On Friday, I leave for Midwest LindyFest where I’ll visit with family, compete, dj, and dance. My DJ duties primary focus is djing for the auditions Saturday morning, so I thought I’d address auditions once more. Continue reading
One of the best ways to express your personal style is through your socks. As swing dancers, we’re kicking, rockin’, dancing out applejacks, and doing other flash moves. These athletic maneuvers draw attention to our shoes, how our pants flow, but most importantly, draws attention to that canvas occupied between pants and shoes, our socks. Continue reading
There’s nothing like an impersonal form letter demanding money in dense legalese so I can legally play music. I rightfully freaked out. ASCAP had never bothered me before and everywhere I played music was legally covered. In fact, all my teaching venues have an ASCAP license (Arvada Tavern and The Infinite Monkey Theorem) and the church is licensed through OneLicense, though for that I should be playing legal gospel swing music. Gospel music for balboa dancers. Would that fly, Kyle?
It’s time to rehabilitate the pretzel, the move derided by lindy hoppers, adored by east coast swingers, morphed by westies, and done oh so crazily by the country dancers. Rebecca Brightly lists it as the #2 Problem that beginner dancers commit. This blogger hates it. Another upper level dancer calls for its death. Why the hate? Continue reading
Never mind. Don’t think of pink elephants. You failed, didn’t you? You’re probably thinking of pink elephants right now, perhaps even Google searching them. Let’s try another one. Don’t think of pizza. Did it work? Are you abstaining from those mental images?
It’s hard, isn’t it? Our mind somehow passes over the “not” and skips to what follows it. We’re searching for what to do. We’re searching for the actionable message. Continue reading
During Stompology, Jesse and I had the pleasure of joining Jonathan Stout for brunch at the Owl House (go there if you visit Rochester, NY). This is a two-month old account, so my memory is shaky, but I’ll do my best to paraphrase well. As we were driving, we talked about music, namely about music during classes and its importance.
Over the past few weeks, neckwear, particularly ties, have been an oft-repeated subject. Whether it is a Skidoo team member needing necktie tying assistance, seeing M. Roberts of Nineteen Forty, reading another “How to Tie a Bow Tie” Facebook request, or someone asking me about my silk knit ties, neckwear keeps popping up. This post will address multiple questions, so I can help Colorado men be more fashionable and self-sufficient.