Cary Ravitz - Contra Dance Caller

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About My Calling

I haven't called a lot for the last few years, but I am getting back into it.

I call improper and Becket contras - no squares, proper contras, etc. I am not a traditionalist. My contras all include a partner swing and most include a neighbor swing. Within that limit, I choose dances with unusual figures and transitions, that do not all feel alike. My calls are minimalist, chosen to highlight the music and dance, not the caller. I want to connect the dancers to the music and the other dancers.

I live in Lexington, KY and dance regularly in Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati, Berea, and have danced through most of the Southeast US. I have called dances mostly in KY and OH, but have made it to BC, MA, NC, OR, PA, TN, and have had the good fortune to have called with great bands including Hotpoint, Great Bear Trio, Lift Ticket, Clayfoot Strutters, Euphor, Changeling, Stringdancer, Brittany Bay, Rocket Boys. I have been dancing since 1987 and calling and writing contras since 1995. I have also played fiddle for dances and have set up sound for dances. I have led workshops including calling, choreography, advanced dances, and flourishes. And I have published web pages - Contra Dances by Cary Ravitz, Notes on Calling Contra Dances, Notes on Choreography for Duple Minor Improper Contra Dances.


        Cary Ravitz

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Contact

cell phone -   859-263-5087
email -   ravitz @ ravitz.us   (remove the blanks in the address)

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Contra Dance Links

About Contra and Other Dancing maintained by Cary Ravitz
Charlie Seelig's Links | Resource Links | Worldwide
Chattahoochee Dancers New Dancer Information
Chattahoochee Dancers Videos 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Contra Corners
Contra Dance Map
Contra Dancing in the Mid-South
Contra Dance Links for the UK
Contra Syncretist
Country Dance and Song Society | Starter Kits
Kiran Wagle's Contra Dance Page | Dance Articles
Lexington KY Traditional Dance Association
NEFFA LinkFest | Folk Dancing | Contra | Essays
Ralph Page's Northern Junket Magazine | Contents
SharedWeight forums | archives - Callers | Musicians | Organizers | Web (broken)
Steven Nagy's Introduction to Contra Dancing
Ted Crane's Dance Database
Try Contra - lookup by ZIP Code

Contra Related Catalogs
AlamoStyles (shoes, etc.)
Bowling.com (leather soled bowling shoes)
Bleyer Shoes
Contracopia (music)
Country Dance and Song Society Store
DanceSocks
Dancestore.com (swing dance shoes)

Dances in the Kentucky Region
Regional Calendar

Ann Arbor MI | Dawn Dance | Tree Town Stomp
Atlanta GA | schedule
Asheville/Swannanoa NC
Berea KY | schedule | Hands Four
Bloomington IN | Mad Robin Romp | Sugar Hill
Brasstown NC
Chapel Hill NC
Chattanooga TN | schedule | Chattaboogie
Charleston WV | schedule
Cincinnati OH | schedule | Pigtown Fling
Cleveland OH
Columbus OH | Winter Warmup
ContraBlossom NC
Contradancers Delight Holiday WV
Cumberland KY
Dandelion Romp OH
Dayton OH
Frankfort KY
Greenville SC | schedule
Huntsville AL
Indianapolis IN
Jonesborough TN
Knoxville TN
LEAF NC
Lexington KY | Dance Trance | Swing Shift
Louisville KY | weekly schedule | Fri, Sat schedule | Fleur de Lis Fling
Memphis TN
Nashville TN
Pittsburgh PA | weekend
River Rendezvous OH
St Louis MO
Urbana IL
Whitewater Whirl WV
Yellow Springs OH

About Sound at Contra Dances
Bob Mill's All Mixed Up Weogo Reed's Contra Dance Sound Forum

For Musicians
Alaska Fiddle Camp
Ashokan
Carwile String Studio (Lexington, KY)
ChordWizard Tutorial
Contra Dance Music Guide
Fiddle Forum
Fiddle Hangout | forum
Fiddling for Violinists archive
John Chamber's ABC Music | Tune Finder
Musician's Hearing Protection - Etymotic | Westone
The Portland Collection music books
SharedWeight Musicians Archive (broken)
The Session
Spuds
Strings N' Things (Cincinnati, OH)
Traditional Tune Archive

