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Recent Contra Dances by Gene Hubert

This document contains descriptions of contra dances that I have written and have not been previously published elsewhere.  Unless noted otherwise in the comments, I believe each one is more or less an original creative work that I have manifested out of my own mental processes.

These dances are intended for the enjoyment of anyone who wishes to make use of them.  They are NOT copyrighted.  Permission is given to reproduce multiple copies of any or all of these dances in any known or future media.  Permission is given to store and distribute these dances in electronic format.  I, Gene W. Hubert, the author, only ask to be given credit for originating the particular combination of figures in each of these dances.

I am surprised to discover that I have 40 contra dances that I consider to be "worth publishing."  Since I last published in July 1990, that works out to a bit under 6 dances per year.  There are still times when I am not sure how meritorious a particular dance sequence is.  The best way to tell is to get them into circulation and let the dancers and callers decide.

I assume the reader is familiar with standard contra dance figures. I f in doubt as to the meaning of any of my transcriptions, you can refer to my list of abbreviations and non-standard figures.

Have fun with these dances.  Please share them with other callers.  Thanks to Robert Cromartie for the use of his Macintosh to create this document. Thanks also to Kevin Dankwardt and K Computing for hosting this page.

Gene Hubert   July 1997



Angular Momentum  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  All Petronella turn, Sw N
A2  M Almd L 1&1/2, Sw P
B1  LC over and back, end with rollaway w/P
B2  Lines F&B, All change w/same gender person on R diagonal, Bal in new foursome

Composed in July '95.


Balance & Think  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  F&B, M Sw 1&1/2
A2  B&S N
B1  Cir L 3/4, Bal, All trade on R diag w/same gender person
B2  B&S P

In B1, the men will be trading with someone in a different foursome, while the women will trade within the foursome.  Composed in July '95.


Bertha's Landfall  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  1's Sw in the middle, Sw N
A2  DC by 4, TA Ret
B1  Cir L, Cir R
B2  Almd L N 1&1/2, F&B

A very nice, simple dance.  Composed in July '96.


Butter  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  Slide L, Cir L 3/4, Sw N
A2  F&B, LC
B1  Hey w/W by R
B2  B&S P

Composed in Oct. '90 as a variation on a dance that was called by Bill Wellington.


Chained Men  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Almd L N 1&1/2, LC
A2  LC back, Rollaway w/N, Men do a ladies chain
B1  Cir L 1/2, Sw P
B2  Cir L 3/4, Sw N

You might want to add a balance before the partner swing.  Composed in March '97.


Chance Encounters  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  F&B, M or W Sw 1&1/2 or 2&1/2
A2  B&S N
B1  R&L, LC
B2  Entire set circles left in oval, Sw P & face a new couple across

The intent was to produce a dance with a more or less random progression.  When the men swing in A1, couples will progress to the left on their original side of the set by circling in B2.  When the women swing, couples will end across the set from their original position and then progress left in B2.  In practice, you probably won't get a random progression but will have an interesting dance experience.  Composed in June '88.


Cloud Shadows  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper or Proper

A1  1's down the outside & back while the 2's swing
A2  1's Sw, Sw N
B1  Cir L 1/2, PT across, TA, Repeat.
B2  F&B, 1's Sw

The 2's must end their swing proper (i.e. facing up).  You could substituted something more mundane for B1 since it's really just 16 counts of filler.  Composed in Nov. '90.


Counter Flow  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Gypsy N by L, Cir L 3/4, Bal the circle
A2  Sw P, Cir R 3/4
B1  Almd R N, Almd L N
B2  B&S N

This dance was a reaction to a dance weekend where there were too many dances that spent too much time in clockwise rotation.  This sequence intentionally changes from clockwise to counter-
clockwise rotation throughout the dance.  Composed in Feb. '97.


Diagonal Danger  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Proper

A1  1's Almd L 3/4 to a diagonal wave, Bal, Almd R N 3/4 to a new wave, Bal
A2  Sw N, 1's Sw in the middle (1's look for P on the diagonal)
B1  DC by 4, 1's T as C, Ret and hand cast off
B2  People's chain over and back

The first ocean wave is with your 2nd contra corner and has the 1's in the middle.  The second ocean wave is on a different diagonal and has the 2's in the middle.  In a people's chain, the right hand dancers do a ladies chain.  This dance was the result of a dance writing workshop.  The danger in the dance is in getting many people confused while trying to teach it.  Composed in Oct. '94.


