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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

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]



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