Slaunch To Donegal

This dance is very useful with people who already know square dancing because couple face couple across the set instead of the partner being across the set. You sing it like a singing call.

Slaunch to Donegal

Adapted by Ede Butlin from “Beckett Reel” by Herbe Gaudreau

Formation: Couples facing couples, lady on partner’s right, in long lines down the hall. An even number of couples is required.

Record: LS 177  “Donegal Jig”  Click here to listen to a sample of the music.

Prompts

Intro  – – – -, With your corner allemande left 1

    1-8  – – – -, Everybody swing your own

  9-16  – – – -, Slant left and right and left thru

17-24  – – – -, Straight across right & left thru

25-32  – – – -, Same four two ladies chain

33-40  – – – -, – – Chain back

41-48 – – – -, Same four star Left

49-56  – – – -, – – Star right

57-64  – – – -, With your corner allemande left

 


Description

    1-8  Allemande Left with the corner.

  9-16  Swing your partner and finish facing across the set.

17-24  As a couple, face diagonally to the left and Right & Left Thru with the facing couple. Two couples, one on each end of the set, will have no couple diagonally to the left. They face across the set and wait in place for 8 beats of music.

25-32  Right & Left Thru with the couple across the set. The two couples left idle, during the previous move, will change sides of the set during the Right & Left Thru and have a new home line.

33-40  2 Ladies Chain across the set.

41-48  Chain the ladies back across the set.

49-56  Same four Star Left.

57-64  Same four Star Right back to the home lines.

One of the more unusual contras I’ve found. This one and another version are both printed in “Dancing for Busy People.


Tunnel Contra

An excellent contra to be used at beginner parties. If the gender ratio is uneven, just have people remember their home line. Kids love this dance.

Tunnel Contra

Author Unknown

Formation: Six couples or fewer. All the men in a line on the caller’s right. All the ladies in a line on the caller’s left.

Record: LS 700  Tunnel Contra.  Click here to listen to a sample of the music.

Prompts

Intro  – – – -, Everybody Forward & Back

    1-8  – – – -, All Pass Thru, – U-turn Back

  9-16  – – – -, Everybody Forward & Back

17-24  – – – -, All Pass Thru & U-turn Back

25-32  – – – -, Top couple Slide Down (Others Arch)

33-40  – – – -, Lady up inside,man up outside

41-48  – – – -, Man down inside,lady down outside

49-56  – – – -, – – Everybody Swing

57-64  – – – -, Everybody Forward & Back


 

The prompts shown below are abbreviated and should be used only after the dancers are completely familiar with the dance.

    1-8  – – – -, – – – Cross

  9-16  – – – -, – – – Forward

17-24  – – – -, – – – Cross

25-32  – – – -, – – Top Cpcouple down

33-40  – – – -, – – Lady up inside

41-48  – – – -, – – Man down inside

49-56  – – – -, – – – Swing

57-64  – – – -, – – – Forward

 


Description

    1-8  Lines walk Forward & Back.

  9-16  Pass Thru the opposite line in 4 steps and U-turn Back in 4 steps to end standing where opposite line started.

17-24  Both lines walk Forward & Back.

25-32  Pass Thru the opposite line in 4 steps and U-turn Back in 4 steps to end standing back in the home line.

33-40  The couple nearest the prompter join both hands with the opposite person and slide (sashay) to the foot of the set. The rest of the couples form a two hand arch as the active couple passes by to form a long tunnel.

41-48  The lady walks up through the tunnel as the man walks up the outside of the man’s line.

49-56  The man walks down through the tunnel as the lady walks down the outside of the lady’s line. The active couple then step into their home line at the foot of the set.

57-64  Everybody Swing their partner and then step back into their home lines.

Note: If you find the active couple cannot go through the tunnel within 16 counts, eliminate the final 8-count Swing and wait the 8 extra beats of music before prompting the Forward & Back. The tunnel can also be eliminated, if needed, for dancers with physical limitations.


Hello My Baby

Hello My Baby

Ken Kernen

Formation: Couple facing couple in a wagon spoke formation.

Record: MacGregor 1008 “Hello My Baby”

Prompts

Intro  – – – -, – – Circle Left

    1-8  – – – -, – – Circle Right

  9-16  – – – -, Ladies U-turn Back & Partner DoSaDo

17-24  – – – -, – – Opposite DoSaDo

25-32  – – – -, – Couples Star Right

33-40  – – – -, – – Star Left

41-48  – – – -, Men U-turn Back & Opposite DoSaDo

49-56  – – – -, Pass Thru on to the next

57-64  – – – -, – – Circle Left


Description

    1-8  Circle Left

  9-16  Circle Right

17-24  Ladies U-turn Back & partner DoSaDo

25-32  Opposite DoSaDo

33-40  Couples Star Right

41-48  Star Left

49-56  Men U-turn Back and opposite DoSaDo

57-64  Pass Thru the facing couple and move onto the next and bow.