Diagonal Discovery  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  F&B, M on L diagonal Almd L 1&1/2
A2  B&S L diagonal N
B1  Cir L 3/4, PT, Sw P
B2  1/2 hey w/M by L, Two hand turn with P or swing P again

An excellent dance.  I like to give the dancers the option of a two hand turn or a swing in B2.  Composed in July '95.


Double Boomerang  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  M Almd L 1&1/2, Sw N
A2  LC on L diagonal, F&B
B1  PT across, Cir L, PT along
B2  B&S P

This variation on the original Boomerang allows for a neighbor swing.  Composed in Feb. '92.


Double Deception  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper  Double Progression

A1  Sw N1, R&L
A2  Rollaway with N1 and then N2, Cir R 1/2, Almd L N2
B1  B&S N2
B2  F&B, 1's Sw

You will be dancing with a new foursome when you circle right in A2.  The end effects are deceptively simple if you have an even number of couples.  Woe to ye who attempt this dance with an odd number of couples.  Composed in Mar. '97.


Double Expediency  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper  Double Progression

A1  B&S N1
A2  F&B, 1's Almd L 1&1/2
B1  1's turn contra corners
B2  1's Sw P, 1's face down to Sw N2

I felt there was a need for a double progression dance with contra corners.  This dance has 3 swings in a row.  You must come out of the neighbor swing in B2 to find a new neighbor to balance and swing.  I thought this was the most exciting dance of the Kimmswick '97 spring dance weekend.  Composed in March '96.
 

Double Whammy  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Proper

A1  F&B, #1W cross down & face out while #1M crosses and faces out, Bal
A2  All slide R (as in Rory O'More) to Sw a N
B1  1's B&S (on a diagonal) while #2W moves down to be across from P
B2  DC by 4, 1's T as C, Ret and hand cast off

This dance was the result of trying to "fix" Lamplighter's Hornpipe.  In A1, the #1 women cross down to face out between #2 men while the #1 men walk straight across the set to face out between #2 women.  The result is long ocean waves with all the 1's facing out and the 2's facing in.  The end effects in A2 are quite exciting.  Two women slide out the top of the set and either swing with each other or with an equally befuddled neutral couple.  Similar things happen as two men slide out at the bottom.  Neutral couples can help by joining in on A1 and A2.  Composed in Feb. '95.


Dynamic Appeal  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Bal N1, Pull by N1, Sw next N2
A2  Cir L, DSD N2
B1  Bal N2, Pull by N2, Sw N1
B2  F&B, 1's Sw

There has been significant caller interest in this dance every time that I've called it.  Composed Jan. '92.


Family Tree  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  W Almd R 3/4, W Almd L w/next W approximately 1/2 to Sw R diagonal N
A2  Repeat A1 with W returning home to Sw P
B1  Cir L 3/4, PT, Sw new N
B2  F&B, LC

In A1, a woman will swing the man who is initially on her right diagonal.  A neutral couple should participate as a right diagonal couple in the first half of the dance.  If there is no couple on the right diagonal, a woman should swing her partner after the allemande right.  This will happen twice in a row and can be quite disorienting (and potentially fun).  This dance is something of a variation on Jeffro's Tree by Don Flaherty (and I think Al Olson) and was composed in Sept. '90.
 

Firecracker  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper  Double Progression

A1  B&S N1
A2  F&B, Star R
B1  Almd L N2 1&1/2, W Almd R 1&1/2
B2  Sw P, Cir L 3/4 & PT

First used in an improvisational medley in April or May of '97 and named on July 4 of that year.  A high energy dance.


Flip Flop Frenzy  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Bal, Star L 1/2, Sw next N, turn and face into Orig foursome
A2  Bal, Star L 1/2, Sw previous N, turn and face into Orig foursome
B1  Bal, Spin R (as in Petronella), Sw P
B2  F&B, Gents chain

Each time you swing a neighbor, you must turn away from them and face back into you original group of four and balance.  In this dance you swing your previous neighbor and your next neighbor, but not your current neighbor.  Composed in June '92.


