Dances Written By Our Callers

Dances by Harold Watson
Circle C
Cicilian Circle
Cuddle Me Polka
Circle Mixer
Roll The Dice
Contra
Checkpoint Reel
Contra
Caught In An Eddy
Becket
Dances by Dan Luecking
Circle Mixer, Too
Circle Mixer
The Good Turn
Circle Mixer
Ladies Turn Back
Circle Mixer
Love Without Kisses
Circle Mixer
All Souls Get Real
Contra 
Chase the Lady
Contra 
A Dance Of Dan's Devising
Contra
Dan's Contra #1
Contra
Dan's Contra #2
Contra
Dan's Contra #3
Contra
Dan's Darn Dance
Contra
Easy Contra #1
Contra
Easy Contra #2
Contra
Elevenses
Contra
The Fayettevile Shuffle
Contra
Green, With Envy
Contra
Inspiration
Contra
Knoxville Traveler
Contra
Looking Good
Contra 
Mairi's Wedding Remix
Contra
Playmate
Contra
Pretty Soon Everything's Different
Contra
Pot Luck
Contra
San Diego Twirl
Contra
Seldom Seen
Contra
Soldier's Jubilation
Contra
Spider Crossing
Contra
What Caller Wants, Caller Gets
Contra
With Thanks To The Band
Contra
Chewing Gum
Becket
Comeback
Becket
Lost Virginians
Becket



Dances by Harold Watson:
 
Circle C
Cicilian Circle

A1 - Right hand star.
        Left hand star.
A2 - Partner See-Saw.
        Neighbor Do-si-do.
B1 - Circle right.
        Circle left.
B2 - Partner swing.
        Neighbor allemande left 1-1/2.

The See-Saw in A2 is a left shoulder Do-si-do. I ripped this off from a Ken Kernen dance call Cecily Circle and modified A2 and B2. Circle C refers to the copyright symbol, go figure.


 
Cuddle Me Polka
Circle Mixer

A1 - In LOD, touch Heel-Toe twice with leading foot, then sashay 4 steps.
        Repeat with the opposite foot in the opposite direction.
A2 - With partner, clap right hands 3 times (3x), left 3x, both 3x, cuddle 3x.
        Partner Do-si-do.
B1 - With crossed hands, Gents pull partner into the center 4 steps, twirl the Lady CW with the left hand.
        Gents push the Lady back out 4 steps, twirl the Lady CCW with the right hand.
B2 - Partner balance with the right hand, partner allemande right once around.
        Each slide one person to own left and turn new partner once around with 2 hands.

The starting lineup is a large circle, partners face with Gents facing out and Ladies facing in. A straight two hand hold works best. In A1, LOD means Line Of Direction which is counter clock-wise around the circle. For the cuddle claps in A2, Gents reach around the Ladies waists while the Ladies reach around the Gents necks and clap 3 times behind each other’s backs. You can substitute slapping you own legs 3 times for the cuddle clap in A2 if the dancers are really uncomfortable with it. Using crossed hands in B1 makes sure partners are holding right hands for the balance in B2.


 
Roll The Dice
Contra, Improper

A1 - Neighbor right hand balance, roll back-to-back to change places.
        Partner right hand balance, roll back-to-back across the set.
A2 - Neighbor gypsy.
        Neighbor swing.
B1 - Gents left allemande 1-1/2 times
        Partner swing.
B2 - Circle left three places, pass through up and down the set.
        Next neighbor Do-si-do.

For the roll back-to-back in A1, neighbors drop right hands and trade places passing each other by right shoulders while spinning CCW, similar to a Rory O'More slide. Repeat with your partner. The dance reminds me of dice bouncing around the cup in a game of Yahtzee, hence the name.


 
Checkpoint Reel
Contra, Improper

A1 - Long lines go forward and back.
        Pass through across, neighbor allemande R 3/4 to a short wavy line across the set.
A2 - Balance the wave, Ladies allemande left 1/2.
        Partner swing.
B1 - Down the hall in a line of four, Dixie Twirl.
        Back up the hall in a line of four.
B2 - Circle left once around.
        Ladies chain across.

This is a modified version of Bob Dalsemer's Roadblock Reel. For the Dixie Twirl in B1, the two center people make an arch, the Lady on the right leads her partner through the arch while the Gent on the left leads his partner around behind to the other side, ending with the couples trading places and facing up the set.


 
Caught In An Eddy
Becket

A1 - Ladies chain across.
        Right & left through.
A2 - Long lines go forward and back.
        Ladies chain across, courtesy turn 1-1/4.
B1 - Partners promenade along the lines, wheel around.
        Promenade back to current opposites.
B2 - Right and left through on the right diagonal.
        Partner allemande left twice around.

