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South Bay BACDS Contra - 2019.05.19

posted by Andy Shore

I got to work again with the amazing duo of Rodney Miller & Daniel Steinberg! A unusual wet, rainy afternoon kept some people away, be we had a fun time in San Jose. I called five dances that were first-timers for me, including Money Musk! I'm slowly building my chestnut repertoire.  Here's what I called:
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Benjo (var)" by Jo Mortland
"Mistakes Happen; Have Fun" by Ron Blechner
"Sugar Britches 2.0" by Dana Parkinson
===BREAK===
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Money Musk" by (Traditional)
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
"Out of Circulation" by Chris Page
"Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better" by Tavi Merrill
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall

Santa Cruz TDSC Contra - 2019.05.12

posted May 12, 2019, 9:47 PM by Andy Shore

Great Mother's Day crowd at the Santa Cruz dance with amazing music by Rodney Miller & Daniel Steinberg. I called Chorus Jig for the first time in my life - fun!
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"New Year’s Day (rev 1)" by Paul Balliet
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Galena" by Jo Mortland
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
=== Break ===
"Amy’s Harmonium" by Cary Ravitz
"Chorus Jig" by (Traditional)
"Amhurst & Wooster" by Chris Weiler
"Xs and Os" by Martha Wild
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris

Sacramento Contra - 2019.05.11

posted May 12, 2019, 9:47 AM by Andy Shore

I nice crowd for my first time working with Bob Kastelic and Scotty Cozen at the Sacramento dance. Here's what I called:
"Bob's Valentine" by Chris Ricciotti
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Fidgety Feet" by Mark Richardson
=== BREAK ===
"Out of Circulation" by Chris Page
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Mad Orbin" by Jacqui Grennan
"Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion" by Cary Ravitz
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds [no walk thru]

Petaluma NBCDS contra - 2019.05.05

posted May 6, 2019, 8:06 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated May 11, 2019, 11:14 AM ]

Wonderful evening with the Crabapples! We got in 7 dances before the break. Here's my program:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Benjo (var)" by  Jo Mortland
"Stir Crazy" by Erik Weberg
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion" by Cary Ravitz
"Out of Circulation" by Chris Page
"Bumbling in the Shower" by Eric Smith
"Butterfly Garden" by Bob Isaacs
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris

Monterey MCDC Contra - 2019.05.04

posted May 5, 2019, 6:47 AM by Andy Shore

Fun night in Monterey with music by the Swingin’ Chickens. My first time calling with hearing aids in! Definitely a new experience and much to learn about using them and tuning them in various contexts. Here's what I called:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"After the Flu.com" by Dean Snipes
"Butterfly Garden" by Bob Isaacs
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
"Blue-Haired Girl (var)" by Chuck Roth & Lisa Greenleaf
===BREAK===
"Hocus Pocus" by Lisa Greenleaf [guest caller Bowen Lee]
"Luke, You’re Not My Father" (4 face 4) by Bob Green
"Not a Trip to Vegas" by Chris Page
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Rickrack" by Barb Kirchner
"Debbie’s Delight" by Bob Isaacs

Santa Rosa NBCDS contra - 2019.04.19

posted Apr 23, 2019, 11:50 AM by Andy Shore

A fun night calling to the music of the Swingin’ Chickens! Not my ideal program but it went well. 
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Molly Pitcher" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Mr. Isaac’s Magic" by Sue Rosen
"Playground Stomp" by Ron Blechner
"Fidgety Feet" by Mark Richardson
===BREAK===
"Adrift" by Cary Ravitz
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel

Palo Alto BACDS contra - 2019.03.30

posted Mar 31, 2019, 12:19 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated May 11, 2019, 11:50 AM ]

Fun night in Palo Alto. Derry Akin and Jess Newman (joined by Jeff Spero in the 2nd half) played some great music. I changed my 2nd-half program too much on-the-fly and wound up with more repetition than I'd like, but here's what I called:

"Push the Button" by unknown
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Freudian Slip (var)" by Mike Richardson
"Molly Pitcher" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Mr. Isaac’s Magic" by Sue Rosen
"Fidgety Feet" by Mark Richardson
===BREAK===
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Playground Stomp" by Ron Blechner
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Rickrack" by Barb Kirchner
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson [no walk thru]

Berkeley BACDS Contra - 2019.03.06

posted Mar 7, 2019, 8:14 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated May 11, 2019, 11:50 AM ]

The WiNgNuTs provided great tunes for a fun night. We had quite a few beginners. Here's what I called:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Freudian Slip (var)" by  Mike Richardson
"Molly Pitcher" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Mr. Isaac’s Magic" by Sue Rosen
===BREAK===
"Minimum Fuss Maximum Fun" by Dean Snipes
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Click Your Heels" by Bob Isaacs
"Roadkill" by Cary Ravitz
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [no walk thru]

Santa Barbara Contra - 2019.03.03

posted Mar 4, 2019, 4:40 PM by Andy Shore

A good crowd of beginners for the intro session and lots of fun with the Devil's Box String Band. 
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Al’s Safeway Produce" by Robert Cromartie
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Mr. Isaac’s Magic" by Sue Rosen
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
===BREAK===
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Expert Bits" by Peter Stix
"Not a Trip to Vegas" by Chris Page
"Click Your Heels" by Bob Isaacs
"Ted and Lynn" by Rick Mohr 
"Bumbling in the Shower" by Eric Smith
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [no walk thru]

Monterey Contra - 2019.03.02

posted Mar 2, 2019, 11:15 PM by Andy Shore

Calling with an OpenMegaBand is always fun, and the Crabapples did a great job leading the large group. We had a lot of newcomers but the regulars really helped integrate them into the dance. Here's my program:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Earl & Squirrel" by Chris Weiler
"The Missing Piece" by Bronwyn Woods
===BREAK===
"Love at First Swing" by Bob Isaacs
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Burning the Bacon (var)" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"Trip to Saratoga" by Ryan Carollo
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall

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