ME: Hi there, would you like to go out on a date with me? SM: Sure! [Date begins] ME: So, uh, how are you doing? SM: Great! Just jetted in from Paris, learned some more French, bought this great new dress, had some drinks with Chirac, you know, same ol’ same ol’. How about you?… Continue reading My allegorical speed date with a supermodel
I posted the following note in rebuttal to a fellow who asserted this: When I go to a workshop and it is a bunch of patterns and moves I feel like I wasted my money. — Why? This seems really strange to me. Personally, I think the ideal Lindy instruction is that which is balanced…… Continue reading Lindy Hop — The validity of learning steps
I was chatting with a kind and talented Lindy Hopper friend today after our usual Sunday dance, and he shared with me an interesting concept. “You know how we often say that it’s wrong for people to be snobs?” he asked. “Well, I think the other side is that we have an obligation not to… Continue reading An obligation not to be intimidated
A friend of mine recently posted a note on the Bay Area Lindy Hop board called SwingTalk, asking who people thought were “Lindy Hop Greats.” I responded with the following, which — although it contains the names of some local (San Francisco) talent — should still serve as an interesting view into what I perceive… Continue reading Lindy Hop Greatness
You know how some stuff goes better with butter?Or with Van Halen?Or with snowflakes? I think greetings and compliments go better with one’s name. Let me explain. When dancing, I think it’s much nicer to hear “Thanks for the dance, Adam” instead of just the more-common “Thanks.” It seems to flowly nicely at the invitation-end,… Continue reading Say my name, say my name!
Don’t you love it when stuff just clicks? I take Lindy Hop lessons every Thursday from two of the world’s top swing dancers, and afterwards, I generally stay for their three hour dance party. Sometimes I stay because I just don’t want to go home, not because I’m having a particularly stellar night. But last… Continue reading When it just clicks
The (favorably) ever-present Harald noted in a recent comment that he wasn’t sure what Lindy Hop is. I think I may have explained it WAY earlier in my blogging, but it bears repeating: Lindy Hop is the original American swing dance, invented and popularized by blacks in Harlem, New York. In its most showy form,… Continue reading What the heck is Lindy Hop?
I recently got back from Lindy in the Park (LitP), an every-Sunday event where 50-150 of us crazy swing dancers get together to dance on a large ‘bandstand’ in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park… usually in front of dozens of gawking tourists with videocams 😀 Sometimes I’m asked why I get up nearly every Sunday… Continue reading Does it get any better than this?