Of course you are correct that it is a "regular" contra. There is nothing that 
forces the dance to be done in waltz time, only my intent makes it a waltz 
contra. I give a little of the back story in this video of the maiden voyage of 
the dance. 

http://youtu.be/PXwAAASyrSE
I don't have any of the teach in the video, but like Ric, I  had them 
practicing the swing  in waltz time. I demoed how to do it with alternating 
feet, so yes,  it added about a minute and a half to the walk-through. I will 
sometimes do it as the last dance of the first half with the instruction, "Find 
a partner for a waltz and line up for a contra". The last time thru at the end 
of the partner swing, the call is, "Free waltz with your partner!"

Here is the dance done to a 4/4 tune:
http://youtu.be/Xgbw3ID-RBU

Sometimes you push her envelope....  ;-)

Bob Green
St. Louis


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> On Aug 8, 2017, at 2:00 PM, Tony Parkes via Callers 
> <callers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
> 
> Ric, that looks more like a normal contra than a waltz contra to me. Can you 
> share your experience of swinging, or teaching a swing, to waltz music?
>  
> Thanks…
> Tony
>  
> Tony Parkes
> Billerica, Mass.
> www.hands4.com
> New book! Square Dance Calling: An Old Art for a New Century
> (to be published real soon)
>  
>  
>  
> From: Callers [mailto:callers-boun...@lists.sharedweight.net] On Behalf Of 
> Ric Goldman - Letsdance via Callers
> Sent: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 2:44 PM
> To: 'Dugan Murphy' <du...@duganmurphy.com>; 'Callers List Serve' 
> <call...@sharedweight.net>
> Subject: Re: [Callers] Waltz-Time Contra Choreography
>  
> Hi Dugan,
>  
> One of my favorites is Bob Green’s Alison Wonderland, (improper):
> A1           1-8          Nbrs balance + swing
> A2           1-4          Circle L ¾
>                 5-8          Ptnr swing
> B1           1-4          Gents star promenade 1x*
>                 5-8          Butterfly twirl
> B2           1-4          Women chain to Nbr
>                 5-8          Long lines fwd + back
> * Consider gents linking elbows to get into this.
>  
> Thanx, Ric Goldman
>  
> From: Callers [mailto:callers-boun...@lists.sharedweight.net] On Behalf Of 
> Dugan Murphy via Callers
> Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 11:02 AM
> To: Callers List Serve <call...@sharedweight.net>
> Subject: [Callers] Waltz-Time Contra Choreography
>  
> Do you have a favorite contra dance written to fit a waltz tune?  I danced 
> one once many years ago and haven't thought much about it since, though it 
> was pretty special.
>  
> Thank you in advance for sharing some choreography!
>  
> Dugan Murphy
> Portland, Maine
> dugan at duganmurphy.com
> www.DuganMurphy.com
> www.PortlandIntownContraDance.com
> www.NufSed.consulting
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