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. To enhance mingling, leave out the reverse in A2; "keep going, keep going." Nice ending--one big circle and basket.
|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
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 Birgit Nielsen
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 Tom Hinds
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
Some of the hilarity that ensues as the gals run through the arches
On the back side of Calder Plaza, Festival of the Arts 2012
||I am calling, or otherwise affiliated with, these Michigan and nearby events.
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
May 10 (Fri) Private function. High school prom, Grand Rapids
September 14 (Sat) Private function. 25th anniversary Civil War event, Union City
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.
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.
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