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Nevada City 2017.10.07

posted Oct 25, 2017, 11:14 AM by Andy Shore

My first time calling up in gold country! Lots of newcomers, and some old friends. Here's what I called to the great tunes from Hot Cider:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"You Can Get There From Here" by Linda Leslie
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
===Break===
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"The Boys from Urbana" by John Coffman
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris

Palm Springs 2017.07.01

posted Jul 6, 2017, 1:11 PM by Andy Shore

I called the 2 hour contra dance at Palm Springs Swing & Mix 2017, the 34th annual convention of the IAGSDC. We were lucky to get the Syncopaths for our dance! There was a mix of contra dancers, Modern Western square dancers, and newcomers. Here's what I called:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"You Can Get There From Here" by Linda Leslie
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner

Santa Cruz 2017.06.23

posted Jun 24, 2017, 7:37 AM by Andy Shore

Professor Spicer's Dance Tonic played some rousing music for our gender free dance in Santa Cruz. We started and ended the evening with one very full set, and had two good sized ones for much of the night. Here's my program:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"You Can Get There From Here" by Linda Leslie
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
===Break===
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Cows Are Watching" by Bill Pope
"Scooter" by Tom Hinds
"Spring Dance Romance" by Dean Snipes

San Jose 2017.06.18

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:05 AM by Andy Shore

It was a scorcher for the BACDS South Bay contra but an intrepid group showed up to dance! We had one very short set, and ran the dances pretty quickly, so we got in 14 dances and still ended a bit early due to the heat. Adrianna Ciccone, Sumaia Jackson provided lovely music. Thanks to all who came to dance! Here's what I called:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"A Dance for Dan" by Bill Olson
"Whatchagonnado?" by Erik Weberg
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Gender Free Dance for Five" by  unknown
"Little Black Dress" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"The Love Blender" by Devin Nordson
"Walpole Doll House" by Erik Hoffman
"Pete’s Dark Roast" by Andy Shore
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris

Sacramento - 2017.06.10

posted Jun 12, 2017, 12:23 PM by Andy Shore

We had a good crowd for the Sacramento contra dance with a fair number for newcomers. Derya and Deniz Akin played some fun music and I tried out a few new dances to add to my collection. Here's what I called:
"After the Flu.com" by Dean Snipes
"After the Solstice" by Lisa Greenleaf
"First Hey" by Paul Balliet
"Wave Goodbye to Winter" by Jim Hemphill
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Petronella Stomp" by Tom Lehmann
===BREAK===
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jim Hemphill
"Pete’s Dark Roast" by Andy Shore
"Rockin’ Robin" by Rick Mohr
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute - no walk thru
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek - no walk thru

Catapult Showcase 2017

posted May 29, 2017, 1:29 PM by Andy Shore

I had an incredible weekend in Atlanta as part of Catapult Showcase - 6 callers and 6 bands! My fellow callers were Emily Abel, Angela DeCarlis, Alex Deis-Lauby, Dave Eisenstader, and Erik Erhardt. The bands were Chimney Swift, InTentCity, Polaris, Tea&Whiskey, Tempest, and Turnip the Beet. Everyone was terrific with lots of great music and dances. I feel like we really bonded and enjoyed the experience. I would gladly work with any of them again in a heartbeat.

Here are the dances I called:
Saturday Night - Tempest
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs
"Pete’s Dark Roast" by Andy Shore
"A Ravitzingly Rosy Recombination" by Tavi Merrill
"Flirting Attempt" by Marian Hepburn
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jim Hemphill
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings

Sunday Afternoon - Turnip the Beet
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Vote With Your Feet" by Bob Isaacs
"I’ll Meet You Back at the Beginning" by Heather Carmichael
"Not a Figment of Your Imagination" by Lynn Ackerson
"Amhurst & Wooster" by Chris Weiler
"Square Route" by Chris Page & Bob Isaacs
"Birmingham’s" by Gary Nelson
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek

Monday Farewell Dance
"Sun Dance/Moon Dance" by Robert Cromartie (called with Dave Eisenstadter)
"Mama Loo’s Reel" by Gene Hubert (part of medley)
"Three Ceremonies" by Adriane Moser

San Francisco - 2017.05.20

posted May 21, 2017, 8:30 AM by Andy Shore

I really enjoyed calling the BACDS dance in SF to the music of Switching Protocols (Ruthie Byers, Christopher Jacoby, John-Michael Seng-Wheeler), who are really working up some interesting tunes and set.  Here's what I called:
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Trip to Monterey" by Jon Southard
"You Can Get There From Here" by Linda Leslie
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"Further and More" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Old Time Elixir #2" by Linda Leslie
===Break===
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jim Hemphill
"Pete’s Dark Roast" by Andy Shore
"I’ll Meet You Back at the Beginning" by Heather Carmichael
"The Boys from Urbana" by John Coffman
"Not In The Picture" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings

Palo Alto - 2015.05.13

posted May 14, 2017, 12:52 AM by Andy Shore

Erik Hoffman did a great job leading the large open band and we had a good number of beginners. I debuted an as-yet-unnamed contra dance that I composed about 4 hours before the dance. I'll definitely use it again.  Here was my program:
"Breaking the Ice" by Bob Isaacs
"You Can Get There From Here" by Linda Leslie
"Simplicity Give & Take" by  unknown
"The Carousel" by Tom Hinds
"Whatchagonnado?" by Erik Weberg
"Another Nice Combination" by Tom Hinds
===Break===
"Dancing With Mike" by Linda Leslie
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs
"unnamed A1" by Andy Shore
"Fun With Alex" by Linda Leslie
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder / "Solstice Special" by Tony Parkes - medley

Circle Left (Oakland) - 2017.05.12

posted May 13, 2017, 12:32 AM by Andy Shore

The gender-free (larks/ravens) Circle Left contra dance in Oakland attracted a good crowd with many newcomers. I got to call a couple of dances that were new to me.  Wonderful music by Adrianna Ciccone, Sumaia Jackson, and Colin Cotter. Here's my program:
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Breaking the Ice" by Bob Isaacs
"First Hey" by Paul Balliet
"Heyllamande" by Jim Hemphill
"Fun Dance for Marjorie" by Bob Golder
"Chicken on a Leash" by John Coffman
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
===Break===
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
"Dancing With Mike" by Linda Leslie
"Leave the Wine" by Rick Mohr
"Marshmallows in Flight" by Rich Goss
"New England Sweethearts" by Linda Leslie
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek

Santa Barbara 2017.03.26

posted Mar 27, 2017, 5:10 PM by Andy Shore

The drive down to Santa Barbara was gorgeous. The hills were as green as I've ever seen them. We had a fun night of dancing with Calamity House playing some great tunes. It is always nice to see our friends at SBCDS.
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"First Hey" by Paul Balliet
"Petronella Stomp" by Tom Lehmann
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
===Break===
"My Marbles Have Many Moods" by Rick Mohr
"Carrot Soup" by Isaac Banner
"Fiddle Tales" by Cary Ravitz
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Wingnut Whirl" by Allan Brozek
"Double Bubble" by Will Mentor
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris (no walk thru)

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