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Hasta Livonia           Karen Missavage
Trio (3 facing 3, any genders)     3/10/92

A1   Circle of six slip left
        Slip back to the right

A2   Middles turn contra corners; return to place

B1    Hey for three (start by facing right)

B2    Forward & back
         Forward again and pass through to new group

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."

Friendship Basket                          Karen Missavage
open mixer, no partner                             August 1992

Start in two concentric circles

A1   Into the center and back
        Repeat

A2   Inners circle left; outers right (or promenade single file)
        Reverse all that

B1   Find 2 ++ people and circle left
B2   Same folks basket. Open out into concentric circles

N.B. Written expressly for dances with extreme gender imbalance. During B1, circling folks should look around to collect standees into their group. To enhance mingling, leave out the reverse in A2; "keep going, keep going." Nice ending--one big circle and basket.


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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
       Back to the right

A2  Centers face right, right hand star with two end people (one partner, one neighbor)  
        Centers pass by left shoulder, left star with other two

B1  Swing right-hand partner
     Swing left-hand partner

B2  Forward and back
       Forward and pass through to the next


The Sewing Machine                       Birgit Nielsen
Circle trio--3 facing 3

A1    Middles do-si-do
         Ends right hand star

A2    Left star back to lines of three
         Lines sashay four steps to right; back to place

B1    Middles right elbow swing with right partner
         Left elbow swing with left partner

B2     Lines forward and back
          Pass through to the next

(optional: do-si-do with opposite)


Dashing White what?!         (I might have written this one, too)
Trio--3 facing 3

A1   Circle left
        and right

A2   Right allemande right end person
        Left allemande left end

B1   Contra corners  (Really! They can't get lost!)

B2   Lines of three pass through
        Basket three


Haste to the Divorce                 Tom Hinds
Trio--3 facing 3 lengthwise (or circle)

A1  Forward and back
     Circle left

A2  Circle right
       Do-si-do opposite

B1  3 on 3 do-si-do
      go 1 1/2 to face new group

B2  Basket 6; end facing same direction


The Margate Hoy                 Thompson 1783
Three-couple longways sets, proper

A1  Ladies make arches, gents run
(Women join hands, and HOLD STILL. Guys join hands and, led by gent #1, go through as many arches as they can to finish at home when the phrase of music ends)

A2  Gents make arches, ladies run

B1  Top couple lead down the hall
      Return, cast to foot

B2  All swing partners


Some of the hilarity that ensues as the gals run through the arches

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On the back side of Calder Plaza, Festival of the Arts 2012


Three-Hand Star at a contra dance

I am calling, or otherwise affiliated with, these Michigan and nearby events.
2013
January 5 (Sat) Private function. Calvalry Church holiday hoedown
February 23 (Sat) Mid-Winter Civil War Grand Ball. Eighteenth annual event hosted by the 8th Arkansas/22nd Michigan. Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol, Lansing. 6:30 - 11 pm. Music by the Golden Griffon Stringtet. $15/person at the door. Refreshments, door prizes, 50-50 raffle, rifle raffle. Preceeded by a CW swap meet 10 am - 3 pm. Swap meet info from Silas. Diana Long, 248/628-9212. Huge open wooden dance floor, plenty of space for hoopskirts and mingling.
March 10 (Sun) Flint Contra Dancers Open, public contra dance at Freeman Community School, 4001 Ogema, Flint. New dancer workshop 1:30, 2 - 5 pm dance. music by Askin' for Trouble. $10, students $7. cobmoosacheryl(at)gmail(dot)com 810/743-4133
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. Outdoors on the lawn. 2 - 3 pm.
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


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.
March 10 (Sat) Private function. Birthday hoedown, Three Rivers
March 23 (Fri) Private function. Masquerade ball, Cornerstone University English Club, Grand Rapids. 8 - 10 pm.
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. 8 - 10 pm.
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.

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. Held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 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. 5:30 - 8 pm
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. For more info click here
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 Not a dance, but a committment.
December 26 (Sat) OCTDS contra dance. Music by the Just in Time String band. OCTDS(at) comcast (dot) net
      

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