I am looking for the name and composer of this dance. Can you help?
A1 CL 3/4, N Swg
A2 LL, P RH Balance, Pull P Right, Pull N Left
B1 Along Line, RH Bal, Box Gnat, Gents Alle L 1-1/2
B2 P B&S
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In Warren's Roadhouse at Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival, there used
to be (and probably still is) a notebook at the side of the stage, in which
each caller would record the names of the dances they called.
Has that info been put online? (My searches have been fruitless.)
I seem to recall that someone had volunteered to do the data entry, but that
was a while ago, and I forget who it was.
Oh gosh, this is an interesting question because as a young dancer/caller,
I suppose I'm sort of like the fish who asks "what's water?" but for what
it's worth, a few moves that I can think of as particularly popular with me
and my cohort are box circulates, mad robins, and pousettes, as well as a
good circle right. Maybe square through and Rory O'Moore make this list as
A few dances I'd recommend: Folklike Frolic
<https://contradb.com/dances/497> by Lindsey Dono, Playground Stomp
<http://contradances.tumblr.com/post/117812007820/playground-stomp> by Ron
Blechner, A Thing of Trust <https://contradb.com/dances/248> by Chris Page,
or my own Barack Me Obamadeus
Neighbor On the Wall
Ice <http://contra.maiamccormick.com/dances.html#violetice> (the latter is
a set up in difficulty but also was quiet literally written to be a
cool-hip-young-people dance, so do with that what you will).
You can of course get more where these came from by looking at stuff from
the younger choreographer crowd -- in addition to the folks who wrote the
above dances, Yoyo Zhou <https://epicyclic.org/dance/compositions.html> comes
to mind as one of that demographic. I'm sure there are others that I'm
blanking on at the moment. I've also yet to dance a boring Rick Mohr
Let me know if you want any more specific recommendations!
Best of luck,
On Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 4:26 PM Amy Cann via Callers <
> Hi all. I'm heading in to Boston this weekend to call a double bill for
> BIDA -- family dance for an hour, then potluck, then the regular Sunday
> It's intergenerational, leans young/collegiate, uses "Larks/Ravens" (just
> found this out) and is in general all things hip.
> I am staring at my cards and feeling... Ralph Page-y. Out of date.
> Wayyyy too many proper dances. Not enough "cool moves".
> Old fashioned.
> Help me?
> What's your current dance that adapts well to gender-role-free, has an
> interesting "hook", isn't too hard, keeps everyone moving, and in general
> comes across as "cool"?
> Low mental piece count, but interesting pieces?
> Contras, sicilians, circles all welcome. Also links to any past threads on
> here w/ a similar focus.
> I'm going to go drink my Postum.
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Hi all. I'm heading in to Boston this weekend to call a double bill for
BIDA -- family dance for an hour, then potluck, then the regular Sunday
It's intergenerational, leans young/collegiate, uses "Larks/Ravens" (just
found this out) and is in general all things hip.
I am staring at my cards and feeling... Ralph Page-y. Out of date.
Wayyyy too many proper dances. Not enough "cool moves".
What's your current dance that adapts well to gender-role-free, has an
interesting "hook", isn't too hard, keeps everyone moving, and in general
comes across as "cool"?
Low mental piece count, but interesting pieces?
Contras, sicilians, circles all welcome. Also links to any past threads on
here w/ a similar focus.
I'm going to go drink my Postum.
NEFFA 75th Contra Contest
To help NEFFA celebrate our Diamond Jubilee, we hereby open up the NEFFA 75th Anniversary Contra Choreography Contest. The winning dance, as judged by Bob Isaacs and Lisa Greenleaf, will be called by Mr. Isaacs at the Festival's celebration dance on Saturday, April 13. Besides fame and glory, the winner will also be awarded a Neffa T shirt.
We are looking for a contra dance with good story line and flow, and would prefer to have a mostly equal-action dance with good movement for everyone, although we will entertain submissions that favor the ones, or that alternate between the ones and twos.
Contra Choreography Parameters:
-The title must reflect Neffa somehow, and perhaps the 75th
-32 bars long
-Intermediate skill level: commonly-used figures, moderate piece count, and nothing too complicated out of the minor set
-Limit three submissions per person
-Deadline is Feb 15, 2019
-Do not need to be at the Festival to win
Send your clearly worded and annotated-as-necessary submissions to Lisa Greenleaf at neffacontra(a)yahoo.com (or you can reply to this email; just don’t hit reply all).
Don’t delay—get crackin’!