Couples out at the ends should line up with the set to their right for the right diagonal right and left through. The name of this dance refers to the ladies constantly circulating back and forth until finally being released into the stream in B1.


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Dances By Dan Luecking:
 
Circle Mixer, Too
Circle mixer, woman on partner's right

A1 - Into the center and back.
        Repeat (or circle L then R).
A2 - Do-si-do partner, then pass by the R shoulder.
        Allemande left the next, then pass by the L shoulder.
B1 - 2 hand turn the next (CW), then pass by the R shoulder.
        Swing the next.
B2 - Promenade the one you swung.


 
The Good Turn
Circle mixer

A1 - Partner balance and swing.
A2 - Into center and back.
        Swing corner (new partner).
B1 - Gents to center and back.
        Ladies to the center and back.
B2 - Courtesy turn 3/4 to face LOD.
        Promenade.

Ladies should not anticipate the courtesy turn in B2, but back up all the way to place in B1, using all the music. Also, prepare for the balance in A1 by separating a few beats from the end of B2.


 
Ladies Turn Back
Circle mixer, woman on partner's right

A1 - To the center and back.
        Repeat.
A2 - Circle L.
        Circle R.
B1 - Do-si-do partner.
        Promenade.
B2 - Ladies turn back over their R shoulder while Gents continue walking.
        Swing 3rd man not counting partner.

This is essentially a simple square dance chorus.


 
Love Without Kisses
Circle mixer, woman to partner's right

A1 - Balance and swing partner.
A2 - Ladies to center and back.
        Gents to center, return facing out, take L hands with partner, R with corner (Alamo ring).
B1 - Balance R then left, RH turn corner.
        Do-si-do partner.
B2 - Pass partner by, promenade the next (new partner).

Separate near the end of B2 to prepare for the balance in A1. Arose as a simplification of Ted Sannella's Love and Kisses.


 
All Souls Get Real
Contra, Improper

A1 - Circle L. Swing corner.
A2 - Gents LH turn 1-1/2.
        Swing partner.
B1 - Ladies 1/2 chain.
        1/2 hey, Ladies start passing R shoulders.
B2 - L shoulder gypsy corner about once around to end facing across with the lady on the right.
        Circle R, turning around at the end to face a new corner.

This is Carl Maganosc's All Souls Reel #2, but starting with its A2.


 
Chase the Lady
Contra, Improper

A1 - 1st Gent follow partner down the outside on her side.
        Both return to place.
A2 - Same for the 2nd couple.
B1 - 1s down the center, turn alone.
        Return, cast around 2s.
B2 - 1/2 promenade across.
        R and L thru back.

This is a traditional dance, modified to make it improper.


 
A Dance of Dan's Devising
Contra, Improper

A1 - 1s down outside.
        Back to place.
A2 - All Do-si-do.
        1s swing.
B1 - Down in lines of 4 (1s in center), turn alone.
        Return.
B2 - Ladies chain.

I tried to simplify All the way to Galway when our group was inexperienced. Somehow, little similarity remains. The title came from one of the dancers.


 
Dan's Contra #1
Contra, Improper

A1 - Circle L once around.
        Do-si-do corner.
A2 - Balance and swing corner, face down.
B1 - Down 4 in line, couples who swung wheel around.
        Return.
B2 - Ladies chain.

The A part was lifted from some forgotten dance.


 
Dan's Contra #2
Contra, Improper

A1 - Balance and swing corner, face down.
A2 - Down 4 in line, couples who swung wheel around.
        Return.
B1 - Ladies 1/2 chain.
        1/2 promenade.
B2 - Circle L 3/4.
        Balance circle, California twirl.


 
Dan's Contra #3
Contra, Improper

A1 - Circle L once around.
        Swing corner.
A2 - Forward and back.
        1s swing partner.
B1 - 1s down the center, wheel around.
        Return, cast around the 2s.
B2 - 1s 1/2 figure-8 around the 2s.
        Do-si-do with new couple.

Untested. The transition from 1/2 figure-8 to the Do-si-do in B2 might be wobbly.


 
Dan's Darn Dance
Contra, Improper

A1 - Do-si-do corner.
        Circle L.
A2 - Balance and swing corner.
B1 - Gents Do-si-do.
        Ladies Do-si-do.
B2 - 1s balance and swing, face down.

The B half is from Don's Dawn Dance by Don Theykan.


