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Circle Left Contra - 2018.09.14

posted Sep 15, 2018, 1:24 AM by Andy Shore

A pleasure to call the last dance of my 50's for this group! Audrey Knuth and Christopher Jacoby played some lovely tunes. Here's my program:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"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
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
===BREAK===
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Groovemongers Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Spare Parts" by Jim Kitch
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek [no walk thru]

NBCDS San Rafael Contra Dance - 2018.09.08

posted Sep 9, 2018, 9:46 AM by Andy Shore

I had a great time working with the WiNgNuts at the San Rafael dance! We had some non-native speaker newcomers, and the experienced dancers were very welcoming and helpful. Good night! Here's what I called:
"Too Hot to Trot" by Eric Black
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Slice of Life" by Bob Isaacs
"Less is More" by William Watson
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
===BREAK===
"Swoosh" by Lynn Ackerson
"Three Ceremonies" by Adriane Moser
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [no walk thru]

Burning Man )'( - 2018.08

posted Sep 6, 2018, 8:29 AM by Andy Shore

Burning Man had been a "bucket list" item for Sam and me for many years, so when the opportunity to be the featured called for the 2018 Burning Man Contradance Camp presented itself, we jumped! We scrambled to find an RV rental, get educated about Burning Man, and get additional essentials for the adventure. It was an amazing experience! The organization and effort of the well-established Contradance Camp was really superb. We had a contra dance each night Monday-Friday from 8-10pm, with live music on a real dance floor. Countercurrent (Brian Lindsay, Alex Sturbaum, Ness Smith-Savedoff) provided great tunes. Chris, Butch, and Spider sat in with them some nights.

I pulled lots of easy dances ahead of time, even lots of mixers, not knowing for sure how many newcomers we'd get. I was told to expect people jumping in at all times, sometimes in various states of awareness. But we had a great crop of experienced dancers to help and I wound up calling only contras. Eric Black called a couple of dances most nights, and Russell Frank called as well. This year, at my initiative, we used gender free terms -- Larks & Ravens -- all the time. It was easy to explain, seemed to present no additional challenges, got several nice comments from a few of the dancers.

Here, in alphabetical order, are most of the dances I called during the week. A few repeats, but enough variety to keep the experienced dancers happy.

"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Bob's Valentine" by Chris Ricciotti
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Classical Contra" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Get Me Going" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Mama Loo’s Reel" by Gene Hubert
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Monday Night in Ballard" by Mike Richardson
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"Rollin’ and Tumblin’" by Cis Hinkle
"Simplicity Swing" by Becky Hill
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"The Missing Piece (var)" by Bronwyn Woods
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"To Turn a Phrase" by Bob Isaacs
"United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan

BACDS South Bay Contra - 2018.08.19

posted Aug 19, 2018, 8:42 PM by Andy Shore

My final gig on tour with Polaris. It was so much fun to work with them.
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Three Thiry Three" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"Little Black Dress" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Trip to Lambertville" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss

BACDS San Francisco Contra - 2018.08.18

posted Aug 19, 2018, 10:05 AM by Andy Shore

The sixth stop on tour with Polaris. After a day of SF sightseeing, we had a terrific dance!
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
===BREAK===
"A Ravitzingly Rosy Recombination" by Tavi Merrill
medley:
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"After the Solstice" (var) by Lisa Greenleaf
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss [No Walk Thru]

Santa Rosa Contra Dance - 2018.08.17

posted Aug 19, 2018, 10:01 AM by Andy Shore

Polaris and I continued our tour up in Santa Rosa. It was my first time calling contras at Monroe Hall up there and we had a nice crowd. Here's my program:
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
"Three Thiry Three" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [No Walk Thru]

BACDS Berkeley Dance - 2018.08.15

posted Aug 16, 2018, 10:32 AM by Andy Shore

Half-way point through the tour with Polaris. A fun night in Berkeley where I debuted a new dance. Here's what I called:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"First Hey" by Paul Balliet
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
===BREAK===
"Surfing the Set" by Bob Isaacs & Richard Fischer
"The Lady Fiddler" by Cis Hinkle
"Alpha Ursae Minoris" by Andy Shore [world premiere]
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek [no walk thru]

Portland Contra Dance - 2018.08.11

posted Aug 11, 2018, 11:53 PM by Andy Shore

The dance for PCDC was fun. Newcomers were welcome and we had a good, enthusiastic crowd. Polaris's Jesse Ball celebrated his 21st birthday! Here's what I called:
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"The Missing Piece (var)" by Bronwyn Woods
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
===BREAK===
"Amhurst & Wooster" by Chris Weiler
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs
"Pete’s Dark Roast" by Andy Shore
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Rockin’ Robin" by Rick Mohr
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss [No Walk Thru]
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [No Walk Thru]

Emerald City Contra - 2018.08.10

posted Aug 10, 2018, 10:57 PM by Andy Shore

Fantastic crowd at the Emerald City dance in Seattle! Polaris rocked the house! Some last-minute changes to my program resulted in no Becket dances, which I find kind of amazing.
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Comfort Deluxe" by Rick Mohr
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
===BREAK===
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
"Serving REELness" by Andy Shore
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [No Walk Thru]

Lake City Contra 2018.08.09

posted Aug 9, 2018, 11:24 PM by Andy Shore   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 11:31 PM ]

The first stop on my tour with Polaris! What fun! A nice hall (with A/C!) and good crowd of moderately experienced dancers. Doug Plummer finally met up with me to do some dance photography.  I debuted my new composition "Serving REELness", which I'll publish soon. The band pulled of some sweet rolling starts. 
Here's my program:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Thursday Night Special #1" by Larry Jennings
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"The Missing Piece (var)" by Bronwyn Woods
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Mary Cay’s Reel" by David Kaynor
"Serving REELness" by Andy Shore
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [no walk thru]

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