Learning to Count by Jake Coutts

From Jake Coutts’ APA Essay

Abstract

Swing dancers are a group of very welcoming and interesting individuals, a group that has seen an increase in popularity in the last 20 to 30 years. I interviewed three different swing dance instructors to learn from their knowledge of swing dancing. I was also able to experience firsthand both a class from one of the instructors and a social dance following the class. I was able to draw upon the knowledge of the instructors to point me to good secondary sources of information on the history of swing dance. Swing dancers, instructors especially, want to bring in as many people as possible to learn how to swing dance, so that the art of swing dancing doesn’t disappear as it almost did once before; swing dancers are keeping alive and simultaneously growing this interesting and exciting dance style. Continue reading

1 Year Recap – Why The Music Variety

First, I want to give some love to one of my favorite songs. I wish more bands would play this. It such a delight when Andrew Vogt played this at Rocky Mountain Girl 2015 and The Arvada Tavern. It seems this song has been with me since I moved Denver thanks to it being my first competition song with 23 Skidoo.

Music is so important to our dance form. As the music changes, it affects our dancing. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy inspires east coast swing, Wingy Manone breeds Charleston, Benny Goodman entices lindy hoppers, Artie Shaw gets the balboa dancers off their seats. And it’s even more fun when you have DJs actually being disc jockeys, watching and adapting to the crowd. And what’s even more fun is introducing new bands to swing dancers and vice versa!

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1 Year Recap – Why We Take Photos

Big Apple Pose
Big Apple Pose

Welcome to Swingin’ Denver’s 1 Year Anniversary Recap series. It’s a way to share what we’ve done, the accomplishments we’ve made, the goals we’ve set, and the reasons why we do what we do.

First off – hey! We’re 1 year old! Officially, we’re just over 13 months, but who’s counting. We officially kicked things off May, 2014 with a Big Apple workshop. Then we launched our Arvada Tavern classes July, 2014.

One thing that’s important to us is documenting the Denver dance scene. Even though we’re living in an Internet age with smartphones ready to capture the important and mundane, not much has been published of our swing scene. Or the published majority only comes from our large events. I wanted to capture what happens on a local level.

Hanging out at the Irish Snug
Hanging out at the Irish Snug

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