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Orange Blossom Ball VII - 2018.01.18-20

posted Jan 20, 2019, 5:19 PM by Andy Shore

The Moving Violations and Giant Robot Band powered us through a fun weekend in Daytona, FL! Bob Isaacs, Lisa Greenleaf and I had a great time calling for the enthusiastic crowd. Here's what we called:

Friday Night

B - Frederick Contra [nwt]

L - Hocus Pocus [nwt]

B - Think Outside the Box

L - Truffles Before Breakfast

B - Grid Square Simple Pleasures

L - Winter Storm


Medley

Aqueous, Close Friends, Blue Haired Girl,

Box the Bat, Rock the Cradle, Joe, To Live is To Dance (var


A - The Missing Piece (var)

A - Bumbling in the Shower

A - Path to the Past

A - Zag It Back

A - Amherst & Wooster

A - Mystery Dance #4 [nwt]


Saturday AM

B - Sealed with a Keith

B - Back and Forth

B - Daisy Chains

B - Spin the Grid

B - Goody One Shoe

B - A Rare Bird

B - Labor of Love

B - Tica Tica Timing / Cruising the Grid /  Butter


Saturday Afternoon

L - Catch a Falling Star

A - Doorbits

L - [square] Virginia Reel Square

A - Nothing Works and We Don’t Know Why

L - Laura’s Secret Garden

A - Floorplay


Saturday Evening

B - Slapping the Wood

B - Petro Promenade

B - Silent Partner

B - Getaway Hey

B - My Right Hand Man

B - Love at First Swing

B - 3,33,33


Medley

Balance and Cross, Alternating Corners, Southern Swing,

United We Dance, Centrifugal Hey, Revolution Reel


A - Merry Maze Reel

L - [square]

A - Rollin’ Outta Barstow

L - Hotpoint Special

A - Debbie’s Delight

L - Rocking Robin

A - Trip to Hubert



Sunday AM

B - Urban Modern Groove [nwt]

B - The Cure for the Claps [nwt]

B - Lost in the Shadows [nwt]

B - Roll Twelve [nwt]

B - Brilliant Holmes [nwt]

B - Heart of Glass [nwt]


Sunday Afternoon

L - California Contra

A - Catch Me If You Can

L - Gypsy Moon

B - Back Up Plan

A - The Hobbit

B - Grid square Twirl Thru


Medley (Bob, Andy, & Alice Rayburn)

Rock Creek Reel, Mad, Mad World, Early Evening Rollaway,

Apples & Chocolate (var), Jet Lag Rag, Heart of Glass


A - Heart of Joy

B - Double Your Fun

A - There Is No Way to Peace, Peace Is The Way

B - Return 2 Sender

A - Marshmallows in Flight [nwt]

B - Vote With Your Feet



Sacramento SCDS - 2019.01.12

posted Jan 13, 2019, 1:33 PM by Andy Shore

Lots of newer dancers at the lively Sacto dance! Music by Deniz Akin, Will Wheeler, and Lisa Illés. Here's what I called:
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Bob's Valentine" by Chris Ricciotti
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Home Cooking" by Don Flaherty
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
===BREAK===
"Debbie’s Delight" by Bob Isaacs
"Fairport Harbor" by Paul Balliet
"The Pork Chop Escapade" by John Coffman
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
"Kindred Spirits" by Chris Page

SBCDS Santa Barbara Contra - 2019.01.06

posted Jan 8, 2019, 10:29 AM by Andy Shore

A fun rainy night in Santa Barbara calling with Chopped Liver. Here's what I called:
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Southern Grits" by Seth Tepfer
"The Missing Piece (var, door)" by Bronwyn Woods
"Evil Duane" by Erik Weberg
===BREAK===
"A Nice Catch" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"In Your Eyes" by Heather Carmichael
"Truffles Before Breakfast" by Joy Greenwolfe
"Debbie’s Delight" by Bob Isaacs
"The Pork Chop Escapade" by John Coffman
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson [no walk thru]

2018 Year In Review!

posted Jan 1, 2019, 1:14 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated Jan 1, 2019, 1:10 PM ]

In 2018 I called:


39 individual contra evenings (17 gender-free Larks/Ravens)

Including 1 tour with Polaris (7 dances above)

Including 1 week at Burning Man ContraDance Camp with Countercurrent (5 dances above)

1 contra festival - TFOOTD Fall Ball 2018 with Cloud Ten

21 MWSD square evenings for 4 different clubs


I called in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Florida.


I published 4 new contra dances that I choreographed.


