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SBCDS Santa Barbara contra - 2019.09.15

posted Sep 16, 2019, 3:09 PM by Andy Shore

I lead a caller workshop before the dance, and several of the participants got to call during the first half. They all did a terrific job!  Rhythm Method played wonderful music. Here's the program:
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds [called by Jeff M]
"Monday Night in Ballard" by Mike Richardson [called by Cindy F]
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Hay in the Barn" by Chart Guthrie [called by Zofii K]
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
===BREAK===
"Wrinkled Ribbon" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Treasure of the Soda Bar" by Maia McCormick
"The Wise People of Chicago" by Bradley Smith
"Adrift" by Cary Ravitz
"The Polar Vortex" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy [no walk thru]
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel [no walk thru]

CCCDS San Luis Obispo contra - 2019.09.14

posted Sep 16, 2019, 3:02 PM by Andy Shore

Rhythm Method (Emil Olguin, Steve Shapiro, Briana Bandy) provided some great music for this fun night.  Here's what I called:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
===BREAK===
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Treasure of the Soda Bar" by Maia McCormick
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"Playground Stomp" by Ron Blechner
"Wrinkled Ribbon" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"The Cure for the Claps" by Bob Isaacs [no walk thru]

Circle Left - 2019.09.13

posted Sep 14, 2019, 10:32 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated Sep 14, 2019, 10:42 AM ]

Circle Left on a hot summer night! Deniz Akin, Will Wheeler, and Lisa Illès played some great tunes, and Seth stepped in to help with sound.  My first time calling Larks&Robins and it went fairly well.

"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Rollin’ to the Grey Eagle" by Hank Morris
"Playground Stomp" by Ron Blechner
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
===BREAK===
"Train Delay" by Maia McCormick
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"Wrinkled Ribbon" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"The Wise People of Chicago" by Bradley Smith
"Celebrating 60" by Linda Leslie
"The Cure for the Claps" by Bob Isaacs [no walk thru]

MCDC Monterey Contra - 2019.09.07

posted Sep 9, 2019, 11:17 AM by Andy Shore

Lots of newcomers and stalwarts combined for a fun evening with music by Back Pocket (Jess Newman, Will Wheeler, Mark Price). Here's what I called:
"Too Hot to Trot" by Eric Black [Eric was dancing!]
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Rollin to the Grey Eagle" by Hank Morris
"Sugar Britches 2.0" by Dana Parkinson
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
===BREAK===
"Train Delay" by Maia McCormick
"Wrinkled Ribbon" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"The Wise People of Chicago" by Bradley Smith
"Celebrating 60" by Linda Leslie
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel [no walk thru]

BACDS Berkeley Contra - 2019.07.17

posted Jul 18, 2019, 9:19 AM by Andy Shore

A nice crowd on a warm Wednesday evening for dancing.  Got to work with Jesse Ball (from Polaris) and Jess Newman - the first time they've played together and it was really fun.  Here's what I called:
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Evil Duane" by Erik Weberg
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"David’s Guiding Star" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
===Break===
"Adrift" by Cary Ravitz
"unknown (youtube)" by  unknown
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"Meander (var)" by Andrea Nettleton
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel [no walk thru]

TDSC Contra in Aromas - 2019.07.14

posted Jul 14, 2019, 10:11 PM by Andy Shore

First time calling at the Aromas Grange for a special TDSC potluck and dance. Always enjoy working with the Crabapples (Marta Lynch, Norm Cotton, Bob Silberstein, Teresa Fife) who played some wonderful tunes.  Here's what I called (gender free - Larks/Ravens):
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Little Black Dress" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Xs and Os" by Martha Wild
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Benjo (var)" by Jo Mortland
===Break===
"Amy’s Harmonium" by Cary Ravitz
"Spring Dance Romance" by Dean Snipes
"A Sure Thing" by Chris Page
"Rickrack" by Barb Kirchner
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel [no walk thru]



Palo Alto Contra - 2019.07.13

posted Jul 14, 2019, 10:08 PM by Andy Shore

Great time at the BACDS dance in Palo Alto with first-time-together contra band Banjolicious (Lee Anne Welch, Sonia Shell, Yvonne Walbroehl, Louise Minton).  Here's my program:
Set List: 7/13/2019 at Palo Alto, CA
Caller: Andy Shore; Music: Lee Anne Welch, Sonia Shell, Yvonne Walbroehl, Louise Minton

"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Little Black Dress" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Box the Bat" by Lynn Ackerson
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Benjo (var)" by Jo Mortland
===Break===
"Amy’s Harmonium" by Cary Ravitz
"Spring Dance Romance" by Dean Snipes
"A Sure Thing" by Chris Page
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel

BACDS San Francisco contra 2019.06.15

posted Jun 16, 2019, 9:22 AM by Andy Shore

Great time calling with the WiNgNutz! We had a nice group of newcomers. I changed up my typical program structure slightly and got some nice comments.
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Little Black Dress" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Xs and Os" by Martha Wild
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
===Break===
"Stimulus Package" by John Coffman
"Tell Me More" by Luke Donforth
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"Rickrack" by Barb Kirchner
"Mistakes Happen; Have Fun" by Ron Blechner
"Benjo (var)" by Jo Mortland [no walk thru]

Contra Party at Burning Man HQ - 2019.05.23

posted May 24, 2019, 8:04 AM by Andy Shore

I called a contra dance at the headquarters of Burning Man (Black Rock City, LLC) in SF, with music by the wiNgNuts (Chris Knepper, Will Wheeler, Isele Harper) ! This was one of their regular Thursday "happy hour" socials, and the "contraburners" Burning Man Contra Dance Camp put this together. The HQ space was amazing, with lots of photographs, art, and scale models from past Burning Man Festivals. We had a really fun time, and I hope this was good publicity for contra dancing in general and the camp. Here's what I called:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"To Turn a Phrase" by Bob Isaacs
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris
"Back of the Envelope" by Dugan Murphy
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson

South Bay BACDS Contra - 2019.05.19

posted May 19, 2019, 8:15 PM 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

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