tug to help them into the left shoulder hey.

In B1, the Pass Through to an Ocean Wave is achieved by passing right shoulders with the person (partner) across the set; as women pass left shoulders with each other, they take left hands in an allemande grip and turn ¼ to make a short wavy line across the set. When the short wavy line is complete, all have right hands with their opposite gender neighbor, and ladies have left hands in the middle. All are facing OPPOSITE their direction of progression.




Nectar of Ladue                 by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Becket                                                 {Written for Mark Willard}
 
A1     Ladies Chain across (8)
        
NEW Neighbor Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)        

A2     1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start} (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)

B1     Men Pull Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Allemande Right 1X (6),

         Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1), Neighbor Allemande Right1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1)

   
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start dance over with same neighbors.     

Notes: The transition to New Neighbors in A1 {after the ladies chain} is much smoother for the men if they turn to the inside {toward their partner} as they turn to face their new neighbor.


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roE2OKn7zAs
 

 
 
Not Completely Normal     by John Coffman    approx 7/09
{That would be me, or possibly, this dance}
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Swing {end facing down the hall} (8)
         Down the Hall in lines of Four {Twos are in the middle} (8)
 
A2     [At the bottom of the Hall} Bend the Line, and Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B1     Pass Through Across {pass Rt Sh with Neighbor} (4) and with the Handy {inside} Hand, cast around to face back up the hall
         {Man #1 acts as a gate post, and Lady #2 acts as a gate post - so both couples take the long way around when
         casting - ladies should end up on the Right as you face back up the hall} (4)
         Up the Hall (8)
 
B2     Bend the Line to form a Ring, Balance the Ring (4) and Petronella Spin One Place to the Right (4)
         Balance the Ring {again} (4), California Twirl (4) to face a new neighbor

Notes: I am not sure I like this dance.  Most dances that go down the hall have the dancers immediately return up the hall. This dance is unusual in that dancers actually dance while at the bottom of the hall. So, it is not recommended when space is limited at the end of the hall. The creative idea (dancing while at the end of the hall) came from Joe Surdyk in Carbondale.

I like to demonstrate the casting at the bottom of the hall. However, if dancers go the wrong way (short way is the wrong way), no harm is done as long as the lady is on the right as couples face back up.

I have not danced this dance; this dance features a swing that ends in the middle of A1; it may not flow well.



Not You Again?     by John Coffman    approx 4/10

Duple, Improper

A1     Right Hand Star 1X (8)
         With Old {Past} Neighbors, Left Hand Star 1X (8)

A2     First {current} Neighbor Gypsy Meltdown (16)

B1     Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Ladies Chain (8)
         ½ Hey (Ladies Pass Right Shoulders to start ½ Hey) (8)

Notes: A1: I recommend starting the walk through by having dancers put right hands in to make a right hand star, but don't turn the star. That is, don't go anyplace. Now, let me introduce you to your old (past) neighbors. Drop right hands and turn around to see the neighbors behind you; these are your old (past) neighbors. Put your left hands in as if to make a left hand star, but don't go anyplace. Now, turn back to your current neighbors, and put your right hands in to make a right hand star. I would teach the rest of the dance from here.

B2 Dancers need to keep the ½ Hey tight (on time) so all can be on time for their new neighbors. Men will be last out of the Hey.

 


Off Balance      by John Coffman       2/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2  (8)
          1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

A2      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1      Balance the Ring (4), Men pull partner lady to his side (4)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
 
B2     Ladies Chain (8)
         Cross Trails Through {see notes}(8)



Notes: In B2, Cross Trails Through: pass through across, ladies turn left as the men turn right; the lady passes in front of the man as both walk to meet their new neighbor to start the dance over.



Oil Cake     by John Coffman    approx 2/12

Duple, Becket

A1     Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)
         Circle Right 1X (8)

A2     Current Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Previous Neighbor Dos Si Dos 1X (8)

B1     Back to Current Neighbor to Balance and Swing (16)

B2     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

Slide left one place with partner to start dance over with new neighbors.


On the One Hand      by John Coffman       9/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat  (4)
          Right Hand Star 1X {wrist hold star} (8)

A2      Men Turn In, Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
 
B2     Right and Left Through (8)
        
Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2
(8)

Start dance over with new neighbors




One in the Hand    by John Coffman        1/12

Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABBCC Format}

A1  Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2  Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)
      Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

B1  Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2  Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

C1  Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

C2  Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to the Right (4)
      Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to the Right {with a little extra twirl to face new neighbors} (4)       

Start the dance over with new neighbors.





One More Card         by John Coffman        4/12

Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes

A1   Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
        Partner Allemande Left 1 1/2

A2   Promenade Across {with partner} (8)
        Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)

B1   Full Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (16)

B2   Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

C1   Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

C2    Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl (4)


Face new neighbors to start the dance over.



One Up the Sleeve      by John Coffman      Approx 6/12
Duple, Becket
 
A1      Ladies Chain {to neighbor}  (8)
          Left Hand Star 1X (8)

A2      With New Neighbors, Right Hand Star 1X (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          1/2 Hey (partners pass right shoulders to start - see notes} (8)
 
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)


Notes: In B1, Ladies do exactly 1/2 hey; men do slightly more than 1/2 hey.  During the walk through, I would have the men allemande left 1 1/2 and say: "for teaching purposes, I want the men to stand back to back in the center, facing your partner.  I would have them start the 1/2 hey from there, passing their partner by right shoulders.  Men do slightly more than 1/2 hey.




Out in Left Field      by John Coffman      11/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor LEFT Hand Balance (4), Swat the Flea  (4)
          Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

A2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
 
B2     Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
        
Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right  with a little extra twirl to face new neighbors (4)






Out of Hand      by John Coffman      9/4/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat  (4)
          1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start}(8)

A2      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
 
B2     Ladies Chain {to Neighbor} (8)
         Left Hand Star 1X
(8)

Look for new neighbors to start dance over.

Alternate A2: Neighbor Balance and Swing


 
Passed Again      by John Coffman    approx 3/10   
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Star Through (2) Circle Right 1X (8)

           Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (6)

 

A2       Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy 1X (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8) 

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8),

           Partner Swing (8) 

 

B2       Pass Through Across (4), Califorina Twirl to Face Back In (4) 

           Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through Up and Down {to face new neighbors} (2)

 

Notes:  Notes: In A1, “star through” is man’s right hand to lady’s left hand; lady walks under man’s raised right hand; both finish the star through trading places and facing across the set.  Timing is tight in A1 and B2.  This is a busy, high piece count dance. 

 



Paula's Promenade          by John Coffman    7/11  
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

A2       Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1X (8),

          

B1       Ladies keep right hands joined with each other and put their free left hand on their partner's shoulder {ladies scoop up their partner

           with their left hand on their partner's shoulder} for a Star Promenade Across (4),

           Butterfly Whirl {men walk forward} (4)

           Partner Swing (8) 

 

B2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8) 

           Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 {to face new neighbors} (8)


Variation (Alternate B2):


B2       Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to the Right (4)

           Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl (4)

 

Notes:  Notes: The star promenade and butterfly whirl in B1 is a little unusual; ladies keep joined right hands and put their free left hand on their partner's shoulder.  That is, ladies pick up their partner by placing their left hand on their partner's shoulder.  When the ladies scoop up the men, it is important the MEN PLACE THEIR RIGHT HAND UNDER THE LADIES LEFT ARM, so the butterfly whirl can transition smoothly into a partner swing.  The butterfly whirl has the MEN WALKING FORWARD; the butterfly whirl and partner swing takes place on the ladies' original side.


See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHLhGJpVsBY



Pay Dirt      by John Coffman    2/12
Duple, Becket
 

A1       Ladies Chain {to neighbor}  (8)

           Left Hand Star 1X  (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8),

           1/2 Hey {men pass right shoulders to start}  (8)


B1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Men Pull Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Swing (14),


Slide left with partner to start the dance over with new neighbors.


