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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
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
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
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
The Right Match: A Short Documentary - YouTube
"Drs. Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry are innovative researchers who connect the complexities of mathematics with the intricacies of organ transplantation." They came up with using graph theory and integer programming to match up reciprocal kidney donors (that is, where someone wants to donate to their family member but they aren't compatible, so they swap with another incompatible pair). These guys are also swing dancers, so this came via /r/SwingDancing.
transplant  graph  lindyhop  swing  medicine  kidney  mathematics  science 
november 2013 by pw201
Swing Dance Frame as Non-Newtonian Fluid | Jason Sager
Neat analogy for the way some moves work by resisting impulses (so that they are transferred and provide a net impetus to the follower) but not resisting smooth movement.
lindy  frame  fluid  lindyhop  dance 
july 2013 by pw201
Ambidancetrous: The Blog — "We don't want to make people uncomfortable." (aka, "What about teh menz?!")
"Ultimately, some of the worry that some straight guys will be uncomfortable dancing with other men (or being led by a woman) may be justified." Het guys: you lost the oppression Olympics, so your comfort and consent about who touches you is less important than our plan to build a utopia through dance. PROBLEMATIC. Well, OK, that bit rubbed me up the wrong way. But seriously, I think an "ambidancetrous" dance scene would be less "problematic" if the expectations (and how they differ from pretty much every other scene) were made clear up front. What I expect would happen then is that if you insisted every lesson was ambidancetrous, you'd never get enough people to make a viable community. Maybe it'd work as an option within an established scene, though.
lindy  consent  gender  feminism  lindyhop  dance 
may 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
Carsie Blanton's Baby Can Dance - OFFICIAL VIDEO - YouTube
Nice song, cool lindy in the video (almost all lead and followed apparently, there's no choreography apart from one tiny bit) illustrating that it's not all about the aerials.
music  lindy  lindyhop  dance 
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

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