BACDS Palo Alto NYE Contra - 2018.12.31

posted Jan 1, 2019, 1:07 AM by Andy Shore

A four-hour NYE dance to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome to 2019!  What a great time with music by Pepperjack!  Here's the program I called:
"Southern Grits" by Seth Tepfer
"Pedal Pushers" by Bob Dalsemer
"Kindred Spirits" by Chris Page
"Chinese New Year" by Chris Page
"Serving REELness" by Andy Shore
===BREAK 1===
"Debbie’s Delight" by Bob Isaacs
"Bumbling in the Shower" by Eric Smith
"Leave the Wine" by Rick Mohr
"The Nice Combination" by Gene Hubert
"Sounds Like a Match" by Lynn Ackerson
===BREAK 2===
"The Eyes Have It" by Becky Hill
> medley "There You Go" by Sue Rosen
> medley "Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
> medley "Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way" by Erik Hoffman
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson [no walk thru]

Santa Rosa NBCDS Challenging Contra Dance - 2018.12.29

posted Dec 30, 2018, 9:24 AM by Andy Shore

It was fun and challenging in its own right to plan and call an evening of challenging dances! We had a nice-sized crowd who worked hard with some fun and different choreography. Chris Knepper and Audrey Knuth (the Mixed Knuts?) knept us all going till it was time to call it a knight! :)  Here's what I called:
"Prince of Hales" by John-Michael Seng Wheeler
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Path To The Past" by Chris Page
"Merry Maze Reel" by Rick Mohr
"The Hobbit" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Leave the Wine" by Rick Mohr
"Alpha Ursae Minoris" by Andy Shore
===BREAK===
"Truffles Before Breakfast" by Joy Greenwolfe
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jim Hemphill
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Bumbling in the Shower" by Eric Smith

Hayward Contra Dance BACDS - 2018.12.23

posted Dec 26, 2018, 11:36 AM by Andy Shore

A last-minute band substitution gave us the amazing duo of Audrey Knuth & Charlie Hancock and a nice group of dancers on Sunday afternoon.  Here's what I called: 
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Vote With Your Feet" by Bob Isaacs
"David’s Guiding Star" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Hotpoint Special" by Joseph Pimentel
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek [no walk thru]

Chicago Barn Dance - 2018.12.03

posted Dec 3, 2018, 9:00 PM by Andy Shore

In Chicago for a family event, I was lucky to get the Monday night booking while here. Wonderful music by Hillbilly Diaspora and a very friendly crowd. Here's my program:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"A Walk In The Park" by Ron Blechner
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"The Carousel" by Tom Hinds
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Mad Scatter Mixer" by  unknown
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [no walk thru]

Foothill Country Dancers (Nevada City, CA) - 2018.12.1

posted Dec 3, 2018, 8:56 PM by Andy Shore

Wonderful evening calling in Nevada City to the music of Rodney Miller & Barry Angell. Lots of eager newcomers were warmly welcomed by the experienced ones. Here's what I called:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"A Walk In The Park" by Ron Blechner
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"The Carousel" by Tom Hinds
"Black Bird in the Night" by Don Flaherty
===BREAK===
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [no walk thru]

TFOOTD Fall Ball, St. Petersburg, FL - 2018.10.26-28

posted Oct 28, 2018, 7:01 PM by Andy Shore



I had a great weekend calling to the music of Cloud Ten at Fall Ball. I was wonderful to see so many familiar faces from the Florida dance community, where I first started calling contras. We had three strong lines filling the hall all weekend long. Here's what I called.

Friday Night
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Diamond Allotrope" by Lindsey Dono
"Mary Cay’s Reel" by David Kaynor
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Nomad’s Land" by Bill Olson
"Rollin’ Outta Barstow" by Chris Page
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek [no walk thru]

Saturday Night
"Pedal Pushers" by Bob Dalsemer
"Another Nice Combination" by Tom Hinds
"Floorplay" by Paul Balliet
"Path To The Past" by Chris Page
"Cows Are Watching" by Bill Pope
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jim Hemphill
"Pete’s Dark Roast" by Andy Shore
===BREAK===
"Spring Dance Romance" by Dean Snipes
"Fairport Harbor" by Paul Balliet
"Nothing Works and We Don’t Know Why" by Yoyo Zhou
"Kindred Spirits" by Chris Page
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [no walk thru]

Sunday Day
"There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way" by Erik Hoffman
"Prince of Hales" by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Flat Tire Reel" by Jim Kitch
"A Ravitzingly Rosy Recombination" by Tavi Merrill
"Hotpoint Special" by Joseph Pimentel
===BREAK===
"I’ll Meet You Back at the Beginning" by Heather Carmichael
"Alpha Ursae Minoris" by Andy Shore
"Merry Maze Reel" by Rick Mohr
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Vote With Your Feet" by Bob Isaacs


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