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Truckee Contra Dance - 2018.06.30

posted Jun 30, 2018, 10:57 PM by Andy Shore

Great time calling the once-a-year contra dance in Truckee, CA co-sponsored by the Sacramento, Reno, and Foothills contra groups. Star Thistle provided excellent tunes and we had a large crowd. With the altituce and a mixture of newer and experienced dancers, I had to make some last-minute changes to my original program. Here's what I called:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
=== Break ===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Fairport Harbor" by Paul Balliet
"Let's Go to Croix" by George Marshall
"Cats & More Cats" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way" by Erik Hoffman
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel

SBCDS Santa Barbara - 2018.06.24

posted Jun 24, 2018, 10:11 PM by Andy Shore

Great time working with Boomerang (Jeff Spero, Bonnie Insall, Frank Hoppe) in Santa Barbara! We had an experienced crowd on a beautiful night. Here's my program:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"A Walk In The Park" by Ron Blechner
"The Missing Piece
"32 Seconds" by Tom Calwell
"Mad Orbin" by Jacqui Grennan
"Mary Cay’s Reel" by David Kaynor
===BREAK===
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Hot Buttered Rolls" by Perry Shafran
"Nothing Works and We Don’t Know Why" by Yoyo Zhou
"Minimum Fuss Maximum Fun" by Dean Snipes
"The Prince of Seals" by Rebecca Lay
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild (no walk thru)

TDSC Abbott Square Dance - 2018-06-10

posted Jun 11, 2018, 9:42 AM by Andy Shore

TDSC did a special outdoor dance in Abbot Square in downtown Santa Cruz. The space is a busy outdoor area outside the popular food court at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. We laid down a temporary floor over concrete, and erected a small stage for the band and myself. Unfortunately, Abbott Square often becomes a wind tunnel for the otherwise delightful afternoon breezes that Santa Cruz is known for. The band -- Paul Rangell (fiddle, mandolin), Chris Jong (fiddle, banjo), and Emily Abbink (guitar) -- and Craig on sound struggled against the wind and cool weather, but the turnout was great and the small floor was packed for the entire program. We definitely enticed some newcomers to try it, and others just watched and enjoyed the music. I called a variety of simple dances:
"The Lucky 7" [Circle Mixer]
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"Patience" by Chris Page
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"Appetizer" by Scott Higgs
"Simplicity Give & Take" by  ??
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Classical Contra" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Mama Loo’s Reel" by Gene Hubert

SCDS Sacramento - 2018.06.09

posted Jun 10, 2018, 10:33 AM by Andy Shore

We had a lot of enthusiastic beginners in a mixed crowd for the contra dance in Sacramento. Contrapositive (Kathrine Gardner, Cynthia Faulkner and Allen Barnes) played some wonderful music that kept everyone moving and the dances went well. I wasn't entirely happy with my program as called -- I'd picked too many dances that required a little bit of demo, but perhaps that gave the newer dancers more confidence in executing the moves. 
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Thursday Night Special #1" by Larry Jennings
"Bicoastal Contra" by Pete Campbell
"First Hey" by Paul Balliet
"Rock the Cradle Joe" by Ridge Kennedy
"Birmingham’s" by Gary Nelson
===BREAK===
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Let’s Go To The Shores" by ???
"Another Last Dance" by Erik Hoffman [no walk thru]
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [no walk thru]

MCDC Carmel - 2018.05.19

posted May 19, 2018, 11:29 PM by Andy Shore

A nice crowd with several newcomers. Audrey Knuth & Dave Cory & Josh Van Vliet played some wonderful tunes. I debuted a new dance composition which needs a tiny bit of tweaking, but I'm quite happy with it. I'll release it to the wild soon. Here's what I called:
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Pearls of Wisdom" by Bob Isaacs
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"I Wanna Dance" by Erik Hoffman
"Three Thirty Three" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"Doorbits" [working title] by Andy Shore
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty

TDSC Santa Cruz - 2018.05.13

posted May 13, 2018, 9:45 PM by Andy Shore

We had a lot of new dancers at our downtown dance. Patt & Possum (visiting from Chicago) played some awesome tunes. Here's what I called:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Kitchen Stomp" by Becky Hill
"You Can Get There From Here" by Linda Leslie
"Sleepwalking" by Bronwyn Woods
===BREAK===
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
"Fairport Harbor" by Paul Balliet
"Gaye’s Groove" by Rick Mohr
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris

Circle Left - 2018.05.11

posted May 12, 2018, 9:59 AM by Andy Shore

I always enjoy calling the gender role free dance for Circle Left in Oakland, but getting there on a Friday afternoon is tough, so I only seem to make it about once a year. My program Music was by Adrianna Ciccone, Sumaia Jackson, & Colin Cotter. Doe called one dance!
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Patience" by Chris Page
"Love at First Swing" by Bob Isaacs
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
"Bicoastal Contra" by Pete Campbell [called by Doe!]
===BREAK===
"Minimum Fuss Maximum Fun" by Dean Snipes
"Soul Reversal" by Tavi Merrill
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Little Black Dress" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss
"A Dance for Dan" by Bill Olson

BIDA (Cambridge, MA) - 2018.05.06

posted May 6, 2018, 9:18 PM by Andy Shore

Great time calling the BIDA dance! Here's my program:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson
"The Carousel" by Tom Hinds
"Home Cooking" by Don Flaherty
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Nomad’s Land" by Bill Olson
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Erik’s Second Date" by William Watson
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [no walk thru]

Sacramento SCDS - 2018.03.24

posted Mar 25, 2018, 1:26 PM by Andy Shore

Gorgeous drive to Sacramento through spring-green hills and fluffy clouds. We had a nice turnout for the dance and I really enjoyed working with The Swingin' Chickens! Here's what I called:
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"32 Seconds" by Tom Calwell
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"The Missing Piece" by Bronwyn Woods
===BREAK===
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"I Wanna Dance" by Erik Hoffman
"The Raeden Reel" by Bob Isaacs
"High Seas" by Diane Silver
"Chrysalis" by Don Flaherty
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel

Article: gender-free contra

posted Mar 17, 2018, 10:47 AM by Andy Shore

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