The Episode Where the Koreans Bring It

I was going to post this right quick on the Facebook Page for Wandering & Pondering, but then I realized that I had more to say than a quick blurb.

This is the final for the Strictly Lindy Hop competition at the Korean Lindy Hop Championships during Camp Swing It. The 2nd couple here just kills it with the sequence starting at 2:40 that brings the judges to their feet.

Then there’s the all skate which is usually the least interesting parts of these kinds of contests because there’s so much going on and people just trying to survive until the end. It starts conventionally with everyone swinging out. It happens almost every contest simply because it’s the easiest way for anyone to begin. It is the basic after all. Plus the audience gets a big rush from seeing everyone moving in unison like that.

There’s always that little bit of tension from the competitors and audience stand point to see how long everyone decides to stick with the California Routine. On the one hand you there is the challenge of keeping up with everyone and showing them that you know your stuff. But then there comes a point when people remember that this is a contest of which the point is to stand out and effn’ win.

As you see in this video, the last couple blows convention out of the water by throwing a huge aerial and stealing everyone’s thunder right off the bat.

But then that second couple steals it right back by pulling a Kim & David special (see the end of this video) and throwing 8 kips in a row. Although it did look like he just muscled her over for those last few. But then they nail the end of the song with one last spot on kip. Damn fine show. Congratulations to everyone.

Placements (via the YouTube description on the video):

1st: JeongWoo Hong & Crystal Lee
2nd: JaeKyu Ju & Min young Choi
3rd: Tae Hyun Kim & Yoo Jin Park

And here’s the first all skate of this contest for all you completionists out there.

Go check out the FB page for this blog for more highlights from Camp Swing It and the Korean Lindy Hop Championships and much more regular postings of odds and ends I find around the Lindyverse and beyond.

Yes, I do realize I haven’t posted much lately here, but I’ll keep you company on Facebook until I can sort through all the stuff that’s being thrown at me. Thanks for your patience.

BTW, while we’re on the subject of Asians, I thought I’d share my new favorite video. Haters bring the prejudice and ignorance and Asians bring the song and dance. This is how we do.

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12 Comments

  1. Mari said,

    March 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    It’s official – this DEFINITELY solidifies my desire to work in Seoul for a year. Yep. Here I come.

  2. March 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Me & Seoul have a date in like 2 weeks! I just hope they have enough energy left after that.

    • Jennifer said,

      March 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Rebecca, trust me! Lindyhoppers in Seoul just got energy boost from this event! :D The scene is hotter than ever since the fabulous last week. Welcome to Seoul!

  3. Nalla Kim said,

    March 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Lindyhoppers~!! Come to Seoul, Korea~!! :)

  4. Gina said,

    March 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I just moved to South Korea. Now I really can’t wait to go dancing here.

  5. Mats said,

    March 29, 2011 at 5:04 am

    That is just excellent dancing! When do we get the first travelling international Lindy teachers from Korea?

    • Jennifer said,

      March 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      There actually are already. Many Korean dancers have been to Herrang dance camp, Jeongwoo and Crystal (the 2nd couple – and the 1st place winner of this Strictly lindy competition) spent some time last Summer traveling around the US and Europe, dancing. You’ll meet a lot more this year, I am sure!

      • Jennifer said,

        March 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        Ooops, I just found I misread your word “travelling international Lindy teachers” as “travelling international Lindyhoppers”.. sorry! (Though most of the travelling Korean Lindyhoppers teaches locally.) Hope it’ll not take too long to see one. ;)

  6. Jennifer said,

    March 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    As one of the lindyhoppers who actually participated in the event live (Camp Swing It!), I am very happy to see the event (and what happend there) is shared beyond Korea. Thanks for posting!

    To help you connect the placement results with the video clip:
    1st place Jeongwoo Hong & Crystal Lee – 2nd couple in dancing order
    2nd place Jaekyu Ju & MinYoung Choi – 1st couple in the order
    3rd place TaeHyun Kim & YooJin Park – 6th (last) couple in dancing order.

    • Jerry said,

      March 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

      Awesome. Thanks Jennifer!

  7. Michael said,

    March 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    No Joke – swing in Korea is freaking awesome:) I visited seoul for a couple weeks a year ago from Chicago and loved it! CHicago has a great scene too – but Seoul’s got it beat easy. TONS of enthusiasm, and lots of crazy fun dancers to boot. really nice too!

  8. Lisa said,

    March 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Yes! Mari, you should definitely come here. Gina, where in Korea are you living?


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