About Writing, Calling, and Teaching Contra Dances
Al Olson's Notes on Composing Contras
Bill Olson's Workshop Notes
Bill Pope's Contra Thoughts
Bob Archer's Notes on Calling
Caller Insurance for CDSS Members
Caller's Companion software
Cary Ravitz's Notes on Calling
Cary Ravitz's Notes on Contra Choreography
Chris Page's contrachoreography
Chris Page's Links into Northern Junket
Chris Page's Links into Rec.Folk-Dancing
Chris Page's Links into SharedWeight
Chris Page's Links into Traditional-dance-callers
Colin Hume's Composing Dances
Colin Hume's Callers' Workshop
Colin Hume's Dance Organiser software
Colin Hume's Dance Technique Notes
Dance From Scratch by Laura Brown and Stan Fowler PDF (broken)
Dance Kaleidoscope Dance Animations
Greg Hopkins Contra Dance Simulator | 2
Heiner Fischle's Articles
Kiran Wagle's Notes on Calling
Kiran Wagle's Dance Articles Page
Mark Balzer's Lead and Follow FAQ
Mary McNab Dart's Contra Dance Choreography thesis
Micro Robot Dance
NEFFA LinkFest Essays on Calling
Ralph Page Legacy Weekend PDFs
Ralph Page's Northern Junket Magazine | Contents
Seth Tepfer's Notes on Calling
SharedWeight Callers Archive (broken)
Tom Lehmann's Notes on Choreography
William Watson's Callers' Resources
Yahoo Traditional Dance Caller's Group

Contra Dance Indexes
Michael Dyck's Index | Sources Hugh Stewart's Index

Contra Dance Collections
American Country Dances On Line
The CD*NY Contra Repertoire PDF (broken)
CDSS Gems PDF
CDSS News Archive
CDSS Starter Kit Contra Repertoire
Chris Page's Links into SharedWeight
Contradancers of Hawaii Traditional Contras
Connecticut Collection
Dance Video Archives
Great Contras and Squares from the Great Lakes State PDF
Hugh Stewart's Collection
Jeff Kaufman's Collection
Kentucky Dance Institute 1960 PDF (contras pg 121)
Kiran Wagle's Collection
Mary McNab Dart's thesis Appendix E
Michael Fuerst's Collection of Easy Dances RTF
Miscellaneous Contra Dances
Missouri Collection
Northern Junket Collection
Ralph Page Legacy Weekend PDFs
Texas Collection (broken)

Contra Dances by
Chuck Abell PDF
Reuven AnafShalom
Bob Archer
Melanie Axel-Lute
Clark Baker
Paul Balliet
Michael Barraclough
Judy Bass
Janet Bertog
Eric Black
Ron Blechner
Jacob Bloom
Mike Boerschig
Billy Boyer
Ed Bugel
Donna Calhoun
Tom Calwell
Connie Carringer
Alan Cheetham
Thomas W. Christopher archive
John Coffman
Dave Colestock
Eric Conrad archive
Ted Crane
Robert Cromartie archive
Geoff Cubitt
Bob Dalsemer
Angela DeCarlis
Sargon de Jesus
Mary Devlin
Luke Donforth
Barry Dupen
Sue Dupré
Leonard Ellis
Erik Erhardt
Mariah Fabry
Joe Felsen
Heiner Fischle
Peter Foster
Fred Freuthal
Michael Fuerst
Alex Funk
Ken Gall
David Gilks
Pam Goddard
Grant Goodyear
Jean Gorrindo
Rich Goss
Wendy Graham
Al Green
Bob Green
Jerome Grisanti
Charley Harvey
Katy Heine
Jim Hemphill
Myra Hirschberg
Ted Hodapp
Erik Hoffman
Gene Hubert archive
Colin Hume
Donna Hunt
Keith Hunt
Nathaniel Jack (broken)
Chrystal Gallacci Jones
Peter Jorgensen
Amy Kahn
Sarah Kaiser
Merilee Standifer Karamanski
David Kaynor
Chris Kermiet
Barb Kirchner archive
David Kirchner
Roberta Kogut archive
Jan Larsen PDF
Tom Lehmann
Dan Luecking
David Mandelberg
Robert Mahony PDF
David McMullen archive
John Meechan
Tavi Merril
Rick Mohr
Jo Mortland
Linda Mrosko
Bob Nicholson
Dave Notman
Devin Nordberg archive
Bill Olson
Carol Ormand
Hannah Otten
Chris Page
Frederick Park
Dana Parkinson
Joseph Pimentel
Bill Pope
Elinor Preston archive
Birgit Rasmussen
Cary Ravitz
Mike Richardson
Heather Robinson
Paul Rosen archive
Sue Rosen
Merri Rudd
Maggie Jo Saylor
Mike Schuh
Alison Scott
Perry Shafran
Rob Sibthorpe
Jonathan Sivier
Ryan Smith
David Smukler
Micah Smukler
Jon Southard
Jeffrey Spero
Ted Steele
Vickie Stohl
Bryan Suchenski
Melissa Taggart
Seth Tepfer
Don Theyken
John Turner
Harold Watson
William Watson
Erik Weberg
Chris Weiler
Dottie Welch
Ian Whitehead
Mark Widmer
Dale Wilson
Reine Wonite
Keith Wood
Bronwyn Woods
Yoyo Zhou
David Zinkin
Eric Zorn archive

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