A long-time contra dancer, I started calling contra dances in the Pacific Northwest in early 2016. Since then I've been graced with excellent mentoring from the talented calling community both in and outside the Seattle area. With a soft cadence, a warm air, and a cheerful personality, I strive to bring moments of magic into the lives of newcomers and veteran dancers alike. Contra has always held a special place in my heart and I try to share that love with every dance I visit.

Dances


 Some time before I began my calling career I jumped headfirst into writing contra dances. Along the way I turned over a few of the right stones. Some of my dances have been called more than others, but I trust every dance I've introduced to deliver a fun and engaging affair, from four potatoes to the final phrase. In total I've written close to fifty dances, but here are a few current favorites from my collection:

Sweet Baby Violets

Formation: Becket, Clockwise
A1: Circle left 3/4
  Neighbor dosido
A2: Neighbor balance / swing
B1: Circle left halfway, pass through up and down
  Gents allemande left 1.5x
B2: Partner balance / swing


Robin Shall Restore Amends

Formation: Dup. Improper, Triple Progression
A1: Rings balance, PTR one place -> long waves, gents face out
  Balance waves F/B, box circulate CW
A2: Balance waves F/B, box circulate CW
   Balance waves R/L, shadows turn RH 1/4, pull by
B1: Partner gypsy / swing
B2: Circle left 3/4
   Rings balance, pass through U/D
Notes: When teaching this one I make a point of identifying who is chasing
   whom in the box circulate, otherwise dancers will often find
   themselves a bit lost when they circulate away from their partner.


Three Klicks North

Formation: Becket, CW
A1: Right and left through across
  Circle left 3/4
  Partner cali twirl
A2: Circle left 1/2
  Neighbor swing
B1: LLFB
  Gents mad robin
B2: Gents cross LS
  Partner gypsy/swing


Down the Coast

Formation: Dup. Improper
A1: Left hands-across star 1x, ladies drop out
  Gents allemande LH 1.5x
A2: Partner balance/swing
B1: Couples pass right, revolving door (ladies catch RH, alle. to Neighbor)
   Neighbor swing
B2: Circle left 1x
   Ladies allemande 3/4
   Ladies catch LH w/next, allemande LH 1x
Notes: As the ladies finish their allemande in the B2, gents should slide left and get ready
   to drop into the hands-across star.


Ron's Flurry

Formation: Becket, Counter-clockwise
A1: Ladies RS 1/2 hey, ladies ricochet -> long waves
  Waves balance F/B
  Ladies cross, gents loop RS
A2: Partner balance / swing
B1: Rings balance, PTR one place
  Next neighbor swing
B2: Gents LS 1/2 hey, ladies ricochet
  Partner swing
Notes: Ron Blechner and I came up with the A section of the dance at this year's Flurry.
   We agreed to spin off and write our separate B sections and compare our results.