Dolphin Heys in contra dances

Dolphin Heys in contra dances

I was at the English Country Dance in Brattleboro before the Dawn Dance, and Nikki Herbst called a dance with a dolphin hey; and it…

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Gyre and a swing cast

Gyre and a swing cast

The Shared-Weight listserv has been buzzing lately, discussing the term gypsy. A caller wrote in asking for advice after being approached at the end of…

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Silly longways family dance

Silly longways family dance

I tend to use this one in community dances with lots of middle-schoolers or teenagers; but I’ve also had it work well with college students,…

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Non-Beginner Circle Mixer

Non-Beginner Circle Mixer

Often circle mixers are seen as beginner friendly, or useful for one-off dances like weddings. But I think there’s loads of fun things you can…

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4x4 where you swing both neighbors

4×4 where you swing both neighbors

I like the four facing four formation, and the moves and dances that happen in that formation. But while working on 6×6 dances, it drove…

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CR-CL transistion

CR-CL transistion

A fairly straightforward dance that starts with a circle left, and ends with a circle right. While sitting in the wonderful Wayward Hall of the…

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Whipped Butter

Whipped Butter

I was trying to come up with accessible dances without circles or long lines (which are great, appropriate moves, but I like to set myself…

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Not a dance, "The Parting Glass" parody for contra dances

Not a dance, “The Parting Glass” parody for contra dances

While driving between Bennington, VT and Deerfield, NH for gigs this past weekend,  I was listening to CDs and heard Mayfly’s rendition of “The Parting…

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New move in a wavy circle - alternative to box circulate

New move in a wavy circle – alternative to box circulate

I was lying awake in bed, turning contra dancers around in my mind; thinking about how we teach the box circulate figure. I’ve heard it…

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Contra with a swing dance move

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…

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