Our Dance Writers
|Judy Bass||video||full page|
|Billy Boyer||video||full page|
|Chrissie Chapman||full page|
|John Coffman||video||full page|
|Mariah Fabry||full page|
|Joe Felsen||video||full page|
|Chrystal Gallacci Jones||video||full page|
|Bob Green||video||full page|
|Jim Hemphill||video||full page|
|Sarah Kaiser||full page|
|Karen Opp||full page|
|Ted Steele||video||full page|
|Dale Wilson||video||full page|
And the dances they've written
One of the pleasant surprises of our Calling Parties is that several members of the greater St. Louis dance community began to write dances, many of which are really good! Along the way, we've researched some earlier dances written by St Louis dance writers, and dances written by other Missouri dancers. The project turned into two books called MO DANCES.
Here is a Word Doc with MO DANCES Volume I and a Word Doc with MO DANCES Volume II ready to be printed on 4X6 cards.
Or if you prefer, a PDF with MO DANCES Volume I and a PDF with MO DANCES Volume II.
Dance Video Archive
We have also been working on a Dance Video Archive which now has 500 videos on it, and counting. The Dance Video Archive has garnered over ONE MILLION views online - and callers from around the country have let us know how much they appreciate this resource!
Here is one dance from each writer, plus links to more. Enjoy!
Starry Starry Night by Judy Bass (2011) Contra Becket (progression is clockwise)
A1 (8) Star RIGHT 1 x round(hands across star)
(8 )Ladies Chain (to neighbor)
A2 (4) Ladies Gypsy right shoulder (to Partner)
(12) Partner Swing
B1 (8) Long Lines F/B
(8) Right & Left Thru across
B2 (8) 1/2 hey (ladies pass right shoulder) (should be back where you originally started dance)
(8) gypsy right shoulder w/partner and slide left to face a new couple
Got Nice Neighbors by Billy Boyer (2008) Contra Improper Beckett (cw)
A1 Down the hall, turn as couple
Come on back
A2 Circle left 3 places,
B1 Long lines,
New neighbor swing
B2 Ladies allemande right 1 1/2
(Author's note: You may wish to start the walkthrough with the partner swing in B2)
Click here to see more of Billy's dances.
XYZ by Bob Green (2008) Contra Improper
A1 Ladies Allemande by the Right 1 1/2
A2 Ladies Chain
Long Lines, Forward and Back
B1 Partner pull by L (3), face back in (1), pull by R, same
Pull by L, same, pull by R, same
B2 (Reverse) Pull by R, face back in, pull by L, same
Pull by R, same; pull by L (to back where you started the zipper)
Note: You're never out on the ends. You'll be in the zipper. If there's no one to pull by with, stay put!
Blue Persuasion by Chrystal Gallacci Jones (2008) contra improper
A1 Ladies RH Balance & pull by
Gypsy shadow (the next man down the line from your partner)
A2 Partners Balance and Swing
B1 Lines Forward and Back
Circle L 3/4
B2 Partners take left hand and turn 3/4, ending in single line along set (men in middle, ladies on the outside)(4)
Men turn by the right hand 1½; outside two continue (8)
Partners turn by the left 3/4 into progressed place (4)
Click here to see more of Chrystal's dances.
Fly Around, My Pretty Little Miss by Dale Wilson (2008)
A1: Star left one time around (hands across star)
Men drop left hands and make a big loop to the right while the Ladies continue the star 'til they get to their partners.
Partner allemande right all the way. (all this in 8 counts!)
A2: Ladies start a hey with left shoulders in the center
B1: Gypsy your partner. Swing your partner
B2: Right and Left through, courtesy turn (3/4) to the star
Star right (Ladies first, Men fall in behind), 3 places
Last B2: R&L through, swing your partner
Click here to see more of Dale's dances.
|A1||(Next) neighbor allemande right 1 3/4 to wavy lines (men in middle). Balance the wave, spin to right as in Rory O'More but reform into diamond of four, women in the middle of the set facing up and down, men on side facing into the set.|
|A2||Balance diamond, Petronella turn,
Balance diamond, Petronella turn.
|B1||Balance diamond, women lift your arms and twirl into your partner's arms. Men catch her & swing.|
Long lines forward & back,
Notes: From hands four I have dancers find the diamond shape by first swinging the neighbor, then forming a ring and rotating 1/8 to the right. Then rotate back and unswing your neighbor to start teaching the sequence.
I composed this dance during the five-hour drive to Kimmswick Dance Weekend in May 2010. Based on Rory O'Nella, but I wanted to add spinning into your partner's arms. It made more sense for the women to spin and the men to catch, so I came up with this.
Click here to see more of Jerome's dances
A1 Neighbor allemande right once and a half
Men allemande left once and a half
A2 Partner Gypsy, then swing
B1 Circle left 3 places
B2 Right left thru
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A1 Neighbor balance and swing.
A2 Gents start a full hey by the left. (Gypsy hey.)
B1 Gents pass by the left; Gypsy by the right and swing your partner
B2 Right and left through across the set
Circle left three places and Pass through
A1 Neighbor Balance and Swing (16)
A2 Circle Left 1X (8)
With the Next Neighbors, Circle Right 1X (8)
B1 Back to the First Neighbors, Circle Left 3/4 (8)
Partner Swing (8)
B2 Long Lines (8)
Ladies Chain (8)
source of dance notes: http://sites.google.com/site/capecontradance/home/contra-dances-by-john-coffman
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A1: Balance & Swing neighbor
A2: Circle left, Circle right
B1: Ladies chain, over & back
B2: Left-hand star, right-hand star
An easy dance, but no partner swing.
Click here to see more of Ted's dances.
Birthday Canon by John Ramsay Tune: by Pablo l Russo FORMATION: Longways Duple minor
PATTERN: Men begin the sequence, ladies respond with same sequence four beats later
Note: A turn becomes a star and a turn single becomes a gypsy when men and women integrate the turns and turn singles.
|1||4||Men advance||Turn single||(men approach as ladies turn)|
|2||4||Men retire||Ladies advance||(ladies "chase" partners)|
|3||4||Men advance||Ladies retire||(men become the aggressors)|
|4||4||Men advan.w/arch||Ladies advance||(ladies duck under M arch)|
|5||4||Men turn and return||Ladies cont.advance||(Men follow the L)|
|6||4||Men advance||Ladies turn and arch||
(men under ladies arch)
|7||4||First man advance||Ladies continue and turn on diag. between 2nd couple||(makes an L on its side)|
|8||4||First man passes||lady advances diag.||(1st couple change|
|9||4||Men clap:rat tat-a-tat tat||1st lady advance to 1st man's home place|
|10||4||Men 1/2 right hand turn||Ladies clap: rat tat-a-tat tat|
|11||4||Men 1/2 right hand turn||Ladies 1/2 right hand turn||(makes ½ right
|12||4||Men cast left||Ladies 1/2 right hand turn||(end 1st cu. Improper,
2nd cu. home)
|13||4||Men begin left gypsy||Ladies casting left||(the contrary left gypsies
with contrary lady into a gypsy are 1 1/2 in 8 counts)
|14||4||Finish gypsy to end facing partners||Finish gypsy to end facing partners||(lft. gypsy flows to 15)|
|15||4||Right gypsy with partner||Right gypsy with partner|
|16||4||Finish gypsy in progressed places,||women turning single to place|
|(1)||4||Men advance as in Bar 1||Women turn single*||(musicians repeat at bar 2)|