JK Contradance calling
L0 Contradance program
L1 Contradance program
L2 Contradance program
L3 Contradance program
L4 Contradance program
L5 Contradance program
Michael Dyck's Contradance Index
Footnote, good books
SeLo 2020t, both sections
Melrose parade, Sat. 10Dec2016
The Right Stuff
Astrodancers assembled at the
The parade was along SR 26, 10AM-11:30AM.
the title of the
2016 Merry Melrose
was Cosmic Christmas, we settled on
a Moon/Astronaut theme...
Here we are, attaching --as Anne colorfully put it--
Shortly before liftoff...
Various techical problems were handled expeditiously. Helmets tended to rotate
--and bling to fall-off--
when the dancers moved, so we invisibly taped them in place.
[The bling, not the dancers.]
Switched from a headset to a corded mic.
Run-throughs of the dance showed that the shortness of the contra line
Top/bottom couple is out became part of the calls. Everyone was in fine spirits and fine
Here is our launch-vehicle at pre-flight inspection:
Karan Newman (mandolin),
Laura Price (fiddle),
Eleta Sucsy (pennywhistle),
Pat Stevens (guitar),
Pete Sucsy (Sound).
and a bit of
& David Hastings
& Dwight Jenkins
& Patrick Harrigan [Intrepid Photographer]
& Jeff Shapiro
& Nina Shubert
Partner switch: Christin
& Joe Rush
Jill & Dwight.
David & Carol.
Nina & Dwight.
Carol, David, Jill, Jeff.
The final Helmetless run-through.
L-to-R: Dwight, Anne, Jeff, Eleta, Carol, David, Christin, Jonathan.
filmed by Laurel Semmes,
edited by Patrick Harrigan.
by Don Lennartson
[BECKET: ID-dir-prog, THEN Becketize! Huge oval circle. ]
[Same two] Ladies chain(8). Long lines(8);
keep hands, and connect at the ends to make a huge oval.
Oval right(8) [“Ovaltine”].
Oval left(8) [“OvalTang”].
[Original foursomes] Circle-left(8).
[C'mon back with a] Left-hand star(8) all the way around
[Gent in front of his partner].
[Ladies look right and] Allemand-R the
new nbr-lady coming toward you(8).
Partner-swing(8), on the side.
donned astronaut helmets [a big hit with the crowd!],
cheerfully allemanding with obstructed vision --and CO2 buildup.
Happy/relieved Organizer and Caller
high-fived, after passing the Judges Stand, as everything had worked.
A brief swing-dance spontaneously occurred.
[Clicking on the righthand image gives another swing photo.]
The float-judges give
one award in each of four categories:
Dancing Fish of Lake Santa Fe,
Best Entry Overall
Gathered around the Float-meister.
Pete gets into a photo..
come full orbit
--the float is back at Mossman Hall
in preparation for...
... next year's Floating Contra.