Contra with a swing dance move

In addition to being a contra dancer and caller, I’ve done a bunch of other types of dance; including swing. This is a contra that steals a move from swing dancing, because we shouldn’t just steal from English Country. I’ve called it in a couple different venues, and it’s been well received. I demo the arm-bridge balance. I hope to get a video of the dance up at some point, but feel free to contact me to talk about it.

Entangled in Monte Carlo
Luke Donforth
Type: Contra
Formation: Becket-CW
Level: Int

A1 ———–
(4) Long lines yearn forward on the left diagonal
(12) Gents take new neighbor home and swing
A2 ———–
Slide Left
(8) Circle Left 3/4 (with neighbor and shadow)
(4) Balance the Ring
(4) California Twirl with Neighbor
B1 ———–
(8) Arm Bridge Balance with partner (women end in middle of set, gents on outside)
(8) 1/2 Hey passing right shoulders with partner
B2 ———–
(16) Partner gypsy and swing

Notes: In the initial long lines, your partner is on one side of you and your shadow is on the other.

The arm bridge balance is stolen from swing dancing.
Two hand balance, Lift hands, putting your left hand behind your own head, and Right hand behind partners head. Release hands, and slide along arms to catch right hand to right hand