Barbarella is a New England Contra Dance. It was devised by Tom Thoreau in about 2008. It is a Becket dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
This is partly a spoof on Petronella, as well as a tribute to Jane Fonda's Barbarella.
I don't have a date for this dance. The earliest mention I've found for it is 2008, but it may predate that. I suppose it must have been written after 1968 (the date of the film Barbarella).
This dance has a number of variants: a promenade half instead of right and left through in B2 is one. See Erik Hoffman's comments.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
The dance contains the following figures: circle, right and left through, petronella, swing (and probably others).
If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.
The dance is copyright © ~2008 by Tom Thoreau. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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