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Sacramento Contra - 2020.01.11

posted Jan 13, 2020, 12:36 PM by Andy Shore

Lots of new dancers and two full lines for most of the night! Great music by Todd Silverstein, Lewis Santer, and Erik Hoffman. I called with a cold :(
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"It’s the Flow (Stupid!)" by Devin Nordson
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Train Delay" by Maia McCormick
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Leap of Faith" by Bob Isaacs
"Happy Birthday" by Dean Snipes
"Rollin’ Outta Barstow" by Chris Page
"Going Out For Bao" by Ron Blechner
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [no walk thru]

NBCDS NYE Santa Rosa contra - 2019.12.31

posted Jan 1, 2020, 2:09 PM by Andy Shore

Three full lines and a surprising number of newcomers for the New Year's Eve dance in Santa Rosa. Rodney Miller and Jeff Spero played wonderful tunes as always. 
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Rollin’ to the Grey Eagle" by Hank Morris
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Young Adult Rose" by David Kaynor
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Home Cooking" by Don Flaherty
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Chinese New Year" by Chris Page
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Treasure of the Soda Bar" by Maia McCormick
"March of the Coffee Zombies" by Cary Ravitz
"There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way" by Erik Hoffman

2019 Calling Year In Review

posted Dec 31, 2019, 8:49 AM by Andy Shore

I'm keeping up this tradition of summing things up. Including tonight's not-yet-happened NYE dance in Santa Rosa, here's my 2019 totals:

33 individual contra dances (11 gender-free)
2 contra festivals - Orange Blossom Ball VII and BooCamp
23 MWSD square dance evenings for 2 different clubs

I called in California, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and Massachusetts.

TDSC Santa Cruz contra - 2019.12.27

posted Dec 28, 2019, 9:28 AM by Andy Shore

Big turnout and lots of newcomers for this Friday dance in Santa Cruz. Rodney Miller and Jeff Spero (with a little help from Bob Silberstein) played some great music.  Here's my program:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Bold Coast" by Dugan Murphy
"Rollin’ to the Grey Eagle" by Hank Morris
"Heartbeat #5" by Scott Higgs
"Sarah’s Journey" by Gene Hubert
===BREAK===
"Butter Her Up" by John Coffman
"March of the Coffee Zombies" by Cary Ravitz
"Dr. Bluhm’s Delight" by Rick Mohr
"Happy Hare" by John Coffman
"Train Delay" by Maia McCormick
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen

NBCDS San Rafael Contra (Petaluma) - 2019.12.14

posted Dec 15, 2019, 8:23 AM by Andy Shore

We had a few beginners for the relocated dance. Richard Mandel, Erin Shrader & Charlie Hancock played some great tunes.  The crowd thinned a bit, so we ended early with only 5 dances after the break. Here's what I called:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Mistakes Happen; Have Fun" by Ron Blechner
"First Hey" by Paul Balliet
"Heartbeat #5" by Scott Higgs
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
===BREAK===
"Amy Asked for a Gypsy" by Charley Harvey
"David’s Guiding Star" by Steve Zakon-Anderson
"March of the Coffee Zombies" by Cary Ravitz
"Happy Hare" by John Coffman
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [no walk thru]

BACDS Hayward Contra -2019.11.24

posted Nov 24, 2019, 9:25 PM by Andy Shore

Fun evening in Hayward with the Swingin' Chickens! We managed 7 dances after the break. Here's my program:
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Cats & More Cats" by Melanie Axel-Lute
===BREAK===
"Cows Are Watching" by Bill Pope
"Birmingham’s" by Gary Nelson
"The Prince of Seals" by Rebecca Lay
"Floorplay" by Paul Balliet
"A Ravitzingly Rosy Recombination" by Tavi Merrill
"Susie’s Send-Off" by Scott Higgs
"Ozymandius" by Martha Wild [no walk thru]

BACDS Palo Alto Contra - 2019.11.09

posted Nov 10, 2019, 7:50 AM by Andy Shore

Really fun music by Rodney Miller, Daniel Steinberg & Paul Kotapish and a nice mix of newer dancers, regulars, and a few out-of-town visitors. Here's what I called:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Box the Bat" by Lynn Ackerson
"Butter" by Gene Hubert
"Friday Night Fever" by Tony Parkes
"Petronella’s Pen" by Dave Colestock
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"It’s the Flow (Stupid!)" by Devin Nordson
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Serving REELness" by Andy Shore
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"The Nice Combination" by Gene Hubert