 
Persistent Paul      by John Coffman    approx 7/10
Duple, Becket, Double Progression
 

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1 ½ (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Men Pull Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Allemande Right 1X (6),

           Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1), Neighbor Allemande Right1X (6), Men Pull Across with Left Hands (1)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes:  Timing is tight in B1; I like to give dancers a heads up and encourage them to keep elbows bent so they can keep the allemandes tight.  Persistent Paul and its cousin, Pretty Pollyanna, are double progression dances. It works better to have an extra couple out at the bottom (an uneven number of couples), because couples will dance with *new* couples after one time up or down the line. Since it is double prog., there is never a couple out at the top. The first neighbor couple is passed by during the diagonal R & L (that is all that is danced with this couple). The rest of the dance is done with the second neighbors found directly across.  I want to credit Linda Leslie for contributing to the teaching notes.

 

Personality Plus
         by John Coffman    11/10
Duple, Becket
 

A1       Circle Left 3/4  (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8)

 

A2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)


B1       Hands Across Star Left 1X (8)

           Ladies keep left hands to Allemande Left 1X WHILE the Men push off and Loop over their own right shoulder (8)

 

B2       Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

Slide Left with partner to meet new neighbors {to start dance over}


Notes:  Ladies will have time to do a leisurely allemande left 1X in B1.




Pig in a Poke     by John Coffman     4/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 

A2      Circle Left 1/2 (4), Ladies Roll their Neighbor Man Away with 1/2 Sashay (4)

          Ladies Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)


B1      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B2     Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.





Positive Affirmation Stickers          by John Coffman    5/12
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (8)

 

A2       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

           Partner Swing (8)


B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Right and Left Through, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

 

B2       Star Right 3/4 (8)

           New Neighbor Dos Si Dos 1X (8)

 



Pretty Boy          by John Coffman        4/13
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Gypsy Star 1 X {see notes} (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8)

 

A2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)


B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)          


B2       Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
           Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)


Notes: A1: Gypsy Star: Ask men to join right hands across the set; ask ladies to join left hands across the set; all should then join outside hands with their opposite gender neighbor - men's left hand connected to ladies' right hand.  To turn the star 1X, men walk forward; ladies walk backward {clockwise looking from the ceiling}



Pretty Not Too Bad          by John Coffman        9/13
Four Facing Four
 

A1       Ladies Grand Chain {to diagonal neighbor} (8)

           1/2 Hey Up and Down {ladies pass right shoulders to start - see note} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)


B1       Men Star Left 1/2, Partner Swing (16)          


B2       Short Lines Forward and Back (8)
           Opposite Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 (8)


Note: In A1, the hey is up and down the set; you and your partner are in different heys.




Pretty Pollyanna      by John Coffman    approx 7/10
Duple, Becket, Double Progression
 

A1       Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

           Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 ½ (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes:  Pretty pollyanna  its cousin, Persistent Paul, are double progression dances. It works better to have an extra couple out at the bottom (an uneven number of couples), because couples will dance with *new* couples after one time up or down the line. Since it is double prog., there is never a couple out at the top. The first neighbor couple is passed by during the diagonal R & L (that is all that is danced with this couple). The rest of the dance is done with the second neighbors found directly across.  I want to credit Linda Leslie for contributing to the teaching notes.

 



Prodigal Partner                    by John Coffman     7/11
Duple, Becket
 

A1       Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)

           Pass Through to an Ocean Wave (4), Balance the Wave {R, L} (4)

 

A2       1/2 Hey {Pass neighbor by right shoulders to start - see notes} (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8)

 

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

           Circle Left 3/4  (6), Pass Through up and down {by right shoulders} (2)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Notes: It might be helpful to have dancers identify their shadow before teaching the dance. While standing next to your partner in becket formation, look at your partner; your shadow is beyond your partner (in the next minor set).  After the left diagonal ladies chain in A1, your shadow is across from you.  That is, the left diagonal ladies chain is to your neighbor (not your shadow).


The Pass Through to an Ocean Wave is achieved by passing right shoulders with the person (shadow) across the set; as women pass left shoulders with each other, they take left hands in an allemande grip and turn ¼ to make a short wavy line across the set. When the short wavy line is complete, all have right hands with their opposite gender neighbor (not shadow), and ladies have left hands in the middle. All are facing OPPOSITE their direction of progression. 


In A2, the men do exactly 1/2 Hey; ladies do slightly more than 1/2 Hey.




Pull a Fast One         by John Coffman                    2/12
Duple, Improper, Double Progression, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABBCC Format}
 
A1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2       New Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 {neighbor #2 - see notes}  (8)
            Next Neighbor Allemande Right 1X {neighbor #3 - see notes} (8)

B1       Return to Neighbor #2 to Balance and Swing {see notes} (16)
 
B2       Full Hey {men pass left shoulders to start} (16)

C1       Men Pull By with Left Hands, Partner Swing (16)

C2        Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
            Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)
 




Push Back                    by John Coffman     5/12
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Ricochet Hey {men start by going to inside first} (16)

           

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

           

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

           Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Right and Left Through, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

           Star Right 3/4 (8)


Start the dance over with new neighbors.

 

Notes: The ricochet hey in A1 is started by having the men go to the inside first, and push off each other to their own diagonal left, then loop around in a counterclockwise motion back to their starting place, as the ladies move to the inside to push back and off to their own diagonal left back to their starting place.  All dancers move in a counterclockwise direction, and all stay on their own side of the set.  I recommend demonstrating this figure.


See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ritHjr4cZbk&list=UUF_ExFYC6eUgoCdNsFQ0ADg&index=6


Queenless                    by John Coffman     5/12
Duple, Improper
 

A1       1/2 Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)

           Neighbor Swing (8)

           

A2       Promenade Across (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

           

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Right and Left Through, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

           Star Right 3/4 (8)


Start the dance over with new neighbors.

 



Rachel's Refulgent Rumination     by John Coffman               11/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Start Dance in Long Wavy Lines, Men Face Out, Current Neighbor in Right Hand, Past Neighbor in Left Hand
         Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O' More (4)
         Neighbor Allemande Left 1/2 (3) Men Allemande Right 1X (5)         

A2   
Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1    Circle Left 3/4
(8)
        Partner Swing
(8)

B2    Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)
        Left Hand Star 1X (8)

Form long wavy lines with past neighbor in left hand, next neighbor in right hand



Reconnoiter     by John Coffman      Revised 8/11
Duple, Becket

A1     Right Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)
         Ladies Chain Across with a Courtesy Fling {this is neighbor #1 - see notes} (8)
 
A2     Pull by Neighbor # 1 with left hands up and down the set (2), Pull by Neighbor  #2 {right hands} up and down the set (2), Pull by
         Neighbor #3 {left hands} (2), pull by Neighbor #4 {right hands} {see notes}
         With Neighbor #5, Allemande Left 1X (8)
 
B1     Back to Neighbor #4, Balance and Swing Neighbor #4 (16)

B2     Men Allemande left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

Notes: This dance has multiple progressions; dancers are never out; all must dance around the ends.  In A1, dancers un-progress three places with the Right Diagonal Right and Left Through and subsequent Ladies Chain with a Courtesy Fling.  In A2, dancers progress forward 5 places, then back one place.  The net progression is one forward.

A1: In Jim’s words: “The move I call the courtesy fling starts out like the courtesy turn.  With the courtesy turn after a ladies chain the man does a full 360 degree turn to face back in.  In the courtesy fling, the man stops his turn 3/4 of the way around . . . while retaining the left hand connection.  The move ends with the couple facing each other and up and down the set holding left hands and ready to . . .” pull by up and down the set.

