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Berkeley BACDS Contra - 2019.03.06

posted Mar 7, 2019, 8:14 AM by Andy Shore

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
"unknown scout linda" by  unknown [from YouTube]
"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

TDSC Santa Cruz Contra - 2019.02.22

posted Feb 22, 2019, 10:28 PM by Andy Shore

Adrianna Ciccone & Daniel Steinberg played some great tunes for our local dance on a cold Friday night in Santa Cruz. Here's what I called:
"The Nice Combination" by Gene Hubert
"To Turn a Phrase" by Bob Isaacs
"Cranky Ingenuity" by Bill Olson
"Molly Pitcher" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Fidgety Feet" by Mark Richardson
"The Little Green Heron" by Joseph Pimentel
===BREAK===
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Not a Trip to Vegas" by Chris Page
"Rickrack" by Barb Kirchner
"Click Your Heels" by Bob Isaacs
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall

BACDS SF Contra - 2019.02.16

posted Feb 17, 2019, 10:08 AM by Andy Shore

Great night of music and dance in SF! The Backwater Boys kept us all energized! We had a good number of newcomers, some even joined at the break. Here's what I called:
"Thursday Night Special #1" by Larry Jennings
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Fidgety Feet" by Mark Richardson
===BREAK===
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Not a Trip to Vegas" by Chris Page
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
Medley of:
"After the Solstice" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Aqueous (DI)" by Don Flaherty
"Blue-Haired Girl (var)" by Chuck Roth & Lisa Greenleaf
"A-1 Reel" by Chris Weiler

Circle Left Contra (Oakland) - 2019.02.08

posted Feb 9, 2019, 9:31 AM by Andy Shore

Lots of newcomers and a big crowd on a cold rainy night! Will Wheeler, Simon and Booi played wonderful music. Here's what I called:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
"First Hey" by Paul Balliet
"Earl & Squirrel" by Chris Weiler
"Old Time Elixir #2" by Linda Leslie
===BREAK===
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Burning the Bacon (var)" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
"Bumbling in the Shower" by Eric Smith
"Rock the Cradle Joe" by Ridge Kennedy
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson [no walk thru]

Monterey Contra Dance - 2019.02.02

posted Feb 2, 2019, 11:03 PM by Andy Shore

Lots of new dancers and plenty of familiar faces joined us for a rainy night contra dance to the groovin' tunes of Magic Reelism.  Here's my program:
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
"To Turn a Phrase" by Bob Isaacs
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"The Carousel" by Tom Hinds
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Box the Bat" by Lynn Ackerson
===BREAK===
"Love Sting" by Rick Mohr
"Click Your Heels" by Bob Isaacs
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
"Bumbling in the Shower" by Eric Smith
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson [no walk thru]

Santa Barbara Contra - 2019.01.27

posted Jan 28, 2019, 12:20 PM by Andy Shore

Got to work with a great band, Hidden Fifth, on their "fairwell" performance in Santa Barbara. We had two guest callers during the night, including a choreo debut by Vic Ceder.  Here's the program:
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Rock the Cradle Joe" by Ridge Kennedy
"Heart of Glass" by Cary Ravitz
"Old Time Elixir #2" by Linda Leslie [called by Kelli Butler]
"Box the Bat" by Lynn Ackerson
===BREAK===
"United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs
"Mad 4 U" by Vic Ceder [called by Vic]
"Love Sting" by Rick Mohr
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
"Bees in the Shower" by Jim Kitch

Orange Blossom Ball VII - 2018.01.18-20

posted Jan 20, 2019, 5:19 PM by Andy Shore

The Moving Violations and Giant Robot Band powered us through a fun weekend in Daytona, FL! Bob Isaacs, Lisa Greenleaf and I had a great time calling for the enthusiastic crowd. Here's what we called:

Friday Night

B - Frederick Contra [nwt]

L - Hocus Pocus [nwt]

B - Think Outside the Box

L - Truffles Before Breakfast

B - Grid Square Simple Pleasures

L - Winter Storm


Medley

Aqueous, Close Friends, Blue Haired Girl,

Box the Bat, Rock the Cradle, Joe, To Live is To Dance (var


A - The Missing Piece (var)

A - Bumbling in the Shower

A - Path to the Past

A - Zag It Back

A - Amherst & Wooster

A - Mystery Dance #4 [nwt]


Saturday AM

B - Sealed with a Keith

B - Back and Forth

B - Daisy Chains

B - Spin the Grid

B - Goody One Shoe

B - A Rare Bird

B - Labor of Love

B - Tica Tica Timing / Cruising the Grid /  Butter


Saturday Afternoon

L - Catch a Falling Star

A - Doorbits

L - [square] Virginia Reel Square

A - Nothing Works and We Don’t Know Why

L - Laura’s Secret Garden

A - Floorplay


Saturday Evening

B - Slapping the Wood

B - Petro Promenade

B - Silent Partner

B - Getaway Hey

B - My Right Hand Man

B - Love at First Swing

B - 3,33,33


Medley

Balance and Cross, Alternating Corners, Southern Swing,

United We Dance, Centrifugal Hey, Revolution Reel


A - Merry Maze Reel

L - [square]

A - Rollin’ Outta Barstow

L - Hotpoint Special

A - Debbie’s Delight

L - Rocking Robin

A - Trip to Hubert



Sunday AM

B - Urban Modern Groove [nwt]

B - The Cure for the Claps [nwt]

B - Lost in the Shadows [nwt]

B - Roll Twelve [nwt]

B - Brilliant Holmes [nwt]

B - Heart of Glass [nwt]


Sunday Afternoon

L - California Contra

A - Catch Me If You Can

L - Gypsy Moon

B - Back Up Plan

A - The Hobbit

B - Grid square Twirl Thru


Medley (Bob, Andy, & Alice Rayburn)

Rock Creek Reel, Mad, Mad World, Early Evening Rollaway,

Apples & Chocolate (var), Jet Lag Rag, Heart of Glass


A - Heart of Joy

B - Double Your Fun

A - There Is No Way to Peace, Peace Is The Way

B - Return 2 Sender

A - Marshmallows in Flight [nwt]

B - Vote With Your Feet



Sacramento SCDS - 2019.01.12

posted Jan 13, 2019, 1:33 PM by Andy Shore

Lots of newer dancers at the lively Sacto dance! Music by Deniz Akin, Will Wheeler, and Lisa Illés. Here's what I called:
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Bob's Valentine" by Chris Ricciotti
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Home Cooking" by Don Flaherty
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
===BREAK===
"Debbie’s Delight" by Bob Isaacs
"Fairport Harbor" by Paul Balliet
"The Pork Chop Escapade" by John Coffman
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
"Kindred Spirits" by Chris Page

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