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Contradance | Calling 2013

(JK-calling in 2012, in  2011, in  2010,
or Dances/Composers or Tunes/Bands. Or: JK-Composed Dances)

You are warmly welcomed to email or telephone me if you'd like to augment my contra-calling schedule.

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What do I look like?, you wonder…   –See Ladies with a dip



At Vernals2012, I'm calling a no-walk-through Three Ceremonies Dancers twirling, 1 with a flowing tune from Montage.

From Vernals2011, a no-walk-through Chainsaw Reel Dancers twirling, 2with a high-energy tune from Footloose. (Version on facebook)


Barnstorm is playing a smooth tune, while I call Sweet Music Dancers twirling, 3, at UFCC (the Univ. of Florida Contra Club) on 28Aug2011.

The Flying Turtles play while I call The Cure for the Claps [waltz at 2:55] Dancers twirling, 4, at O'Leno.


Gigs for 2013 are below. A memorable gig from 2011 was the End of the World dance dance.

For the curious, here is an animation which parodies contra dancers/callers. And the cheerful sequel.

Dance

UF Folkdancers, the cast of DRACULA 1992 Diane Forkel Jane Jonathan King Karen Coletti Max Forkel Piotr

The UF Folkdancers in the cast of the first DRACULA production of the "Dance Alive!" ballet company.

(The photo is from late 1992 and, I believe, come from Max's collection; Max is the fourth dancer from the right, wearing the red cap. Yours truly, Squash, is the fourth from the left, in white shirt, black pants, and red sash. Standing to my right, mostly in green, is my dance wife, Jane. The folkdancers are standing on the rim of the fountain in front of Gainesville's Performing Arts Center.)

Contra dancing

Most Boltin/O'Leno photos on this page are from one of Dave Pokorney's Galleries.


17 Oct. 2010, Dave took this photo 17 Oct. 2010, Dave took this photo

Erin and I have been contra dancing a long time, and both our kids danced in the womb. Further down the page is a photo of our son, Isaac, acting as videographer when I was calling.

Here (on left) is a lovely photo (from the 7 Feb, 2010, Boltin contra dance) of daughter Ruth and wife Erin. On right, Ruth is promenading with our good friend Cydney.


Three regular local (Gainesvillish) contradances



Florida Dance/Music links:


Although dances and tunes are listed cryptically, below, my Dances/Composers page has Composers/videos with links to composers' webpages, and links to videos and written descriptions of the dances.

There is also a list of Tunes and Contradance Bands and of the dances I've composed.

2013 Feb 16, Sat., 8PM–11PM: Called the GODS Boltin Center dance, with Dunehoppers: Allen Hood, Kathy Zemanek, Bob Parsons, Mac Benford, and Mike Elias.


My planned program (with steps), is slightly different from...
...what I actually called:
Frederick Contra by Tom Hinds.
[IMPROPER:]
(“New”)Gents dosido(8). Ladies allemand-L 1.5, to change places(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs next to TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2). Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Gents look for new gent on L-diagonal.

Mad Scatter by Rick Mohr.
[Scatter mixer: Couples in 4-somes or 6-somes or 8-somes]
Circle left(8). Dosido nbr(8).
Allemand-R partner 1.5 [sending ladies in](8). Ladies star-L, while Gents orbit CW(8).
Bal&swing new partner(4+12).
Promenade anywhere with new partner(16) [Find another group to circle with].
Any number of couples can be in the circle left, ditto the star-L.

Snow Dance by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Shadows. Teaching: Pass-through one-couple so that folks have a couple to look for. (As usual, put lady on right.)]
[New nbrs, hand-4] Ring-balance(4), then ladies trade places passing R-shoulder(4). Ring-bal(4), with nbr California twirl [to face a new couple].
With new couple circle-left(8) [gents, your shadow is in your L-hand]. L-hand star(8). No one there?: Dance with ghost couple. OR, turn alone, wait with Gent on the RIGHT.
With partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Ladies chain(8).
VideoCameraRuth Pershing. VideoCameraDarlene Underwood | Hotpoint.
(Irish (or Jig) Potatoes | Across a crowded room)
Labor of Love by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Alternating 1s/2s Contra Corners. Note DIR-PROG.]
Nbr bal&swing(4+12).
Long-lines(8). ONEs/TWOs R-hand balance across the set, Box-the-Gnat(4+4). [Gnat puts all the Gents on one rail, Ladies on the other]
ONEs/TWOs turn Contra Corners(4+4+4+4).
ONEs/TWOs bal&swing(4+12); End that swing facing original Dir-Prog. [Push apart to step to opposite rails, to face a new nbr].
VideoCameraAdina Gordon | Crowfoot. In Quebec.
VideoCameraKaren Jackson | Playing with Fire.
(Firefly)
Hey on the fritz by Jonathan King.
[BECKET: [First, memorize DIR-PROG, to find new NBRs, for RH_star. Now Becketize, hands in long lines, join at ends to make a huge Oval. Partner in one hand, Shadow in the other.]
R-star all-the-way-around (8). Ladies look over L-shoulder to find Shadow. With shadow L-allemand(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Ladies chain(8). Ladies start half-hey(8). [As Gents finish crossing the set, melt into a...]
...Nbr swing(8). Gents “Left-shoulder Hey” [a half-hey](8). Gents pass L-shoulder, then R-shoulder with partner, then looks right, and sticks out R-arm, ready for the star-R with new nbrs. Each Lady passes R-shoulder w.partner, then does a L-shoulder gypsy with the other lady, till she sees her partner's back; hook on to him and make a R-hand star with New Nbrs.
A modification of: The Ritz by Gene Hubert.

