Petronella Spin-Offs

Here’s a list of many contra (and related) dances that have been influenced by the classic dance, Petronella. They are listed by author, alphabetized by first name (nothing formal here).

Petronella came to the contra dance world from Scottish country dancing, where its pedigree was already a distinguished one. Petronella is the very first dance in volume 1 of The Scottish Country Dance Book, published by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Between Petronella itself and its many “spin-offs” there are well over 200 dances listed below. My guess is that I have just scratched the surface, and that there are plenty more that have been created in recent years. If you know of a Petronella-influenced dance that I have neglected to include, feel free to write to me and I will add it.

  1. Number 1 is the traditional dance itself – Petronella (no applause necessary…)
  2. Al Green – Tuesday Night in Headingley
  3. Al Olson – Diamond Dance
  4. Alan Sklar – Steal this Dance
  5. Alan Vlach – Emma’s Commencement
  6. Alex Funk – Down But Not Out
  7. Alex Funk – Let’s Git Dizzy
  8. Andrea Nettleton – Homeward Bound
  9. Barb Kirchner – Significant Companions
  10. Becky Hill – Balance to My Lou
  11. Becky Hill – Becket in the Kitchen
  12. Becky Hill – Kitchen Stomp
  13. Becky Hill – Petronella Jig
  14. Becky Hill – Petronella Square
  15. Bill Olson – Citronella Morning
  16. Bill Olson – Green Hazel Daze
  17. Bill Olson – Pam’s Dance
  18. Bob Isaacs – Adventures in C#
  19. Bob Isaacs – Al’s Petronella Produce
  20. Bob Isaacs – The Cure for the Claps
  21. Bob Isaacs – Flaherty Will Get You Everywhere
  22. Bob Isaacs – From Sea to Shining Sea
  23. Bob Isaacs – The Judge
  24. Bob Isaacs – Happy Trails
  25. Bob Isaacs – Hopscotch Reel (written with Chris Page)
  26. Bob Isaacs – In the Swim
  27. Bob Isaacs – Mizpah
  28. Bob Isaacs – Petronella Corners
  29. Bob Isaacs – Petro-power
  30. Bob Isaacs – Pearls of Wisdom
  31. Bob Isaacs – Princeton Petronellas
  32. Bob Isaacs – Sting Like a Bee
  33. Bob Isaacs – Thank God It’s Monday
  34. Bob Isaacs – Vote With Your Feet
  35. Brian Clark – Buy One Get One Free
  36. Bronwyn Woods – The Missing Piece
  37. Cary Ravitz – Barbara’s Becket
  38. Cary Ravitz – Carried Away
  39. Cary Ravitz – Dar Trek Voyager
  40. Cary Ravitz – Dianne’s Dance
  41. Cary Ravitz – Dixie Diamond
  42. Cary Ravitz – Fiddle Tales
  43. Cary Ravitz – Looking for Love Again
  44. Cary Ravitz – Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion
  45. Cary Ravitz – Megadance
  46. Cary Ravitz – The Millennium Hug
  47. Cary Ravitz – Pigtown Breakdown
  48. Cary Ravitz – Pigtown Petronella
  49. Cary Ravitz – Pigtown Swing
  50. Cary Ravitz – Presto Petronella
  51. Cary Ravitz – Roadkill
  52. Cary Ravitz – The Squeaking Reel
  53. Cary Ravitz – Star Trick
  54. Cary Ravitz – Susan’s Snafu
  55. Cary Ravitz – Where Will I Be?
  56. Cary Ravitz – Winter Wind
  57. Charley Harvey – New Elixir
  58. Charlie Fenton – Retrograde Motion
  59. Chris Page – Hidebehind Reel
  60. Chris Page – Path to the Past
  61. Chris Page – Petronella Mixer
  62. Chris Page – Pinball Petronellas
  63. Chris Page – The Second Ring
  64. Chris Page – Three Ways Out
  65. Chris Ricciotti – Greenfield Petronella
  66. Chris Weiler – Happy Ending