Pittsfield Circle

Pittsfield Circle

Ken Kernen

Formation: Couples facing couples around the hall like spokes of a wheel.

Record: Fisher’s Hornpipe  New England Chestnuts.  Click here to listen to a sample of the music on Amazon

Prompts

Intro – – – -, – – Star Right

    1-8  – – – -, – – Star Left

  9-16  – – – -, Two ladies DoSaDo

17-24  – – – -, Two ladies Star Right

25-32  – – – -, Star Promenade the men back home

33-40  – – – -, Two men Star Left

41-48  – – – -, Star Promenade the ladies back home

49-56  – – – -, Pass Thru to a new two

57-64  – – – -, – – Star Right

 


 

Description

    1-8  Facing couples Right Hand Star.

  9-16  Same couples Star Left back to facing couple positions.

17-24  Two facing ladies DoSaDo.

25-32  Same two ladies Star Right once around and a little bit more.

33-40  Pickup the opposite man with an arm around and Star Promenade to the ladies original position.

41-48  Two men Star Left once around and a little bit more.

49-56 Pickup the original partner with an arm around and Star Promenade back to the man’s original position.

57-64  Pass Thru to a new couple and bow.


Scones & Tea

Scones & Tea

Ken Kernen

Formation: Couples facing couples around the hall like spokes of a wheel.

Record: LS 453 “Lighted Sconce”  Click here to listen to a sample of this music.

Prompts

Intro – – – -, Facing couples Star Right

    1-8  – – – -, – – Star Left

  9-16  – – – -, Two ladies DoSaDo

17-24  – – – -, Two men DoSaDo

25-32  – – – -, As couples DoSaDo

33-40  – – – -, Circle Left once around

41-48  – – – -, – – Swing your partner

49-56  – – – -, Pass Thru on to the next

57-64  – – – -, Facing couples Star Right


Description

    1-8  Facing couples Right Hand Star.

  9-16  Same four Star Left back to original facing positions.

17-24  Two ladies DoSaDo.

25-32  Two men DoSaDo.

33-40  As a couple DoSaDo around the other couple. Couples can link arms or put arms around each others’ waist.

41-48  Circle Left with the opposite couple once around.

49-56  Everyone Swing their partner and finish facing the opposite couple.

57-64 Pass Thru the opposite couple and move onto the next couple.


Cecily Circle

Cecily Circle

Ken Kernen

Formation: Couples facing couples around the hall like spokes of a wheel.

Record: LS 544 “St Anne’s Reel” Click here to listen to a sample of the music.

Prompts

Intro   – – – -, Facing couples Star Right

    1-8 – – – -, – – Star Left

  9-16 – – – -, Two ladies DoSaDo

17-24 – – – -, Two men DoSaDo

25-32 – – – -, – – Circle Left

33-40 – – – -, – – Circle Right

41-48 – – – -, – – Swing partner

49-56 – – – -, Pass Thru & bow to new two

57-64 – – – -, – – Star Right


 Description

    1-8  Facing couples Right Hand Star.

  9-16  Same couples Star Left.

17-24  Two facing ladies DoSaDo.

25-32  Two facing men DoSaDo.

33-40  Facing couples join hands and Circle Left.

41-48  Circle Right back to original facing positions.

49-56  Swing your partner and face the opposite couple.

57-64  Pass Thru to a new couple and bow.


DoSaDo & Face The Sides

The following quadrille is very different because it requires a piece of music that runs for 48 instead of the usual 64 counts. Check the back the album cover for tunes that fit this requirement and have fun. In a 4X48 tune you repeat the routine twice for the Heads and then twice for the Sides.

DoSoDo & Face the Sides Quadrille

Grant Logan’s adaptation

Formation: Square

Record: LS 587 “Tipperary”   Click here to listen to a sample of the music.

Prompts

Intro – – – -, Heads Forwand & Back

    1-8 – – – Heads, DoSaDo & Face the Sides

  9-16 – – – -, Circle Four Once Around

17-24 – – – -, Split Two Around 1 to a Line

25-32 – – – -, – – Forward & Back

33-40 – – – -, Center Four Star By the Left

41-48 – – – Turn, Corner by the Right Once & a Half

49-56 – – – -, Others Star Left Back to the Corner

57-64 – – – -, – – Balance & Swing

65-72 – – – -, – – – –

73-80 – – – -, – – – Promenade

81-88 – – – -, – – – –

89-96 – – – -, Heads Forward & Back


 

Description

    1-8  Head or Side Couples Forward & Back.

