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When can we safely dance again?

On Aug 12, the experts weigh in! A panel discussion courtesy of Dance Flurry.


Wednesday, August 12 / 8-9:30 PM ET
With the world topsy-turvey and so much in limbo, the question feels almost irreverent: When will we get to dance? While we don’t have a crystal ball, the DFO and Flurry Festival have teamed up to bring you the next best thing: an online panel featuring experts in medicine, public health, ethics, and of course, traditional dance! 

Moderated by caller and organizer Claire Takemori, this conversation will explore our current dance dilemma from every angle, and answer the questions you haven’t even thought of yet. We’ll consider which conditions might permit social dancing, how to approach it as safely as possible, and what dance might look like along the road to the new normal. The event will stream on our Facebook page, but you can also register for free to join the Zoom discussion and submit your own questions for our panelists.

Register to Join view event

Meet the panelists:
Will Mentor, contra and square dance caller
Katy German, Executive Director of CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society)
Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Albany County Public Health Commissioner
Dr. Mary Applegate, Clinical Professor in Social Behavior and Community Health at the University at Albany School of Public Health
Professor Linda Breslin, Instructor and Ethics Consultant with Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization and Flurry Festival. This Presidents Weekend the Online Flurry, a three-day extravaganza of music and dance, will come from around the country straight to you!

News: Glen Echo dance cancellation

The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has elected to extend the cancellation of all social dances through at least July 31, 2020 due to the COVID crisis. The Partnership will re-evaluate plans as the situation evolves.

The news is disappointing but hardly unexpected. Stay safe.

Elixir’s Fathers Day Zoom Concert/Dance

A program of waltzes and other selections– swing, fiddle tunes, and a singing square– for your dancing and listening pleasure. We miss playing together! We miss playing for you! So please join us for this event that is a dance party, a father’s day concert, a quixotic musical undertaking, and a reunion of friends from far and wide.

With Anna Patton at the musical engineering helm, we are preparing recorded tracks for each other so that we can take turns playing live for you from our homes. We’re taking the opportunity to debut new tunes and songs, as well as playing and singing some old favorites. Join us on Zoom to watch, listen, dance along, and find out what we’ve been up to.

About the Band
Elixir combines driving fiddle and guitar playing and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section. They perform tightly crafted music drawing on a wide range of styles– cinematic waltzes, elegant melodies that evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and traditional and original fiddle tunes.

Elixir is:
• Nils Fredland, vocals / dance calling / trombone
• Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
• Jesse Readlynn, trumpet
• Anna Patton, clarinet / vocals
• Owen Morrison, guitar / feet

(Unfortunately it turns out the Nils won’t be available to be in the live zoom with us, but his singing and trombone playing will be there. Also thanks to Riley Goodemote for filling in a few brass parts for us!)

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The Zoom will be hosted by Claire Takemori and her excellent team. It will open 15 min early to get everyone on Zoom, learn how to use the features, and say hello.

All donations benefit the musicians
Suggested donation $20+ (like a house concert) but all are welcome refardless of ability to donate.

paypal.me/elixirband

Venmo -Anna-Patton-6

Checks to:
Anna Patton
21 West St
Brattleboro VT
05301

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Have you tried dancing on Zoom?
One of the BEST things is that it allows everyone to interact in their own way. You can arrange (via Chat) to PIN videos with a friend while dancing. You can also dance improv, or enjoy watching the dancing, or just listen and be transformed by the music.

We have 500 person capacity, so invite your friends, musicians, and anyone who would enjoy waltz music or dancing.

For your safety, if you want to dance at home:
Please clear a space, consider wearing shoes if you’re used to dancing in shoes, stay hydrated, go easy if you haven’t been dancing regularly.

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We also plan to FB Live stream from Zoom, so if the Zoom is over 500 people, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ClaireTakemoriDanceCaller/videos/
Look for the RED “LIVE” and click that video image.

Due to Zoom security issues,
We have updated Zoom access.
Please be sure to display your full name when you open Zoom or you may not be let in.

Click here: https://www.proyl.com/9DDLx0b4u
It will go to a link protection website and show you a code to enter.
Type in the 6 digit code, CASE sensitive
It will send you to zoom.

