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Penguin Quits!

Formation: Duple Improper
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 7/15/2001
A1:

(4) Down Hall 4 in line; (4) bend the line; (8) 2's (inactives) swing WHILE 1's separate

A2:

(8) 2's face up - go up the hall with the NEXT 1's; (8) Circle Left

B1: (16) Neighbor Gypsy and Swing
B2: (8) long lines forward and back; (8) Actives Swing, face down with next couple
Notes: Written in honor of Pam Eidson quitting her state of GA job and starting her Public Health consulting business.

Dennis' 50 Years of Entrancement

Formation: Becket, Duple
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 7/13/2001
A1:

(8) Long Lines Forward and Back; (8) Gents Allemande Left 1 & 1/2

A2:

(16) Neighbor Gypsy and Swing

B1: (4) pass through, turn alone; (8) left hand star 7/8 (till ladies are in the middle can see NEXT lady); (4) Ladies allemande Right 1x WHILE gents walk along lines to meet their partner.
B2: (16) Partner Balance and Swing
Notes: This dance was composed in honor of Dennis Franklin's 50th Birthday. The dance is actually a more accessible variant of Cary Ravitz's "Entranced". The 'A' parts have been changed to be less challenging. On the ends, gents cross over to stand behind partner.

Spin the Top Contra

Formation: Duple Improper
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 5/12/2001
A1:

(4) Neighbors Box the Gnat;
(8) Do-Si-Do 1.5 to wave (with gents in center)
(4) everybody bal

A2:

(8) Spin the Top; (4) Forward and back bal; (4) Right and left thru (no time for twirls)

B1: (4) Ladies allemande right 1x; (12) swing partner
B2: (8) long lines forward and back; (8) gents Do-si-do 1.5 (or swing 1.5) to next neighbor
Notes: Spin the Top: Allemande Right Nabe .5, Ladies Allemande Left .75 while gents step forward to form new wavy line.
Generic version from a wavy line: Allemande .5 so that centers out, ends in; new centers allemande .75

This is one of two dances written at the Modern Western Squares for Contra Dancers II weekend May 11-13, 2001 at Split Tree Farm. The Spin the Top is a MWSD move.

Split Tree Flutterwheel

Authors: Seth Tepfer, Jane Ewing, Janet Shepherd, Rob Harper, and the rest of the dancers at the MWSD for Contra Dancers weekend, May 11-13, 2001, Split Tree Farm
Formation: Becket
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 5/12/2001
A1:

(8) Right Hand Star; (8) Ladies Flutterwheel

A2:

(8) Gents See-saw; (8) Neighbor Swing

B1: (8) Gents Reverse Flutterwheel; (8) ladies Do Si Do
B2: (8) partner Swing; (4) Bal in a ring; (4) Circle Left .5; Slide left
Notes: Flutterwheel: Ladies Allemande Right Nabe .5; scoop up gents for star promenade .5. The ladies are back where they started, gents have changed sides.

Reverse Flutterwheel: Gents Allemande Left Nabe .5; scoop up ladies for star promenade .5. The gents are back where they started, ladies have changed sides.

This is one of two dances written at the Modern Western Squares for Contra Dancers II weekend May 11-13, 2001 at Split Tree Farm. Flutterwheel and Reverse Flutterwheel are MWSD moves.

Pam's Clock-wise Valentine (2.5)

Formation: Duple , becket
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 3/27/2001
A1:

(8) Circle left .75; (8) half Double Gypsy (start with ladies cross)

A2: Gypsy / Swing Neighbor
B1: (6) Give and Take, Ladies pull men; (8) swing partner
B2: (8) long lines forward and back; (8) Right Hand Star; Gents walk along line, ladies follow partner, look for next neighbor
Notes:

Half Double Gypsy: trade places with person of same gender while maintaining eye contact w/opposite sex Neighbor by passing R shoulders in the following order: women, men

Give and Take: Long lines forward, take two hands with partner, Gents give slight resistance as ladies pull gents to swing

Written for my partner, Pam Eidson; all the motion in the dance is clock-wise, also Pam is a very clock wise person. She is always on time!

