Apr
29
5:45 pm17:45

4/29/17 - South Pasadena, CA, Dutch Crossing at 5th Saturday Dance

DUTCH CROSSING! 

At the 5th Saturday dance on 4/29/17!
(Starts soon after the afternoon contra dance session ends)

If you’re an experienced contra dancer or have danced Dutch Crossing in the past, join caller Jacqui Grennan for a power session of Dutch Crossing during the dinner break at the 5th Saturday dance on 4/29/17. Grab some food and then we’ll dance!

What is Dutch Crossing? Dutch crossing is two dances in one, with dancers moving like gears to create a beautiful pattern of movement. It’s a mind-twister and a satisfying dance experience with 15 other dancers in your group!

So stay after the afternoon contra dance, come early before the evening contra dance (arrive around 5:45 p.m.), or fit it in between the two contra dance sessions for a full day of dancing pleasure! It's going to be a blast! 


Mar
11
Mar 12

3/11-3/12/17 Palo Alto, CA, Contra College Instructor

New, intermediate, and experienced dancers are invited to Contra College 2017 on 11-12th March in Palo Alto, CA. Sessions are very interactive, and everyone has the opportunity to ask questions, learn, increase skill and confidence, try other dance roles, and support others in their dancing. There is also an independent Callers’ Workshop on Sat noon for beginning to experienced callers who become guest callers at the Sun afternoon dance.

Teachers: Jacqui Grennan (soCal), Susan Petrick, and Jim Oakden
Music: Jim Oakden with Shira Kammen (Sat), and Ben Schreiber and Michael Sokolovsky (aka Uncle Farmer) (Sun)

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Session - How to Hear and Dance to Contra Music : Hear how the rhythm and phrasing of the music provides as much information for dancing as the instructions and calling.
Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Jim Oakden & Shira Kammen

#1 - "Virginia Reel - Abridged" by (Traditional) (Longways/Other)
#2 - "Push the Button" byunknown (Improper)
#3 - "Pooh Bear’s Holiday" by Robert Cromartie (Improper)
#4 - "Camp Harlam Reel" by Mark Widmer (Becket-CW)

    Session - Being There: Learn how to be in the right place at the right time for the music, the flow of the dance, and other dancers. 
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Jim Oakden & Ben Schreiber

    #1 - "Anastasia" by Daniel Morse (Improper)
    #2 - "Cranky Ingenuity" by Bill Olson (Improper)
    #3 - "West by Midwest" by Carol Ormand (Improper)
    #4 - "Coming Home to Tohollie" by Janet Shepherd (Improper)
    #5 - "Pivot the Line" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)

    Session - Other Dance Formations: Go beyond the predominantly used longways contra dance sets and play in the realm of alternative contra dance forms!
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Jim Oakden & Ben Schreiber

    #1 - "Microchasmic (contra corners)" by Ann Fallon (Triplet)
    #2 - "Labor of Love (contra corners)" by Kathy Anderson (Improper)
    #3 - "Fan in the Doorway (slip jig) (A1 thru C2)" by Gene Hubert (Improper)
    #4 - "Kimmswick Express" by Gene Hubert (Square)
    #4 - "Square Break (Grand R&L)" (Square)
    #5 - "Fast Living - Four Face Four" by David Kirchner (Four Facing Four)
    #6 - "Levi Jackson Rag - 5 couples" by Pat Shaw (Other)

    Session - Beyond Choreography: Delve deeper into contra dancing with exercises that help you to experiment with dance roles, learn to participate (or not) in flourishes, and add spice and variety to your dancing while still dancing together with everyone else.
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan & Susan Petrick; Music: Uncle Farmer

    Dances called by Jacqui Grennan - 
    #1 - "Spring Break" by Nils Fredland (Improper)
    #2 - "Four Have Sprung" by Yoyo Zhou (Becket-CW)
    #3 - "Chinese New Year" by Chris Page (Improper)

    Mar
    5
    6:30 pm18:30

    3/5/19 Santa Barbara, CA, Contra Dance with Devil's Box String Band

    Set List: 3/5/2017 at Santa Barbara

    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Devil’s Box String Band

     

