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MCDC Carmel - 2018.05.19

posted 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
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"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
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"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!]
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"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
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"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
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"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

Santa Barbara SBCDS - 2018.03.11

posted Mar 12, 2018, 3:08 PM by Andy Shore

It was great to get back to Santa Barbara to call for SBCDS. Chopped Liver played some rousing and fun tunes. We even had a couple of the newcomers stay for the entire evening. Here's what I called:
"Thursday Night Special #1" by Larry Jennings
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Culver City Contra" by James Hutson
"Heart of Glass" by Cary Ravitz
"Petronella’s Pen" by Dave Colestock
"Black Bird in the Night" by Don Flaherty
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"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Surfing the Set" by Bob Isaacs & Richard Fischer
"My Right Hand Man" by Roger Auman
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs
"The Eyes Have It" by Becky Hill
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss

Sebastopol NBCDS - 2018.02.24

posted Feb 25, 2018, 8:51 AM by Andy Shore

I got to call this new gender-free dance series with Whimsical, a fun 5-member band! We had a small-ish crowd but good energy all evening. 
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson
"Heart of Glass" by Cary Ravitz
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
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"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
"Richfield Stomp" by Becky Hill
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
'extemporaneous hash square' by Andy Shore

Santa Cruz TDSC - 2018.02.23

posted Feb 23, 2018, 10:30 PM by Andy Shore

A nice mixed crowd for the 4th Friday dance in Santa Cruz! I'm glad that TDSC agreed to make my dances gender-neutral.  Shira Kammen, Deby Benton-Grosjean, and Jim Oakden played wonderful tunes.  Here's my program:
"Thursday Night Special #1" by Larry Jennings
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Culver City Contra" by James Hutson
"Heart of Glass" by Cary Ravitz
"Petronella’s Pen" by Dave Colestock
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
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"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Surfing the Set" by Bob Isaacs & Richard Fischer
"Fairport Harbor" by Paul Balliet
"My Right Hand Man" by Roger Auman
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild (no walk thru)

South Bay (San Jose) BACDS - 2018.02.18

posted Feb 18, 2018, 7:27 PM by Andy Shore

Lots of families with kids and lots of new comers at the dance! Semper Fiddles (Bobbi Nikles, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg) did an amazing job providing really danceable tunes. Here are the dances I called:
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Feet in Flight
"Heart of Glass" by Cary Ravitz
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
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"Tunnel Contra Dance" from YouTube (family dance)
"Old Time Elixir #2" by Linda Leslie
"Minimum Fuss Maximum Fun" by Dean Snipes
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Erik’s Second Date" by William Watson

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