A2: In the pull bys, ladies are moving clockwise, men are moving counterclockwise; pull bys should be with an opposite gender person {or someone dancing that role}.

End Effects: After the right and left through, if there are no dancers across to ladies chain with, then stand out in place beside your partner; face your partner; your partner now becomes neighbor #1 for the pull bys; ladies will now be in position to travel clockwise as the men travel counterclockwise on the pull bys.

 


Red House Blues                     by John Coffman                5/12, Revised 6/16
Duple, Improper

A1   Balance the Ring (4), Inside Turn to a Right Hand Star (4)
        Star Right 1X (8)
 
A2   Right and Left Through (8)
        Circle Left 3/4 (8)

B1    Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
       
B2    Ladies Chain to Neighbor. (8)
        Balance the Ring (4), Cross Trails Through (4)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.

 
Notes: Because A1 employs a non-standard figure, this is a difficult dance.  The figure "inside turn to a right hand star" was choreographed by Ron Buchanon, who borrowed it from swing dance.  After balancing the ring, the man is holding hands with both his partner and his neighbor lady.  The man should let go of his partner's hand, and keep hands with his neighbor.  That is, his left hand is connected to his lady neighbor's right hand.  With his left hand, the man brings his neighbor's right hand in front of her face as he twirls her and exchanges places with her.  He then places her right hand on his own right wrist to form the right hand star.

In B2,
Cross Trails Through: pass through across, ladies turn left as the men turn right; the lady passes in front of the man as both walk to meet their new neighbor to start the dance over.  In other words,  pass through across, turn to face your neighbor, and pass left shoulders with your neighbor to face new neighbors.


 
(Original) Reel Macho     by John Coffman    12/09, Revised 11/14
Duple, Becket, Double Progression

A1     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
         1/2 Hey {Ladies pass Right shoulders to start} (8)

A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)  {Shadow is across from you}

B1     Men walk into the middle to make a long wavy line down the center [men should be facing their shadow] (4),
         Balance the Line [R, L] (4)
         Men Reel the Line by dropping left hands; allemande Right ½ (4 counts), with the next man
         allemande left ½ (4 counts, to face Partner) - ladies might need to take a small step left to help couples line up across properly

B2     Partner Balance and Swing

Notes:  Once dancers are in Becket formation, have them look at their partner.  Their shadow is past their partner.  Timing is a little tight in A1;  after the left diagonal ladies chain, your shadow is across from you.

 
 
Reel Macho Revisited     by John Coffman
Duple, Becket, COUNTERCLOCKWISE, Double Progression         Revised 9/14/2010
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
A2     Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)
         Push Back ½ Hey (8)
 
B1     Men walk into the middle to make a long wavy line down the center [men should have their backs to their shadow] (4),
         Balance the line [R, L] (4)
         Men Reel the Line by dropping left hands; allemande Right 1/2 (3 counts), with the next man
         allemande left 1/2 (3 counts), with the next man allemande right 1/2 (2 counts), to face Partner

B2 Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Notes:  After taking hands four, have dancers step 1 place to the right to get in Becket formation. You might want to let dancers know they will be progressing to their individual right. Ask dancers to take hands in long lines; in one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.

In A2, Ladies start the push back hey; all return to place when the push back hey is completed (8 counts). {Men have to change momentum to go back into the wavy line down the center - I ask them to take a rock step; for swing dancers, this might feel most natural if done on the left foot.}

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JDY7cQErX0



Reeling Him In     by John Coffman     4/14
Duple, Improper, Single Progression

A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
A2     Ladies take two steps to their right AS the men reel the line.  That is, Men Allemande Left 3/4 to meet the next man,
         with whom he will Allemande Right 1/2 to face his partner lady.  (8) {see notes}
         1/2 Hey {pass partner by Left shoulders to start} (8)
 
B1     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (to end facing existing neighbor) (8)

Dance starts over with same neighbors now across {same neighbors dancers Hey'd with in A2}

Notes: This is a single progression dance; the progression takes place in A2.

A2:  The progression takes place in A2.  The ladies all take two steps in their direction of progression (ones move down and twos move up) AS the men reel the set.  After the men allemande left 3/4, they will have their backs to their partners.  When they allemande the next man by the Right 1/2, they will be facing their partner.  They should then pass their partner by Left shoulders to start 1/2 Hey.

When teaching, I would walk through this dance twice.  During the second walk through, emphasize the neighbor balance and swing in A1 is with the same neighbor they passed in the 1/2 hey.  That is, ladies do not progress to a new neighbor at the end of B2.  Instead, they end up facing their existing neighbor to start the dance over.



Requiem for the Hive      by John Coffman    4/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Allemande Right 1 ½ (8)
          ½ Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)
 
A2      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 ½  (8)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
B2      Ladies Chain (8)
         
Circle Right 1X

Progress to new neighbors to start dance over.

Variation:

B2      Ladies Chain (8)
         
Star Left  1X

Notes: I like the circle right, face new neighbors – allemande right  transition, but many dancers may need help understanding how to make it flow smoothly.  After the ladies chain, have dancers take hands in a ring AS IF they were going to circle right, but don’t go anyplace.  With hands in a ring, you are on the side of the set with your neighbor, and your partner is across the set from you.  Now, in one hand you have your partner; in the other hand you have your neighbor.  Keep hands with your partner, and drop hands with your current neighbor.  Give that second hand to your partner so you now have both hands with your partner.  Now, keep that second hand and turn to face your new neighbors.  Now, you can drop hands with your partner and give your right hand to your new neighbor. Notice that you turned toward your partner as you made the transition.  [Using this technique, dancers will be compelled to turn toward their partner as they make the transition.]  I might then have dancers drop hands, and turn to make a ring with their current neighbors.  I might have them practice a time or two before doing it with the circle right.  Most come to understand that the easy (smooth) way to turn is to the inside (toward your partner) as you make the transition.




Restless Soul       by John Coffman      8 /11
Duple, Becket                            

A1     Right Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)
         Ladies Chain Across with a Courtesy Fling {this is neighbor #1 - see notes} (8)
 
A2     Pull by Neighbor # 1 with left hands up and down the set (3), Pull by Neighbor  #2 {right hands} up and down the set (3), Pull by
         Neighbor #3 {left hands} (2) {see notes}
         With Neighbor #4, Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)
 
B1     Balance and Swing Neighbor #4 (16)

B2     Men Allemande left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

Notes: This dance has two progressions; dancers are never out; all must dance around the ends.  In A1, dancers un-progress three places with the right diagonal Right and Left Through and subsequent Ladies Chain with a Courtesy Fling.  In A2, dancers progress 4 places.  The net progression is one forward.

A1: After the right diagonal right and left through, the ladies chain is with the couple now across from you - it is never with the couple you did the right diagonal right and left through with.  {The men may need to help the ladies with orientation - if in doubt, the men should send the ladies a little to the left for the ladies chain.}  In Jim’s words: “The move I call the courtesy fling starts out like the courtesy turn.  With the courtesy turn after a ladies chain the man does a full 360 degree turn to face back in.  In the courtesy fling, the man stops his turn 3/4 of the way around . . . while retaining the left hand connection.  The move ends with the couple facing each other and up and down the set holding left hands and ready to . . .” pull by up and down the set.

A2: In the pull bys, ladies are moving clockwise, men are moving counterclockwise; pull bys should be with an opposite gender person {or someone dancing that role}.

End Effects: Remind dancers to position themselves for the right diagonal right and left through when out at the top or bottom of the set. 
Dancers at the top of the hall should stand out on caller's right side; dancers at the bottom of the hall should stand out (beside their partner) on the caller's left side.  After the right and left through, if there are no dancers across to ladies chain with, then stand out in place beside your partner; face your partner; your partner now becomes neighbor #1 for the pull bys; ladies will now be in position to travel clockwise as the men travel counterclockwise on the pull bys.




