DANCES

DANCES

These are contra dances I have written.  In the event any of them were previously created by another choreographer, let me know, and I will remove them from the list.  Otherwise feel free to teach and call the dances, and please give credit where it is due.  Each dance tells a story, and I hope they are all fun to do.  I have used my own dance note shorthand, and trust other dance callers' abilities to decipher my code.  If there are questions, contact me for clarification.  Thank you, and enjoy the dances.

Madtown Mayhem          Becket       Reid Miller 4/14

A1 – Ls RHBal + PullBy;                    N-S

A2 - Cir Bal + Ptnla;                           Cir Bal + Ptnla

B1 – Ls RHBal + PullBy                      P-S

B2 – Ring-B+Cir L1/2                         LLF on L-Diag & Back

Moonlight Swing    Improper    RMiller 7/14 after PD+STepfer

A1 - B+Cir L ½Way;     B+LH Star ½Way[XGrp]
A2 - P-DSD [Acrs];         N-DSD [Side]
B1-  N-B+S
B2-  P-B+S                     Note: Bs in A1 optional

Salt and Pepper               Becket    ReidMiller 03/17

A1: AsArch (OvrWfd/Mbk);  InAs Arch (OvrWfd/Mbk)

A2: Cir-L 3/4;                        N-S

B1: Ls-Alm L 1.5;                  P-DSD

B2:  P-S;                                 L-diag-LLFB

Noah’s Arch                 Improper            Reid Miller 12/13

A1:      As Arch-FwdOvrL+BkOvrG;           Cir L

A2:      InAs Arch-FwdOvrL+BkOvrG;        Star R

B1:      Ls-Bal R+Crs;             P-S

B2:      Ls-Bal R+Crs;             N-S (turn to new N in LOD)

Written for Noah, a friendly Madison contra dancer

Mendota Star         Improper      Reid Miller 02/14

A1 - N-Alm L 1.5;               Ls Ch

A2 – Ls- Alm R 1x;             P-S

B1 – Cir L ¾;                     N – S

B2 - LLFB;                  RH Star

Its Alright Tonight        Improper    Reid Miller 02/14

A1 – Up+DwnSet Ls Ch-1/2,         Cir R 1x

A2 – P-B+S [on Gs side]

B1 – Ls Alm R 1.5,                            N-S

B2 – Hey [full, Ls start, pass R in Mdl]

Four String Fling      Improper       RMiller 3/14

A1 – LsCh Up/Dwn Set;                 Cir R 3/4

A2- Ls Alm R 1.5 (across set);         N-S (end on G’s side)

B1- LLF+Ls go to Gs side;             P– S

B2- L’s Ch 1/2;                                 N-DSD (Fc new N)

Flower of Chicago         Improper      Reid Miller 02/14

A1 – Cir-B+Ptnla;                Cir-B+Ptnla

A2 – Cir-B+Ptnla;                P-S on Gs orig. side

B1 – LLF+Ls bring N to side,         N-S

B2 – R+L thru+CT;                Star LH

Dancing in the Shower      Improper        RMiller  08/13

A1 – P-B+PB [acrs]+TrnSgl;             Cir L ¾

A2 – N-B+PB [acrs]+TrnSgl;             P-S

B1 – Cir-B+Ptnla;                              N-S

B2 – Hey [full, LsPassR to Start]

Daley’s Double            Improper        ReidMiller 12/13

A1:      Ls-Ch 1/2 (Up+DnSt);            R+LThru wCT (Up+DnSt)

A2:      Ls-Ch 1/2 (Up+DnSt);            R+LThru wCT (Up+DnSt)

B1:      Cir R ¾;                                P-S (on G’s side)

B2:      W-Alm L 1+1/2;                    N-S

Chili n Cheese           Improper      Reid Miller 02/14

A1 – Cir L 1x;                        As – S in Mdl

A2- L4DH (As in Mdl);       N – Sashay UH

B1 – Hey (full, pass N by R to start)

B2 – N – Gypsy;                   N - S

Chickpeas & Fish          Improper           Reid Miller 2016

A1:      Ls-Ch ½ (Up+DnSet);    Cir L-1/2

A2:      P – Gypsy & Sw (on Ls side)

B1:      LLFB;     L’s Ch-1/2

B2:      N-Sw (on Ls Side);     Prmd Acrs (turn to new N)

Named for a delicious dish made by Madison, WI, contra dancer Carol Spiegel.

Align the Stars*            Lns04 Fcng Lns04   RMiller  11/13

A1 - Lns04 F+B,  Ls Grnd Ch w/CT [face acrs like reg cntra)

A2 - R+L thru w/CT (acrs cntra set),   N-S (on side)

B1 - Hey (W start, full+end in Lns-0-4 fcng up+dwn hall)

B2 – M-LH Star ½ way,   P-S (end w/Ln-0-4 fcng orig dir)

* = A work in progress.  Let me know how it goes for your dancers. 
Groups O 4 @ ends may improvise dance figs.       11-27-13


Cluck the Dragon
    LnsO4 Fcng LnsO4      (PsBesidePs)
RMiller 02/14

A1 – End 4s Cir-B+Ptnla;        Cir-B+Ptnla

A2 – All 8 Cir L ½;                     N [across] - DSD

B1 – Ls Star L ½ to Diag N;   N-S (Gy+S if time)

B2 - Gs Star L ½ to P;               P-S (Gy+S if time)

Roll Away Roger        Improper        RMiller 04/14

A1- N-Bal+Star Thru;             R+L Thru Across + Courtesy Turn

A2 - Ls-RH Bal + PullBy;       P-S

B1 - Ls-Alm R 1.5;                   N-S

B2 - Cir-Bal+GsRollAway;      Cir-Bal+LsRollAway

Swing the Hall            Improper            RMiller    4/14

A - N-NearHND Bal+Ls RollAway;        Ls-RH Bal+PullBy+Cross to P

A2 - P-B+S

B1 - Gs Lead Hey [pass Lft to start];   as Ls meet 2nd time, Ls ricochette R to N

B 2 - N-B+S

March to Monona     Improper         RMiller  5/14

A1 – Gs-AlmR 1.5;                P-B+S

A2 – Ls-AlmR 1.5;                 N-B+S

B1 - L4DH;     Back Up, Ctrs Arch, Ends Thru

B2 – Star LH;                         P-Bal+BxGnt

Kale in the Snow        Improper – RMiller2014

A1: Cir L ¾;                           CA Twrl, As Arch, BackOver InAs

A2: Cir Bal, Gs DSD1.5;      N-S

B1: Cir Bal+Ptnla;                Cir Bal+Ptnla

B2: P-B+S

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