Summer Soirée is FULL ... but I do expect cancellations and changes, and all but a few single women have been confirmed. The dance will not be perfectly balanced, but I also do not want to have too many unhappy dancers, so I have limited how imbalanced it can get.
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We are so excited to welcome back Great Bear Trio (with friends) for 2013! They last played Soireé in 2008, the first year I was Soirée's organizer! Details are not finalized but the "friends" will include a drummer! Also back from 2008 is our beloved Caller Beth Molaro! Our other headliner band is the hottest band from the West Coast: the Syncopaths, and of course, we will have Caller Maggie Jo Saylor!
More details: Summer Soirée T-Shirts
TechNO? Yes! We are planning to 'make up' for the lack of a techno contra this year with a special 'crossover' contra that will include some techno music but will mostly feature some great rock and disco classics that will be great fun for contra! Jordy Williams will wow you again!
Gender Balance? Yes. Sort of. We will try to balance this year again, but may be slightly less "perfect" about it, which means that there may be more of one gender than the other. There is so much controversy around this issue that I am loathe to continue the tradition, but the weekend's theme will be Gender Free - in other words, the calls and dances will have an emphasis on gender neutral moves and styles and opportunities to switch and learn new ways to approach the gent and lady roles. Above all, we will play with gender freedom! If a perfect gender balance is important to you, you may not be happy with this year's experiment.
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We will have Sunderland Hall dorms this year, so many of our dancers will stay in air conditioned comfort.
Ticket Prices for Summer Soirée 2013:
We are still working on the budget - the college continues to raise prices every year; we keep this as affordable as we can. Know that it is a labor of love on the part of all organizers.
More videos from Summer Soirée 2011 by John Newsome:
Summer Soirée Folk-alizer
Kiss My Asheville Blog
Giant Robot Dance at Glen Echo. Dance sequence is Coconut Cream Pie by Lynn Ackerson.
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