_This week's flourish is what is affectionately known as a lazy chain -- you get to the end of the night and your partner still has energy left, but you're kind of hitting the wall of happy exhaustion that comes from a particularly energetic night of dancing. Or you're in a minor set with some new dancers that you might want to keep an eye on to help out if need be. Or you're in low lighting (like is probably going to be present down in Asheville, NC at the CSI-themed Technophoria event or at the Sewanee techno contra this weekend down south) and you're trying to keep track of the other dancers. The dance calls for a ladies' (or a gents'!) chain and for whatever reason you'd rather not turn your back on the set to guide your partner around. So now what?
When Steve said he wanted to do this video, I will admit that I was a bit skeptical -- after all, we don't want to force new dancers into anything they aren't comfortable with, flourishes included. We want them to come back! But then Steve showed me and these offers of leads really are just that, and they end up coming off rather intuitively when done properly. And since these are suggestions, not demands, if the new dancer doesn't take the hint it's okay, just keep on dancing and smiling.
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This week we continue our foray into dancing switch, covering some of Steve's favorite ways to trade back the lead. No follows were harmed in the making of this video, nor should they be while dancing switch.
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This project has concluded as of mid-2013 (with an epilogue posted mid-2016) but we hope to see you soon on a contra dance floor! Meanwhile, head over to our Facebook page for upcoming techno contra events and other items of interest.
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I dance with abandon. I play with glowsticks. I look for music that is conducive to one or both. I play behind cameras. I write about all of the above. I'm based in Glen Echo's contra dance community outside of Washington, D.C., but I'm happy to go dance afield when I can. Lather, rinse, repeat. Always repeat.
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