The Gang of Four  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  Cir L 3/4, Sw N, end facing in promenade direction in a large oval
A2  Promenade, W turn back and Sw next M
B1  Cir L in the oval, F&B making sure to be across from P
B2  W Almd R 1&1/2, Sw P

A very distinctive dance!  The promenade should only be about 6 steps.  In B2, a progression has already occurred and you are working with new neighbors.  This dance went through several variations in my hands and I think it may have been George Marshall who put the allemande right in B2.  Composed in Jan. '92.


Hand Jive  by Gene Hubert  Contra Becket

A1  Cir L, Cir R
A2  R hand Bal P, DSD P, Box the gnat w/P, W pull by L
B1  B&S N
B2  Lines go forward, take hands w/P, back up moving to M's L and W's R, then Sw P

The name of the dance refers to a hand switch that needs to happen at the end of A1.  Composed in June '95.


Hannah's Enigma  Gene Hubert  variation on Hannah's Reel  Contra Reverse Becket
Half Progression

A1  Cir L 3/4, 1's Sw
A2  DC by 4, 1's in the center, Turn to produce normal line facing up and return
B1  Face N, 1/2 hey for 4, pass R w/N to start, Sw N
B2  LC, PT across, Bal

The starting formation is standing next to partner with the man on the right, woman on the left, facing another couple across the set.  The 1's are designated as the couples starting in the women's line and will be 1's until they reach the bottom of the set.  The 1's will alternate between turning alone and turning as a couple to produce a normal he-she-he-she line in A2.  You will do the dance TWICE with each couple as you progress through the dance (half progression) and alternate sides of the set.  Do this dance in short lines.  I made a minor change in Robert Cromartie's dance
Hannah's Reel to produce this dance.  Composition date unknown.


Junket Jackpot  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Handy Almd N1 1&1/2, Sw N2
A2  F&B, 1's lead up center, cast off w/N1
B1  PT across, Sw N1
B2  Cir L 1/2, 1's Sw

Variation:
B1  Cir L, Cir R
B2  1's B&S

Written after reading through a collection of dances originally published in Northern Junket, which was published for many years by Ralph Page.  Composed in Nov. '90.


Kelly's Combination  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  B&S N
A2  With next couple, DC by 4, TA, Return
B1  Cir L 3/4, Sw P in next foursome
B2  R&L, LC

In A2, the couple on the left, steps forward to go down the hall with the next couple.  Composed in Dec. '92.


Missouri Stars  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Cir L 1/2, M rollaway w/P, Sw N
A2  LC, Star L
B1  Cir L 1/2, W rollaway w/N, Sw P
B2  LC, Star L

This could be a very good dance but I'm still waiting for the final report from the judges.  It could also become a rat race if the music is too fast.  The plan is to rollaway across the set with one person and move into a swing with another person.  In A1, the men roll across in front of the women.  In B1, the women roll across in front of the men.  Composed in May '96 while driving from Paris to Mexico.


Momma Loo's Reel  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Cir L, Sw N
A2  F&B, W Almd R 1&1/2
B1  B&S P
B2  LC, Cir R

I like the transition from circle right with one couple to circle left with the next couple.  Composed in Aug. '95.


Mundane Chain  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Box the gnat w/N, M pull by L, Sw P
A2  R&L, LC
B1  W DSD, Sw N
B2  Cir L, Star L

A simple dance that includes the basics right and left through and ladies chain which I like to get in early during an evening of dance.  Composed around Nov. or Dec. '95.


The Odd Combination  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Sw N, R&L
A2  Cir R 3/4, Sw P
B1  DC by 4, T as C, Ret
B2  LC, Star L

A simple dance.  The unusual pattern (short swing and circle right) works to the advantage of beginners.  I think I wrote this in late '95 or early '96.


The Pittsboro Pattycake  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Almd R N, Almd L N
A2  B&S N
B1  Cir L 3/4, Sw P
B2  LC, Star L

Simple and clean.  Composed in Mar. '97.


Portland Frenzy  by Gene Hubert  Double Contra

A1  W Almd L 1&1/2, Sw Opposite N
A2  LC to P, W star R 1/2, Almd L w/diagonal N
B1  B&S Diagonal N
B2  M star L 1/2, Sw P and face original direction

There is a tricky transition for the women to get out of the partner swing at the end of the dance and into the allemande left that starts the dance.  This is best considered an endearing feature of the dance.  Composed in Feb. '93.


