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