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So... I started calling contra dances about 8 years ago when I was in Knoxville, TN, but didn't start calling full evenings until after I moved to NC, and since then have been calling on a pretty regular basis. Tonight, I got a chance to call back in Knoxville. It was good to see some familiar faces, but the dance left me feeling kinda run down. For some of the first half, I really wasn't in best form -- more flubbed calls than I would really like. We were having some issues with the sound, and that had me somewhat distracted. The band was also tired and a little low energy -- the music was great, but the fiddler had been teaching all day and I think really wanted to be done with playing.

Both of those things aside, though, I think there's something about calling for a smaller group of mixed level dancers. I seem to get sucked into problems on the floor instead of the overall pattern. When I'm calling for a big group, I'm less likely to focus in on individual dancers and get sucked into the problems that one couple or hands four are having. With a bigger crowd, I've got more dancers that I can watch be in the right place at the right time. Also, with smaller groups, I've developed the habit of moving around more -- suspect it would help me keep more of an overall perspective if I stayed up on the stage and had a little more distance.

However I'm feeling about it, I think that folks had a good time, and in the end, that's the main thing that matters. And now I can look forward to dancing in Winston Salem tomorrow with Adina calling and the Figments playing! Gonna be great.
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Had a great time last night calling a dance in Floyd, VA with the incomparable Laura Light and George Paul. I love working with them -- Laura always picks wonderful tunes and they really work to pay attention to the dance and adjust the music if needed. We had 130 or so people -- about 30 more than usual -- and so space was pretty tight. Also, about half of those folks were beginners. It was one of those dances that was work, but with Laura and George's music, it was impossible not to have fun too! I can't wait until the next time I get to call with them. I just wish that Becky could have been here too, but she came down with a sinus infection yesterday morning. In any event, now I'm off back up the mountain to have lunch with her cousins who I'm staying with this weekend, then probably some time to wander around the VT campus before I head home.

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