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The names of swing dances (mostly) demystified | The Home of Happy Feet
A large number of things have been called "shag" or "jive" over the years.
dancing  dance  lindyhop  lindy  jive  shag  balboa  swing 
october 2017 by pw201
Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox: Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles | TED Talk | TED.com
A couple of ballroom dancers who have developed various ways of switching lead/follow during the dance.
dance  ballroom  gender  dancing  waltz  salsa 
october 2016 by pw201
Peter Loggins - On The Importance Of Learning Other Dances Aside From The Lindy Hop : Atilio Menéndez : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Loggins on how to dance at a real jazz club where most people are there to listen, and some history related to the old time ballrooms. Plus some advocacy for learning stuff other than lindy (maybe I should brush up my rusty ballroom skills).
ballroom  dancing  etiquette  jazz  lindy  lindy-hop  history 
october 2016 by pw201
86ing a.k.a. Throwing Someone Out Of Your Venue | It's The Way That You Do It
After all the discussions on harassment, I'm coming to the conclusion that the hardest thing is not finding the right words for your code of conduct, but actually dealing with the nasty business of having to tell someone they're doing something wrong and maybe they can't come back. Here's a post from someone who's done it.
harassment  lindy-hop  lindy  dancing  safety 
april 2015 by pw201
Lindy Hop Event Organizers Conversation on Creating Safer Dance Spaces - YouTube
An hour's conversation between various scene and event organisers on codes of conduct and whatnot. Including the Swing Patrol UK's Scott Cupit, and Nina Gilkenson of Mobtown Ballroom, whose CoC I've previously linked to. Good stuff. One thing I didn't realise is that organisers are regularly giving offenders the boot but doing so quietly so people don't get scared. Organisers don't want to stop the party (are camps total debauches only in the USA, or do I just not get invited to the right afterparties?), want to treat people as adults (Cupit rejects the idea of CoC specially for teachers on that basis), and don't want to police every damn social interaction. OTOH recognise that there's a groundswell for more explicit policies and enforcement.
lindyhop  lindy-hop  sexual-assault  dance  dancing 
february 2015 by pw201
The Last Chance Ragtime Band by Harry & Edna on the Wireless | Mixcloud
Last Chance Ragtime Band on the radio, talking about playing for dancers. I knew them before they were famous.
music  ragtime  dancing  lindyhop  new-orleans 
november 2014 by pw201
The Fox Trot in the Jazz Age - YouTube
What they called Foxtrot in the 1920s was rather different to the modern ballroom version.
dancing  foxtrot  jazz 
october 2014 by pw201
Jazz Dance Film Fest 2014
Bunch of fun dancing films. I like the rubber ducky.
dancing  lindy  lindyhop  balboa  film  jazz 
september 2014 by pw201
FOLLOWERS FIRST - Jazz As Movement
Nathan Bugh writes: "Not only is following active and difficult, it is also the prerequisite for leading. When it comes to learning and teaching basic, lead/follow skills, the follower's technique is a much more immediate priority than the leader's technique. Her dancing ability, her awareness, strength, balance, use of the floor, etc. are the elements from which spring her following ability AND the leader's leading ability. She is the beginning of the logic in the dance. In class, the followers empower the leaders to lead and to learn. Leaders judge their progress according to the results that their partners embody. Followers are the focus of the lead/follow process, and they have to follow before the leaders can lead."
jazz  lindy  hop  swing  dancing  following  leading 
april 2014 by pw201
Bill Nye tests the benefits of swing dancing - latimes.com
Bill Nye the Science Guy is a swing dancer. He extols the virtues of dancing in a short interview.
bill-nye  science  lindy  lindyhop  dancing  swing  fitness 
january 2014 by pw201
What is frame?
"My best definition is that its a social convention for how we hold our bodies so our partner knows where we are in space." I like 619shepard's comment because it's less about modelling people as springs and more about how there are conventions which are taught (some of which will involve behaving like a mass on a spring some of the time, to be sure).
frame  dancing  lindy  lindyhop  reddit  swing 
january 2014 by pw201
The science and magic of Lindy Hop | Andy Connelly | Science | theguardian.com
"Great partner dancers may not know it but they are masters of space, time and Newton's laws of motion." Of course we know it: for example, I've decided my "dance name" is "The Oncoming Storm". (I also suspect I know who the Alistair credited at the end is, as he's a Cambridge person).
lindy  physics  dancing  lindyhop  guardian  newton  mechanics 
december 2013 by pw201
DanceSport DJ Ice
This chap has made ballroom remixes of various popular tunes. Epic (or something).
music  dancing  remix  ballroom 
october 2013 by pw201
Kevin and Jo videos
Jo and Kevin recap a course they did a couple of years ago, which has some of the same material they taught in Cambridge recently, but in a Charleston context.
dancing  charleston  lindy 
february 2013 by pw201
hot as fuck: bands | dogpossum.org
Top tips for bands playing for dancers (and dancers dancing to bands).
music  dancing  lindy  jazz  lindyhop 
february 2013 by pw201
European Swing Dance Championships presents: Lindy Hop Bloopers - YouTube
Alternatively hilarious and terrifying. My favourite is the one where they kick the spotter, I think.
dancing  lindy  funny  aerials  lindyhop 
february 2013 by pw201
richardpowers.com
"Richard has been teaching contemporary and historic social dance for over thirty years. He leads workshops around the world and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford University's Dance Division." Some interesting stuff on teaching, DJing and whatnot.
dance  swing  waltz  dancing  ballroom  lindyhop  stanford 
december 2011 by pw201
Strictly Come Dancing! | Woruld under wolcnum
"Some exciting factoids from my trip to be in the Strictly
studio audience (in no particular order!)"
television  tv  dancing 
october 2011 by pw201
Random Thoughts on The Roles of Leading and Following « Swungover
Via CW at Lindy. There seems to be much more debate about this than there is in ballroom, perhaps because ballroom's more conservative anyway, perhaps because it's settled by "you're shorter, therefore you're going backwards so I can see over you".
dancing  lindy  leading  following  swing 
march 2011 by pw201

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