This is tangential to this discussion, but it's caused me to think about how 
"flourishes" become standard parts of contra over the decades. I'm not a dance 
historian, so maybe others will chime with corrections or additions.

Thinking first about some old traditional contras ("chestnuts"), Chorus Jig had 
no swing in it till about 1950, I think, when some folks started adding a 
balance and swing for the ones at the end. That was such a triumphant 
conclusion for the ones' story-line that it became part of the dance. In 
Petronella, the distinctive figure (spin right one place and balance) was done 
only by the ones, until two dancers decided to join in when they were twos, and 
that became standard also. [In the old days the Petronella figure was usually 
spin first then balance, so the dancers' feet could mark the end of the phrase. 
Incorporated into other contras that move has usually been balance first and 
then spin, and I think some dancers, missing a way to mark the end of the 
phrase with their feet, added the clap-clap, another flourish that is just 
standard for many dancers now.]

Thinking just about figures or moves, I know in the past ten years or so, when 
I've asked an experienced dancer to help me demonstrate a dosido for complete 
beginners they've almost always twirled during it--that flouish has just become 
standard for them. For many dancers the flourish of a twirl is now their 
standard second half of a ladies chain. They seldom do a courtesy turn. And I 
imagine the courtesy turn (now the "old-fashioned way") was itself once a 
flourish, and that the second half of a  ladies chain was originally a 
left-hand turn. 

Just some thoughts!

Richard Fischer

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> Subject: [Callers] Easy flourishes or other "bonus" movements?
> I would like to teach some of my more advanced dancers some flourishes or 
> other embellishments to contra dance. I'd like to  start with things that are 
> easy and obviously that can be smoothly integrated into a dance. 
> Simpler is better and I am especially looking for "extras" that can be done 
> singly rather than within a couple. For example, simply twirling during a 
> do-si-do, or little "meanwhile" things you can do while waiting out as your 
> partner allemandes with their diagonal. 
> I've found some YouTube videos, but they tend to be for more elaborate 
> technique than I am interested in introducing at this time.
> Thanks for any thoughts, tips, support, or warnings! :)
> Lenore Frigo
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