Pam's ultra-new super-improved SNAKE OIL Formula #9

Formation: Duple Improper
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 9/22/2000
A1:

(4) Ladies walk forward to a wavy line of ladies;
while Gents walk backward to a wavy line of gents (with the line behind); (4) everybody bal
(4) Gents walk forward to a wavy line of Gents while Ladies walk backward to a wavy line of ladies (with the line behind); (4) everybody bal

A2:

(4) Gents allemande left .75 (wavy line, Right Hand to Neighbor), Ladies take Left with other line; (4) bal; with Neighbor, Allemande Right .5 (gents take left with other line); (4) bal

B1: (8) Ladies allemande left 1.5 while Gents allemande Left 1x (with gents in the line behind); (8) swing partner
B2: (8) long lines forward and back; (8) ladies chain across
Notes:

A slight variant on Roger Diggle's Snake Oil Reel. Only works if you have 2 (or more) contra lines. Is beautiful to watch the lines interweave back and forth in A1.

Untitled Hex dance

Formation: Hex (square with 4 head couples & 2 side couples a la Tom Hinds Hexitation)
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 10/15/1999
A1: (8) Heads Forward & Back; (8) everybody Allemande Left Corner
A2:

(16) Heads Hey for Four (start by passing right shoulders with partner)
while sides pull by and walk 1/2 around set, meeting on opposite side and then DSD partner

B1: (16) Head ladies chain over & back;
while (16) Sides Bal & Swing partner
B2: (16) Everybody promenade 4 places
Notes:

The hey is along the line of heads, the chain is ACROSS the set the with opposite heads.

Lalah's TriskadekaMania

Formation: Duple, Improper
Level: Easy-Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 8/16/99
A1: (8) Circle Left (with next); (8) Swing Neighbor
A2: (6) down the hall; (4) inactives in center turn back to back bringing joined hands over head (a la Triskadekaphobia, etc.); (6) come back up, inactives duck to form cloverleaf
B1: (8) Cloverleaf left (same direction as Circle left) 3/4; (8) swing partner
B2: (8) Gents Allemande L 1.5; (8) Circle Right, flowing into ...
Notes:

Teaching tips
- tell the gents to end up where the other gent is standing at the end of the allemande left 1.5
- have the ladies be in charge of the circle right, and start early, and take the neighbor gents right hand to encourage the circle right.

Note that the Circle Right flows very nicely into a Circle Left with the next couple. PS -Mania -Phelia, I know, I know.

 

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Formation: Duple, Improper
Level: Easy-Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 6/5/99
A1: (8) Circle Left; (8) Double Gypsy
A2: (16) Gypsy / Swing Neighbor
B1: (8) Gents start 1/2 hey by passing /Left Shoulder; (8) Gents Allemande R 1.5 give a LH to Partner, pull into a
B2: (8) ladies chain; (8) Actives Swing, end facing down
Notes:

I wanted a dance with a double gypsy. I used "In a Pigs Eye" and "Beacon Park" as my inspirations. In B1

Double Gypsy: w/2 beats each, trade places (while maintaining eye contact w/Neighbor) pass R shoulders following order: women, men, women, men

So Long, Salmonchanted Sarasota

Formation: Duple, Improper
Level: Easy
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 6/3/99
A1: (8) DSD Neighbor 1.25 to put the ladies in the center (take Left Hands) for a wavy line of four; (4) balance; (4) swing thru
A2: (4) balance the wave (with gents in center): (12) swing partner
B1: (8) long lines; (8) Right & Left thru
B2: (8) Ladies Chain; (8) Left Hand Star
Notes:

Composed to teach the Swing thru, I started with Salmonchanted Evening and improvised from there. Although it no longer resembles its seed in any shape or form, I decided to give the original its credit in the title. This was then called at the final Sarasota, FL dance.

