This week's flourish was pulled out on me a couple of weeks ago when I danced with a new partner. At Glen Echo we favor the "both hands up" promenade position, and this lends itself to a few nifty flourishes. Most commonly, it's a twirl out under the follow's left arm. This flourish leads from the lead's and follow's right arms and turns the follow under that way.
This week's flourish is based on something I observed when I went out to my alma mater for the Dandelion Romp last April. One of the predominant promenade holds was a skaters' hold, which I had not seen used much in New England or the Mid-Atlantic, where I have danced before. So now we share with those of you who might not be as familiar with this hold.
You, too, can have your flourishes featured! Show them to me and they might get featured!
Coming up next week, we take another look at Spokane, WA's Deca-dance when I talk to DJ Gaga, who used to host Spintronica on radio station KYRS, as well as more syncretistic fun!
Carry on Dancing,
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