Return of the Gypsy      by John Coffman    approx 4/10
Duple, Becket
 
A1      Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
          Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy 1X (8)
 
A2      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1      Ladies Chain Across (to shadow) (8)
          Circle Right 1X (8)
 
B2      Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

Notes: Help dancers identify shadows before the dance.  When standing in Becket formation, have dancers face their partner; their shadow is beyond their partner.

A2 - The neighbor gypsy and swing is with your neighbor, not your shadow.

B1 - During the walk through, after the ladies chain to your shadow, it might be helpful to have dancers turn around to see their partner behind them.  They will find their partner here after the circle right 1X.

End Effects are tricky:
If there is a couple across from you, but no couple on the left diagonal, then stay put; that is, do not chain on the left diagonal.  If there is no couple across from you, then stand out so you can come back in with the left diagonal ladies chain.  At the top of the hall, couples should stand out on the caller's left; at the bottom of the hall, couples should stand out on the caller's right (as the caller faces the dancers).  THE NEIGHBOR GYPSY AND SWING IN A2 IS ALWAYS WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR; NEVER WITH YOUR SHADOW.  At the end of the line, your partner may become your neighbor.  DANCERS NEVER GYPSY OR SWING THEIR SHADOW IN THIS DANCE. 
 

The Right Place at the Right Time         by John Coffman     12/13

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

              Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos  (8)

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

            

B1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

Pass Through to an Ocean Wave (4), Swing Through (4) {see notes}
Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)


Slide Left to start the dance over with new neighbors.

 

Notes: In B1, dancers will not stop or balance after passing through to an ocean wave; all should immediately take right hands with their neighbor to do the swing through. {The “swing through” is Neighbor allemande right ½, men allemande left ½ to face your partner.}

 

Rollback       by John Coffman    approx 2/10, modified 1/7/13
Duple, Becket
 
A1      Circle Left 3/4  (6) Men Roll Neighbor Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (2);
          1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start}  (8)
 
A2      Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1      Long Lines forward and back (8)
          Men by the Left 1 1/2 (8)
 
B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
          Slide left to new neighbors 
 
Notes: Timing is tight in A1; I encourage dancers to think of the circle left/roll away as one fluid move. After the men roll their neighbor ladies away, the man should have the lady’s left hand in his right hand. I like to encourage the ladies to give the men a little tug to help them into the left shoulder hey.
 
 

Roll the Dice      by John Coffman    approx 10/10
Duple, Improper
 
A1       Circle Right 1X  (8)
           ½ Hey  {men pass right shoulders to start}  (8)

  

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

B1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

           Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Long Lines forward and back (8)

           Circle Left ¾ (6) Men Roll Neighbor Ladies Away with ½ Sashay {to face new neighbors} (2)

 

Notes:   After the circle right in A1, ladies will have one hand with their neighbor and the other hand with their partner.  All should drop hands with their partners, but keep the connection with their neighbor for just a moment.  The lady's right hand should be connected with her neighbor man's left hand.  I encourage the ladies to give her neighbor a little tug to help the men into the middle to pass right shoulders to start the 1/2 hey.

 
There are two circles in this dance; a circle left ¾, and a circle right 1X.  Because the circles are unequal, it is especially easy for dancers to become disoriented and circle too far or two little.  It is important to teach clearly, and tell the dancers how far to go (for awhile) during the prompting.  As the dance proceeds, it is especially easy for dancers to make the mistake of circling right ¾ {instead of circling right 1X) in A1, so I recommend prompting A1 by telling dancers how far to go in the circle right, even after you may have stopped prompting the rest of the dance.  {E.G. “Circle Right 4 Places,” or “Circle Right All the Way.”}
 
B2: The roll away to new neighbors is very unusual
 

 
Rolling in the Dough      by John Coffman   approx 10/10
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Circle Right 1X (8)

           Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (6)

 

A2       Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)

           Mad Robin {ladies on inside first} (8) 

 

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16) 

 

B2       Long Lines Forward and Back (8) 

           Circle Left ¾ (6) Men Roll Neighbor Ladies Away with ½ Sashay {to face new neighbors} (2)

 

Notes: The roll away to new neighbors is very unusual. 


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7utWbn3LcAU&feature=related

 
 

Rolling in the Aisles                      by John Coffman   2/12
Duple, Becket

 

A1       Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)

1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)


B1       Long Lines Forward and ... on the way Back, men roll their neighbor lady away with 1/2 sashay  (8)
            Men Allemande Right 1 1/2  (8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing(16)


Slide left with partner to start the dance over with new neighbors.

 

Notes:  In B1, all will do long lines forward and back.  As dancers back up on the way back out, men will roll their neighbor lady away with 1/2 sashay.




 
Royal Jelly                      by John Coffman   approx 9/10
Duple, Becket

 

A1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

 

A2       Circle Right ¾  (8)

Balance the Ring (4)  California Twirl (4)


B1       Face the “wrong way” neighbors behind you.  That is, face OPPOSITE  your direction of progression.  With this “wrong way”
            Neighbor, Balance and Swing {see notes} (16)

 

B2       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

Notes:  All will progress two places with the left diagonal right and left through in A1.  In B1, all will un-progress one place when they balance and swing their “wrong way” neighbor.

 

After the California Twirl in A2, all will face opposite their direction of progression.  The balance and swing with the “wrong way” neighbors is with the same neighbors they did the diagonal right and left through with. After the partner swing in B2, all should be across from these same “wrong way” neighbors – the ones they did the diagonal right and left through with.

 

 


The Runaround                       by John Coffman      2/12
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes

A1        Neighbor Allemande Right 1X to Long Wavy Lines {men face out}  (8)
            Balance the Lines {R, L} (4), Slide Right {as in Rory O'More} (4)            

A2        Neighbor Allemande Left 1 X  (8)
            Promenade Across {men pass left shoulders}  (8)

B1        Mad Robin {ladies to inside first}  (8)
            Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2  (8)

B2        Partner Balance and Swing (16)

C1        Right and Left Through  (8)
            Ladies Chain (8)

C2       Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (16) 

Start dance over with new neighbors; look for new neighbor when coming out of hey
 



Salad Days       by John Coffman                    6/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1    Gypsy Neighbor 1/4 so men face in; 1/2 Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)
        
Neighbor Swing (8)

A2    Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

B1    Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2    Right and Left Through; Men Roll {their Partner}Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
        Star Right 3/4 (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.


 

Sama Anna Hannah      by John Coffman     5/2013
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1X  (8)
         Neighbor Allemande Right 1/2  (2), Men Pull By Across with Left Hands (2), Partner Allemande Right 1/2 (2), Ladies Pull By
         Across with Left Hands (2)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing  (16)
 
B1     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2  (8)
         Partner Swing  (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through to face new neighbors (2)

 

 

Sawdust Liquor                       by John Coffman     approx 8/10

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Men Allemande Left 1 ½ (8)

Neighbor Swing (8)

 

A2       Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)

Promenade Across with shadow {men pass left shoulders} (8)

 

B1       Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 ½ (8)

Circle Left ¾ {6} Men Roll Ladies {shadow} Away with ½ Sashay on the side of the set (2) {see notes}

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.


Notes: It is important to help dancers identify their shadow before the dance starts.  In becket formation, have dancers face their partner; their shadow is beyond their partner.

 

After the left diagonal ladies chain in A2, all will be dancing with their new neighbor and their shadow.


The {unusual} progression takes place in B1 with the {shadow} roll away.




