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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

Santa Cruz TDSC Contra - 2019.05.12

posted May 12, 2019, 9:47 PM by Andy Shore

Great Mother's Day crowd at the Santa Cruz dance with amazing music by Rodney Miller & Daniel Steinberg. I called Chorus Jig for the first time in my life - fun!
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds
"Star of the Show" by Melanie Axel-Lute
"New Year’s Day (rev 1)" by Paul Balliet
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Galena" by Jo Mortland
"Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty
=== Break ===
"Amy’s Harmonium" by Cary Ravitz
"Chorus Jig" by (Traditional)
"Amhurst & Wooster" by Chris Weiler
"Xs and Os" by Martha Wild
"Let’s Go to Croix" by George Marshall
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris

Sacramento Contra - 2019.05.11

posted May 12, 2019, 9:47 AM by Andy Shore

I nice crowd for my first time working with Bob Kastelic and Scotty Cozen at the Sacramento dance. Here's what I called:
"Bob's Valentine" by Chris Ricciotti
"Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Give Chris a Hand" by Bob Golder
"The Missing Piece" (var) by Bronwyn Woods
"Fidgety Feet" by Mark Richardson
=== BREAK ===
"Out of Circulation" by Chris Page
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Mad Orbin" by Jacqui Grennan
"Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion" by Cary Ravitz
"Wicked Smooth" by Don Veino
"Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds [no walk thru]

Petaluma NBCDS contra - 2019.05.05

posted May 6, 2019, 8:06 AM by Andy Shore   [ updated May 11, 2019, 11:14 AM ]

Wonderful evening with the Crabapples! We got in 7 dances before the break. Here's my program:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"There You Go" by Sue Rosen
"Return 2 Sender" by Bob Isaacs
"Benjo (var)" by  Jo Mortland
"Stir Crazy" by Erik Weberg
"Trip to Hubert" by Will Mentor
"Cheat Lake Twirl" by Perry Shafran
===BREAK===
"Zag It Back" by Jacqui Grennan
"Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion" by Cary Ravitz
"Out of Circulation" by Chris Page
"Bumbling in the Shower" by Eric Smith
"Butterfly Garden" by Bob Isaacs
"Rock Creek Reel" by David Harris

Monterey MCDC Contra - 2019.05.04

posted May 5, 2019, 6:47 AM by Andy Shore

Fun night in Monterey with music by the Swingin’ Chickens. My first time calling with hearing aids in! Definitely a new experience and much to learn about using them and tuning them in various contexts. Here's what I called:
"Push the Button" by  unknown
"After the Flu.com" by Dean Snipes
"Butterfly Garden" by Bob Isaacs
"Becky’s Becket" by David Zinkin
"Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy
"Blue-Haired Girl (var)" by Chuck Roth & Lisa Greenleaf
===BREAK===
"Hocus Pocus" by Lisa Greenleaf [guest caller Bowen Lee]
"Luke, You’re Not My Father" (4 face 4) by Bob Green
"Not a Trip to Vegas" by Chris Page
"Petro Promenade" by Bob Isaacs
"Rickrack" by Barb Kirchner
"Debbie’s Delight" by Bob Isaacs

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