With a knee injury, you get a lot of socializing practice and you learn new things. Last week, I learned how one dancer helps others feel welcome. We’ll call it the 6 Song Rule.
Apparently, she pays attention to people that may have been sitting out a long time without being asked to dance. If she noticed that this person had been sitting out 6 songs, she’ll ask them to dance. That way they’ll feel more welcome into our dance community that can be intimidating at times. I think we all could learn something here.
In case you haven’t noticed, Montreal Swing Riot Lindy Hop Battle finals are finally up! This was a 4 round competition consisting of prelims , quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. They went from 29 or 30 couples down to 8 to 4 to 2. It was long, exhausting, tough, and fun. Here’s a glimpse of how semis and finals went down. Continue reading →
Back in 2007, I DJ’ed the 4th Annual Harlem Nights in Utah alongside Mike Faltesek, Ryan Borkenhagen (that guy again!), Ron Dante Capunay, and Jimmy Suisse. One of my best memories is finding out about Wingy Manone that weekend. I love the vocals, the chunky rhythms, the spirited horns, the chunky rhythm carrying your movement through and through. Search for more of his music on Spotify or here to download.
Today and last week has featured brass band Spotify playlists. Recently, we were approached about working with a brass band for a New Orleans-type event where a buy-in would be involved. My question to answer for this level of implied participation and promotion was – do you swing?
Recommended listening included Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, and others from Spotify playlists. The bottomline is that while this music makes me want to groove, move, and shake, it doesn’t swing. It’s funky, fun, calls & responds, but does not make move like a swing dancer. Check it out!
I’m still surprised how often I have to explain what Swingin’ Denver is about. One recent example is when I was communicating with another teacher who believes in the scarcity model. This is where there is a limited amount of the whole pie and it’s in the best interest of each swing school to grab as much as possible because their fate is tied to getting more of that pie. Continue reading →
Recently, Kyle Smith, David Lawrence and I sat down to talk music. That’s when both of us discovered that Django once did a tour with Duke Ellington. Fascinating! This reminded me of one of my favorite dance memories. Years ago, CMDance organized an event where the Saturday night dance featured Gypsy Swing Revue. This happened the same weekend as Summit Jazz Festival. Well, Ryan Borkenhagen, a former Denverite (too old school for me to find videos on YouTube), knew many musicians there and brought over Duke Heitger and a couple other horn players. It was an amazing dance night reminiscent of Django (and Friends).