Second Thoughts                      by John Coffman   2/12
Duple, Becket, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABCC Format}

 

A1       Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)

1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)


B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)
            Partner Swing (8)

 

C1       Right and Left Through (8)

            Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)


C2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)


Slide left with partner to start the dance over with new neighbors.



Shadow Boxing      by John Coffman     7/2013
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)         

A2     Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through up and down (2)
         Shadow Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat (4)
 
B1     Pull By Shadow, Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/2 (8)


Alternate B2:
Long Lines (8)
Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

Note: It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadow before teaching the dance.  If dancers (temporarily) step into Becket position and take hands in long lines, their partner is in one hand, and their shadow is in the other hand.  Don't forget to ask dancers to return to regular improper position before teaching the dance.

 


Shapiro's Sine Wave      by John Coffman       3/11
Duple, Becket - Counterclockwise, Double Progression
 
A1      Ladies Chain {across} (8)
          Left Diagonal Right and Left Through (8)

A2      Ladies Right Shoulder Gypsy 1X (6)
          Neighbor Swing (10)
 
B1      NEW MEN Allemande Left  ½ {see notes}(4),  Balance the line [R, L] (4)
          Men Reel the Line by dropping left hands; allemande Right ½  (3 counts), with the next man allemande left 1/2 (3 counts),
          with the next man allemande right 1/2 (2 counts) to face Partner 

B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 

Notes:  After taking hands four, have dancers step 1 place to the right to get in Becket formation.  You might want to let dancers know they will be progressing to their individual right. 

In B1, men should look slightly to their left for a new man to allemande left ½ to form a long wavy line of men down the center.  After forming the wavy line, men will be looking away from their partner.




Shaking Out the Bees      by John Coffman       4/11
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat  (4)
          Right Hand Star 3/4 {wrist hold star} (8)

A2      Ladies Turn In, Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
 
B2        Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         
Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right {with a little extra twirl} to face new neighbors and
         start
dance over (4)

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svt4cUpCsSI&feature=related

Or here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stznmZVty60


The Silent Type      by John Coffman    approx 7/10
Duple, Becket
 
A1      Men Allemande Left 1X (6)
          Men keep left hands as they pick up Partner Ladies inside hand {men's right hand joined to ladies' left hand}, face NEW 
          NEIGHBORS in direction of progression {ones face down, twos face up}, Men drop left hands, As a couple, Dos-Si-Dos with these
          new neighbors (10)
 
A2      Circle Left 1X (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1      Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)
          Hands Across Left Hand Star 1X (8)
 
B2      Ladies Turn Out, Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
Notes:  I have not called or danced this; not sure how it flows.  The (unusual) progression takes place in A1.  The men allemande left 1X, keeping left hands while picking up partner's inside hand {men's right hand joined to ladies' left hand}; men then turn by the left 1/2 more to face new neighbors in direction of progression; this is a little like a star promenade.  Timing is tight in A1.
 
 
 
Sleeping with the Hounds      by John Coffman    approx 10/10
Duple, Becket
 
A1       Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through {up and down by right shoulders} (2)

NEW Ladies Allemande Left 1X WHILE Men Orbit clockwise ½ way to cross to the other

side of the set to meet his Partner  {see notes} (8)

 
A2       Swing Through {allemande partner right ½, then men allemande left ½} (4),  Neighbor Swing (12)
 
B1       Ladies Chain (8)
Star Left 1X {hands across star} (8)
 
B2        Ladies Turn Out {over right shoulder}, Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
 

Start dance over with same neighbors

 
Notes: Progression takes place in A1.  In A1, the men orbit clockwise ½ way (across set) to the outside of the ladies as the ladies allemande left 1X (counterclockwise) in the middle.  {Men and ladies travel in different directions as the men orbit – the men travel clockwise while the ladies travel counter-clockwise.}

A2: for teaching purposes {to help dancers orient}, I recommend asking dancers to pause by making short wavy lines before starting the swing through.  Be sure to emphasize there will be no pausing into short wavy lines during the actual dance.  If you pause dancers in these short wavy lines, all will have right hands with their partners, and ladies will have left hands in the middle; ladies will be facing their direction of progression and men will be facing opposite their direction of progression.  During the swing through, all will allemande their partner right ½, then the men will immediately allemande by the left ½ to face their neighbor.

 
See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmoK67oShHc



Smarty Pants      by John Coffman     10/13
Counterclockwise Becket
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
A2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)
 
B1     HANDS ACROSS Left Hand Star 3/4 (8)
         Ladies push off and loop over Right Shoulder WHILE Men keep left hands
         and Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8_
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)         

Teaching Note: When in Becket, have dancers hold hands in long lines; partner is in one hand, shadow is in the other hand.



Snake River          by John Coffman        9/13
Four Facing Four
 

A1       Ladies Grand Chain {to diagonal neighbor} (8)

           1/2 Hey Up and Down {ladies pass right shoulders to start - see note} (8)

 

A2       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)


B1       Men Star Left 1/2, Partner Swing (16)          


C1       Short Lines Forward and Back (8)
           Circle Left 1/2  (8)

C2       Men Lead, Inside Out {see notes}  (16)


Note: Before teaching the dance, have dancers take hands in short lines of 4 facing up and down the hall; these short lines include your partner and your (travel) "buddies."    Dancers are facing their neighbors.  In A1, the hey is up and down the set; you and your partner are in different heys. C2: In the Inside Out, all will drop hands with their neighbor, and keep hands with their partner and their travel buddies.  The man in the lead will make a U turn over his left shoulder, leading his partner and travel buddies in a counterclockwise loop around their neighbors.  {I will try to post a video of this maneuver.}


 
The Social Butterfly     by John Coffman    approx 5/10
Duple, Becket
 
A1     Ladies Chain (8)
         ½ Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)
 
A2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1     Circle Left ¾ (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Men Allemande Left 1X (6)
         Men Scoop Up Partner and Star Promenade Across; Butterfly Whirl with Partner WHILE shifting Left
         to get across from New Neighbors {to start dance over} (10)
 



Something About Sue        by John Coffman               3/2012
Duple, Improper

 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Promenade Across {men pass left shoulders} (8)         

A2     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

B1     Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)
         1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)
 
B2     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over

Note: The progression at the end of B2 is unusual.



Southpaw                  by John Coffman       2/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Left Hand Balance (4) Swat the Flea (4)
          Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

A2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
 
B2      Ladies Chain {to partner}, Men roll their partner Lady Away with 1/2 Sashay (10)
         
Right Hand Star 3/4
(6)

Start the dance over with new neighbors.

Notes: A "Swat the Flea" is a left handed Box the Gnat


Sprung      by John Coffman  3/2015
Duple, Becket

A1      Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
           Circle Left 1X (8)
 
A2      Left Diagonal Ladies Chain (8)
           Left Hand Star 3/4 (8)

B1      Square Through Two with Partner {Partner Right Hand Balance (4),  Pull by your Partner with Right Hands and
           Face Across; With Left Hands, pull by with your Neighbor Across the set.  {The neighbor across is the same
           person you did the left diagonal ladies chain with.}  (4)
           Partner Dos-Si-Dos  (8)

B2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.

Notes: It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadow before teaching the dance.  While in Becket formation, have dancers face their partner; their shadow is beyond their partner.


After the left diagonal ladies chain in A1, your shadow is across from you.

The Square Through Two in B1 includes your partner and the person you did the left diagonal ladies chain with.

End Effects are unusual.  When waiting out with your partner, position yourself to come back in on the left diagonal chain.  When standing out with your neighbor, waiting for the Square Through Two with your partner in B1, stand out with the lady on the left, gent on the right.


Starship                  by John Coffman       6/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Left Hand Star 1X  (8)
          Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

A2      Promenade Across {with neighbor}(8)
          Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
 
B1      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
 
B2      Long Lines Forward and Back; on the way back out, Men roll their partner Lady Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)
         
Right Hand Star 3/4
(8)

Start the dance over with new neighbors.




