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.
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).
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.
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.
Originally, 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
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
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
Where’s the music? Big thanks to Aric Dunn for his work putting these Spotify playlists together.
Where do you go social dancing? Check out this awesome Swingin’ Denver calendar of most community events. Another great resource is the Colorado Swing Dance Facebook group.
What if you’re hooked and want more classes? You can check out the Swingin’ Denver classes or refer again to our calendar and the Colorado Swing Dance Facebook group for other classes around town.
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.
I have a confession. I have a compulsion to correct written errors, such as grammar, punctuation and spelling. It drives me crazy when I see professional events or bloggers that want to be taken seriously publish materials rife with errors. Even I’m disappointed in myself when I see that on published materials.
Seth Godin recently encourages people to write how they talk. Afterwards, check your work for the small things. It’s jarring to read “its important” or “encompasin” in materials I should take seriously. Hold yourself to a higher standard and others will follow.
Answering what is jitterbug spirit is akin to asking why I enjoy Camp Hollywood so much. Each year I come away measuring how much social dancing I did. And, in recent years, I measure a supremely low number yet I know I still had fun. There’s a euphoric sense that what happens at Camp Hollywood cannot be replicated anywhere else. That is the Jitterbug Spirit. Continue reading