Dance Caller, Taos, New Mexico
All my dancing (Contra, English Country, Scandinavian) prior to 1996 was done around Boston and Cape Cod. I was dancing with the late great caller and choreographer Ted Sanella when he and I were both (alas) young, when he did nothing but squares and nobody was as yet doing contras. When I returned to Boston after ten years, the callers were Ted, Tony Parkes, Todd Whittemore and Ralph Page. Contras were in, squares were fast going out. I don't remember Ralph Page very well except that one night he scolded me and Hope during a walk-through. Nevertheless I intend to get to the Ralph Page Memorial Weekend in New Hampshire sometime soon.
The Lady of the Lake, but with the parts re-arranged and a flourish or two added;
Double Balance Contra, my own dance;
Scandinavian circle waltz mixer as danced at the monthly Gamaldans in Boston;
California Contra, by Tony Parkes;
Holy Trinity Hey, a Paul Balliet dance changed slightly and re-named for the parish hall we used in Taos until recently;
Summer of '84, by Gene Hubert;
Bicycle Chain Rotation, my own dance;
For Those Who Cared, by Tony Parkes;
What the Hey, by Becky Hill;
and Sugar Hill Zombies, by Gene Hubert.
During intermission I taught the Norwegian (or "walking" or "sound-check") Polka, with which many contra dances around Boston begin the evening. We danced it to begin the second half.
I like the California Twirl figure. I like dances that separate partners and re-unite them later. I like elegant dances such as waltz contras in the style of The Duke of Kent's Waltz, but I like boisterous, or robust, dances as well. I like to call one or two of my own dances; otherwise why write them.
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