Challenging Dances with a doubled half figure 8

I had the idea of using a double half figure 8 to make a shape reminiscent of the 4 wings that define order Lepidoptera (butterflies, moths, and skippers). I’m not sure how danceable this is, because I don’t have 12 experienced dancers handy when these ideas prevent me from sleeping.

Lepidoptera for Suzanna
Luke Donforth
Type: Contra
Formation: Becket-CCW
Level: Int-Adv

A1 ———–
(4) Pass thru straight across, turn to right
(4) Single File prom on side to new N
(4) Circle Left 1/2
(4) Women Roll Ptr away with half sashay
A2 ———–
(8) Butterfly Double half figure 8 *
(8) Long lines, forward and back
B1 ———–
(8) Men allemande Left 1x (with gent to your left)
(8) 1/2 Hey, men passing Partner by Right shoulder
B2 ———–
(16) Partner gypsy and swing

*Notes: Butterfly Double half figure 8: This is different than the double half figure 8 where the 2s cast off and follow the 1s, and not just because you’re on the side of the set with your partner and thus doing your part of a 1/2 figure 8 with neighbor. In this move, everyone is going to do their part of a 1/2 figure 8 around abstract positions rather than people (because the people are all moving). The women go in first (propelled from the roll away they led), passing Right shoulders. After they clear the middle, the men go in passing Left shoulder. Everyone should end up in the spot of their opposite gendered neighbor, having gone around the spot of their same gendered neighbor.

Thematically, this was meant to play with some of the life stages of these noble insects. The pass through and prom along the side is the larva (caterpillar) stage. The circle and roll away is spinning a cocoon. The Butterfly double 1/2 figure 8 defines the shape of the adult, and the long lines (in addition to being a reconnection point for the set) is the flapping of the wings as they come together and separate.  The gypsy (moth) swing is courtship and prepares the cycle to start over again.

And then I can’t leave well enough alone, and thought about moths being attracted to flames, and wanted to add an orbit figure to the whole thing. The result is probably even more challenging, as it loses the long lines for reconnection. There are only 4 steps where you’re physically connected to your neighbors. It adds an opportunity for a full hey eye-locked with partner before a gypsy swing.  So the name reflects a potential moth-like attraction, but also the chance that the dance will crash and burn.

Lepidoptera in Flames
by Luke Donforth
Contra/Becket-CCW/Adv

A1 ———–
(4) Pass thru straight across, turn to right
(4) Single File prom on side to new N
(4) Circle Left 1/2
(4) Women Roll Ptr away with half sashay
A2 ———–
(8) Butterfly Double half figure 8
(8) Men allemande Left 1-1/2 WHILE Women orbit 1/2 cw
B1 ———–
(16) Hey, passing partner by right shoulder
B2 ———–
(16) Partner gypsy and swing

In both of these, I imagine the moves in A1 will be over a bit before the music, but that slack will be taken up with the figure 8 in A2. But I really need dancers to play around with it.