  67. Chris Weiler – Vallimont’s Steamboat
  68. Chuck Roth – The Blue-Haired Girl
  69. Colin Hume – No Clapping
  70. Dale Rempert – Feet in Flight
  71. Dave Colestock – Petronella’s Pin
  72. David Kaynor – Master of the Dance
  73. David Kirchner – Black Knights and White Castles
  74. David Smukler – Fishing for Compliments
  75. David Smukler – Frog in the Well
  76. David Smukler – Green Mountain Petronella
  77. David Smukler – Insurmountable Opportunities
  78. David Smukler – Never Ending Love
  79. David Smukler – Spring Forward
  80. Dean Snipes – Tica Tica Timing
  81. Don Flaherty – Heartbeat Contra
  82. Erik Erhardt – Las Cruces Stomp
  83. Erik Hoffman – Midnight at Monte Toyon
  84. Erik Hoffman – A Valentine Surprise
  85. Erik Weberg – Lanny’s Back
  86. Erik Weberg – Wasatch Wiggle
  87. Erik Weberg – Whatchagonnado?
  88. Erik Weberg – Whoa, Nellie!
  89. Gene Hubert – Angular Momentum
  90. Gene Hubert – Flip Flop Frenzy
  91. Gene Hubert – Petronella Swing
  92. Gordy Euler – Marshall the Dancers
  93. Grant Goodyear – Sarah Said Yes!
  94. Heidi Stridde – Simple Gifts
  95. Heiner Fischle – Easynella
  96. Jim Kitch – Discombobulation
  97. Jim Kitch – Fall Back
  98. Jim Kitch – I Wish They All Could Be California Twirls
  99. Jeffrey Spero – Swans Bite, Children Drown
  100. Jerome Grisanti – Rory O’Nella
  101. Jerome Grisanti – Kimmswick Diamonds
  102. Jo Mortland – Benjo
  103. John Coffman – Aberdeen Angus
  104. John Coffman – Ain’t Dancing Grand?
  105. John Coffman – Alternating Current
  106. John Coffman – Betwixt and Between
  107. John Coffman – Black Swan
  108. John Coffman – The Calico Girls
  109. John Coffman – Cards on the Table
  110. John Coffman – Chicken on a Leash
  111. John Coffman – The Chicks are Here
  112. John Coffman – Cool Your Jets
  113. John Coffman – Danny’s BBQ
  114. John Coffman – Kimmswick Kinnetics
  115. John Coffman – Lavender and Lilac
  116. John Coffman – Little Bird Speak
  117. John Coffman – Liz’s Steady Hand
  118. John Coffman – One in the Hand
  119. John Coffman – One More Card
  120. John Coffman – Out in Left Field
  121. John Coffman – Pig in a Poke
  122. John Coffman – Pretty Boy
  123. John Coffman – Pull a Fast One
  124. John Coffman – Shaking Out the Bees
  125. John Coffman – Stimulus Package
  126. John Coffman – Strange Bird
  127. John Coffman – Three Strikes
  128. John Coffman – Triple Hat Syndrome
  129. John Coffman – Triple Play
  130. John Coffman – Up to Zero
  131. John Coffman – Well-Boiled Icicle
  132. John Drewry – Crossing the Line
  133. John Drewry – The Kenora Reel
  134. John Gallagher – Saint George Loses His Halo (or Bye, Bye Halo)
  135. John Meechan – All the Threes
  136. John Meechan – Remembering Alan
  137. John Nance – Bristol Turns
  138. John-Michael Seng-Wheeler – Prince of Wales
  139. Jonathan Sivier – Brainstorm
  140. Katy Heine – Petronella 2001
  141. Keith Hunt – Mix’nella
  142. Linda Leslie – Jed’s Heartbeat
  143. Linda Leslie – Midwinter Night’s Dream
  144. Linda Leslie – Old Time Elixir Number 2
  145. Linda Leslie – Tenth Year in Tommerup
  146. Linda Mrosko – Nella Wafer
  147. Linda Mrosko – Spindletop
  148. Lisa Greenleaf – Circle of Slugs
  149. Lorna Macdonald & Gillian Mackintosh – The Elephant’s Stampede
