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Last week, I was invited to a Facebook event. I wanted to know more information so I clicked on the “Find Tickets” option to take me to their website. That’s when I got the “Server not found” message. Quick investigative work showed that they typed the URL with the wrong suffix.

This only emphasizes that you have to take great care of what people see first. Initial impressions matter, so proofread your work.

Hashtag Proliferation

Joining double spaces after periods, misspelled words, I’d like to add hashtags within sentences as things I dislike reading on Facebook. It’s a surefire method for getting me to disengage. According to some studies, I’m not alone.

Here are my quick tips:

  • save hashtags for the end of your promotions
  • keep them pertinent so when people click on it, they get something related to your post
  • minimize or remove them for Facebook

Comparing Competitions – Videos

Camp Hollywood 2017 Amateur Lindy – 219bpm

Camp Hollywood 2017 Open Lindy – 252bpm

Lindy on the Rocks 2017 Hellzapoppin’ Strictly – 205bpm All-Skate at 6:53 -208bpm

Lindy on the Rocks 2017 Amateur Strictly – 195bpm All-Skate at 7:11 – 204bpm

Heartland Swing Festival 2017 Open Strictly Lindy – 197bpm (notice the energy contrast)

Heartland Swing Festival 2017 Fast Dance Battle – 212bpm and 269bpm

ILHC 2017 All-Star Strictly – 248bpm

Hellzapoppin’ – roughly 339bpm??

Handshake Protocol – Asking to Dance

I was at work answering phones and was thinking about the ways we initiate conversation or say phrases before tackling the reason for this communication. Some people mean, others are just their form of acknowledgements. It’s another type of handshaking. In other words, it’s how we initiate communication before we can exchange information (the lead/follow aspect of the dance).

Handshake of two glossy characters

We also do this (or we should) at social dances. Use your words – “would you like to dance?” Perhaps even “would you like to follow” or “would you like to lead?”

Please don’t be like my friend (who I do appreciate) that comes in with big eyes, palms down, arms upraised.

begging-dogOr that person that silently only offers their hand.

outstretched-handIf the person is deaf and maybe you know them, this could be ok.


But do consider your words. I understand there might be shortcuts in play if you know the person, but it’s nice to be asked and it’s nice to ask. It sets you up for a good social dance.

The Case For Engagement

crosswalk-groupOriginally, this post was going to only be about social media, but that’s only one part of the interaction equation. Here at Swingin’ Denver, we like to engage our community through social media, namely Facebook, and in person at events with host or co-host. It’s our way of creating stronger social ties that, in turn, keep others engaged in our community. Continue reading

Evolution of the Black Coffee Routine

Late last night, Nicholas Tran from ASU tagged me on this video of Sarah Winch leading the ASU Swing Devils in the beginning of my “Black Coffee” routine. You can see Nicholas Tran on the left side.

First of all, well done on breaking it down and teaching it to the students. I actually watched this when I woke up at 6:15am. Boo early mornings! Yay to fun videos!

Anyway, I wanted to share how the Black Coffee routine came to be. Continue reading

Whose Students?

I recently had a brief conversation with another local instructor about who could claim a student. Come to find out, there are many swing dancers that take classes all across Denver. We’re creating addicts! Continue reading

New Students – What Should You Know?

big-leg-kickWhere’s the music? Big thanks to Aric Dunn for his work putting these Spotify playlists together.

Where are the class recaps? Here on the SwinginStyle YouTube channel. Or here as they feed into the Facebook YouTube app. Most teachers will also post them in our Facebook student group too.

Where do you go social dancing? A good resource is the Colorado Swing Dance Facebook group. We also recommend staying update with our Facebook events.

What if you’re hooked and want more classes? You can check out the Swingin’ Denver classes or refer again to  the Colorado Swing Dance Facebook group for other classes around town.

Bring water bottles when taking classes at Sanctuary Studio.

Practice, practice, practice!

Saying “Yes, in my Backyard”

I first started swing dancing regularly at a Kansas City ballroom studio. Back then, it had the only all-ages swing dance venue. Eventually, I got immersed and even started teaching at this studio. That is when I discovered how fortress-like ballroom studios could be.
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