_This blog post was inspired by an impromptu talk my friend Renee gave in the ladies' room at ContraCopia in Philadelphia, PA a few weeks ago for another dancer who asked her about stretches she could do. After a bit more thought on the matter, Renee was kind enough to supply me with some stretches that she felt contra dancers should consider to help stretch the muscles we use when we dance (and when we add flourishes). As with any physical activity: if it hurts, don't do it; we want to prevent injuries!
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.
The 100+ Friday Flourish videos can still be found on YouTube.
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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