open mixer, no partner August 1992
Start in two concentric circles
A1 Into the center and back
N.B. Written expressly for dances with extreme
gender imbalance. During B1, circling folks should look around to collect
standees into their group.
| Hasta Livonia
Trio (3 facing 3, any genders) 3/10/92
A1 Circle of six slip left
A2 Middles turn contra corners; return to place
B1 Hey for three (start by facing right)
B2 Forward & back
Written for the final dance in a new series (Livonia Public Schools' 2nd Fridays in metro Detroit). Intended as a farm club for a novice promoter, band, and callers, it served as training ground for freshly-collected dances, and a social event for newcomers to country dancing. Many are ballroom dancers sans partners, hence this trio format. (A relatively painless introduction to contra corners and heys, since they can't get lost.) "Hasta" is Spanish; it translates as "until next time."
|These are all 3 facing 3 dances, perfect for "extra gender" situations. I usually ask the band for bouncy jigs that can easily be sped up (i.e. not too many notes).|
Three Hand Star Nibs Matthews
Trio--3 facing 3
A1 Circle left
A2 Centers face right, right hand star with two end people (one
partner, one neighbor)
B1 Swing right-hand partner
B2 Forward and back
The Sewing Machine
Circle trio--3 facing 3
A1 Middles do-si-do
Ends right hand star
A2 Left star back to lines of three
B2 Lines forward and back
(optional: do-si-do with opposite)
Dashing White what?!
(I might have written this one, too)
Trio--3 facing 3
A1 Circle left
Haste to the Divorce
Trio--3 facing 3 lengthwise (or circle)
A1 Forward and back
|The Margate Hoy
Three-couple longways sets, proper
A1 Ladies make arches, gents run
Homeschool prom, 2013
|I am calling, or otherwise affiliated with, these Michigan and nearby events.
January 10 (Sat) Boot Scootin' Juice Ball JW Marriott, Grand Rapids. Complete details on Facebook
February 14 (Sat) Family Dance Community Music School, East Lansing
February 21 (Sat) 3rd Saturday Contra Dance Looking Glass Music and Arts Association, Lansing. New dancer basics session at 6:30. No need to bring a partner- you can if you want to- we switch around after each dance. Please wear clean, soft soled shoes and dress for active movement- you will get warm. All dances are taught by our callers and danced to wonderful live music Admission: General Public $10, Members $8, Students $5 EMail: email@example.com Phone: 517-337-0235 Location: Central United Methodist Church – 215 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
April 25 (Sat) Spring Fling Dance, Games and Social Dinner & dance party. Dancing 7:30-9:00; yours truly prompts to recorded music. Admission $10.00, $8.00 for 55+ Virginia 616/365-2019. St Alphonsus Parish Center, 224 Carrier NE, Grand Rapids.
May 16 (Sat) Private function Barn dance, Holland
June 20 (Sat) Private function Wedding, Greenville
July 18 (Sat) Private function Barn dance, Lexington
Aug 1 (Sat) Private function Wedding, Hillsdale
Aug 14 (Fri) Private function Anniversary party, Grand Rapids
Aug 15 (Sat) Private function Wedding, Allegan
Sept 5 (Sat) Perry's Victory Regency Ball Music provided by the Central Ohio Symphony Rgency Ensemble. Niagara Event Center, Put-In-Bay, Ohio.
Oct 24 (Sat) Private function School barn dance, Grand Rapids
Previous years fun
2014 January 30 (Thurs) Special Needs Ministry First Reformed Church, Zeeland • May 2 (Fri) Grand Victorian Ball Opera House, Grand Ledge • May 10 (Sat) L.I.F.E. Spring Formal Catholic Homeschool Cooperative High School, Grand Rapids • May 17 (Sat) Private function 60th birthday hoedown, Byron Center • May 20 (Tues) Private function Lock-in high school party, Grand Rapids • June 14 (Sat) Private function Homeschool graduation party, Eaton Rapids • August 7 (Thurs) Private function Camp Henry "Western day" hoedown, Newaygo • September 5 (Fri) Private function. 8th-graders surprise destination party barn dance, Rockford • Sept 28 (Sun) Private function Church barn dance, Wayland • Oct 18 (Sat) Private function Halloween barn dance, Milford • Oct 25 (Sat) Private function Halloween barn dance, Kalamazoo
2013 January 5 (Sat) Private function. Calvary Church holiday hoedown • February 23 (Sat) Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball. • March 10 (Sun) Flint Contra Dancers Public contra dance at Freeman Community School • April 19 (Fri) Private function. High school prom, Byron Center • April 27 (Sat) Private function. Wedding, Grand Rapids • May 10 (Fri) Private function. High school prom, Grand Rapids • May 11 (Sat) Private function. 50th birthday hoedown, Waterloo • June 8 (Sat) Private function. Wedding, Blanchard. Music by Askin' for Trouble • August 8 (Thurs) Private function. Girls summer camp, Ortonville • August 15 (Thurs) Family Square & Line Dance Hackley Public Library, Muskegon. • August 17 (Sat) Private function. Square dance party, Alpena • August 31 (Sat) Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Regency Ball Part of a two-year celebration. Live music provided by members of the Central Ohio Symphony. Dance workshop 2:45 - 4 pm, ball 7 - 10 pm. Refreshments, cash bar. $25/dancer, $45/couple. Niagara Event Center, Put-In-Bay, Ohio. • September 7 (Sat) Private function. Wedding, Lawton • October 4 (Fri) Private function. Square dance party, Byron Center • October 5 (Sat) Civil War Muster Dance. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, Ohio. • October 26 (Sat) Private function. Square dance, Otsego
2012 January 21 (Sat) Private function. Leighton Township Fire Department hoedown. • February 25 (Sat) Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball. • March 2 (Fri) First Friday Contra Dance Grand Rapids • March 10 (Sat) Private function. Birthday hoedown, Three Rivers • March 23 (Fri) Private function. Masquerade ball, Cornerstone University English Club, Grand Rapids. • March 24 (Sat) Private function. Wedding, Dearborn • April 28 (Sat) OCTDS contra dance. • June 2 (Sat) Festival of the Arts contra dance • June 30 (Sat) Private function. Wedding, Allegan. Music by Fiddlefire • August 4 (Sat) Port Sanilac Civil War Encampment. Fourth annual. Sanilac County Historical Museum. • September 8 (Sat) Ionia Civil War Ball Downtown Ionia. • September 21 (Fri) Holland - Civil War Muster Community Dance • October 6 (Sat) Civil War Muster Dance. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, Ohio. • October 11 (Thurs) Critter Barn's 4th Annual Hoedown Pinnacle Center, Hudsonville. • October 19 (Fri) Private function. Homeschool hoedown, Portage. • December 1 (Sat) Private function. Holiday hoedown, Grand Rapids.
2011 February 11 (Fri) Private function. Downtown hoedown. • February 26 (Sat) Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball. • March 18 (Fri) Private function. Masquerade ball, Cornerstone University English Club, Grand Rapids. • June 11 (Sat) Private function. Civil War wedding, Midland • July 2 (Sat) Private function. Wedding, Grand Rapids • July 15 (Sat) Private function. Open house dance party, Shelbyville • August 6 (Sat) Port Sanilac Civil War Encampment. • September 10 (Sat) Marshall Civil War Ball & Social Event. • September 16 (Fri) Holland - Civil War Muster Community Dance • September 25 (Sun) Leslie 175th Anniversary Ball • October 1 (Sat) Civil War Muster Dance. • November 5 (Sat) Sesquicentennial Ball. • Dec 30 (Fri) Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative.