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 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 All-night high school party, Grand Rapids
June 14 (Sat) Private function Homeschool graduation party, Eaton Rapids
July 19 - 26 (Fri - Sun) prior commitment RAGBRAI!
August 7 (Thurs) Western hoedown Camp Henry, Newaygo
August 8 - 10 (Fri - Sun) prior commitment
Previous years fun
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. Tickets and more information Garb assistance
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
2010 January 15 (Fri) Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative dance. • January 23 (Sat) Michigan Music Conference. Circles, Lines, and Squares: American Traditional Dances for the Classroom. • January 27 (Weds) Private function. Corporate hoedown at the BOB, GR. • February 27 (Sat) Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball. • April 9 (Fri) Private function. Masquerade ball, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids. 8 - 10 pm. • May 22 (Sat) Private function.Victorian soiree at Skinner's Hayrides. 6 pm. • May 29 (Sat) Private function.Birthday dance. Shelby, Mich. 3 pm. • June 26 (Sat) Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster. • August 7 (Sat) Port Sanilac Civil War Encampment. • September 11 (Sat) Marshall Civil War Ball & Social Event. • October 2 (Sat) Civil War Muster Dance. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, Ohio. • Oct 14 (Thurs) Civil War Ball. GVSU, Allendale. Music by Fiddlefire. Time and other details TBD. • Oct 27 (Weds) Semi-private party. Fountain Street Church, silent auction donation dance & potluck. • Oct 31 (Sun) Private party. Church youth group dance, Kalamazoo. • Nov 5 (Fri) Daddy-daughter dance. Girl scouts, Petoskey. • Dec 11 (Sat) Private party. Veterinary office hoedown. • Dec 31 (Fri) Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative New Year's Eve dance.
2009 February 20 (Fri) Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative dance. • February 28 (Sat) Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball. • May 2 (Sat) Dutch Trade Fair dance. • May 23 (Sat) Coldwater Civil War Days. Military ball 7-10 pm. Glen Morningstar calls to music by the Ruffwater Stringband, including yours truly on a large brass horn. • May 30 (Sat) Private party Hawaiian theme at Doug's. • June 26 (Sat) Private party Square dance, Holland. • August 7 (Fri) Private party Square dance on the street, Ada. • August 8 (Sat) Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster. Holland Museum, 616/392-9084 or 888/200-9123 • August 15 (Sat) Private party Barn dance, Gladwin. • September 11 (Fri) Private function. • September 12 (Sat) Marshall Civil War Ball & Social Event. Downtown Marshall. • September 26 (Sat) Findlay Civil War Ball. Findlay, Ohio. http://www.campvance.com • October 2 (Fri) First FRIDAY Contra Dance. Grand River Folk Arts Society. http://www.grfolkarts.org • October 3 (Sat) Civil War Muster Dance. Held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio. • October 9 (Fri) Private function. Barn dance, Ann Arbor. • October 16 (Fri) Private function. Barn dance, Traverse City. • October 30 (Fri) Private function. Harvest festival dances, Godwin Elementary, Grand Rapids • November 7 (Sat) Red Hat hoedown. Hayride, supper, and dance. Hosted by the Grand Ladies of the Great Lakes. • December 13 (Sun) TUBACHRISTMAS Grand Rapids • December 26 (Sat) OCTDS contra dance. Music by the Just in Time String band.