Andy is a skilled caller and effective communicator. I am personally
pleased to see this communication between the modern and traditional parts of
our wonderful activity.
In a message dated 3/18/2017 4:07:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
I realize this post qualifies as both shameless self-promotion, as well as
possible improper use of this list for (somewhat) commercial purposes, but
I do think this topic may be of particular interest to contra and trad
callers and choreographers. Scold me if you must.
I'll be teaching a special weeklong workshop at CDSS American Dance and
Music Week at Pinewoods (Plymouth, MA) August 8-15, 2017 titled "Modern
Western Square Dance for Contra Dancers".
This course is an intensive “blitz” exposure to Modern Western Square
Dancing (MWSD) for experienced contra dancers, traditional square dancers, and
contra or trad callers. If you enjoy learning new choreography and the
unexpected delights of no-walk-thru contra medleys, this is for you. Starting
with the 25 or so contra calls that are shared with Modern Western squares,
we will explore much of the CALLERLAB Basic, Mainstream, and Plus lists.
New calls will be taught and workshopped, but you’ll get plenty of time to “
just dance” and enjoy what you have already learned in both patter and
singing call contexts. The pace of the course will be determined by the
students’ ability to assimilate the material, but the goal will be that you can
dance most Mainstream calls smoothly at speed. We will cover several of the
more popular Plus calls as well. Expect to be challenged and have lots of
Modern Western uses recorded music of various genres; the patter music is
designed to get you moving at a continuous flow and the singing call music
allows for a change of pace. The class time will be divided into an all
morning workshop session where we will learn new figures, then a late
afternoon practice and review session. You will have the middle of the day to relax
or enjoy other workshops at American Week.
More details at the CDSS site:
This class may be of particular interest to contra and trad callers and
choreographers. Many MWSD moves have been "borrowed" into contra and several
contra choreographers who have had experience with MWSD have written dances
that have components inspired by MWSD moves. (Carol Ormand, Bob Isaacs,
and Chris Page to name a few.) Some of the moves that come from MWSD are: box
circulate, pass the ocean, square thru, star thru, California twirl,
hinge... If you'd like to stir your creative juices, or just learn a bit more
about some of the calls and their applications, this is a great way to do so.
Learning about the added rigor of MWSD may improve your own teaching and
presentation skills, as well as give you new insights into contra and trad
Space in this class is limited. Registration is currently open.
my site: http://site.andyshore.com/
I taught a similar weekend workshop in Durham NC in 2011 with many contra
& trad callers in attendance. Here is my "trip report" (on facebook) from
Questions or comments - my best contact email is andyshore(a)gmail.com