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