Three videos of the dance being developed, to recorded music by Groovemongers:
VideoCamera2nd run (JK calling/dancing); taught as Becket dance, 24Aug2014.
VideoCamera1st run; taught as Improper dance, 27July2014.
VideoCamera3rd run, Becket; new music too slow, switched back to Groovemongers, 14Sept2014.

Wizard's Walk by Ruth Ungar.
[IMPROPER: Do the Contra Stretch! Hands4, identify ONEs, and DIR-PROG.]
Circle left halfway, ring-balance(4+4). Circle left halfway, ring-balance(4+4).
In your rings-of-four, starting on the side: Square-Through 4 places [R-to-Nbr, L-to-partner, R-to-Nbr, L-to-partner](2+2+2+2) . Gypsy Nbr 1.5(8) on the side, to progress.
Partner bal&swing(4+12) this swing is across the set, so needs extra room. End facing original-dir [facing away from the couple you have been dancing with].
Wizard's walk: Sliding doors. ONEs separate and go down outside TWOs, meet and continue down to split next TWOs;
Reverse. ONEs now separate and back-up outside those TWOs, meet and back-up through previous TWOs, ready to form the circle to start the dance again [TWOs should oscillate in and out to make room] [Lizard walk variant: the TWOs can move up the set and back to share the work with the ONEs.]

ONEs prog. off the bottom, prtnr-swing across the set, end facing UP, becoming TWOs. There'll be TWOs in front of you. Some ONEs will go around them, then split you.
VideoCameraTed Steele | ?. VideoCameraAt Scout house.
(Star above the garter)
Waltz and Break.

Second half:
Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).

Major Hey by Erik Hoffman.
[4-FACING-4, Becket. (Take hands4 with couple in front of you, turn it one click to the left.) Before becketizing, identify your “Travel Buddies ” in your short line4. Crooked tune, 16×5=80 beats]
Circle left 3-places(6), Face up and down Pass thru and swing the next to a new set(2), to Swing your new nbr(8). [End in BECKET, facing partner, next to nbr, in two groups-of-four.]
[Four] Long lines, fwd&back(8). Gents allemand-L 1.5 into(8)… a long Wavy line of eight folk, your partner in your R-hand.
Rory O'More [wavy-bal, R-L, slide right catch L-hands, bal L-R, slide left, snag R-hands](4+4+4+4).
Partner Pull-by, Hey! Major [or Half] Hey-for-Eight(16). Keep on going till you see your Partner.
Partner bal&swing(4+12); end in Becket formation. Face that other couple!
VideoCameraCis Hinkle | Band? .
(Texas Gals/Gails)
Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.

Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].

    As a medley: (No walkthrough.)
Chainsaw Reel by Don Lennartson.
[BECKET: 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.
[Ladies look right and] Allemand-R the new nbr-lady coming toward you(8). Partner-swing(8), on the side.
VideoCameraJonathan King, Footloose. Called as no-walk-through. VideoCameraCaller? | Band?.


Three Ceremonies by Adriane Moser.
[BECKET: Slide-left to Ladies chain.]
[New] Ladies chain(8), into Mad-Robin(8) [Ladies slide-L in front of NBR].
Ladies pass right to start a full hey (8+8).
Ladies cross the set, passing right shoulders, to swing partner(4+12).
Long-lines(8). Circle left all way, then Slide-Left to new NBRs(8).
VideoCameraJonathan King (no-walk-through) | Montage.
VideoCameraJolaine Jones-Pokorney | Barnstorm.
Posted on the Callers mailing list was: “The published choreography has B1 as pass rt shoulder to gypsy partner, then swing.”


Then back to Chainsaw Reel.

2013 June 01, Sat., 8PM–11PM: Called the Cocoa Beach dance Bardic Rose:

David Armstrong, Ted Capkanis, Kathi Capkanis, Dave Clipp, Michelle Fuller, and Jenn Weidley to this program.

2013 June 15, Sat., 7:30PM–10:30PM (teaching@7PM): Called the Venice, FL, dance Bilberry Beau: Sherry Lowe (fiddle), Greg Engelhardt (keyboard), Sarah Mitchell (flute).


There were many enthusiatic beginners and so (Joe had kindly lent me his cordless headset) I danced most of the dances while calling, and my planned program (with steps), differs from...
...what I actually called:
Frederick Contra by Tom Hinds.
[IMPROPER:]
(“New”)Gents dosido(8). Ladies allemand-L 1.5, to change places(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs next to TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2). Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Gents look for new gent on L-diagonal.

Mad Scatter by Rick Mohr.
[Scatter mixer: Couples in 4-somes or 6-somes or 8-somes]
Circle left(8). Dosido nbr(8).
Allemand-R partner 1.5 [sending ladies in](8). Ladies star-L, while Gents orbit CW(8).
Bal&swing new partner(4+12).
Promenade anywhere with new partner(16) [Find another group to circle with].
Any number of couples can be in the circle left, ditto the star-L.