One tap mobile
+16699006833,,93700713509#,,1#,346603#

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ZOOM TIPS:
* Install & test Zoom before the event. Test your mic and speaker.
* Please MUTE yourself unless you are talking during the chat times.
* If you have issues with internet, you can turn OFF your video and that might help.
* Highly recommend using the Zoom app and NOT a web browser for best sound.
*There are more connection issues using a phone than computer.
* Video options (top R of PC screen): Speaker view (puts the musicians center screen) or Gallery view (lets you scroll through pages of participants).
* You can also “PIN” any video and it will stay centered. You can also “CHAT” with a friend and PIN each other’s videos to “dance together”
To PIN a video on a PC, hover over the video and click on the 3 dots in the corner. Select “PIN video”.
You can also go to “Participants list” and find someone by name, then click on them and PIN should be an option.
* iOS and Android devices have different options. It may work on a phone to double tap the video you want to PIN.

We look forward to seeing you! Reply Reply All Forward

Glen Echo update

Cancellations of all on-site classes and camps are extended through June 30, 2020.

Cancellations of other on-site events and programs, including private rentals, are cancelled until further notice. 

See the full message through the link below.

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/IMPORTANT-UPDATE-from-Our-Executive-Director.html?soid=1100741375675&aid=tMNxiWD7XSo

Virtual Waltz with Owen and Anna, Sunday, 5/10, 3:45

Message from Owen Morrison and Anna Patton:


This online concert will fill your heart with music and bring dance to your feet, with mostly waltz and a couple other dance tunes. Grab a house mate or broom, swirl about solo or just sit back and enjoy as the music carries you away.


Owen Morrison and Anna Patton have been playing together for more than 15 years as members of Elixir, The Figments and other combinations. Anna is beloved for her soulful clarinet playing and masterful improvisation. Owen’s guitar playing is best known for it’s powerful and danceable rhythm, but his fluid flat-picking has attracted a growing fan base as well. Anna and Owen have recorded several projects together including three albums with Elixir and, most recently, a collection of 14 waltzes composed by Owen. The duo will perform some waltzes from that album, “Daybreak,” and many other favorites from their years of collaborating.


The Zoom will open 15 min early to get everyone on Zoom, learn how to use the features, and say hello! 12:45pm PDT (3:45pm EDT)


Owen & Anna will play 2 sets, with a short break between for folks to say hello! We will stick around after, if anyone wants to chat some more.
***We might even get to meet Owen’s baby, Elliot.

All donations benefit the musicians. They will split all receipts, so you can donate once, not to both links.

Venmo: Owen-Morrison

PayPal: paypal.me/annamerylpatton

Have you tried dancing on Zoom? One of the BEST things is that it allows everyone to interact in their own way. You can “PIN” anyone’s video and dance while looking at their video. Even better, you can arrange (via Chat) to PIN videos with a friend. The best part is that you don’t know when you’re PIN’d and there’s no limit, so it’s totally inclusive.

You can also dance at home, or enjoy watching all the dancing, or just listen and be transformed by the music.


We have the extra capacity Zoom meeting, so invite your friends across the world. We are looking forward to seeing folks from the Bay Area, all across the country to the DC area and Vermont.


For your safety, if you want to dance at home: Please clear a space, consider wearing shoes if you’re used to dancing in shoes, stay hydrated, go easy if you haven’t been dancing regularly.


Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/95861637775?pwd=NWFOS1pUNHVFQWhwRDdBa0hoNzc4QT09
Meeting ID: 958 6163 7775Password: 010064One tap mobile+16699006833,,95861637775#,,1#,010064# US (San Jose)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad1OR2j8ip

ZOOM TIPS:

* Install & test Zoom before the event. Test your mic and speaker.

* Please MUTE yourself unless you are talking during the chat times.

* If you have issues with internet, you can turn OFF your video and that might help.

* If there is a HUGE turnout, we may ask folks to turn off all video & mute so the music can be more clear.

* Video options (top R of PC screen): Speaker view (puts the musicians center screen) or Gallery view (lets you scroll through pages of participants).

* You can also “PIN” any video and it will stay centered. You can PIN anyone and they won’t know, and any number can PIN the same person. You can also “CHAT” with a friend and PIN each other’s videos to “dance together” To PIN a video on a PC, hover over the video and click on the 3 dots in the corner. Select “PIN video”. You can also go to “Participants list” and find someone by name, then click on them and PIN should be an option.

* iOS and Android devices have different options. It may work on a phone to double tap the video you want to PIN.


We hope to make this an on-going event. We would love to see you there!

Note: Join the meeting at 3:45 to forestall any problems with Zoom. Music will start at 4:00.

May cancellations

A message from GEPPAC:

In accordance with the most recent orders from the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has extended cancellations of all classes and events at Glen Echo Park through May 15, 2020. The Partnership will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, staff, and the larger community.

We regret that the annual Strauss Ball and the afternoon dance scheduled for May 10 are canceled. Stay safe.