NM FolkMADS Boo Camp - 2019.11.1-3

posted Nov 3, 2019, 1:16 PM by Andy Shore   [ updated Nov 10, 2019, 7:52 AM ]

I had an amazing time calling the NM FolkMADS Boo Camp weekend with music by Sandra & Rodney and The Cheap Shots! The camp was just outside gorgeous Taos, NM. We had a really fun time all weekend long.  Here's my program:
Friday Night - Sandra & Rodney
"Breaking the Ice" by Bob Isaacs
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Treasure of the Soda Bar" by Maia McCormick
"Cats & More Cats" by Melanie Axel-Lute
===BREAK===
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Chorus Jig" by (Traditional)
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Amhurst & Wooster" by Chris Weiler

Saturday Morning "Oddball Dances"- The Cheap Shots
"Gender Free Dance for Five" by  Bill Baritompa [youtube]
"The Weevil" (for 7) by Richard Mason [youtube] [choreo]
"The New Parliament House Jig aka The Prime Minister" (for 9) by John Colville [youtube] [choreo]
"Path To The Past" by Chris Page

Saturday Afternoon "Contra Citizen Workshop" - The Cheap Shots
"The Nice Combination" by Gene Hubert
"Al’s Safeway Produce" by Robert Cromartie
"Fairport Harbor" by Paul Balliet
"Amy’s Harmonium" by Cary Ravitz

Saturday Afternoon "Gender Free Session" - The Cheap Shots
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Aqueous" by Don Flaherty
"Evil Duane" by Erik Weberg
"Pete’s Dark Roast" by Andy Shore

Saturday Evening - Sandra & Rodney
"Pedal Pushers" by Bob Dalsemer
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"The Wise People of Chicago" by Bradley Smith
"Wizard’s Walk" by Ruth Ungar
"Leave the Wine" by Rick Mohr
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [no walk thru]
===BREAK===
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way" by Erik Hoffman
"The Hobbit" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Home Cooking" by Don Flaherty [no walk thru]

Sunday Morning - Sandra & Rodney
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Heart of Joy" by Chris Page
"Salute to Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella & Larry Jennings
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jim Hemphill
"United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs
"Starburst" by Cary Ravitz
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel [no walk thru]


Fire Ant Frolic, Austin, TX - 2019.10.26

posted Oct 27, 2019, 1:52 PM by Andy Shore   [ updated Nov 10, 2019, 7:53 AM ]

I was invited to call two guest session at Fire Ant Frolic in Austin.  I called a session of OddBall Contras - non-longways, non-duple dances, and I ended with one of my own unusual compositions: 
"Gender Free Dance for Five" by  Bill Baritompa [youtube]
"The Weevil" (for 7) by Richard Mason [youtube] [choreo]
"The New Parliament House Jig aka The Prime Minister" (for 9) by John Colville [youtube] [choreo]
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore  [choreo]
and I composed and co-called the contra medley with Ann Jenneman and Marc Airhart:
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Mama Loo’s Reel" by Gene Hubert
"Slapping the Wood" by Don Flaherty
"Aqueous (DI)" by Don Flaherty
"Box the Bat" by Lynn Ackerson
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Earl & Squirrel" by Chris Weiler
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"Once More With Feeling" by Isaac Banner
"Melted Butter" by Will Mentor
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Sleepless at Pinewoods" by Bob Isaacs

Foothill Dancers Nevada City Contra - 2019.10.05

posted Oct 7, 2019, 10:24 AM by Andy Shore

It was a beautiful day to drive up to Nevada City for this lovely dance. We had a couple of complete beginners and several newer dancers, as well as some who have been dancing for 20+ years!  StarThistle provided some wonderful tunes. Here's what I called:
"Frederick Contra" by Tom Hinds
"Trip to Brown University" by Linda Leslie
"Box the Bat" by Lynn Ackerson
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
"Benjo (var)" by Jo Mortland
===BREAK===
"Out of Circulation" by Chris Page
"Treasure of the Soda Bar" by Maia McCormick
"[Title of Contra]" by Andy Shore
"Train Delay" by Maia McCormick
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson

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