    #1 - "Push the Button" by unknown (Improper)
    #2 - "Rings of Saturn" by Yoyo Zhou (Improper)
    #3 - "Thanks a Million Mac" by John Gallagher (Improper)
    #4 - "Love at First Swing" by Bob Isaacs (Improper)
    #5 - "All the Way Over & All the Way Back" by Jacqui Grennan (Becket-CW)
    #6 - "Mad Orbin" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #7 - "Read Between the Lines" by Bob Isaacs (Becket-CW)
    * * BREAK * *
    #8 - "Galena" by Jo Mortland (Improper)
    #9 - "Fast Living - Four Face Four" by David Kirchner (Four Facing Four)
    #10 - "Weeks on the Road" by Bill Olson (Becket-CW)
    #11 - "Pivot the Line" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #12 - "Four Have Sprung" by Yoyo Zhou (Becket-CW)

    Feb
    18
    8:00 pm20:00

    2/18/17 - South Pasadena, CA Contra Dance with Jibberish

    Set List: 2/18/2017 at So. Pasadena 3rd Saturday
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Jibberish

    #1 - "Spring Fever" by Tony Parkes (Improper)
    #2 - "Get Me Going" by Lisa Greenleaf (Improper)
    #3 - "Heartbeat Contra" by Don Flaherty (Improper)
    #4 - "Second Time Around" by Jim Kitch (Improper)
    #5 - "Dance Gypsy" by Gene Hubert (Becket-CW)
    #6 - "Mad Orbin" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #7 - "Bye Bye Shy Bear" by Morna Leonard (Becket-CW)
    * * BREAK * *
    #8 - "Mary Cay’s Reel" by David Kaynor (Becket-CW)
    #9 - "Thanks a Million Mac" by John Gallagher (Improper)
    #10 - "Vote With Your Feet (up/down set)" by Bob Isaacs (Becket-CW)
    #11 - "You Can Get There from Here" by Linda Leslie (Improper)
    #12 - "Butter" by Gene Hubert (Becket-CW)

    Feb
    11
    7:30 pm19:30

    2/11/17 Bellingham, WA, Contra Dance with Ben Schreiber & Scotty Leach (Chaotic Good)

     

    Set List: 2/11/2017 at Bellingham, WA
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Ben Schrieber & Scotty Leach (Chaotic Good)

    #1 - "Forgotten Treasure" by Beth Parkes (Improper)
    #2 - "To Turn a Phrase" by Bob Isaacs (Improper)
    #3 - "Cranky Ingenuity" by Bill Olson (Improper)
    #4 - "Easy to be Square Squared" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #5 - "United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs (Improper)
    #6 - "Second Time Around" by Jim Kitch (Improper)
    #7 - "Yum Yum’s in the Kitchen" by Myra Hirschberg (Improper)
    #8 - "Joel’s in the Kitchen" by Sue Rosen (Becket-CW)
    * * BREAK * *
    #9 - "Winter Storm" by Linda Leslie (Becket-CW)
    #10 - "All You Can Eat" by Ted Crane (Improper)
    #11 - "Cows are Watching" by Bill Pope & Judy Goldsmith (Becket-CCW)
    #12 - "Mad Robin in Love" by Greg Frock (Improper)
    #13 - "Mary Cay’s Reel" by David Kaynor (Becket-CW)

     

    Feb
    10
    7:30 pm19:30

    2/10/17 Phinney Ridge/Emerald City, WA, Contra Dance with Ben Schreiber & Scotty Leach

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    Set List: 2/10/2017 at Emerald City, WA
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Ben Schreiber & Scotty Leach

    #1 - "Push the Button" by unknown (Improper)
    #2 - "Another Nice Combination" by Tom HInds (Improper)
    #3 - "Comfort Deluxe" by Rick Mohr (Improper)
    #4 - "Take a Right on Sunnyside" by Dean Snipes (Becket-CW)
    #5 - "Al’s Safeway Produce" by Robert Cromartie (Improper)
    #6 - "Coming Home to Tohollie" by Janet Shepherd (Improper)
    * * Break * *
    #7 - "Trip to Peterborough" by Rick Mohr (Improper)
    #8 - Medley 1 of 3: "Simplicity Swing" by Becky Hill (Improper)
    #8 - Medley 2 of 3: "Thanks a Million Mac" by John Gallagher (Improper)
    #8 - Medley 3 of 3: "Butter" by Gene Hubert (Becket-CW)
    #9 - "Sharon of the Green" by Jane Ewing (Improper)
    #10 - "Chinese New Year" by Chris Page (Improper)
    #11 - "Salute to Larry Jennings - va. Larry Jennings (up/down set)" by Ted Sannella (Becket-CW)

