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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
BENDOCKERY.COM: The Anatomy of Swing
A series of articles with examples. The bit about "laying back" was new to me.
swing  music  jazz 
april 2017 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 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
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
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
The Swinger « Music Machinery
Turn anything into a jive (well, anything in 4/4 anyway): "The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. It has quite a magical effect."
music  python  audio  programming  software  swing  jive 
may 2010 by pw201

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