"The Elftones" at Glen Echo, MD Contradance 2012-08-31 / CALLER: Gaye Fifer




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Published on Sep 2, 2012

2012-08-31: Gaye Fifer calls while "The Elftones" play at Glen Echo, MD's Bumper Car Pavilion.

BAND: "The Elftones" (http://www.elftones.com/), A popular, highly energetic North Carolina-based band that plays a blend of Irish, Scottish, Canadian, old-time, and original tunes.
- Mara Shea (fiddle)
- Roger Gold (guitar)

DANCE: "Serendipity (Chris Page, Becket)
A1 Women allemande right 1 & 1/2 (4), Neighbor swing (12)
A2 Circle left 3/4 (8), Partner allemande right 1 & 1/2 to long waves (8) (men face in)
B1 Balance long waves (4), Rotate the wave/box circulate (3) [1]
Neighbor allemande right 1/4 to short waves of four (women in center) (1)
Balance short waves (4)
All drop hands, walk forward to next wave (3)
New neighbor allemande right 1/4 to long waves (men face in) (1)
B2 Balance long wave (4)s, Rotate the wave/box circulate (4) [2], Partner swing (8)

Author notes: Named because this sequence started life as a four-face four, turned into a square, mutated into a keeper square, and briefly flirted with becoming a grid square, until I realized I had a "simple" contra.

[1] Men cross the set to their neighbor's place, women loop right to their partner's place.
[2] Men cross the set to their partner's place, women loop right to their neighbor's place.

(0:00 - 4:06) Toss the Feathers (traditional Irish)
(4:08 - 6:22) Tongadale Reel (Scottish; Farquhar MacDonald)
(6:22 - END) Sligo Creek (Danny Noveck)

CAMERA: Canon S95, "HD" quality, auto settings other than set for incandescent lights (actually the wrong setting for the BCP!)

REMARKS: This was the second contra after the break. Great turnout - four full lines for Gaye and "The Elftones."

The Bumper Car Pavilion is the Friday Night Dance's alternate location when the Spanish Ballroom is not available. It was built in 1923 as a cornerstone attraction during Glen Echo Park's amusement park era. In 1995, the Park Service organized a volunteer effort that restored the floor boards and stabilized the pavilion. It is now used for dances, concerts, classes, and private rentals.

INFO: For more info about Glen Echo Contras, see:
- http://fridaynightdance.org/
- http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php?O... (http://tinyurl.com/3h657yv)

More Glen Echo contradance videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/klmabon/
Contradance chat and advanced moves: http://www.contrasyncretist.com/


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