Snow Dance by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Shadows. Teaching: Pass-through one-couple so that folks have a couple to look for. (As usual, put lady on right.)]
[New nbrs, hand-4] Ring-balance(4), then ladies trade places passing R-shoulder(4). Ring-bal(4), with nbr California twirl [to face a new couple].
With new couple circle-left(8) [gents, your shadow is in your L-hand]. L-hand star(8). No one there?: Dance with ghost couple. OR, turn alone, wait with Gent on the RIGHT.
With partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Ladies chain(8).
VideoCameraRuth Pershing. VideoCameraDarlene Underwood | Hotpoint.
(The end-effect was too challenging to the beginners, and so I regretfully subbed this out.)
Chainsaw Reel by Don Lennartson.
[BECKET: 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.
[Ladies look right and] Allemand-R the new nbr-lady coming toward you(8). Partner-swing(8), on the side.
VideoCameraJonathan King, Footloose. Called as no-walk-through. VideoCameraCaller? | Band?.



Waltz and Break.
Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).

Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.

Lordags Waltz.
[Circle-mixer waltz: Couples start in Varsouvienne psn, in a circle of couples, with the gents on the inside.]
F:=Fwd. Pattern: FBFF×4.
VideoCameraDanced 0:06.
(Although we only had 5 couples, this went very nicely.)
Jefferson and Lincoln by Seth Tepfer.
[IMPROPER: 1's arch, then backing up]
Circle left(8). Circle right(8).
Star-R(8). Star-L(8).
Long-lines(8). ONEs&swing(8), in the middle.
Line4 DTHall, ONEs in the center(4). ONEs arch(4) [still facing down]. TWOs pop through(4) [facing up the hall]. All go up 2 by 2 [ONEs bkwards](4); ONEs are facing their new NBRs.
(It was late, last dance of the evening, and there were only 7 dancers remaining. So I danced, making 2 foursomes. But this meant that every second time, half the people were out. So I had the #1couple that had flowed off the bottom, scurry up to the top. This worked. But now, all #1s stayed #1s, ditto #2s. So I played with the circle-lefts, sometimes making it halfway, so that we keep switching roles, and everyone got to swing.)

2013 July 20, Sat., 8PM–11PM: Called the GODS Boltin Center dance, with Goosebumps. My intended program changed a little, to this:

Snow Dance by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Shadows. Teaching: Pass-through one-couple so that folks have a couple to look for. (As usual, put lady on right.)]
[New nbrs, hand-4] Ring-balance(4), then ladies trade places passing R-shoulder(4). Ring-bal(4), with nbr California twirl [to face a new couple].
With new couple circle-left(8) [gents, your shadow is in your L-hand]. L-hand star(8). No one there?: Dance with ghost couple. OR, turn alone, wait with Gent on the RIGHT.
With partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Ladies chain(8).
VideoCameraRuth Pershing. VideoCameraDarlene Underwood | Hotpoint.
Called while dancing
Frederick Contra by Tom Hinds.
[IMPROPER:]
(“New”)Gents dosido(8). Ladies allemand-L 1.5, to change places(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs next to TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2). Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Gents look for new gent on L-diagonal.
Called while dancing
Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.

Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).
As no-walk-through
Wizard's Walk by Ruth Ungar.
[IMPROPER: Do the Contra Stretch! Hands4, identify ONEs, and DIR-PROG.]
Circle left halfway, ring-balance(4+4). Circle left halfway, ring-balance(4+4).
In your rings-of-four, starting on the side: Square-Through 4 places [R-to-Nbr, L-to-partner, R-to-Nbr, L-to-partner](2+2+2+2) . Gypsy Nbr 1.5(8) on the side, to progress.
Partner bal&swing(4+12) this swing is across the set, so needs extra room. End facing original-dir [facing away from the couple you have been dancing with].
Wizard's walk: Sliding doors. ONEs separate and go down outside TWOs, meet and continue down to split next TWOs;
Reverse. ONEs now separate and back-up outside those TWOs, meet and back-up through previous TWOs, ready to form the circle to start the dance again [TWOs should oscillate in and out to make room] [Lizard walk variant: the TWOs can move up the set and back to share the work with the ONEs.]

ONEs prog. off the bottom, prtnr-swing across the set, end facing UP, becoming TWOs. There'll be TWOs in front of you. Some ONEs will go around them, then split you.
VideoCameraTed Steele | ?. VideoCameraAt Scout house.

Waltz and Break.
Oval-teen by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: At A2, explain the pattern: Gents allemand-L, oval-right; Ladies allemand-R, oval-left. In counting couples, count your own couple, when appropriate.]

[Slide-left to New Nbrs to...] Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
Gents allemand-L(8) [back to place].   Oval-right(8).
[You are across from your Partner, and same-gender Nbr; they are couple #1. Oval-R to past couple #2, #3, #4, and as you get to couple #5... (opposite gender in #5 is your “Distant Shadow”) Gents stop, Ladies get ready to...]

Ladies R-allemand with Lady #5 (8). Oval-left(8) [back to your original four-some, facing your Partner].
Circle left 3-places(8). Partner swing, and Slide-Left to face new Nbrs(8).
Written for my teen, Ruth, when she was 12, while driving to pick her up from Adventure Camp.
Written for my daughter, Ruth
Major Hey by Erik Hoffman.
[4-FACING-4, Becket. (Take hands4 with couple in front of you, turn it one click to the left.) Before becketizing, identify your “Travel Buddies ” in your short line4. Crooked tune, 16×5=80 beats]
Circle left 3-places(6), Face up and down Pass thru and swing the next to a new set(2), to Swing your new nbr(8). [End in BECKET, facing partner, next to nbr, in two groups-of-four.]
[Four] Long lines, fwd&back(8). Gents allemand-L 1.5 into(8)… a long Wavy line of eight folk, your partner in your R-hand.
Rory O'More [wavy-bal, R-L, slide right catch L-hands, bal L-R, slide left, snag R-hands](4+4+4+4).
Partner Pull-by, Hey! Major [or Half] Hey-for-Eight(16). Keep on going till you see your Partner.
Partner bal&swing(4+12); end in Becket formation. Face that other couple!
VideoCameraCis Hinkle | Band? .