    Jan
    29
    4:00 pm16:00

    1/29/17 - Hayward, CA, *ZESTY* 5th Sunday Contra Dance with John Weed & Stuart Mason (of Molly's Revenge)

    Set List: 1/29/2017 at Hayward, CA - Zesty 4-7:15p
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: John Weed & Stuart Mason & Del Eckels

    #1 - "Culver City Contra" by James Hutson (Improper)
    #2 - "Gypsy Moon" by Lisa Greenleaf (Becket-CW)
    #3 - "Ants Marching" by Ron Blechner (Improper)
    #4 - "Enchanted" by Cary Ravitz (Becket-CCW)
    #5 - "Pinball Wizard" by Andrea Nettleton (Improper)
    #6 - "Poetry in Motion " by Lisa Greenleaf (Improper)
    #7 - "40 Years of Penguin Pam (48 bar)" by Seth Tepfer (Becket-CW/Quad-Prog)
    * * BREAK * *
    #8 - Medley "Simplicity Swing" by Becky Hill (Improper)
    #8 - Medley "There You Go" by Sue Rosen (Improper)
    #8 - Medley "Butter" by Gene Hubert (Becket-CW)
    #9 - "Goody One Shoe (doub prog)" by Rick Mohr (Becket-CW/Dbl-Prog)
    #10 - "Chain the Corner" by Chris Page (Becket-CW)
    #11 - "Mandy’s Favorite" by Erik Hoffman (Improper)
    #12 - "Red Beard Reel" by Bob Isaacs (Becket-CW)

    Jan
    28
    8:00 pm20:00

    1/28/17 - Palo Alto, CA, Contra Dance with Sorcerer's Apprentice & guest musicians

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    Set List: 1/28/2017 at Palo Alto, CA
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Sorcerer’s Apprentice

    #1 - "Greetings" by Toni Barone (Improper)
    #2 - "Pivot the Line" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #3 - "Hocus Pocus" by Lisa Greenleaf (Improper)
    #4 - "Thanks a Million Mac" by John Gallagher (Improper)
    #5 - "Trip to Lambertville" by Steve Zakon-Anderson (Improper)
    #6 - "Salute to Larry Jennings - va. Larry Jennings" by Ted Sannella (Becket-CW)
    * * BREAK * *
    #7 - "Old Time Elixir #6" by Luke Donforth (Becket-CW)
    #8 - "After the Flu" by Dean Snipes (Improper)
    #9 - "West by Midwest" by Carol Ormand (Improper)
    #10 - "Yum Yum’s in the Kitchen" by Myra Hirschberg (Improper)
    #11 - "Cows are Watching" by Bill Pope & Judy Goldsmith (Becket-CCW)

    Jan
    22
    6:30 pm18:30

    1/22/17 Santa Barbara, CA, Contra Dance with Boomerang

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    Set List: 1/22/2017 at Santa Barbara
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Boomerang; Sound: Victor Garza

    #1 - "Thanks to the Gene" by Tom Hinds (Improper)
    #2 - "Mood Swings" by Sue Rosen (Improper)
    #3 - "United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs (Improper)
    #4 - "Salute to Larry Jennings - va. Larry Jennings " by Ted Sannella (Becket-CW)
    #5 - "Dance All Night" by Rick Mohr (Four Facing Four)
    #6 - "Gypsy Ruth Lee v. 1.3" by Jay Blake (Improper)
    #7 - "Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion" by Cary Ravitz (Becket-CCW)
    * BREAK *
    #8 - "Wilcox Reel" by Will Mentor (Becket-CW)
    #9 - "Be Cheery" by Jacqui Grennan & Jeff Spero (Becket-CCW)
    #10 - "Yum Yum’s in the Kitchen" by Myra Hirschberg (Improper)
    #11 - "Levi Jackson Rag - 5 couples" by Pat Shaw (Other)
    #12 - "Kimmswick Express" by Gene Hubert (Square) & "Square Break #1" by Jacqui Grennan & Nils Fredland (Improper)
    #13 - "Pride of Dingle /Pingle/Pringle" by Ken Alexander (Other)

