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” the list below is creeping toward 300. Even so, 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. Barry Dupen – Queen for a Day
  11. Becky Hill – Balance to My Lou
  12. Becky Hill – Becket in the Kitchen
  13. Becky Hill – Kitchen Stomp
  14. Becky Hill – Petronella Jig
  15. Becky Hill – Petronella Square
  16. Bill Olson – Citronella Morning
  17. Bill Olson – Green Hazel Daze
  18. Bill Olson – Pam’s Dance
  19. Bob Isaacs – Adventures in C#
  20. Bob Isaacs – Al’s Petronella Produce
  21. Bob Isaacs – The Cure for the Claps
  22. Bob Isaacs – Flaherty Will Get You Everywhere
  23. Bob Isaacs – From Sea to Shining Sea
  24. Bob Isaacs – The Judge
  25. Bob Isaacs – Happy Trails
  26. Bob Isaacs – Hopscotch Reel (written with Chris Page)
  27. Bob Isaacs – In the Swim
  28. Bob Isaacs – Mizpah
  29. Bob Isaacs – Petronella Corners
  30. Bob Isaacs – Petro-power
  31. Bob Isaacs – Pearls of Wisdom
  32. Bob Isaacs – Princeton Petronellas
  33. Bob Isaacs – Sting Like a Bee
  34. Bob Isaacs – Thank God It’s Monday
  35. Bob Isaacs – Vote With Your Feet
  36. Bob Isaacs and Beth Brill – Power Surge
  37. Brian Clark – Buy One Get One Free
  38. Bronwyn Woods – The Missing Piece
  39. Cary Ravitz – Barbara’s Becket
  40. Cary Ravitz – Carried Away
  41. Cary Ravitz – Dar Trek Voyager
  42. Cary Ravitz – Dianne’s Dance
  43. Cary Ravitz – Dixie Diamond
  44. Cary Ravitz – Fiddle Tales
  45. Cary Ravitz – Looking for Love Again
  46. Cary Ravitz – Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion
  47. Cary Ravitz – Megadance
  48. Cary Ravitz – The Millennium Hug
  49. Cary Ravitz – Pigtown Breakdown
  50. Cary Ravitz – Pigtown Petronella
  51. Cary Ravitz – Pigtown Swing
  52. Cary Ravitz – Presto Petronella
  53. Cary Ravitz – Roadkill
  54. Cary Ravitz – The Squeaking Reel
  55. Cary Ravitz – Star Trick
  56. Cary Ravitz – Susan’s Snafu
  57. Cary Ravitz – Where Will I Be?
  58. Cary Ravitz – Winter Wind
  59. Charley Harvey – A Glimpse of Beauty
  60. Charley Harvey – Holly in Winter
  61. Charley Harvey – New Elixir
  62. Charlie Fenton – Retrograde Motion
  63. Chris Page – Hidebehind Reel
  64. Chris Page – The Illusion of Eight
  65. Chris Page – Path to the Past
  66. Chris Page – Petronella Mixer
  67. Chris Page – Pinball Petronellas
  68. Chris Page – The Second Ring
  69. Chris Page – Three Ways Out
  70. Chris Page – Whirlpool
  71. Chris Ricciotti – Greenfield Petronella
  72. Chris Weiler – Happy Ending
  73. Chris Weiler – Vallimont’s Steamboat
  74. Chuck Roth – The Blue-Haired Girl
  75. Colin Hume – No Clapping
  76. Colin Hume – Ely Waltz
  77. Dale Rempert – Feet in Flight
  78. Dale Wilson – To Call a Mockingjay
  79. Dave Colestock – Petronella’s Pin
  80. David Kaynor – Master of the Dance
  81. David Kirchner – Black Knights and White Castles
  82. David Smukler – The Barnacle Waltz
  83. David Smukler – Fishing for Compliments
  84. David Smukler – Frog in the Well
  85. David Smukler – Green Mountain Petronella
  86. David Smukler – Insurmountable Opportunities
  87. David Smukler – Just Born, More Later
  88. David Smukler – Loose Change
  89. David Smukler – Never Ending Love
  90. David Smukler – Spring Forward
  91. Dean Snipes – Tica Tica Timing
  92. Don Flaherty – Heartbeat Contra
  93. Don Veino – Charlie’s Free Flowing Elixir
  94. Don Veino – Oh, The Indecency!
  95. Don Veino – Trip Through Athol
  96. Don Veino – House of Love
  97. Don Veino – (I’ll Take) What’s Behind Door #2