Sweet Music by Amy Kahn.
[IMPROPER: Scoop the Lady]
Gents left allemand(8) once around, and keep going. Scoop your partner [she walks to join you in your direction] and Butterfly Whirl(8).
Ladies start a full hey(16).
[As gents come back to their partner] Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights&Lefts across the set [courtesy turn](8), gent roll-away the Lady, R-hand star(8). [“Gents look left allemand.”]
VideoCameraJonathan King | Barnstorm.
VideoCameraCaveman by Jim Hemphill, is similar.

Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].
Called while dancing
Waltz
2013 July 27, Sat., 7:30PM–11PM: With Stan Prince, called the Tampa Friends of Old-Time Dance contra in Pinellas Park. The band? Cat 5: Kathie Aagaard, Sarah Mitchell, and David Massey . And Here's the program.

2013 Aug 03, Sat., 8PM–11PM: Called the Cocoa Beach dance with Barnstorm.

My planned program (with steps), differs slightly from what I actually called:
The Cure for the Claps by Bob Isaacs.
[IMPROPER:]
Ring-bal, petronella(4+4), partner swing(8).
Ring-bal, petronella(4+4), nbr swing(8).
DTHall line4 [ONEs in the center], turn alone(6+2), UTHall, bend line(6+2). 4-by-4 go down the floor
Circle left all the way(8). Ring-bal(4), Cal-twirl(4).
VideoCameraBob Isaacs | Crowfoot. See 4:20-4:42.
VideoCameraJonathan King | Flying Turtles. Contra till 2:53, then a waltz.

Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).
As no-walk-through
Beneficial Tradition by Dan Pearl.
[BECKET: Double progression.]
(New) Ladies L-allemand(8), and swing partner(8).
Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
Ladies chain(8). Long-lines(8). [All are home now.]
Zig-Zag! [Four pull-bys, double progressing. The lady is paralleling her partner, sort-of looking at his back.]
Pull-by-LEFT with current Nbr (Whoop!).
Pull-by-R with next Same-gender (Whoop!).
Pull-by-Left with next Opp-gender (Whoop!)
Pull-by-R with next Same-gender (Whoop!).
[Now: New-Lady L-allemand, not the one she just pulled-by with.]
[End: If no-one is there, stay put. Gents, when your partner is free for L-pull-by, then pull-by-L with partner.] [If extra couple at bottom, they line up becket, ready for the pull-by-R.]

The orig. choreography has A1: Allemand 1x(4), a bal-the-wave(4), swing(8). This is too rushed.
VideoCameraRyan Smistopher | Atcher, Beck, and Kahl.

Ted's Triplet #7 by Ted Sannella.
[Triplet, PROPER: Couples #1 (also called Active couple) #2#3]    abc
123

Top two couples turn partner by-the-R 1.5(8) 12c
ab3
. Top two couples rights-and-lefts across(8) bac
213
.

Active-couple [in middle place] turn contra-corners(4+4+4+4).

Active-couple bal&swing(4+12), end facing up, in middle bac
213
.

Original active-couple lead up to the top and cast [around the outside] to the bottom(8). [Other couples scootch up a bit] All dosido partner(8) bca
231
.

VideoCameraDave Bateman. Seq. can be clearly viewed a 1:15.

Oval-teen by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: At A2, explain the pattern: Gents allemand-L, oval-right; Ladies allemand-R, oval-left. In counting couples, count your own couple, when appropriate.]

[Slide-left to New Nbrs to...] Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
Gents allemand-L(8) [back to place].   Oval-right(8).
[You are across from your Partner, and same-gender Nbr; they are couple #1. Oval-R to past couple #2, #3, #4, and as you get to couple #5... (opposite gender in #5 is your “Distant Shadow”) Gents stop, Ladies get ready to...]

Ladies R-allemand with Lady #5 (8). Oval-left(8) [back to your original four-some, facing your Partner].
Circle left 3-places(8). Partner swing, and Slide-Left to face new Nbrs(8).
Written for my teen, Ruth, when she was 12, while driving to pick her up from Adventure Camp.

Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.


Waltz and Break.
Not all Earthquakes are Andreas' Fault by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: The Earthquake! shakes you from the-one-you're-swinging to swinging-the-next. (Triple-Swing version, single-progression.)]
[Before becketizing: Id DIR-PROG. Pass through up-down, takes hands4 with the next; these are your current nbrs. Your Previous nbrs are behind you. Now BECKETIZE.]
Star-R 3-places(8). With new couple “your previous nbrs”, star-L all-the-way(8).
[Face orig. Nbr; ONEs down, TWOs up]  Square-Through [Nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr L-hand pull-by across(2); w.nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr pull-by across(2)], to face current nbr. In this Square-Through: Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
Swing curr.nbr(8). “Earthquake! You swing the next!” Face away from the-one-you-swung, and swing the next(8) [in your Dir-Prog.].
Circle-left 3-places(8). Partner swing(8).
Written to thank Andreas G. for his warm hospitality.
Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].