Starstruck                  by John Coffman       4/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat  (4)
          Right Hand Star 1X {hands across star} (8)

A2      Ladies Chain {to partner}(8)
          Left Hand Star 1X {hands across star} (8)
 
B1      Ladies Turn Out, Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
 
B2      Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         
Circle Left 3/4 (6), Pass Through Up and Down to face new neighbors and start
dance over (2)

A couple of years after writing this dance, I discovered it is a variation of "Starburst" by Cary Ravitz. 



Stem to Stern         by John Coffman    Approx 1/12
Duple, Improper, Reverse Progression
 
A1     Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1 1/4 to Short Wavy Lines {ladies have left hands in the middle} (8)
          Balance the Wave {R,L} (4),
Missouri Twirl {see notes} (4)

A2     New Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
        
B1     Ladies Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Circle Left 3/4  (8)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over.
        
Notes: In A1, all will end up in a short wavy line across the set. All will have right hands with their neighbor, and ladies will have left hands in the center.  Balance the wave {R, L}, ladies drop left hands and Missouri Twirl with your neighbor.  [A Missouri Twirl has much of the feel of a California Twirl, with this exception: you and neighbor start facing opposite directions, and you end up facing opposite directions.]  When the Missouri Twirl is complete, all will be facing their new neighbors behind them - this is a REVERSE PROGRESSION dance.  The progression takes place at the end of A1 with the Missouri Twirl.




 

Stimulus Package     by John Coffman    9/11
Duple, Becket

 

A1       Balance the Ring (4), Spin over Right Shoulder, and move one place to the Right {as in Petronella} (4)

            Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 {to progress}(8)

           

 

A2       {New} Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

           

 

B1       Ladies Chain {to Partner}, Men Roll Partner Lady Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

            Right Hand Star {1X}(8)

 

B2       {Ladies turn in} Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)

 

 

Notes: The progression takes place at the end of A1, and it is a little unusual.  When teaching, I like to have dancers take hands four and look past their current neighbors to identify their next neighbors.  THEN, I would have dancers move one place to the left so they are in BECKET formation.  I would teach the dance from here.


See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZw0Wd5zZig



 Strange Bird    by John Coffman    approx 4/10
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes

 

A1       Balance the Ring (4), Spin over LEFT Shoulder, and move one place to the LEFT {as in Petronella} (4)

            Balance the Ring (4), Spin over LEFT Shoulder, and move one place to the LEFT {as in Petronella} (4)

           

 

A2       Balance the Ring (4) California Twirl to face New Neighbors (4)

            With these New Neighbors, Circle Right 1X (8)

 

B1       With the First {original} Neighbors, Circle Left ¾   (8)

            Partner Swing (8)

 

B2       Ladies Chain {to Neighbor} (8)

            Mad Robin {ladies on inside first} (8)

 

C1       Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

 

C2       Men Allemande Left ½ (2) Partner Allemande Right 1X (6)

            Men Allemande Left ½ (3) Neighbor Allemande Right ½ to face New Neighbors (5)

 

Notes: In A1, the balance the ring and petronella spin over the LEFT shoulder while moving one place to the left is very unusual; I am not sure how it will be accepted.

 

There are two circles in this dance; a circle left ¾, and a circle right 1X.  Because the circles are unequal, it is especially easy for dancers to become disoriented and circle too far or two little.  It is important to teach clearly, and tell the dancers how far to go (for awhile) during the prompting.

 

A2/B1 Circle Right, with Next Circle Left; I really like this flow, but many dancers need help getting it.  I will sometimes have dancers take hands in a ring, but not go anyplace. Then drop hands, and turn to make a ring with their next neighbors.  I might have them practice this a couple of times before doing it with the circles, and most come to understand that the easy (smooth) way to turn is to the inside toward your partner as you make the transition.  I recently read of an even better teaching tip.  After the circle left 1X, you are on the side of the set with your neighbor, and your partner is across the set from you.  Now, you have one hand with your neighbor - take that hand and give it to your partner.  Now, keep that hand as you turn to face your new neighbors, and make a ring with them.  [Using this technique, dancers will be compelled to turn toward their partner as they make the transition.]

 


Sunday Night at the Monday Club         by John Coffman   6/11
Duple, Improper

A1      Circle Right 3/4 (8)
          Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

A2      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B1      Circle Left 3/4 (8) 
          Partner Swing (8)

B2      Right and Left Through {across} (8) 
          Ladies Chain {across} (8) 

Start the dance over with new neighbors.



 

Sweet as Honey      by John Coffman   approx 7/10
Duple, Improper

A1      Circle Right 3/4 (8)
          Ladies Chain {to neighbor} (8)

A2      Ladies Allemande Right 1X  (6) 
          Neighbor Swing (10)

B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8) 
          Partner Swing (8)

B2      Circle Left 3/4 (8) 
          Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl (4)


Sweet Potato Pie    by John Coffman       5/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Left Hand Balance (4), Swat the Flea  (4)
          1/2 Hey {ladies pass right shoulders to start} (8)

A2      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1      Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
 
B2      Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
          Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2
(8)


Face New Neighbors to start the dance over


Note: The 'swat the flea" figure in A1 is a left handed "box the gnat."


See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWO8U8VAXPU


Sweet Potatoes    by John Coffman       5/13
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat  (4)
          1/2 Hey {men pass left shoulders to start (8)

A2      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1      Circle Left 3/4 (8)
          Partner Swing (8)
 
 
B2      Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
          Men Allemande Left 1 1/2
(8)


Face New Neighbors to start the dance over




          

Three Old Cat                       by John Coffman      7/11
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes

A1        Pousette 1X {Men start by pushing partner}   (8)
            Circle Right 1X (8)            

A2        Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2  (8)
            Ladies Chain {to Partner} (8)

B1        Full Hey {Ladies pass Right Shoulders to start} (16)

B2        Partner Balance and Swing (16)

C1        Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
            Circle Left 3/4 (8)

C2       Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16) 

Start dance over with new neighbors; men push to start the Pousette
 
Note: Pousette in A1 is all the way around - 4 places.



Three Sisters                  by John Coffman   9/11
Duple, Becket

A1     Circle Left 3/4  (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)            

A2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8) 
         Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to shadow} (8)

B1     Ladies walk into the middle to make a long wavy line down the center [ladies should have their backs to their shadow] (4),
         Balance the line [L, R] (4)
         Ladies Reel the Line by dropping right hands; allemande left 1/2 (3 counts), with the next lady
         allemande right 1/2 (3 counts), with the next lady allemande left 1/2 (2 counts), to face Partner

B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Slide left (slightly) to start tart the dance over with new neighbors.

Notes:  In Becket formation, ask dancers to take hands in long lines; in one hand is their partner; in the other hand is their shadow.  In B1, ladies will step into a long {ladies only} wavy line down the middle; ladies will have their backs to their shadow.  As the ladies step into the long wavy line, if they are are standing face to face with another woman and not sure how to place themselves, ask them to cheat a little to the right as they step into the wave - men can help orient the ladies by sending them slightly to the right..  After the ladies form this long wavy line during the walk through, I would tell them to think LEFT, then have them balance the lines Left, then Right. {On the other hand, many ladies may find balancing to the left counterintuitive because most balances start by going to the right.  Some callers may choose to have ladies balance forward and back before they reel the line.}


Three Strikes                  by John Coffman   approx 6/10
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes

A1        Circle Right 1X  (8)
            Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)            

A2        Hey {Men pass right shoulders to start}  (16) 


B1        Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B2        Right and Left Through (8) 
            Hands Across Left Hand Star 1X (8)

C1        Men keep left hands to Allemande Left 1X WHILE the Ladies push off and Loop over their own right shoulder (6)  Ladies come back to give their Neighbor their Right hand to Pull By; then Ladies give each other Left hands to Pull By across the set to their Partner for a Partner swing (10)

C2      Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to Right (4)
          Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl {to face new neighbors} (4)

 


Touch and Go           by John Coffman    4/12
Duple, Becket                        
 
A1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)

A2     New Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Next Neighbor Swing (8)
         
B1     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Left Diagonal Ladies Chain {to your shadow - keep left hands with your shadow,
         and face your shadow up and
         down the set - see notes} (6) Pull buy by {up and down}with Left hands to meet your partner
            on the side of the set (2)

        
B2     Partner Dos-Si-Dos and Swing (16)

Start the dance over with the neighbors now across from you.

