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 199 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, please 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. Charlie Fenton – Retrograde Motion
  58. Chris Page – Hidebehind Reel
  59. Chris Page – Path to the Past
  60. Chris Page – Petronella Mixer
  61. Chris Page – Pinball Petronellas
  62. Chris Page – The Second Ring
  63. Chris Page – Three Ways Out
  64. Chris Ricciotti – Greenfield Petronella
  65. Chris Weiler – Happy Ending
  66. Chris Weiler – Vallimont’s Steamboat
  67. Chuck Roth – The Blue-Haired Girl
  68. Colin Hume – No Clapping
  69. Dale Rempert – Feet in Flight
  70. Dave Colestock – Petronella’s Pin
  71. David Kaynor – Master of the Dance
  72. David Kirchner – Black Knights and White Castles
  73. David Smukler – Frog in the Well
  74. David Smukler – Green Mountain Petronella
  75. David Smukler – Insurmountable Opportunities
  76. David Smukler – Never Ending Love
  77. David Smukler – Spring Forward
  78. Dean Snipes – Tica Tica Timing
  79. Don Flaherty – Heartbeat Contra
  80. Erik Erhardt – Las Cruces Stomp
  81. Erik Hoffman – Midnight at Monte Toyon
  82. Erik Weberg – Lanny’s Back
  83. Erik Weberg – Wasatch Wiggle
  84. Erik Weberg – Whatchagonnado?
  85. Erik Weberg – Whoa, Nellie!
  86. Gene Hubert – Angular Momentum
  87. Gene Hubert – Flip Flop Frenzy
  88. Gene Hubert – Petronella Swing
  89. Gordy Euler – Marshall the Dancers
  90. Grant Goodyear – Sarah Said Yes!
  91. Heidi Stridde – Simple Gifts
  92. Heiner Fischle – Easynella
  93. Jim Kitch – Discombobulation
  94. Jim Kitch – Fall Back
  95. Jim Kitch – I Wish They All Could Be California Twirls
  96. Jeffrey Spero – Swans Bite, Children Drown
  97. Jerome Grisanti – Rory O’Nella
  98. Jerome Grisanti – Kimmswick Diamonds
  99. Jo Mortland – Benjo
  100. John Coffman – Alternating Current
  101. John Coffman – Lavender and Lilac
  102. John Drewry – Crossing the Line
  103. John Drewry – The Kenora Reel
  104. John Gallagher – Saint George Loses His Halo (or Bye, Bye Halo)
  105. John Meechan – All the Threes
  106. John Meechan – Remembering Alan
  107. John Nance – Bristol Turns
  108. John-Michael Seng-Wheeler – Prince of Wales
  109. Jonathan Sivier – Brainstorm
  110. Katy Heine – Petronella 2001
  111. Keith Hunt – Mix’nella
  112. Linda Leslie – Jed’s Heartbeat
  113. Linda Leslie – Midwinter Night’s Dream
  114. Linda Leslie – Old Time Elixir Number 2
  115. Linda Leslie – Tenth Year in Tommerup
  116. Linda Mrosko – Nella Wafer
  117. Linda Mrosko – Spindletop
  118. Lisa Greenleaf – Circle of Slugs
  119. Lorna Macdonald & Gillian Mackintosh – The Elephant’s Stampede
  120. Madeleine Smith – Connoisseurs’ Contra
  121. Mark Goodwin – After Math
  122. Mark Goodwin – Grace Be Well
  123. Mark Goodwin – Jaybird
  124. Mark Goodwin – Mood Ring
  125. Mark Richardson – Sam’n’Abby’s (square)
  126. Mark Widmer – Newlyweds’ Jig
  127. Marianne Taylor – Eric’s Beckett
  128. Martha Wild – When Hester and Peter Met
  129. Marty Fager – Petrozilla
  130. Melanie Axel-Lute – Pam’s Four
  131. Melanie Axel-Lute – Venetian Blinds
  132. Melanie Axel-Lute – Windy Morning
  133. Merilee Karr – Country Doctor’s Reel
  134. Micah Smukler – Goody Two Shoes
  135. Michael Barraclough – The Love Shack
  136. Michael Barraclough – Petronella Swing
  137. Michael Barraclough – Rhonda’s on the Razzle
  138. Michael Barraclough – Rhonda’s Riches
  139. Michelle Perry – Under the Stars at Greenwood #2
  140. Mike Boerschig – Fisher’s Corn Cob Pipe
  141. Mike Boerschig – That Old Time Elixir
  142. Mike Richardson – Will Ye No Come Back
  143. Nathaniel Jack – Walk the Plank
  144. Nils Fredland – Spring Break
  145. Orace Johnson – Cozy Nella
  146. Paul Rosen – Swingonella
  147. Peter Foster – 10:45 to Bungendore
  148. Peter Foster – Dixie Supertwirl
  149. Peter Foster – Rings and Twirls
  150. Peter Foster – The Well Oiled Machine
  151. Peter Foster – Woomera
  152. Priscilla Borges – Crazy Brazilian Dance
  153. Rachel Fifer – If I Was Dead and It Wouldn’t Go to Waste
  154. Reine Wonite – Turn a New Leaf
  155. Reuven AnafShalom – Petronellas for Susan
  156. Rich Goss – Another Cure (for the Claps)
  157. Rich Goss – Dance for Hank
  158. Rich Goss – Hand to My Left
  159. Richard Fischer – Waving Good-bye
  160. Richard Fischer – White Christmas
  161. Rick Mohr – Ellen’s Yarns
  162. Rick Mohr – Goody One Shoe
  163. Rick Mohr – Retronella
  164. Rob Sibthorne – Buttonholes
  165. Robert Cromartie – The Gypsy Bride
  166. Ryan Smith – Snowflakes Like Ninja Stars
  167. Ryan Smith – Wave-Particle Duality
  168. Scott Higgs – Henry and Jacqui
  169. Seth Tepfer – Carole and Bill Get a Toaster
  170. Seth Tepfer – ContraQuad
  171. Seth Tepfer – Florida Rhapsody
  172. Seth Tepfer – Granny Smith Apple
  173. Seth Tepfer – Kelsey Hartman’s Footloose and Fancy Free
  174. Seth Tepfer – Love Thy Neighbor
  175. Seth Tepfer – Lydia’s Questions
  176. Seth Tepfer – Snowball Shimmy
  177. Steve Zakon-Anderson – Salmon Chanted Petronella (a.k.a. Salmonella Evening)
  178. Sue Rosen – Joel’s in the Kitchen
  179. Susan Kevra – Jump Back Barley
  180. Ted Crane – Petroleedle
  181. Ted Hodapp – Rick and Sarah’s Reel
  182. Ted Sannella – Fiddleheads
  183. Ted Sannella – Satisfaction
  184. Thankful Cromartie – Generation Gap
  185. Tom Calwell – Overbalanced
  186. Tom Calwell – Which Side is Up?
  187. Tom Hinds – A Needed Square
  188. Tom Hinds – Revolution Reel
  189. Tom Lehmann – Caught from Behind
  190. Tom Lehmann – Imitation is Sincere
  191. Tom Lehmann – Petronella Stomp
  192. Tom Lehmann – Practice Petronella
  193. Tom Lehmann – Rings and Things
  194. Tom Lehmann – Stampede
  195. Tom Thoreau – Barbarella
  196. Tori Barone – Deja Vu All Over Again
  197. Vicki Herndon – Pirates of Chattaboogie
  198. Wendy Graham – Paper Plate #8: Ring of Fire
  199. Yonina Gordon & Joseph Pimentel – Another Art and Nancy’s Fancy