  150. Luke Donforth – Bohrd with Models
  151. Madeleine Smith – Connoisseurs’ Contra
  152. Mark Goodwin – After Math
  153. Mark Goodwin – Grace Be Well
  154. Mark Goodwin – Jaybird
  155. Mark Goodwin – Mood Ring
  156. Mark Richardson – Sam’n’Abby’s (square)
  157. Mark Widmer – Newlyweds’ Jig
  158. Marianne Taylor – Eric’s Beckett
  159. Martha Wild – When Hester and Peter Met
  160. Marty Fager – Petrozilla
  161. Melanie Axel-Lute – Pam’s Four
  162. Melanie Axel-Lute – Venetian Blinds
  163. Melanie Axel-Lute – Windy Morning
  164. Merilee Karr – Country Doctor’s Reel
  165. Micah Smukler – Goody Two Shoes
  166. Michael Barraclough – The Love Shack
  167. Michael Barraclough – Petronella Swing
  168. Michael Barraclough – Rhonda’s on the Razzle
  169. Michael Barraclough – Rhonda’s Riches
  170. Michelle Perry – Under the Stars at Greenwood #2
  171. Mike Boerschig – Fisher’s Corn Cob Pipe
  172. Mike Boerschig – That Old Time Elixir
  173. Mike Richardson – Will Ye No Come Back
  174. Nathaniel Jack – Walk the Plank
  175. Nils Fredland – Spring Break
  176. Orace Johnson – Cozy Nella
  177. Paul Rosen – Swingonella
  178. Peter Foster – 10:45 to Bungendore
  179. Peter Foster – Dixie Supertwirl
  180. Peter Foster – Rings and Twirls
  181. Peter Foster – The Well Oiled Machine
  182. Peter Foster – Woomera
  183. Priscilla Borges – Crazy Brazilian Dance
  184. Rachel Fifer – If I Was Dead and It Wouldn’t Go to Waste
  185. Reine Wonite – Turn a New Leaf
  186. Reuven AnafShalom – Petronellas for Susan
  187. Rich Goss – Another Cure (for the Claps)
  188. Rich Goss – Dance for Hank
  189. Rich Goss – Hand to My Left
  190. Richard Fischer – Waving Good-bye
  191. Richard Fischer – White Christmas
  192. Rick Mohr – Ellen’s Yarns
  193. Rick Mohr – Goody One Shoe
  194. Rick Mohr – Retronella
  195. Rob Sibthorne – Buttonholes
  196. Robert Cromartie – The Gypsy Bride
  197. Ryan Smith – Snowflakes Like Ninja Stars
  198. Ryan Smith – Wave-Particle Duality
  199. Scott Higgs – Henry and Jacqui
  200. Seth Tepfer – Carole and Bill Get a Toaster
  201. Seth Tepfer – ContraQuad
  202. Seth Tepfer – Florida Rhapsody
  203. Seth Tepfer – Granny Smith Apple
  204. Seth Tepfer – Kelsey Hartman’s Footloose and Fancy Free
  205. Seth Tepfer – Love Thy Neighbor
  206. Seth Tepfer – Lydia’s Questions
  207. Seth Tepfer – Snowball Shimmy
  208. Steve Zakon-Anderson – Salmon Chanted Petronella (a.k.a. Salmonella Evening)
  209. Sue Rosen – Joel’s in the Kitchen
  210. Susan Kevra – Jump Back Barley
  211. Ted Crane – Petroleedle
  212. Ted Hodapp – Rick and Sarah’s Reel
  213. Ted Sannella – Fiddleheads
  214. Ted Sannella – Satisfaction
  215. Thankful Cromartie – Generation Gap
  216. Tom Calwell – Overbalanced
  217. Tom Calwell – Which Side is Up?
  218. Tom Hinds – A Needed Square
  219. Tom Hinds – Revolution Reel
  220. Tom Lehmann – Caught from Behind
  221. Tom Lehmann – Imitation is Sincere
  222. Tom Lehmann – Petronella Stomp
  223. Tom Lehmann – Practice Petronella
  224. Tom Lehmann – Rings and Things
  225. Tom Lehmann – Stampede
  226. Tom Thoreau – Barbarella
  227. Tori Barone – Deja Vu All Over Again
  228. Vicki Herndon – Pirates of Chattaboogie
  229. Wendy Graham – Paper Plate #8: Ring of Fire
  230. Yonina Gordon & Joseph Pimentel – Another Art and Nancy’s Fancy