Alternate A1 Suggested by Bob Green:
A1:    Circle Left 3/4 (8)
          Neighbor Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

Notes: This is a complicated dance; not suitable for beginning dancers or callers.  Dancers progress forward 2 places in A2.  Dancers un-progress one place in B1, for a net progression of one place forward.  [This is a single progression dance.]

Bob Green has called this dance; see Bob's comments at the end of these notes.

When dancers take hands 4, BEFORE MOVING ONE PLACE TO THE LEFT TO GET INTO BECKET FORMATION, you can have them identify their neighbors.  Dancers are looking at neighbor(s) #1{their current neighbor}.  Past neighbor #1 is neighbor #2, and past neighbor #2 is neighbor #3.  After identifying these neighbors, have dancers move into Becket formation.

It might be helpful to introduce dancers to their shadows before teaching the dance.  In becket formation, have dancers take hands in long lines. {Dancers can join hands on the ends as well.}  In one hand is their partner, in the other hand is their shadow.

In A2, dancers will allemande neighbor #2 by the left 1 1/2 (without swinging neighbor #2).  Dancers will then swing neighbor #3 at the bottom of A2.  After the partner swing in B2, the dance starts over with neighbor #2 becoming neighbor #1 for the next time through the dance.

Bobs Comments: I think the verdict on the dance is touch and go....the neighbor swing to a new neighbor allemande is just a bit awkward and tends to start a snowball of lateness that is hard to stop until the long lines. There is a way for the gents to roll the lady off, but then it pushes the skill level required even higher. It does have some nice features, so it would be worth keeping around  for  a workshop dance, or perhaps finding a fix for the swing to allemande transition. Perhaps something like:

A1 Circle left 3/4 (8)
     Neighbor Allemande right (or do-si-do) 1 1/2   (The allemande would keep the "touch theme" better)

Oh...one more thing...I would ditch the complicated explanations about Neighbor #1, #2 etc., It really isn't necessary. The chain to a shadow information is useful to help people orient after the long lines.




Traveling Salesman      by John Coffman       6/12
Duple, Improper
 
A1      Neighbor Right Hand Balance (4), Box the Gnat  (4)
          Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

A2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)
 
B1      Circle Left 3/4 (8)
          Neighbor Swing (8)
 
 
B2      Right and Left Through (8)
          Left Hand Star 1X
(8)


Face New Neighbors to start the dance over




Triple Hat Syndrome           by John Coffman    4/12
Duple, Improper         {written for the Mean Lids}
 
A1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 as the men step forward into the spot vacated by their neighbor lady (8),
         Partner Swing (8)
 
A2     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Twirl 1 Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl to face new neighbors and start dance over (4)


Start the dance over with new neighbors






 
Triple Play      by John Coffman    approx 5/10
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes

A1      Neighbor Balance (4) Star Through (4)
          Circle Right 1X (8)            

A2      Neighbor Left 1 1/2  (8) 
          1/2 Hey {men pass right shoulders to start} (8)

B1      Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

B2      Ladies Chain {to partner} (8) 
          Hands Across Left Hand Star 1X (8)

C1      Ladies Turn Out {over right shoulder}, Partner Gypsy & Swing (16)

C2      Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to Right (4)
          Balance the Ring (4), California Twirl {to face new neighbors} (4)

Notes: In A1, “star through” is man’s right hand to lady’s left hand; lady walks under man’s raised right hand; both finish the star through trading places and facing across the set.

 

Turkey Talk                     by John Coffman                2/2012
Duple, Improper

A1   Balance the Ring (4), Inside Turn to a Right Hand Star {see notes}(4)
        Star Right 1X (8)

A2   Neighbor Gypsy and Swing (16)
       
B1   Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
        Partner Swing (8)

B2    Ladies Chain (8)
        Cross Trails Through (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.
 
Notes: The {A1 }figure "inside turn to a right hand star" was choreographed by Ron Buchanon, who borrowed it from swing dance.  After balancing the ring, the man is holding hands with both his partner and his neighbor lady.  The man should let go of his neighbor's hand, and keep hands with his partner.  That is, his left hand is connected to his lady partner's right hand.  With his left hand, the man brings his partner's right hand in front of her face as he twirls her and exchanges places with her.  He then places her right hand on his own right wrist to form the right hand star.

In B2, Cross Trails Through: pass through across, ladies turn left as the men turn right; the lady passes in front of the man as both walk to meet their new neighbor to start the dance over


Tutti Fruti                     by John Coffman                6/2012
Duple, Improper

A1   Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 to Long Wavy Lines {men face out}(8)
        Balance the Lines {R,L}, Slide Right as in Rory O'More (8)

A2   Balance the Lines {L, R}, Slide Left as in Rory O'More (8)
        First Neighbor Swing
(8)
       
B1   Circle Left 3/4 (8)
        Partner Swing (8)

B2    Right and Left Through; Men Roll {their Partner}Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)
        Star Right 3/4 (8)

        Progress to next neighbors to start the dance over.
 


Two in the Bush
    by John Coffman        1/12

Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABBCC Format}

A1  Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2  Ladies Chain {to partner} (8)
       1/2 Hey {Ladies Pass Right to start} (8)

B1  Partner Balance and Swing (16)

B2  Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
       Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

C1  Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

C2  Square Through Four {with balances} (16)

Face new neighbors to start the dance over.

See it danced here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cewFihDKjjo
 


Under the Table         by John Coffman     12/12

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Ladies Chain {across to neighbor} (8)

            Left Hand Star 1X (8)

 

A2       With her free right hand, Ladies reach under the star across the front of her

             body to join right hands with her neighbor man, who is behind her in the

             star on the same side of the set - see notes.

             Neighbor Box the Gnat, and Neighbor Swing (16)

 

B1       Circle Left 3/4 (8)

Partner Dos-Si-Dos 1X (8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

           

 Slide left with partner to new neighbors {to start dance over}


Alternate A2: Ladies turn out over their right shoulder to gypsy and swing their neighbor man  (16)

Notes: The A2 sequence is unusual.  After dancers star left 1X, I would ask then to keep their hands in a star for a few moments.  Ask dancers to think of the left hand star as a table top.  Now ask dancers to reach with their free right hands "under the table" to take right hands with their opposite gender neighbor.  Once neighbors have right hands joined, I would ask them to dissolve the left hand star and box the gnat, then swing their neighbor.

See it danced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOwEnLyFKxE&list=UUF_ExFYC6eUgoCdNsFQ0ADg


Up to Zero     by John Coffman      approx 6/13
Duple, Improper

A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B1     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Balance the Ring (4)  Petronella Spin 1 place to the Right (4)

B2     Balance the Ring (4)  California Twirl {to face new neighbors} (4)

         New Ladies Dos-Si-Dos 1X  (8)


Was Then and Is Now         by John Coffman     11/12

Duple, Becket

 

A1       Long Lines Forward and Back (8)

              Right and Left Through; Men Roll {their Partner}Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay  (8)

A2       Star Right 3/4 (8)

            NEW Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

 

B1       Ladies Chain {to partner}(8)

Mad Robin {ladies to inside first}(8)

 

B2       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

           

Notes: The progression occurs in A2 when dancers allemande their new neighbor by the left.