 
Easy Contra #1
Contra, Improper

A1 - 1s Down the sides and back.
A2 - 1s Do-si-do.
        Do-si-do corner.
B1 - Balance and swing corner.
B2 - Ladies chain.


 
Easy Contra #2
Contra, Improper

A1 - Circle L.
        Circle R.
A2 - Do-si-do corner.
        Swing corner.
B1 - Ladies chain.
B2 - Forward and back.
        1s swing, face down.


 
Elevenses
Contra, Improper

A1 - Walk 4 steps to a line of 4, Gents on the ends (4), balance (4).
        Walk 4 steps to another line of 4, balance.
A2 - RH turn 3/4 back to original corner, balance.
        Swing.
B1 - Ladies 1/2 chain.
        Ladies Do-si-do.
B2 - Swing partner.
        Ladies 1/2 chain back.

Untested. Written to honor 11 years with Curly Miller and Carole Anne Rose as our band.


 
The Fayetteville Shuffle
Contra, Improper

A1 - Circle L.
        Ladies Do-si-do diagonally while the Gents walk around them clockwise to trade places.
A2 - Balance and swing partner, face down.
B1 - Down 4 in line, wheel around with partner.
        Return, bend the line.
B2 - Circle L 3/4.
        Balance the circle, California twirl.


 
Green, with Envy
Contra, Improper

A1 - 1s face down, 2s up. 2s walk up with joined hands arched while 1s go down center under two arches.
        Return to place backing up, with 1s arching and 2s going under.
A2 - Circle L.
        Swing corner.
B1 - Forward and back.
        1s 1/2 figure-8 above around 2s.
B2 - 1s balance and swing, face down.

Untested. I am not very happy with it yet. The "Green" in the title is Steve Green.


 
Inspiration
Contra, Improper

A1 - Balance circle, Petronella turn.
        Same again.
        (Or - balance corner, box the gnat. Balance partner, box the gnat.)
A2 - Balance circle, swing corner.
        (Or - balance and swing corner.)
B1 - Ladies gypsy.
        (Or - Ladies Do-si-do) 1-1/2.
        Swing partner.
B2 - Circle L 3/4.
        Balance circle, California twirl.

Harold Watson called (wrote?) a version of this and I came up with the other(s?). I can't remember which is which.


 
Knoxville Traveler
Contra, Improper

A1 - Down 4 in line, 1s in the middle, turn single.
        Return.
A2 - Circle L.
        Circle R.
B1 - Ladies chain.
B2 - Forward and back.
       1s swing, face down.

Written while waiting to board a plane in the Knoxville, TN, airport. A1 thru B1 turned out to be the same as Mother's Reel (which is a 40-bar dance).


 
Looking Good
Contra, Improper

A1 - Balance and swing corner.
A2 - Ladies chain
B1 - Forward and back.
        Ladies gypsy.
B2 - Swing partner.
        Circle L 3/4, pass thru to progress.

This was an improv. Dancers called out moves and I strung them together.


 
Mairi's Wedding Remix
Contra, Improper

A1 - LH turn corner 1-1/4.
        Gents (across the set) RH turn 1-1/2.
A2 - Half hey, start by passing L shoulder with partner.
        Swing partner.
B1 - Gents RH Flutterwheel.
        Forward and back.
B2 - Do-si-do corner.
        RH turn corner 1-1/2 (progression).

It's Don Ward's Mairi's Wedding, but starting at A2, half of the hey (starting L instead of R), and dropping the balance. I never could get Ward's version to work (or perhaps I got a bad transcription of it.)


 
Playmate
Contra, Improper

A1 - Do-si-do Corner.
        Circle L 3/4.
A2 - Balance and swing partner.
B1 - Gents Do-si-do.
        Ladies Do-si-do.
B2 - Circle L 3/4.
        Balance circle, California twirl.

Alternate B2 - Circle R 3/4. Balance circle, pass thru. I don't remember giving this a name. I'm not even 100% sure I wrote it.


 
Pretty Soon Everything's Different
Contra, Improper

A1 - Circle L.
        Circle R.
A2 - Balance the circle and swing corner.
B1 - Gents Do-si-do.
        2-hand turn corner.
B2 - Ladies Do-si-do, then face corner.
        Slap legs twice (2), then slap corners hands twice (2), turn 180 degrees while clapping hands twice (2),
        then clap new corner's hands 3 times (1&2).

Named after a quote from Calvin and Hobbes. It has essentially all the moves from one version of Haste to the Wedding, but in a different order. Originally written to commemorate someone's anniversary.


