Now available: 21st Century Contras, a booklet of 32 unique, original contra dances by me, including some 4-facing-4 dances.
To buy one, please send $7.50 plus $1 for shipping (total: $8.50) to:
3785 Birchwood Dr. #65
Boulder, CO 80304
In the meantime, here are some free samples (but worry not, the dances in the book look great, since that didn't require
me to learn HTML):
Improper contra, double progression
A1 (8) Long lines forward and back
(8) (new) neighbor swing
A2 (8) Give and take (long lines forward, give both hands to partner, ladies pull men back to their side)
(8) Partner swing
B1 (8) Circle left 3/4
(4) Balance the circle
(4) Partners California twirl
B2 (16) New neighbors gypsy meltdown
It has worked well in both basic and advanced groups. Dancers need to know that everything done with a neighbor is always
done with a new neighbor. 3 swings, 2 progressions, 1 dance.
Resettlement Swing (Variation on Settlement Swing by Penn Fix)
A1 (8) Neighbors do-si-do (make long waves, men facing out)
(4) Balance the wave
(4) Neighbors allemande R (once around)
A2 (4) Allemande L the previous neighbor (from the wave)
(12) Swing original neighbor
B1 (4+12) Ladies gypsy 1/2 across the set and swing partner
B2 (8) Long lines F&B
(8) Ladies chain
A1 and the allemande in A2 is exactly the same as Settlement Swing by Penn Fix, but the rest of the dance is original.
And since I introduced a partner swing, it needed renaming accordingly.
A1 (16) Neighbors balance and swing
A2 (8) Long lines forward and back
(8) Ladies Allemande R 1½
B1 (16) Partners balance and swing
B2 (8) Ladies Chain
(8) Left hand Star
Notes: A basic basic glossary dance. For beginners, it introduces rhythm in the balances and flow in the transition from
the chain to the star.