Last Saturday at my local contra dance, the caller told us there was a real contra dance in Mockingjay Part 2, the last Hunger Games movie, which came out recently. The dance was choreographed by Seth Tepfer of Atlanta and is called Mockingjay Petronella (petronella being a dance figure). We danced it, though most times through we did a modified version which includes a partner swing, since the original dance doesn’t. I can’t remember any dancing in Mockingjay the book, but it’s been a long time since I read it. Now I almost want to see the last movie just for the contra dancing!
Here’s a video from Saturday’s dance. See if you can spot me.