 
Pot Luck
Contra, Improper

A1 - Do-si-do neighbor 1-1/2.
        Circle L 3/4.
A2 - Balance and swing partner, end facing down.
B1 - Down 4-in-line, wheel around.
        Return.
B2 - Ladies chain across.
        LH star.


 
San Diego Twirl
Contra, Improper

A1 - Balance with corner and star thru (like box the gnat, but both use inside hands).
        Balance the circle, reverse California twirl* partner.
A2 - Taking up to 4 counts, lady walks to where her partner is while man backs up to where his corner is,
        still holding partner in his L hand.
        Swing partner.
B1 - Ladies chain.
B2 - Circle L 3/4.
        Balance the circle, California twirl to face a new couple.

*Positions are reversed from the usual CA twirl.


 
Seldom Seen
Contra, Improper

A1 - Balance and swing corner, face up or down (ladies nearest center).
A2 - Promenade up or down, turn as a couple.
        Return, look for partner.
B1 - Gents LH turn 1-1/2.
        Swing partner.
B2 - Circle R 3/4.
        Do-si-do corner, pass thru (up and down).

Alternate B2 - Circle L 3/4, balance, CA twirl.


 
Soldier's Jubilation
Contra, Improper

A1 - Forward and back.
       1s swing partner, face down.
A2 - Balance and swing corner.
B1 - Ladies chain.
B2 - Circle L.
        LH star.

Inspired by Soldier's Joy (a Sicilian circle). As usual, little remains of the original.


 
Spider Crossing
Contra, Improper

A1 - In long lines, forward and back.
        California twirl corner (the lady on the L), 1st man and his corner duck, while other couple arches and
        all cross to other side, backing up.
A2 - Circle L 3/4.
        Swing partner.
B1 - Ladies 1/2 chain.
        Ladies start a hey for 4 by passing R shoulders.
B2 - Complete the hey.
        Swing corner.

Untested. Inspired by a spider crawling all the way across a contra line during walk-thru, without being stepped on.


 
What Caller Wants, Caller Gets
Contra, Improper

A1 - LH turn corner 1-1/2.
        Ladies 1/2 chain.
A2 - Gents LH turn.
        Swing partner.
B1 - Forward and back.
        Ladies 1/2 chain.
B2 - Hay for 4, ladies start passing R shoulders.


 
With Thanks to the Band
Contra, Improper

A1 - LH turn corner 1-1/2.
        Ladies 1/2 chain.
A2 - Ladies RH turn once around.
        Swing partner.
B1 - Forward and back.
        Circle L 3/4.
B2 - Do-si-do corner.
        RH turn corner 1-1/2 to progress.

Based on With Thanks to the Dean. My apologies to Steve Zakon.


 
Chewing Gum
Becket, CCW progression

A1 - Balance and swing partner.
A2 - Star thru across, face partner, pass thru up and down*.
        R and L thru up and down.
B1 - Tops duck under arch made by bottoms (4)**, three changes of rights and lefts (12).
B2 - LH turn shadow, return to partner.
        1/2 promenade to one’s own side, shifting R to face next couple.

*Separate from partner. **Meet partner again. The last pull-by in B1 is with partner; the LH turn in B2 is the next person along the line. A very hard dance, probably. Named for a square dance my folks did back in the 60s.


 
Comeback
Becket, CCW progression

A1 - Do-si-do shadow.
        Swing partner.
A2 - Ladies 1/2 chain.
        LH star 3/4, slide to R out of the set with your neighbor.
B1 - Promenade neighbor up and down the set.
        Wheel around and return; look for partner.
B2 - Ladies 1/2 chain back. On courtesy turn swing wide to R (progression).
        Forward and back.

At end of star in A2, lady lets go of her partner's wrist and becomes a couple with her corner, whose hand is on her wrist. They shift R out of the set enough to pass by the couple containing their partners.


 
Lost Virginians
Becket, CW double progression

A1 - Forward and back.
        (24-count ladies' chain) - Ladies RH turn 1/2 with arms raised, palms just touching to trade places (4),
        L hand box the gnat with opposite man (4)...
A2 - ...unbox that gnat (4). Repeat last 12 counts to chain back.
B1 - Gents change places with the man on the L diagonal using 4 slip steps, leading with the L shoulder,
        passing back to back; Ladies do the same with the woman in her own set, leading with the R shoulder.
        Repeat on the R diagonal, opposite shoulders.
B2 - Balance and swing partner, face across.

Music should be "stately". To get correct shoulders in B1, start both parts facing partner. B1 requires a wide set. Inspired by Los Virginias from Mexico.


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