Major Hey by Erik Hoffman.
[4-FACING-4, Becket. (Take hands4 with couple in front of you, turn it one click to the left.) Before becketizing, identify your “Travel Buddies ” in your short line4. Crooked tune, 16×5=80 beats]
Circle left 3-places(6), Face up and down Pass thru and swing the next to a new set(2), to Swing your new nbr(8). [End in BECKET, facing partner, next to nbr, in two groups-of-four.]
[Four] Long lines, fwd&back(8). Gents allemand-L 1.5 into(8)… a long Wavy line of eight folk, your partner in your R-hand.
Rory O'More [wavy-bal, R-L, slide right catch L-hands, bal L-R, slide left, snag R-hands](4+4+4+4).
Partner Pull-by, Hey! Major [or Half] Hey-for-Eight(16). Keep on going till you see your Partner.
Partner bal&swing(4+12); end in Becket formation. Face that other couple!
VideoCameraCis Hinkle | Band? .

Three Ceremonies by Adriane Moser.
[BECKET: Slide-left to Ladies chain.]
[New] Ladies chain(8), into Mad-Robin(8) [Ladies slide-L in front of NBR].
Ladies pass right to start a full hey (8+8).
Ladies cross the set, passing right shoulders, to swing partner(4+12).
Long-lines(8). Circle left all way, then Slide-Left to new NBRs(8).
VideoCameraJonathan King (no-walk-through) | Montage.
VideoCameraJolaine Jones-Pokorney | Barnstorm.
Posted on the Callers mailing list was: “The published choreography has B1 as pass rt shoulder to gypsy partner, then swing.”

Waltz

2013 Nov 17, Sun.: Called the UFCC dance (UF Contra Club), 4PM-7PM (in the Rion Ballroom of the Reitz Student Union on the Univ. of Florida campus), with Just Twistin' Hay.

Actual Program: [Here is my planned program (with steps)]
Ted's Triplet #7 by Ted Sannella.
[Triplet, PROPER: Couples #1 (also called Active couple) #2#3]    abc
123

Top two couples turn partner by-the-R 1.5(8) 12c
ab3
. Top two couples rights-and-lefts across(8) bac
213
.

Active-couple [in middle place] turn contra-corners(4+4+4+4).

Active-couple bal&swing(4+12), end facing up, in middle bac
213
.

Original active-couple lead up to the top and cast [around the outside] to the bottom(8). [Other couples scootch up a bit] All dosido partner(8) bca
231
.

VideoCameraDave Bateman. Seq. can be clearly viewed a 1:15.

Simplicity Swing by Becky Hill.
[IMPROPER: Identify ONEs/TWOs, and direction of progression.]
Nbr bal&swing(4+12).
Circle left 3-places(8). Partner swing(8).
Long-lines(8). Ladies chain [to nbr](8).
Star-L 4-places(8). Next Nbr dosido(8).
OR: A2: Long-lines and Gents take partner back to Gents side(8). Partner swing(8).
VideoCameraJean Gorrindo | Celtic Spring. VideoCameraLinda Leslie, calling the give&take variant.

Frederick Contra by Tom Hinds.
[IMPROPER:]
(“New”)Gents dosido(8). Ladies allemand-L 1.5, to change places(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs next to TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2). Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Gents look for new gent on L-diagonal.

Heartbeat Contra by Don Flaherty.
[IMPROPER:]
Bal-the-ring then petronella(8). Bal-the-ring, petronella(8).
Bal-the-ring(4). Nbr swing(12) on the side.
Ladies gypsy 1.5 in the middle(8), partner swing(8) on the side.
Circle-left 3-places(8). Ring-bal(4), California twirl(4).
VideoCameraHank Morris | Contraversial.

Cows are Watching by Bill Pope.
[BECKET: (Rev-progression dance.) Id DIR-PROG. Hands4, then rotate Right one click]
Long lines(8). Ladies R-allemand 1.5 (8).
Nbr Bal&swing(4+12).
Bal-the-ring(4). Gent rolls away his Partner, across the set [from L-to-R](4), as he sashays R-to-L. [He travels further than she, so as to start the weave.] As a couple, weave left(4), weave right(4) [so you've gone around just one couple].
Gents snag L-hands then L-allemand 1x(8). Swing partner(8).
VideoCameraChattahoochee Country Dancers (CCD, Atlanta).
VideoCameraSue Rosen | The Figments. VideoCameraCis Hinkle | Troublesome Creek.

Snow Dance by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Shadows. Teaching: Pass-through one-couple so that folks have a couple to look for. (As usual, put lady on right.)]
[New nbrs, hand-4] Ring-balance(4), then ladies trade places passing R-shoulder(4). Ring-bal(4), with nbr California twirl [to face a new couple].
With new couple circle-left(8) [gents, your shadow is in your L-hand]. L-hand star(8). No one there?: Dance with ghost couple. OR, turn alone, wait with Gent on the RIGHT.
With partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Ladies chain(8).
VideoCameraRuth Pershing. VideoCameraDarlene Underwood | Hotpoint.

Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.


