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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


Concord Scout House - 2018.10.18

posted Oct 18, 2018, 8:37 PM by Andy Shore

I had a great time calling in Concord, MA at the Scout House! Transcontranental (Dave Bartley, David Kaynor and Rebecca McCallum) played some wonderful tunes. We got in 7 dances before the break!
Here's what I called:
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"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
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Prince of Hales" by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler
"Nothing Works and We Don’t Know Why" by Yoyo Zhou
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek [No Walk Thru]

Santa Cruz - 2018.10.14

posted Oct 14, 2018, 9:32 PM by Andy Shore

It has been a while since I had the pleasure to work with StringFire, so much fun! We had a nice crowd of friendly dancers for our gender-free dance at the Vets hall. Here's my program:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Bob's Valentine" by Chris Ricciotti
"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
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs
"The Boys from Urbana" by John Coffman
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek

San Luis Obispo - 2018.10.13

posted Oct 14, 2018, 9:30 PM by Andy Shore

I had a great time calling in SLO with the Foggy Bay String Band. Jean Gorrindo led an excellent contra workshop before the dance and we had a lot of fun. Here's my program:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Spare Parts" by Jim Kitch
"Cats & More Cats" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Catch a Falling Star" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek

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]

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