  98. Ed Vincent – Thanks to the Don
  99. Erik Erhardt – Las Cruces Stomp
  100. Erik Hoffman – Midnight at Monte Toyon
  101. Erik Hoffman – A Valentine Surprise
  102. Erik Weberg – Lanny’s Back
  103. Erik Weberg – Wasatch Wiggle
  104. Erik Weberg – Whatchagonnado?
  105. Erik Weberg – Whoa, Nellie!
  106. Gene Hubert – Angular Momentum
  107. Gene Hubert – Flip Flop Frenzy
  108. Gene Hubert – Petronella Swing
  109. Gordy Euler – Marshall the Dancers
  110. Grant Goodyear – Sarah Said Yes!
  111. Heidi Stridde – Simple Gifts
  112. Heiner Fischle – Easynella
  113. Jeff Kaufman – Good Morning Mr. Sanders
  114. Jim Kitch – Discombobulation
  115. Jim Kitch – Fall Back
  116. Jim Kitch – I Wish They All Could Be California Twirls
  117. Jeffrey Spero – Swans Bite, Children Drown
  118. Jerome Grisanti – Rory O’Nella
  119. Jerome Grisanti – Kimmswick Diamonds
  120. Jessica Ritts and Tom Wimmer – Jenny Hits a Tree
  121. Jo Mortland – Benjo
  122. John Coffman – Aberdeen Angus
  123. John Coffman – Ain’t Dancing Grand?
  124. John Coffman – Alternating Current
  125. John Coffman – Another Runaround
  126. John Coffman – Betwixt and Between
  127. John Coffman – Black Swan
  128. John Coffman – The Calico Girls
  129. John Coffman – Cards on the Table
  130. John Coffman – Chicken on a Leash
  131. John Coffman – The Chicks are Here
  132. John Coffman – Cool Your Jets
  133. John Coffman – Danny’s BBQ
  134. John Coffman – Electronic Speed Control
  135. John Coffman – The Girls from Urbana
  136. John Coffman – Jonjak’s Jaunty Jaunt
  137. John Coffman – Kimmswick Kinnetics
  138. John Coffman – Lavender and Lilac
  139. John Coffman – Lazarus
  140. John Coffman – Little Bird Speak
  141. John Coffman – Liz’s Steady Hand
  142. John Coffman – Met You in St. Louis
  143. John Coffman – Muscle Baby
  144. John Coffman – Not Completely Normal
  145. John Coffman – One in the Hand
  146. John Coffman – One More Card
  147. John Coffman – Out in Left Field
  148. John Coffman – Paula’s Promenade
  149. John Coffman – Pig in a Poke
  150. John Coffman – Pretty Boy
  151. John Coffman – Pull a Fast One
  152. John Coffman – Red Line
  153. John Coffman – Shaking Out the Bees
  154. John Coffman – Stimulus Package
  155. John Coffman – Strange Bird
  156. John Coffman – Ten Gallon Hat
  157. John Coffman – Three Strikes
  158. John Coffman – Triple Hat Syndrome
  159. John Coffman – Triple Play
  160. John Coffman – Up to Zero
  161. John Coffman – Well-Boiled Icicle
  162. John Drewry – Crossing the Line
  163. John Drewry – The Kenora Reel
  164. John Gallagher – Saint George Loses His Halo (or Bye, Bye Halo)
  165. John Meechan – All the Threes
  166. John Meechan – Remembering Alan
  167. John Nance – Bristol Turns
  168. John-Michael Seng-Wheeler – Prince of Wales
  169. Jonathan King – Princely Petronella Stars
  170. Jonathan Sivier – Brainstorm
  171. Katy Heine – Petronella 2001
  172. Keith Hunt – Mix’nella
  173. Linda Leslie – Jed’s Heartbeat
  174. Linda Leslie – Midwinter Night’s Dream
  175. Linda Leslie – Old Time Elixir Number 2
  176. Linda Leslie – Tenth Year in Tommerup
  177. Linda Mrosko – Nella Wafer
  178. Linda Mrosko – Spindletop
  179. Lisa Greenleaf – Circle of Slugs
  180. Lorna Macdonald & Gillian Mackintosh – The Elephant’s Stampede
  181. Luke Donforth – Bohrd with Models
  182. Madeleine Smith – Connoisseurs’ Contra
  183. Mark Goodwin – After Math
  184. Mark Goodwin – Grace Be Well
  185. Mark Goodwin – Jaybird
  186. Mark Goodwin – Mood Ring