Waltz and Break.
Not all Earthquakes are Andreas' Fault by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: The Earthquake! shakes you from the-one-you're-swinging to swinging-the-next. (Triple-Swing version, single-progression.)]
[Before becketizing: Id DIR-PROG. Pass through up-down, takes hands4 with the next; these are your current nbrs. Your Previous nbrs are behind you. Now BECKETIZE.]
Star-R 3-places(8). With new couple “your previous nbrs”, star-L all-the-way(8).
[Face orig. Nbr; ONEs down, TWOs up]  Square-Through [Nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr L-hand pull-by across(2); w.nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr pull-by across(2)], to face current nbr. In this Square-Through: Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
Swing curr.nbr(8). “Earthquake! You swing the next!” Face away from the-one-you-swung, and swing the next(8) [in your Dir-Prog.].
Circle-left 3-places(8). Partner swing(8).


Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].

2013 Nov. 23, Sat., 8–11PM: Called the Tampa Friends of Old-Time Dance (Rhapsody Ballroom) with Just Twistin' Hay: Sharon Hartmann, Lee Simpson, David Clipp, and Ed White. .

My planned program (with steps), differs slightly from what I actually called:
Simplicity Swing by Becky Hill.
[IMPROPER: Identify ONEs/TWOs, and direction of progression.]
Nbr bal&swing(4+12).
Circle left 3-places(8). Partner swing(8).
Long-lines(8). Ladies chain [to nbr](8).
Star-L 4-places(8). Next Nbr dosido(8).
OR: A2: Long-lines and Gents take partner back to Gents side(8). Partner swing(8).
VideoCameraJean Gorrindo | Celtic Spring. VideoCameraLinda Leslie, calling the give&take variant.

Frederick Contra by Tom Hinds.
[IMPROPER:]
(“New”)Gents dosido(8). Ladies allemand-L 1.5, to change places(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs next to TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2). Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Gents look for new gent on L-diagonal.

Heartbeat Contra by Don Flaherty.
[IMPROPER:]
Bal-the-ring then petronella(8). Bal-the-ring, petronella(8).
Bal-the-ring(4). Nbr swing(12) on the side.
Ladies gypsy 1.5 in the middle(8), partner swing(8) on the side.
Circle-left 3-places(8). Ring-bal(4), California twirl(4).
VideoCameraHank Morris | Contraversial.

Cows are Watching by Bill Pope.
[BECKET: (Rev-progression dance.) Id DIR-PROG. Hands4, then rotate Right one click]
Long lines(8). Ladies R-allemand 1.5 (8).
Nbr Bal&swing(4+12).
Bal-the-ring(4). Gent rolls away his Partner, across the set [from L-to-R](4), as he sashays R-to-L. [He travels further than she, so as to start the weave.] As a couple, weave left(4), weave right(4) [so you've gone around just one couple].
Gents snag L-hands then L-allemand 1x(8). Swing partner(8).
VideoCameraChattahoochee Country Dancers (CCD, Atlanta).
VideoCameraSue Rosen | The Figments. VideoCameraCis Hinkle | Troublesome Creek.

Snow Dance by Gene Hubert.
[IMPROPER: Shadows. Teaching: Pass-through one-couple so that folks have a couple to look for. (As usual, put lady on right.)]
[New nbrs, hand-4] Ring-balance(4), then ladies trade places passing R-shoulder(4). Ring-bal(4), with nbr California twirl [to face a new couple].
With new couple circle-left(8) [gents, your shadow is in your L-hand]. L-hand star(8). No one there?: Dance with ghost couple. OR, turn alone, wait with Gent on the RIGHT.
With partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights-and-lefts across(8). Ladies chain(8).
VideoCameraRuth Pershing. VideoCameraDarlene Underwood | Hotpoint.

Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.


Waltz and Break.
Not all Earthquakes are Andreas' Fault by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: The Earthquake! shakes you from the-one-you're-swinging to swinging-the-next. (Triple-Swing version, single-progression.)]
[Before becketizing: Id DIR-PROG. Pass through up-down, takes hands4 with the next; these are your current nbrs. Your Previous nbrs are behind you. Now BECKETIZE.]
Star-R 3-places(8). With new couple “your previous nbrs”, star-L all-the-way(8).
[Face orig. Nbr; ONEs down, TWOs up]  Square-Through [Nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr L-hand pull-by across(2); w.nbr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.prtnr pull-by across(2)], to face current nbr. In this Square-Through: Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
Swing curr.nbr(8). “Earthquake! You swing the next!” Face away from the-one-you-swung, and swing the next(8) [in your Dir-Prog.].
Circle-left 3-places(8). Partner swing(8).

Petrozilla by Marty Fager.
[4-FACING-4:]
2c
B3
1d
A4
. Short-lines, forward and back(8). Swing your Corner(8). _c2_
1__d
B__3
_4A_
. (The lady in gent's L-hand)

“All four ladies, chain halfway.” _A2_
1__B
d__3
_4c_
. The four ladies do a righthand-star, halfway round(8), courtesy turn.
Hands-8, Petronella: Ring-balance(4), and Petronella spin one place to the right(4). _2B_
A__3
1__c
_d4_
.

Partner bal&swing(4+12) _B2_
1__c
A__3
_4d_
.

(Stand like a square, Heads 1,3, Sides,2,4, CCW: 1,4,3,2.) Sides pass-through and turn alone(4). Heads pass-through and turn alone(4). “Sides pass, heads pass!” _4d_
c__1
3__A
_B2_
.
Hands-8, Petronella(8) d_1
4_A
c_2
3_B
; end (“Look, behind you! ”) facing Dir-Prog.

