(This page is a part of the contradance pages maintained by Kiran Wagle)

some books of dances
(and books about dancing)

The best way to get a book (or CD or tape or whatever) listed here is to send me a copy. These are roughly in chronological order. These books can be ordered from their authors or editors, and (*) as part of my ongoing campaign to eliminate the folk process, I have copies of some of them for sale. And thanks to Jeff Spero for suggesting this page, which was last revised on September 5, 1996.

Dance All Day, Too!

by Tom Hinds

(*) Tom takes credit for very little, but deserves credit for a great deal. He's one of the country's best callers and teachers, and he's just released a new book of dances, with illustrations by Denise Lair. Tom's not on the net (yet) but can be reached by snail-mail at 120 Three Forks Lane, Faber VA 22938.

(southern) California Twirls

edited by James Hutson and Jeffrey Spero <speroni@loop.com>

(o) Jeff writes that this contains "contains 45 previously unpublished dances by people such as Jonathan Southard, <Gary Shapiro, and Erik Hoffman from Santa Barbara, Lou Dow, Drew Tronvig, Bob Proctor, Mary Judson, James Hutson, and myself from Los Angeles, and Martha Wild, Harry Brauser, and Joseph Taulane from San Diego." The book also contains a history of contra dancing in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego, written by Gigi deMarrais.

All Mixed Up

by Bob Mills <decision@tigger.jvnc.net>

This classic little book on sound production for dances is now in its second edition. More to follow.

To Live is to Dance

by Jim Kitch <jimkitch@aol.com>

(*) 34 dances including "The Dulcimer Lady," "Discombobulation," "Madison Avenue," and of course those modern chestnuts "Alternating Corners," "Equinox," and "The Green-Eyed Girl." Jim's dances are unusual, and not always easy to teach (unless you're Jim!) but very much worth learning and dancing.

Midwest Folklore and other dances

edited by Michael Fuerst <m-fuerst@cecer.army.mil>

(*) A collection of dances published by the Urbana Country Dancers in honor of Orace Johnson, this is a diverse collection of classic Midwestern dances including many well-known dances by Kathy Anderson, Roger Diggle, Mark Richardson (and one by Mike Richardson too!) and Donna McAllister. Other contributors include Mike Boerschig, Erna-Lynne Bogue, Bill Sudkamp, Paul Tyler, Dave Cottle, and of course Orace himself and Michael Fuerst as well. This book has kept me up too late at night many times, and deserves a page of its own (and will get one in the fullness of time.)

Contra Comments

by Erik Hoffman <erikthor@aol.com>

(*) Erik is one of my favorite callers and people (we've never danced together, alas) and this book of his dances (including "Missing Duck," "There is no way to Peace, Peace is the Way," "Curly Cues," and the now classic "Rap Square") and articles from the Santa Barbara CDS's newsletter Dance Star perfectly captures Erik's personality. He writes on orientation and transitions, dancing to the music, giving weight, dancing the inactive role, eye contact, and that most elusive thing of all, style. This is a collection of articles, so it tends to repeat itself, but we're all too quick (or at least I am!) to forget these basics.

Calling for Beginners by Beginners

by David Kaynor <dakaynor@k12.ucs.umass.edu>

(o) This delightful little book (which even lives up to its name!) not only contains David's thoughts on dance, dancing, and dance communites, but also reproductions of his wonderful and intricate pen-and-ink drawings, which grace many flyers for dances at the Guiding Star Grange. Highly recommended. David reports that Larry Jennings calls it "useless" and Sam Rotenberg says it's "mostly disorganized" <grin>

Dance All Night (three volumes)

Dance All Day, Too!

by Tom Hinds

(*) Tom takes credit for very little, but deserves credit for a great deal. He's one of the country's best callers and teachers, and in these four little books you'll find such classic dances as Fisher's Jig, written for Laurie Fisher of the String Beings, and Batja's Breakdown, written for Batja Bell, whose papercuts illustrate the first volume. Tom's not on the net (yet) but can be reached by snail-mail at 120 Three Forks Lane, Faber VA 22938.

Dizzy Dances (three volumes)

by Gene Hubert <ghubert@acpub.duke.edu>

(*) These three collections (volume 1 still exists, but is mostly of historical interest) contain many of the finer dances in the repertoire, as well as many other fine dances not commonly done. (One problem with the folk process is that good dances don't just drive out bad dances, good dances drive out other equally good dances.) Gene's choreography was responsible for a major change in the way contradances were written, and his dances and books are classics. Highly recommended.

Shadrack's Delight and other dances
Son Of Shadrack
Contra Dance Calling: A Basic Text

byTony Parkes

Here you'll find such classics as "Flirtation Reel" and "For Those Who Cared," as well as several more intricate dances that aren't called as often and of course the story of Shadrack, who inspired Tony to begin calling. Tony has also written a whole book (and a fine book) on contra dance calling, called, not surprisingly, Contra Dance Calling: a Basic Text. If a book could teach you everything, this would be the one.
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