    Jan
    1
    6:30 pm18:30

    1/1/17 New Year's Day Santa Barbara, CA, Contra Dance with Syncopaths

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    Set List: 1/1/2017 at Santa Barbara
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Syncopaths; Sound: Victor Garza

    #1 - "Simplicity Swing" by Becky Hill (Improper)
    #2 - "Second Time Around" by Jim Kitch (Improper)
    #3 - "Quilting Frolic" by Carol Ormand (Improper)
    #4 - "Four Have Sprung" by Yoyo Zhou (Becket-CW)
    #5 - "Piece of Cake, A" by Carol Kopp (Improper)
    #6 - "Old Time Elixir #2" by Linda Leslie (Becket-CW)
    * BREAK *
    #7 - "Another Orbit for Liz var. JAG" by Bob Green (Improper)
    #8 - "Pedal Pushers" by Bob Dalsemer (Improper)
    #9 - "Easy to be Square Squared" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #10 - "Cows are Watching" by Bill Pope & Judy Goldsmith (Becket-CCW)

    Nov
    12
    8:00 pm20:00

    11/12/16 South Pasadena, CA, contra dance with The Front Porch Band

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    Set List: 11/12/2016 at 2nd Saturday So Pasadena
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Front Porch Band

    #1 - "Forgotten Treasure" by Beth Parkes (Improper)
    #2 - "Peace Through Dance" by Perry Shafran (Improper)
    #3 - "United We Dance" by Bob Isaacs (Improper)
    #4 - "Comfort Deluxe" by Rick Mohr (Improper)
    #5 - "Another Orbit for Liz var. JAG" by Bob Green (Improper)
    #6 - "Cows are Watching" by Bill Pope & Judy Goldsmith (Becket-CCW)
    ** BREAK **
    #7 - "Anastasia" by Daniel Morse (Improper)
    #8 - "Enchanted" by Cary Ravitz (Becket-CCW)
    #9 - "Balance & Swing Through" by Peter Foster (Improper)
    #10 - "Easy to be Square Squared" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #11 - "Vote With Your Feet (up/down set)" by Bob Isaacs (Becket-CW)

    Oct
    19
    7:30 pm19:30

    10/19/16 Amherst, MA, contra dance with The Noodles (WA)

    Set List: 10/19/2016 at Amherst, MA
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan
    Music: Noodles (Seattle, WA)

    #1 - "Push the Button" by  unknown (Improper)
    #2 - "To Turn a Phrase" by Bob Isaacs (Improper)
    #3 - "Missing Piece - Rick Mohr’s variation" by Bronwyn Woods (Improper)
    #4 - "Comfort Deluxe" by Rick Mohr (Improper)
    #5 - "Dance All Night" by Rick Mohr (Four Facing Four)
    #6 - "Mad Orbin" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #7 - "Four Have Sprung (up/down set)" by Yoyo Zhou (Becket-CW)
    ** BREAK **
    #8 - "Yum Yum’s in the Kitchen" by Myra Hirschberg (Improper)
    #9 - "Sunset Limited" by Rick Mohr (Becket-CCW)
    #10 - "Winter Storm" by Linda Leslie (Becket-CW)
    #11 - "All You Can Eat" by Ted Crane (Improper)
    #12 - 12-dance Medley

    Oct
    17
    7:30 pm19:30

    10/17/16 Concord, MA, contra dance with Eric Boodman, McKinley James, Julie Vallimont & Jack O'Connor

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    Set List: 10/17/2016 at Concord Scout House
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan
    Music: Jack O’Connor, Eric Boodman, McKinley James, Julie Vallimont