Sweet Music by Amy Kahn.
[IMPROPER: Scoop the Lady]
Gents left allemand(8) once around, and keep going. Scoop your partner [she walks to join you in your direction] and Butterfly Whirl(8).
Ladies start a full hey(16).
[As gents come back to their partner] Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Rights&Lefts across the set [courtesy turn](8), gent roll-away the Lady, R-hand star(8). [“Gents look left allemand.”]
VideoCameraJonathan King | Barnstorm.
VideoCameraCaveman by Jim Hemphill, is similar.

Weave the Line by Kathy Anderson.
[IMPROPER: Double-progression. 3 sets of nbrs]
Lefthand star(8) [sugg.: wrist-grip star]. [Reverse] Circle-left(8).
[Hang on to your partner] Veer left around NBRs#1, veer right around NBRs#2 (4+4). [As individuals] DoSiDo your nbr#3 (8).
[Look behind you] Bal&Swing(4+12) nbr#2.
Long lines(8). Actives swing(8) [“One's swing, Two's frame”.]
VideoCamera[Is this caller Tony Parks?].

2014 Feb 15, Sat., 8–11PM (teaching at 7:30PM): Called the GODS Boltin Center dance.

2014 Mar 01, Sat., 8–11PM: Called the Cocoa Beach dance with The Rafter Ringers.

My planned program (with steps), differs, in the 2nd half, from what I actually called:
Frederick Contra by Tom Hinds.
[IMPROPER:]
(“New”)Gents dosido(8). Ladies allemand-L 1.5, to change places(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
DTHall line4, ONEs next to TWOs(6), turn as a couple(2). Come back UTHall(6), bend the line(2)...
...Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8). Gents look for new gent on L-diagonal.

Mad Scatter by Rick Mohr.
[Scatter mixer: Couples in 4-somes or 6-somes or 8-somes]
Circle left(8). Dosido nbr(8).
Allemand-R partner 1.5 [sending ladies in](8). Ladies star-L, while Gents orbit CW(8).
Bal&swing new partner(4+12).
Promenade anywhere with new partner(16) [Find another group to circle with].
Any number of couples can be in the circle left, ditto the star-L.

Heartbeat Contra by Don Flaherty.
[IMPROPER:]
Bal-the-ring then petronella(8). Bal-the-ring, petronella(8).
Bal-the-ring(4). Nbr swing(12) on the side.
Ladies gypsy 1.5 in the middle(8), partner swing(8) on the side.
Circle-left 3-places(8). Ring-bal(4), California twirl(4).
VideoCameraHank Morris | Contraversial.

Lordags Waltz.
[Circle-mixer waltz: Couples start in Varsouvienne psn, in a circle of couples, with the gents on the inside.]
F:=Fwd. Pattern: FBFF×4.
VideoCameraDanced 0:06.

A Pirate's Life for Me by Nathaniel Jack.
[IMPROPER: Id DIR-PROG for the gypsy]
Nbr bal&swing(4+12).
Pass through to an ocean wave(4) [“pass the ocean”], bal-the-wave(4). Everyone spin/slide right, with Gents sliding two places to snag L-hands(3); Gents L-allemand to face partner(5).
Partner bal&swing(4+12).
Ladies dosido 1.5(8). Gypsy current nbr(8), to face new nbr.
VideoCameraNils Fredland | Perpetual e-Motion. VideoCamera Charlie Dyer | Briarpickers.

Friday Night Fever by Tony Parkes.
[IMPROPER:]
Nbr Bal&Swing(4+12).
Gents Allemand-left 1.5 (8). Partner swing(8).
With partner, promenade across(8). Ladies chain(8).
[Face partner] Square-Through [Across the set: Prtnr R-hand bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr L-hand pull-by(2); w.prtnr bal and pull-by(4+2); w.nbr pull-by(2)], to face new NBR. Gents always turn right, ladies turn left.
VideoCamera Beth Molaro | Appalachian Storm.

Holy Cow Moly by Brian DeMarcus. Coconut Cream Pie by Lynn Ackerson.
[4-FACING-4: (Any number of folk may join a star, even in a different line.)]
Lines-of-four, foward and back(8). Center 4 folk, star-R one time around, back to place(8).
Partner allemand-L 1.5 (8). Now: Other 4 folk, star-R back to place(8).
Partner bal&swing(4+12)
[Hands-8] Circle left halfway(8). Balance-the-ring, California twirl (4+4)
VideoCameraDana Parkinson | Syncopaths.


Waltz and Break.
Small Potatoes by Jim Kitch.
[IMPROPER:]
With nbr, Bal&Swing(4+12).
R-hands-across--Star 1x (8). [Orig: Circle-left.] Ladies chain(8).
Ladies dosido(8). Partner swing(8).
Circle-left 3-places and pass thru(6+2), next nbr dosido(8).

Petrozilla by Marty Fager.
[4-FACING-4:]
2c
B3
1d
A4
. Short-lines, forward and back(8). Swing your Corner(8). _c2_
1__d
B__3
_4A_
. (The lady in gent's L-hand)

“All four ladies, chain halfway.” _A2_
1__B
d__3
_4c_
. The four ladies do a righthand-star, halfway round(8), courtesy turn.
Hands-8, Petronella: Ring-balance(4), and Petronella spin one place to the right(4). _2B_
A__3
1__c
_d4_
.

Partner bal&swing(4+12) _B2_
1__c
A__3
_4d_
.