Swing Thru: Allemande R your neighbor 1/2, Gents in the Center Allemande L 1/2 to remake the wave

Endless Summer (1.5)

Formation: Becket
Level: Hard
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 4/97
A1: (8) long lines forward and back; (2) with right hand, pull by partner, (6) with next neighbor*, seesaw (do-si-do by left shoulder)
A2: (2) pass by left shoulder (6) allemande left the next** (8) 1/2 ladies chain on right diagonal
B1: (8) left hand star*** (The person of your opposite sex in the star who you didn't courtesy turn is your 1st trail buddy again)(8) circle left
B2: (8) on left diagonal, ladies allemande; right 1 and 1/2 (8) swing partner
Notes: Ends seesaw across set in A1; in diagonals, if no one there, wait! You are never out in this dance. It is a double progression. Always be ready to pull by and see saw IMMEDIATELY. *This is your first trail buddy. ** This is your 2nd trail buddy. *** This is your 1st trail buddy again. Watch for people in the circle - you will recognize them as well. This dance, written 4/97 in honor of Dance weekend held in Tallahassee, FL, by Bobbie Jo Finer, is a variant of Dave Turner's, "Oh No, Not You again!"

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Flirting with Bobbie Jo

Formation: duple improper
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 2/98
A1: (6) Down the hall, four in line (2) turn alone (8) come back up, face neighbor
A2: (16) hey for 4, starting with Right shoulder to neighbor (left to partners in the center)
B1: (8) gypsy neighbor (8) swing neighbor
B2: (8) long lines forward & back (8) actives, 1/2 figure 8 UP through inactives
C1:

(16) actives start contra corners

C2: (16) actives balance and swing
Notes: The band wanted to play a 3 part tune. I took the inimitable "Flirtation Reel" by Tony Parkes, and shoehorned on contra corners. For experienced dancers, it's an easy dance. I only call it when I'm sure of my crowd. I'm not honestly certain that adding the ending is enough to call it a new dance, but here it is.

Tallahasee Settlement Twirl

Formation: Becket
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 3/17/97
A1: (8) long lines, forward & back; (8) w/partner, allemande left as much as you want* those in center take right hands.
A2: (4) balance the ocean wave (4) walk forward to next ocean wave; (4) balance (4) centers allemande right to trail buddy (neighbor)
B1: (8) swing trail buddy ; (8) right and left through on left diagonal
B2: (8) 1/2 hey across set, those on the right (women) start by passing right shoulders (8) swing partner
Notes:

Warning to ends: watch out - you come in at 2nd balance or R&Lthru *for first time, allemande until gents are in center.
A revised version of Tom Hinds "Any Kind of Settlement" which was from Tony Saletan's "Amicable Settlement." I wanted to mix the randomness of 'allemande as much as you want' with the 'walk to next ocean wave'. Also named after the fact that it was written right after I started 'settling in' to Tallahassee, having just moved there.

Pam and Seth

Formation: Mescolanza (4 face 4)
Level: Med
Author Seth Tepfer
Composed: 12/29/2001
Author: Becky Hill
A1: (8) long lines, forward & back; (4) w/Corner, allemande left; (4) pass your partner
A2: (4) balance the next (12) swing
B1: (8) Gents left hand star; (8) pick up partner; star promenade to progressed place; butterfly whirl
B2: (4) women allemande with the opposite woman once around; (12) swing partner, face original direction
Notes:

Identify progressed place prior to walk thru. This dance needs a fair amount of room.

Florida Rhapsody

Formation: duple minor improper
Author Seth Tepfer
Level: Med
Composed: 12/29/2001
Author: Becky Hill
A1: (4) in a ring, balance (4) Turn single in place over right shoulder; (8) Mad Robin / shuttle [lady in front to right; gent behind to left]
A2: (8) ladies start 1/2 hey, passing left shoulders; (8) with neighbor gypsy over right shoulder 1x
B1: (4) ladies cross passing left shoulder, (12) partner swing
B2: (8) right and left thru; (6) circle left .75 (2) pass thru
Notes:

Inpsired by Once in a 1000 years by Jim Kitch. Turn single like a petronella twirl, only don't go anywhere!

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