    #1 - "Frederick Reel" by Tom Hinds (Improper)
    #2 - "Finishing Touches" by Ridge Kennedy (Improper)
    #3 - "Black Bird in the Night - Lisa Greenleaf variation" by Don Flaherty & Lisa Greenleaf (Improper)
    #4 - "Another Orbit for Liz var. JAG" by Bob Green (Improper)
    #5 - "Gypsy Ruth Lee v. 1.3" by Jay Blake (Improper)
    #6 - "Through the Looking Glass" by Cary Ravitz (Becket-CW)
    ** BREAK **
    #7 - "Cows are Watching" by Bill Pope & Judy Goldsmith (Becket-CCW)
    #8 - "Vote With Your Feet" by Bob Isaacs (Becket-CW)
    #9 - "David’s Guiding Star" by Steve Zakon-Anderson (Improper)
    #10 - "Kiss the Bride" by Jeff Spero (Improper)
    #11 & #12 Medley - "Now We Are Four" by Erik Weberg (Becket-CW)/ "Butter" by Gene Hubert (Becket-CW)

    Oct
    5
    8:00 pm20:00

    10/5/16 Berkeley, CA, contra dance with The wiNgNuts

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    Set List: 10/5/2016 at Berkeley, CA 8-10:30 p
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan
    Music: The wiNgNuts (Chris Knepper, Isele Harper, Will Wheeler)
    #1 - "Push the Button" by unknown (Improper)
    #2 - "Monday" by Jim Hemphill (Improper)
    #3 - "In Cahoots - Variations in A2" by Rick Mohr (Becket-CW)
    #4 - "Dance for Dan" by Bill Olson (Improper)
    #5 - "Hands of Brass" by David Kaynor (Improper)
    #6 - "Dancing with Amy" by Bill Olson (Becket-CW)
    ** BREAK **
    #7 - "Thanks a Million Mac" by John Gallagher (Improper)
    #8 - "Love at First Swing" by Bob Isaacs (Improper)
    #9 - "Another Orbit for Liz" by Bob Green (Improper)
    #10 - "Butter" by Gene Hubert (Becket-CW

    Sep
    4
    1:30 pm13:30

    9/4/16 Labor Day Dance Away Weekend - Dutch Crossing workshop

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    If you're already going to be at Labor Day Dance Away weekend, join our "Dutch Crossing with a Yankee Twist" workshop during the Labor Day Dance Away Weekend. Workshop is on Sunday, right after lunch, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. For this 75 minute workshop, our band is Triple A and our caller is Jacqui Ann Grennan. 

    Not sure what Dutch Crossing is? Here is a great description by Joseph Pimentel: "This very cool eight-couple dance makes for a bonding experience as everyone cooperates intensively to get the carnival-ride buzz. The original "Dutch Crossing" was written as an English country dance by Ernst van Brakel of the Netherlands. Joseph's "Yankee Dutch Crossing" version includes a balance & swing for extra contra dance satisfaction. Figure on an hour or so for learning and dancing."

    The Dutch Crossing workshop will be on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., just after lunch. We'll have sign up sheets so you can sign up in advance to participate. You can sign up individually, as couples, trios, etc. anywhere up to 16 people. Feel free to wear costumes, color coordinate, use accessories (or not) for your group. In this dance, groups of the same 4 people will separate and come back together several times so you can coordinate in groups of 4. Or if you want your whole team to match, coordinate in groups of 16. Whatever makes it fun for you!

    Aug
    13
    8:00 pm20:00

    8/13/16 South Pasadena, CA, contra dance with Southern Exposure

    Set List: 8/13/2016 at 2nd Saturday South Pasadena
    Caller: Jacqui Grennan; Music: Southern Exposure

    #1 - "Baby Rose" by David Kaynor (Improper)
    #2 - "Easy to be Square Squared" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #3 - "Comfort Deluxe" by Rick Mohr (Improper)
    #4 - "Shadrack's Delight" by Tony Parkes (Improper)
    #5 - "Wilcox Reel" by Will Mentor (Becket-CW)
    #6 - "Yum Yum’s in the Kitchen" by Myra Hirschberg (Improper)
    #7 - "Petronella Stomp" by Tom Lehman (Becket-CW)
    * * BREAK * *
    #8 - "Labor of Love" by Kathy Anderson (Improper)
    #9 - "Gypsy Ruth Lee v. 1.3" by Jay Blake (Improper)
    #10 - "Mad Orbin" by Jacqui Grennan (Improper)
    #11 - "Hocus Pocus" by Lisa Greenleaf (Improper)
    #12 - "David’s Guiding Star" by Steve Zakon-Anderson (Improper)