Kimmswick Fixx

by Marilee Standifer 5/23/97

A duple improper contra.

"Kimmswick Fixx" was written in the car while driving from Madison Wisconsin to St. Louis for the Kimmswick Dance weekend. I stole the feature figure (Circle to the right turn alone and circle left with the next neighbors) from the dance "Mr. Fixx's Assignment" by Erma Lynn Bogue. I called the dance the next evening at Kimmswick, and it met with resounding approval. Enjoy!

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A2

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B2

Ther transition from the end of the B2 to the begining of the A1 is forms a very smooth "S" curve.


Terry Meets the Gypsy

by Marilee Standifer and Steven Dast

A duple proper contra.

"Terry Meets the Gypsy" is named for our friend Terry. She was in the car while we were writing the dance, and she was going to her first contradance that evening. When we stopped for refreshment, we decided to walk through the dance with the four people in the car. So Terry's very first contra dance ever was this dance without music in a gravel parking lot. The "gypsy" part should be self-explanatory. It works! Really it does! :) "

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B2

Marilee adds, "It's probably best not to refer to "actives" and "inactives" during this dance because it's the number 2 couple which does the chase at the end."

"The left Gypsy for Four in A1 is like left-hand star with no hands. Make eye contact with your neighbor diagonally across the set and gypsy them as you normally would. This works best if everyone scooches in to the middle for a cozy gypsy."

"The dancers tend to get a bit confused about who is supposed to start the hey in the A2. It works out quite well for the number1 man and number2 woman start, but if someone else starts, it all works out in the end."

"After the circle left in B2, Gent 2 faces out while lady 2 faces in. The gent then walks around couple 1 and his partner chases him until she can cut through couple 1."


Buzzard in the Hey

by Marilee Standifer

A duple Improper contra
written 8/19/96

"Buzzard in the Hey" was written to go with the tune "Buzzards Breath" from the String Beings C.D. The build up to the swing in the A part works really well with the music.


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B2

Notes: In the B part, after the 1/2 hey, the women stay put while the men in effect continue the path to complete the hey. When they cast around their neighbors by the left, only the men are doing the outside loop of the hey and passing again in the middle.


Gypsies at the Gate

by Marilee Standifer

A duple Improper contra

"Gypsies at the Gate" is dedicated to John Bedigian who didn't let me give up. It was the first dance I ever wrote, and the first time I called it nearly ended both my career as a dance caller and as a dance writer. Thanks to John, I have happily continued both. The title is in reference to The Gates of Heaven Synagogue where we dance on Tuesday nights in Madison.


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B1

B2

Notes: In the B1 after the Alleman the women should be facing in and the men should be facing out. This will put them in the correct position to start the see saw.

Also in the B1, a See Saw is just a left shoulder Do-si-do. This works quite well in this dance because it oozes nicely into the Hey.


Syncytia Reel

by Marilee Standifer

A duple Improper contra
written 7/12/96

"Syncytia Reel" (pronounced sin-si-sha) was written during a lab meeting where the speaker was discussing syncytia formation as a determinant of virulance in HIV. At the time I didn't know what "syncytia formation" was so I couldn't follow most of the talk. I ended up writing the dance because I didn't want to be caught falling asleep!

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A2

B1

B2

Note: The orbit in the A1 requires a lot of space, or the men have to run an obstacle course around one another. Probably not best at your most crowded dances.

Grace in Madtown

by Marilee Standifer

A dupleimproper contra.

"Grace in Madtown" is named for Grace Church where we dance in Madison Wisconsin. It's a glossary dance with no particularly difficult figures. The transition from the gent's Alamand to the Do-si-do with the new neighbor can be a fun transition for experienced dancers while being straight forward enough for new dancers. When I called this dance at the above mentioned locale, it was a hit! The dancers report that it flows really well, and they liked it much more than expected!

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A2

B1

B2

Note: Nope nothing tricky here. If you're working with new dancers, you may have to watch the fractions and be sure the gents end up facing new neighbors at the end of the allemand in the B2.


Marilee Standifer <standifer@mailbag.com>