Cary Ravitz - Contra Dance Caller

About My Calling

I call modern, improper and Becket contras (no squares or proper contras). My contras all have a partner swing and most include a neighbor swing. Within that limit, I include 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, TX, and have had the good fortune to have called with great bands including Hotpoint, Great Bear Trio, Lift Ticket, Euphor, Changeling, Free Raisins, Coffee Zombies. 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



phone - 859-263-5087
email -   (replace _at_ with @)


Contra Dance Links

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

Contra Related Products
AlamoStyles (shoes, etc.) (leather soled bowling shoes)
Bleyer Shoes
Contracopia (music)
Country Dance and Song Society Store
The DanceSocks (swing dance shoes)
Soles2dance (stick on suede) (via Amazon)

Contra Related Products that I use
The DanceSocks - slip on shoe covers make otherwise sticky soles danceable
Ortho-Step insoles - cushioned insoles with good arch support, haven't tried the new version (via AmesWalker)
Warwick 4 degree lateral heel wedges - shifts foot pressure to the inside or outside (via Amazon)
Wet Ones Sensitive Skin hand wipes - no fragrance or alchohol (via Amazon), also available locally in plastic jars, store brands

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, TN
Cumberland KY
Dandelion Romp OH
Dayton OH
Frankfort KY
Greenville SC | schedule
Huntsville AL
Indianapolis IN
Jonesborough TN
Knoxville TN
Lexington KY | Dance Trance | Swing Shift
Louisville KY | 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
Carwile String Studio (Lexington, KY)
ChordWizard Tutorial
Contra Dance Music Guide
Contra Dance Piano PDF
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
The Session
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 PDF
Dance Kaleidoscope Dance Animations
Greg Hopkins Contra Dance Simulator
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
New Mexico Callers Collective Handbook PDF
Ralph Page Legacy Weekend PDFs
Ralph Page's Northern Junket Magazine | Contents
Scott's Contra Design Tool
Seth Tepfer's Notes on Calling
SharedWeight Callers Archive
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
CDSS News Archive
CDSS Contra Dance 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
Jonathan King'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 2
New Mexico Callers Collective Handbook - Dance Repertoire PDF
Northern Junket Collection
Ralph Page Legacy Weekend PDFs
Texas Collection
Victor Gascon's Contra Dance Database

Contra Dances by
Chuck Abell PDF
Reuven AnafShalom
Bob Archer
Melanie Axel-Lute
Clark Baker
Paul Balliet
Michael Barraclough
Kenneth Bartholow
Judy Bass
Janet Bertog
Eric Black
Ron Blechner
Jacob Bloom
Mike Boerschig
Billy Boyer
Ed Bugel archive
Donna Calhoun
Tom Calwell
Connie Carringer
Chrissie Chapman
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
Leonard Ellis
Erik Erhardt
Mariah Fabry
Joe Felsen
Heiner Fischle
Peter Foster
Nils Fredland PDF
Fred Freuthal
Michael Fuerst
Alex Funk
Ken Gall
David Gilks archive
Pam Goddard
Grant Goodyear
Jean Gorrindo
Rich Goss
Wendy Graham
Al Green
Bob Green
Jerome Grisanti
Charley Harvey
Katy Heine archive
Jim Hemphill
Myra Hirschberg
Ted Hodapp archive
Erik Hoffman
Gene Hubert archive
Colin Hume
Donna Hunt
Keith Hunt
Nathaniel Jack
Chrystal Gallacci Jones
Peter Jorgensen
Amy Kahn
Sarah Kaiser
Merilee Standifer Karamanski
David Kaynor
Chris Kermiet 2
Jonathan King
Barb Kirchner archive
David Kirchner
Roberta Kogut archive
Jan Larsen PDF
Jacob LeGrone
Tom Lehmann
Linda Leslie
Dan Luecking
Zoë Madonna
David Mandelberg
Robert Mahony PDF
Maia McCormick
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
Nicholas Rockstroh
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
John Sweeney
Melissa Taggart
Seth Tepfer
Don Theyken archive
John Turner
Harold Watson
William Watson
Erik Weberg
Chris Weiler
Dottie Welch
Ian Whitehead archive
Mark Widmer
Martha Wild
Dale Wilson
Reine Wonite archive
Keith Wood
Bronwyn Woods
Yoyo Zhou
David Zinkin
Eric Zorn archive



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