Carry on Dancing,
This week's flourish reminds me a little bit of the "swing" I learned in elementary school when we learned the Virginia Reel in gym class. But since we're not ten years old anymore, there's a bit more centrifugal force involved. Given this force and speed, though, there is a rather large asterisk on this flourish that says, "Please do not use on people with known arm/shoulder issues or people who have not already made clear they want lots and lots and lots of speed." As an illustration of the differences between dancers: despite my love of swinging fast, this one's a bit strong for me, truth be told. Steve, however, thinks this one is awesome.
Carry on Dancing,
P.S. To answer a question that several people have written to ask me, no, we won't be at Youth Dance Weekend (just wasn't in the cards for this year), but it looks like it's going to be a blast. (And if any of you happen to find some new flourishes out there...send them my way, please -- they might be featured on this blog!)
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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