  187. Mark Richardson – Sam’n’Abby’s (square)
  188. Mark Widmer – Newlyweds’ Jig
  189. Marianne Taylor – Eric’s Beckett
  190. Martha Wild – When Hester and Peter Met
  191. Marty Fager – Petrozilla
  192. Melanie Axel-Lute – Pam’s Four
  193. Melanie Axel-Lute – Venetian Blinds
  194. Melanie Axel-Lute – Windy Morning
  195. Merilee Karr – Country Doctor’s Reel
  196. Micah Smukler – Goody Two Shoes
  197. Michael Barraclough – The Love Shack
  198. Michael Barraclough – Petronella Swing
  199. Michael Barraclough – Rhonda’s on the Razzle
  200. Michael Barraclough – Rhonda’s Riches
  201. Michelle Perry – Under the Stars at Greenwood #2
  202. Mike Boerschig – Fisher’s Corn Cob Pipe
  203. Mike Boerschig – That Old Time Elixir
  204. Mike Richardson – Will Ye No Come Back
  205. Nathaniel Jack – Walk the Plank
  206. Nils Fredland – Spring Break
  207. Orace Johnson – Cozy Nella
  208. Paul Rosen – Swingonella
  209. Peter Foster – 10:45 to Bungendore
  210. Peter Foster – Dixie Supertwirl
  211. Peter Foster – Rings and Twirls
  212. Peter Foster – The Well Oiled Machine
  213. Peter Foster – Woomera
  214. Priscilla Borges – Crazy Brazilian Dance
  215. Rachel Fifer – If I Was Dead and It Wouldn’t Go to Waste
  216. Reine Wonite – Turn a New Leaf
  217. Reuven AnafShalom – Petronellas for Susan
  218. Rich Goss – Another Cure (for the Claps)
  219. Rich Goss – Dance for Hank
  220. Rich Goss – Hand to My Left
  221. Richard Fischer – Waving Good-bye
  222. Richard Fischer – White Christmas
  223. Rick Mohr – Ellen’s Yarns
  224. Rick Mohr – Goody One Shoe
  225. Rick Mohr – Retronella
  226. Rob Sibthorne – Buttonholes
  227. Ron T Blechner – Girlbeast
  228. Ron T Blechner – Somerville Strut
  229. Robert Cromartie – The Gypsy Bride
  230. Ryan Smith – Snowflakes Like Ninja Stars
  231. Ryan Smith – Wave-Particle Duality
  232. Scott Higgs – Henry and Jacqui
  233. Seth Tepfer – Carole and Bill Get a Toaster
  234. Seth Tepfer – ContraQuad
  235. Seth Tepfer – Florida Rhapsody
  236. Seth Tepfer – Granny Smith Apple
  237. Seth Tepfer – Kelsey Hartman’s Footloose and Fancy Free
  238. Seth Tepfer – Love Thy Neighbor
  239. Seth Tepfer – Lydia’s Questions
  240. Seth Tepfer – Snowball Shimmy
  241. Steve Zakon-Anderson – Salmon Chanted Petronella (a.k.a. Salmonella Evening)
  242. Sue Rosen – Joel’s in the Kitchen
  243. Susan Kevra – Jump Back Barley
  244. Ted Crane – Petroleedle
  245. Ted Hodapp – Rick and Sarah’s Reel
  246. Ted Sannella – Fiddleheads
  247. Ted Sannella – Satisfaction
  248. Thankful Cromartie – Generation Gap
  249. Tom Calwell – Overbalanced
  250. Tom Calwell – Which Side is Up?
  251. Tom Hinds – A Needed Square
  252. Tom Hinds – Revolution Reel
  253. Tom Lehmann – Caught from Behind
  254. Tom Lehmann – Imitation is Sincere
  255. Tom Lehmann – In the Pipeline
  256. Tom Lehmann – Petronella Stomp
  257. Tom Lehmann – Practice Petronella
  258. Tom Lehmann – Rings and Things
  259. Tom Lehmann – Stampede
  260. Tom Thoreau – Barbarella
  261. Tori Barone – Deja Vu All Over Again
  262. Vicki Herndon – Pirates of Chattaboogie
  263. Wendy Graham – Paper Plate #8: Ring of Fire
  264. Yonina Gordon & Joseph Pimentel – Another Art and Nancy’s Fancy
  265. Yoyo Zhou – Dance Both Rolls
  266. Yoyo Zhou – Millbrae
  267. Yoyo Zhou – The Persimmon Tree
  268. Yoyo Zhou – Twirl, Interrupted
  269. Yoyo Zhou – Untitled alternating thread-the-needle petronella
  270. Yoyo Zhou – Untitled Balance to My Lou variation
  271. Yoyo Zhou – Waxmyrtle