Punctuated Raindrops  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Almd L N 1&3/4, Almd R same N 1&1/2 to wave across w/M by L in the middle
A2  Bal, M Almd L 1/2, Sw P
B1  F&B, 1/2 hey w/W by R to end in wave across w/W by R in the middle
B2  Bal, W Almd R 1/2, Sw N

The timing is a bit tight in B1, so it may help to anticipate the start of the hey.  Composed in Dec. '96 as a variation on my Dancing Raindrops.


Remember the Alamo  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper  Quintuple Progression

A1  Lines F&B, Almd R N 1&1/2 to long waves w/M facing in
A2  Bal, All Almd L 1/2, then Almd R 1/2, Bal, repeat the allemandes
B1  M cross while W turn around, all Sw P
B2  M Almd L 1&1/2, Sw N

In B1, the men should pass right shoulders and walk directly to their partner.  The same men who passed right shoulders in B1 will do the allemande in B2.  It took 4 or 5 variations to get here, but this is the way I wished I had written it the first time.  This dance was published differently in my Dizzy Dances Volume III.  Keep the tempo comfortable to avoid a rat race.  Make sure you don't have a multiple of 5 couples in any set.  I don't recall when this last variation of the dance was put in place.
   

Renewal  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  F&B, Almd L N 1&3/4 to wave across w/W in the middle
A2  Bal, W slide R, All Sw P
B1  1/2 hey w/W by R, Almd L P 1&3/4 to wave across w/M in the middle
B2  Bal, M slide R, Sw N

The slide right is as in Rory O'More.  A recommended dance.  Keep the tempo comfortable.  Named after the Renewal dance weekend which is now known as the Reunion dance weekend.  Composed in May '96.


Sarah's Journey  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Box the gnat w/N, M pull by L, Sw P
A2  Cir L, DSD P
B1  Box the gnat w/P, W pull by L, Sw N
B2  R&L, Star L

A very fine dance.  Composed in April '95.


Squish  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  B&S N
A2  LC over and back, then W slide face to face to give R to P in wave across
B1  Bal in wave, Sw P
B2  Gents chain, R&L

Composed in Oct. '93.


Sutton Swing  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  DSD N, Almd R N 3/4, M pull by L, Box the gnat w/P
A2  1/2 hey start passing P by R, Sw P
B1  F&B, W Almd L 1&1/2
B2  B&S N

Based on Sutton Hey by Ken Bonner.  Composed Oct. '91.


Swingaround  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  Sw N, 2's Sw in the middle and face down
A2  Same gender's Sw, 1's Sw in the middle
B1  DC by 4, 1's T as C, Ret and face across
B2  Pass through L to an ocean wave (end in an ocean wave across the set with the W in the middle, all holding L hands w/N), Bal, Almd L N 1&3/4

A very exciting dance!  I like being a number 2 in this dance. Composed in Jan. '93. 


Triple Treat  by Gene Hubert  Contra Triple Improper

A1  B&S (1's w/2's, 3's w/P)
A2  Cir L 1/2, All Sw (1's w/3's, 2's w/P)
B1  Top 2 couples (1's & 3's) Cir L 1/2, 1's face down and Almd L w/2's, 1's face up and start 1/2 hey for 3 starting by passing R w/3's
B2  F&B, 1's Sw

So you wanted a triple with more action.  The 1/2 hey leaves the 1's where they started it, but switches the 2's and 3's.  Composed Dec. '90.


Triskaidekaphilia by Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  B&S N
A2  R&L, rollaway w/N, Cir R 3/4
B1  B&S P
B2  F&B, Gents chain

Named for the 13th Feet Retreat dance weekend.  Composed in April '95.


Zigzags  by Gene Hubert  Contra Duple Improper

A1  B&S N
A2  DC by 4, turn to put 1's on ends of a line of 4 facing up, Return & fold the line
B1  Basket swing for 4 to place
B2  Cir L, Bal, Star L 1/2

In this dance, you will switch sides of the set each time through.  The key to this is in A2 where you will alternate between turning alone and turning as a couple.  Composed in May '89.

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