  9-16  DoSaDo the opposite person and finish facing the corner position in the set.

17-24  Circle four with the outside pair once around

25-32  Inside pair split the outside pair and separate around one to a line of four.

33-40  Lines of four go Forward & Back

41-48  Center four in the line Star Left once around

49-56  Turn the corner person by the right once and a half

57-64  Send to other four people into the center for a Left Hand Star once around.

65-80  Balance with your corner for 4 or 8 counts and Swing with the corner for the remaining twelve or eight counts.

81-96  Promenade once around the set.

Notes: If you do not want to use a Balance in your program, a DoSaDo can be substituted for counts 65-72 and then Swing during counts 73-80. This figure could be adapted to fit a 40 beat melody line. For example, the first Forward and Back could be elminated and the 16-count Balance and Swing to just be a 8- count Swing. Fiting it to a 32 beat melody line would be a little tougher, but it could be done.


Gordo’s Quadrille

The following quadrille was taken from New England Quadrilles by Bob Dalsemer. It is also listed as one of the dances available from Jack Murtha Enterprises. It is an excellent example of how a very interesting dance can be made from just simple basic movements.

This quadrille has a corner progression and is 64 beats in length. It could be prompted as a quadrille or used as the figure in a singing call or adapted to a patter routine by having the four ladies chain instead of doing the allemande left, etc.

 

Gordo’s Quadrille

Jack Murtha

Formation: Four couples in a square formation.

Record: Square Dancetime SD-002 “Gordo’s Quadrille”

Prompts

Intro – – – -, – – – –, – – – -, – – Heads Lead Right

    1-8  – Split Two around 1 down the middle Right & Left Thru

  9-16  – – – -, – – Sides Lead Right

17-25  – Split Two around 1 down the middle Right & Left Thru

25-32  – – – -, – – Circle Left

33-40  – – – -, – – Allemande Left

41-48  – Pass your partner- , Take the next & Promenade

49-56 – – – -, – – – –

57-64  – – – – , – – Heads Lead Right


Description

    1-8  Head or side couples Lead Right and Split the outside two and Separate.

  9-16  Around 1 down the middle and Right & Left Thru with the facing couple.

17-24  The other couple (sides or heads) Lead Right and Split the outside two and Separate.

25-32  Around 1 down the middle and Right & Left Thru with the facing couple.

33-40  Circle Left halfway to the man’s home position.

41-48  Allemande Left

49-64  Pass by your partner and Promenade the next person 3/4 around to the man’s home position.

 


Stars & Stripes Quadrille

Stars & Stripes Quadrille

Jerry Helt

Formation: Square

Record: “Stars & Stripes Forever” Grenn 15011

Prompts

Intro  – – – -, – – 4 Ladies Chain

    1-8  – – – -, Head two Right & Left Thru

  9-16  – – – -, – – 4 Ladies Chain

17-24  – – – -, Side two Right & Left Thru

25-32  – – – -, Ladies in clap hands & out

33-40  – – – -, 4 men Star Right

41-48  – – – -, – Turn partner Left

49-56  Turn corner Right, – – Promenade corner

57-64  – – – -, – – Four Ladies Chain


 

Description

    1-8  Four Ladies Chain across

  9-16  Head or side couples Right & Left Thru

17-24  Four Ladies Chain across

25-32  The other two couple (sides or heads) Right & Left Thru

33-40  Ladies move to the center of the set three steps. Clap their own hands together on count four. Then back out place with three steps and a touch.

41-48  Four men Star Right once around

49-56  Left Arm Turn with the partner and go to the corner

57-64  Right Arm Turn the corner to a Couple Promenade and move halfway around the square to the man’s home position.


First Night Quadrille

Bob wrote this dance for beginner parties. I found it in “When The Work’s All Done

First Night Quadrille

Bob Dalsemer

Formation: Square

Record: Jewell 707 “Susie”

Prompts

Intro   – – – -, Head Couples Forward & Back

    1-8  – – – -, Same four Circle Left

  9-16  – – – -. Circle Right

17-24  – – – -, Same four Star Right

25-32  – – – -, – – Allemende Left

33-40  – – – -, Grand Right & Left

41-48  – – – -, – – Partner DoSaDo

49-56  – – – -, – – Promenade home

57-64  – – – -, Side Couples Forward & Back


 

Description

    1-8 Head couples walk Forward & Back

  9-16 Same couple Circle Four to the left

17-24 Same four Circle Right

25-32 Same couple Star Right

33-40 At home position Allemande Left with the corner.

41-48 Grand Right & Left

49-56 Parther DoSaDo

57-64 Promenade partner to home position.