Sounds like more than one person has come up with a great idea
independently. I always thought that it was Nick Hawes who first
wrote a dance with intersecting contras with a square (or squares) at
I had a phone conversation with him probably in the early 90s. His
memory of what he had called (at Ashoken I think) was:
A circle left 4 steps, balance, California twirl, pass through
B allemande left corner (neighbor) and swing partner.
C ladies chain over and back
He couldn't remember the other 16 beat phrase and told me to just pad
out the rest to come up with 64 beats.
I called the above to a crooked tune and the ever creative Becky Hill
took the choreography and added do-si-dos with neigbor and partners
to pad it out.
If any one is in contact with Nick it would be interesting to get
My apologies, searches of my brain and my archives has failed to find the
notes I am looking for.
Please could someone remind me what name is used to refer to contra lines
which cross each other, so that those waiting out at the top don't wait but
do a square dance with each other to the same calls? Any links or pointers
also much appreciated.
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Hello, esteemed caller colleagues!
The 4th Saturday dance in Norwich, Vermont needs to quickly find a caller
for this month! $75 guaranteed, more if a huge number of dancers turn out.
Fairly diverse range of skills, music by the house band, Cuckoo's Nest. I'd
call if I wasn't playing in the band (though it might come down to that).
Besides filling the slot this month, if anyone is interested in joining the
list of regular callers for this dance, we're looking into that as well.
Let us hear from you!
The request below is for the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire (Hanover, Lebanon NH, White River Jct VT). If anyone is interested in taking this on, please contact me off list: deliaclark8(a)gmail.com. I would do it for her but will be out of town.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Johnnie Angel <liv2servixoye(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: I"m wicked late in asking but do you know any amateur callers
> Date: May 8, 2014 4:47:24 PM EDT
> To: Delia Clark <deliaclark8(a)gmail.com>
> My friend is getting married on June 21st. She was looking for someone that could call some contra dances at her wedding. I believe she has a DJ with some contra songs so she needs someone to lead the folks in a dance. She was hoping to save some money by getting someone less experienced but still knows what they are doing. Do you know of anyone that would fit that bill or perhaps it is something you may be interested in. Please let me know. Sorry I missed that last dance in April. I"m looking forward to doing more dances. They were great though. Thanks for being there and inviting me. Hope you're thoroughly enjoying this beautiful weather. Thanks for letting me know.
> Concetta Coviello
PO Box 45
Taftsville, VT 05073
Thanks for being willing to participate--I did not think to allow for
participants outside the U.S. but I would love to have your input. Please
just make a note at the end of the survey, in the "comments/suggestions"
On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 5:40 AM, Bob Morgan <ceilidh.caller.bob(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> I'd love to contribute but as I'm in England and I didn't see an option for
> On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 11:06 PM, Jennifer Shafer <jeshafer23(a)gmail.com
> > Greetings fellow contra dance enthusiasts!
> > I am a Ph.D. student in music at Ohio State University, and I am
> > a research project to investigate some aspects of contra dance
> > choreography. To continue in this project I am asking for your
> > participation in a survey.
> > The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. It does ask that
> > recall names of dance choreographies that you have danced, and I
> > that this may make it more difficult for some of us (myself included) to
> > fill out such a survey. However, I know that callers are more likely to
> > able to recall names of dances, which is why I have chosen to distribute
> > the survey primarily to callers.
> > Here is the link to the survey:
> > https://casosu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8e5SQGiwCL3MmiN
> > Thank you for helping me in this research project by taking part in the
> > survey.
> > I sincerely appreciate your time!
> > Jennifer Shafer
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Greetings fellow contra dance enthusiasts!
I am a Ph.D. student in music at Ohio State University, and I am developing
a research project to investigate some aspects of contra dance
choreography. To continue in this project I am asking for your
participation in a survey.
The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. It does ask that you
recall names of dance choreographies that you have danced, and I recognize
that this may make it more difficult for some of us (myself included) to
fill out such a survey. However, I know that callers are more likely to be
able to recall names of dances, which is why I have chosen to distribute
the survey primarily to callers.
Here is the link to the survey:
Thank you for helping me in this research project by taking part in the
I sincerely appreciate your time!