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MCDC Monterey Contra - 2020.02.15

posted Feb 16, 2020, 9:25 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated Feb 16, 2020, 9:49 AM ]

The Crabapples played for this fun dance in Monterey. Man - I've got to practice teaching Fiddleheads more!
"Greetings" by Tori Barone
"Trip to Belfast" by Luke Donforth
"Cutler Coast" by Dugan Murphy
"A Piece O’ Cake" by Carol Kopp
"The Whole Enchilada" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Benjo (var)" by Jo Mortland
===BREAK===
"Ants Marching" by Ron Blechner
"Groovemongers Contra" by Don Flaherty
"Fiddleheads" by Ted Sannella
"Traveling Salesman" by John Coffman
"unknown scout" by  unknown
"Mystery Dance #4" by Linda Leslie & Joseph Pimentel

Circle Left - 2020.02.14

posted Feb 15, 2020, 11:40 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated Feb 16, 2020, 9:50 AM ]

Great turnout on Valentines Day for the Circle Left gender free dance in Oakland. We had lots of eager newcomers and helpful experienced dancers. Here's what I called to the tunes of Back Pocket:
"Trip to Belfast" by Luke Donforth
"The Whole Enchilada" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"Box the Cat" by Lisa Greenleaf
"A Piece O’ Cake" by Carol Kopp
"Good Friday" by Kirston Koths
"The Judge" by Bob Isaacs
===BREAK===
"One Fell Swoop" by Bob Isaacs
"That’s Easy For You To Say" by Dean Snipes
"Treasure of the Soda Bar" by Maia McCormick
"Pam’s Clock-wise Valentine (2.5)" by Seth Tepfer
"Climate Change’s Reel" by Ron Blechner
"Delphiniums and Daisies" by Tanya Rotenberg
"Hot Buttered Rolls" by Perry Shafran

Palo Alto contra - 2020.02.08

posted Feb 9, 2020, 9:41 AM by Andy Shore

Youth band Sorcerer's apprentice was well-prepared thanks to the guidance of LeeAnne Welch. They played the first half before heading home to bed. Here's all I called:
"Matthew Just in Time" by David Kaynor
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"Bob's Valentine" by Chris Ricciotti
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall
"Heartbeat #5" by Scott Higgs
===BREAK===
"One Fell Swoop" by Bob Isaacs
"Doorbits" by Andy Shore
"Square Thru To You" by Bob Isaacs
"Nomad’s Land" by Bill Olson
"Butter Her Up" by John Coffman
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris [no walk thru]

Berkeley Contra - 2020.02.05

posted Feb 7, 2020, 6:07 PM by Andy Shore

Audrey Knuth and Erik Hoffman were joined by others to play for this fun night. Here's my program:
"Airpants" by Lisa Greenleaf
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Mundane Chain" by Gene Hubert
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Heartbeat #5" by Scott Higgs
"A Pirate’s Life for Me" by Nathaniel Jack
===BREAK===
"One Fell Swoop" by Bob Isaacs
"Chinese New Year" by Chris Page
"Balance and Bounce" by Marty Fager
"Chain Against the Grain" by Roger Auman
"Cascades" by Orace Johnson [no walk thru]

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]

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