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Published on Apr 28, 2012
DESCRIPTION: 04/27/2012: Kim Forry calls while "Avant Gardeners" play at Glen Echo, MD's Spanish Ballroom
BAND: "Avant Gardeners" (http://www.theavantgardeners.com/) - Laura Light (fiddle) (http://www.lauralight.com/) - George Paul (piano) - Dave Wiesler (keyboard, guitar) (http://www.azaleacityrecordings.com/d...) - David DiGiuseppe (accordion) (http://www.daviddg.com/) - Loren Oppenheimer (percussion) The deep grooves of the band's mixture of traditional and composed tunes have contributed to the delirium of dancers at countless dances and concerts from coast to coast. Their range of performing styles from traditional swing, Celtic and old time and their facile improvisation on fiddle, piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin, and percussion have given this group their reputation as one of the premier contra and swing dance bands in the country.
CALLER: Kim Forry
TUNES: (0:00 -- 3:35) March of the Lost Boys (George Paul) (3:35 -- 6:18) Paula's Quilt of Life (George Paul) (6:18 -- END) Corilyn Blue (George Paul)
DANCE: Amy's Harmonium (Cary Ravitz, Becket, counter-clockwise) A1 - Long lines forward and back and partners roll away with a half sashay (8); Men allemande right 1+1/2 (8) A2 - Neighbors balance and swing (16) B1 - Ladies chain across (8); Circle left 3/4 and pass through up and down to a new couple (8) B2 - Ladies allemande left 1 while men orbit 1/2 clockwise (6); Partners swing (10).
CAMERA: Canon S95, "HD" quality, auto settings except set for incandescent light
REMARKS: The Spanish Ballroom is a superb dance venue. Built in 1933 and restored in 2003, the art deco style ballroom has a wonderfully live, 7700 SF maple floor which can easily handle 6 lines of contradancers.
This was the 2nd contradance in the 2nd set. There were 4-5 lines of dancers before and 4 after the break. There were about 70 new dancers.