(Stand like a square, Heads 1,3, Sides,2,4, CCW: 1,4,3,2.) Sides pass-through and turn alone(4). Heads pass-through and turn alone(4). “Sides pass, heads pass!” _4d_
c__1
3__A
_B2_
.
Hands-8, Petronella(8) d_1
4_A
c_2
3_B
; end (“Look, behind you! ”) facing Dir-Prog.

Oval-teen by Jonathan King. (July 2013)
[BECKET: At A2, explain the pattern: Gents allemand-L, oval-right; Ladies allemand-R, oval-left. In counting couples, count your own couple, when appropriate.]

[Slide-left to New Nbrs to...] Circle left 3-places(8). Nbr swing(8).
Gents allemand-L(8) [back to place].   Oval-right(8).
[You are across from your Partner, and same-gender Nbr; they are couple #1. Oval-R to past couple #2, #3, #4, and as you get to couple #5... (opposite gender in #5 is your “Distant Shadow”) Gents stop, Ladies get ready to...]

Ladies R-allemand with Lady #5 (8). Oval-left(8) [back to your original four-some, facing your Partner].
Circle left 3-places(8). Partner swing, and Slide-Left to face new Nbrs(8).
Written for my teen, Ruth, when she was 12, while driving to pick her up from Adventure Camp.

Three Ceremonies by Adriane Moser.
[BECKET: Slide-left to Ladies chain.]
[New] Ladies chain(8), into Mad-Robin(8) [Ladies slide-L in front of NBR].
Ladies pass right to start a full hey (8+8).
Ladies cross the set, passing right shoulders, to swing partner(4+12).
Long-lines(8). Circle left all way, then Slide-Left to new NBRs(8).
VideoCameraJonathan King (no-walk-through) | Montage.
VideoCameraJolaine Jones-Pokorney | Barnstorm.
Posted on the Callers mailing list was: “The published choreography has B1 as pass rt shoulder to gypsy partner, then swing.”

My Future Calling

None ATMoment. But you can change that.
JK Schedule for 2013
(My contact-info is at the top of this page.)
Year 2013 Event Jan. 7,Mon UF classes start. Jan. 18-20,F,Sa,Su Orange Blossom Ball @ Freedom Middle School Jan. 25-27,F,Sa,Su Florida SnowBall. Feb.16,Sat. Called: GODS dance, 8-11PM. Feb.22-24,F,Sa,Su GODS Dance-weekend 2013 (Dana Parkinson. Andy Shore.). Feb. 23,24 Erev Purim, Purim. Mar. 2-9 UF Spring Break. Mar.23,Sat Suzanne Stapleton Birthday Contra. 7:30PM-11, Boltin. Mar25,26,27,Apr02 Erev Pesach, Pesach. Mar29-31,F-Sun Vernal's 2013, O'Leno State Park. Ends 1PM on Sunday. Mar31 Sun GODS Advanced dance, 4-7PM, Eric Harris, Boltin Center. Apr.4-7,Thu-Sun Maryland 2013 Dynamics Conf. (Kaloshin directing). Apr.7 Sun GODS (Boltin) dance, Andy Shore & Barnstorm, 4PM-7. Apr.20 Sat GODS, Wild Asparagus, 8PM-11. Apr.21 Sun Melrose, Wild Asparagus, 4PM-7. Apr.24, Wed. UF classes end. May 1, Wed. Erin's and my wedding anniversary. May 12-17,Su-F Phoenix, AZ, judging the Menger Prize for ISEF 2013. May 14,15,16 Erev Shavuot, Shavuot. June 01, Sat. Called: Cocoa Beach contra, 8PM-11PM. June 15, Sat. Called: Venice Beach, 7:30PM-10:30PM. July 20, Sat. Called: GODS Boltin center, 8PM-11. July 27, Sat. Called: Pinellas Park [TFOOTD], 7:30PM-11. Aug. 03, Sat. Called: Cocoa Beach contra, 8PM-11PM. Aug.24,Sat (1pm – 5pm) GODS Leadership Retreat @Downtown Library. Oct.25-27,F-Sun Fall Ball at the Pinellas Park Auditorium. Nov.17, Sun. Called: UF (Univ. of Florida) contra dance. Nov.23, Sat. Called: Tampa Dance [TFOOTD], 8-11PM (teaching 7:30), Rhapsody Ballroom.
Year 2014 Event ------------------- ---------------------- Jan.17-19,F-Sun Orange Blossom Ball @ Freedom Middle School, 2850 W. Taft Vineland Rd. Jan.20, Mon MLK Day (Recovery from Orange Blossom Ball) Jan.24-26,F-Sun Florida SnowBallGulfport Casino. Feb. 15, Sat. Called: GODS contra, 8PM-11PM. Feb.21-23,F-Sun GODS Weekend. Mar. 1, Sat. Called: Cocoa Beach contra, 8PM-11PM. Apr.??? Vernals Dance Weekend? Apr.11-13,F-Sun Maryland 2014 Dynamics Conf. (organized by Joe Auslander and Giovanni Forni. ) Apr.14, Mon. Evening, first Pesach Seder. Apr.15, Tue. Second Seder.

Contra music

From time to time, prospective dancers have asked me, before plunging in to try contra, What is the music like?

Some contra bands provide on-line samples of their music. Rather than list individual websites, below are a few links to music at the Contracopia website [which I found via a websearch; I have no connection to the site]. (N.B: The website Contracopia is one-letter-away from the band yclept Contratopia.)



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