Well Boiled Icicle        by John Coffman      Approx 6/13
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABBCC Format}
 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 to form long wavy lines {men face out} (8)
         Balance the Lines {R, L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O'More (4)
 
A2     Balance the Lines {L, R} (4), Slide Left as in Rory O'More (4)
         Swing First Neighbor {same neighbor you allemanded by the left in A1} (8)
 
B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Dos-Si-Dos (8)
 
B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

C1     Right and Left Through (8)
         Ladies Chain (8)

C2     Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to Right (4)
         Balance the Ring (4), Petronella Spin One Place to the Right
         {to face new neighbors} (4)
 



West Drainage Ditch #9         by John Coffman    3/12; Corrected 6/16
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1X  to Short Wavy Lines {see notes} (8),
         Balance the Wave [R,L} (4), Swing Through {Neighbor Allemande Right ½, Men Allemande Left ½ } (4)
 
A2     Partner Gypsy and Swing (16)
 
B1     Men Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Left Hand Star 1X  (8)

Start the dance over with new neighbors.
 
Notes: A1: When the short wavy lines are complete, all have right hands with their opposite gender neighbor, and ladies have left hands in the middle. All are facing their direction of progression.






What about Bob?        by John Coffman      2/12
Duple, Improper, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABBCC Format}
 
A1     Neighbor Dos-Si Dos  1X to make short wavy lines with ladies holding left hands in Center {see notes} (8)
         Balance the Lines {R, L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O'More (4)
 
A2     Full Hey {pass neighbor by left shoulder to start - see notes} (16)
 
B1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
 
B2     New Neighbor Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)
         Promenade Across (8)

C1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)

C2     Right and Left Through (8)
         Circle Left 3/4 (8)

Notes: This is a complex dance - not suitable for beginning callers or dancers.

A1: When standing in short wavy lines, all are facing their direction of progression, and ladies have left hands in the center.  After the Rory O'More slide right, you might position dancers by having them re-form the short wavy line - though they will NOT re-form the short wavy lines during the dance.  After the slide right, dancers will catch left hands with their neighbor, so they can give their neighbor a little tug to start the full hey by passing left shoulders with this neighbor.  {Actually, ladies will do a complete full hey to come back to their starting spot - men will do slightly more than a full hey to meet their neighbor on their original side for a balance and swing in B1.}

The transition occurs in B1/B2, and it is unusual.

Before teaching the dance, I might have dancers look past their current neighbors to identify their next neighbors (because the transition is a little unusual).



 
Where is the Beef?     by John Coffman   
Revised 3/24/10
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Allemande Left 1 ½ to make long wavy lines with Men Facing Out, Ladies Facing In (8)
         Balance the Lines {R, L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O'More (4)
 
A2     Balance the Lines {L, R} (4), Slide Left as in Rory O'More (4)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1     Circle Left 3/4 (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Ladies Chain (8)
         Ladies Rt Sh Gypsy 1X to end facing new neighbors

Notes: A1 When starting long wavy lines, men face out. In everyone's left hand is their current neighbor; in their right hand is their future neighbor. I like to use the analogy of sliding glass doors when teaching the Rory O'More.

The progression is a little unusual for the ladies.  Before teaching the dance, I like to have dancers look past their current neighbors to identify their next neighbor. 



Whole Hog      by John Coffman    2/12
Duple
, Counterclockwise Becket, 3 Part Dance for 3 Part Tunes {AABCC format}

A1      Circle Left 3/4 (8)
          Neighbor Dos-Si-Dos 1X to form Long Wavy Lines {men face out - see notes} (8)            

A2      Balance the Lines {R, L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O'More  (4) 
          Current Neighbor, Allemande Left 1 1/2 (8)

B1      New Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

C1      Long Lines Forward and Back (8) 
          Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

C2      Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Notes: The counterclockwise (CCW) progression takes place at A21/B1.  When teaching the dance, I would have dancers pause in A1 after forming long wavy lines (after the Dos-Si-Dos).  In their right hand is their current neighbor, in their left hand is their future neighbor.  After the Rory O'More spin to the right in A2, all should catch left hands with their current neighbor to allemande left 1 1/2.  Dancers will now be in position to balance and swing their new neighbor.
 

 



 
 
Working Stiff     by John Coffman      approx 1/10
Duple, Improper

A1     Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)

A2     Circle Left ¾ (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B1     Ladies Chain (8)
         Mad Robin {ladies on inside first} (8)

B2     Square Through Four (16)

Notes: Square Through Four starts with right hand balance with partner across set – pull by and turn to face neighbor to pull by with left hands. Then right hand balance partner and pull by; face neighbor again to pull by with left hands to face a new neighbor (to start dance over).

To teach the Mad Robin, I like to ask dancers to do a left shoulder Dos-Si-Dos (See Saw) with their neighbor on the side of the set (without twirling), and note the elliptical path their feet trace around the dance floor. Now, have them face their partner across the set, and let their feet take the same elliptical path while looking at their partner – ladies take the inside path first.




Wrong Way John     by John Coffman    approx 2/10
Duple, Improper
 
A1     Neighbor Balance, Star Through (8)
         Circle Right 1X (8)
 
A2     1/2 Hey {men pass LEFT shoulders to start} (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)
 
B1     Men by the Left 1 1/2  (8)
         Partner Swing (8)
 
B2     Long Lines Forward and Back (8)
         Circle Left 3/4, Pass Through to New Neighbors (8)
 
Notes: In A1, "star through" is man's right hand to lady's left hand; lady walks under man's raised right hand; both finish the star through trading places and facing across the set.  A busy dance.



Ying and Yang      by John Coffman     9/11
Duple, Becket
 
A1     Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)
         Neighbor Swing (8)

A2     Ladies Chain to Partner
        
Zag Right (2),
Zig Left (2) to meet new neighbors {see notes}, With these new neighbors, Circle Left ½ (4)
        
B1     Men Roll Neighbor Lady Away with 1/2 Sashay (4), Ladies Roll Same Neighbor Man Away with 1/2 Sashay (4)
         Men Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

B2     Partner Balance and Swing (16)

Notes:  I have not called or danced this dance. 
The progression takes place in A2.  The Zag and Zig is done by holding inside hands with your partner {man’s right joined to lady’s left}; couples move {Zag} to their individual right with men passing left shoulders as they move past their current neighbors.  Then all move {Zig} to their individual left to come face to face with new neighbors.
The sequence in B1 is unusual.  After the ladies roll their neighbor man away, she will have his left hand in her right hand.  I like to encourage the ladies to give the men a little tug with that hand to help the men as they go into the center to allemande right with each other.

See it danced here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGCfTBQ9LM0

Zechariah's Zuit Suit                    by John Coffman     4/12, Revised 10/13
Duple, Improper
 

A1       Neighbor See-Saw 1X to Long Wavy Lines {men face out} (8)

           Balance the Lines {R,L} (4), Slide Right as in Rory O'More (4)

           

A2       Neighbor Allemande Left 2X (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)

           

B1       Partner Balance and Swing (16)

 

B2       Right and Left Through, Men Roll their {partner} Ladies Away with 1/2 Sashay (8)

           Star Right 3/4 (8)


Start the dance over with new neighbors.

Alternate A2:
           Neighbor Allemande Left 1X (8)

           Ladies Allemande Right 1 1/2 (8)


Note: A1: See-Saw is a left shoulder (counterclockwise) Dos-Si-Dos.  Timing is tight in A2.  Callers might choose to use the alternate version and have Neighbors allemande Left 1X in A2, but it will be slow.
 
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