Survivance and Dance

Note:  Long week, but no time to write a new post so I’m putting up some old ones.  This was actually originally posted on my MySpace page a couple of years ago, and then as a Facebook note.

I’m putting it up here because it touches on some issues raise in previous posts and also because I plan on elaborating on some others from it.  When I find the time.

I used to work at the National Museum of the American Indian.  There, I met Gerald McMaster, a curator who coined the term “Survivance” for one of the exhibits.   The word refers to the process by which Native communities endured though hundreds of years of challenges.

I went to the National Pow Wow hosted by my former employer in 2007.  It was an odd experience coming from a different kind of dance community.  The most significant one is that Pow Wow’s are not just about dancing (social and competition), but they are also equal parts ceremony, marketplace, and family reunion.  In that sense it’s a much more robust experience than going to a typical Lindy Hop event weekend.  I guess I could draw some parallels, but really, matching up a bunch of hobbyists with native communities that are thousands of years old can’t really compare.

The National Pow Wow 2007

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ILHC 2008 Highlights

Not a whole lot of time so I’m pulling one from the archives (ak.a. old Facebook notes).  I wrote this after we finished the first ILHC last year.

You can also check out the compilations of ILHC videos I’ve posted to get a more visual taste of the event.

Don’t forget to register before August 1st when the price goes up!   http://www.ILHC.com

One of the fun things about being involved with an event like this is getting to see and hear things I wouldn’t normally if I was just another attendee.

  • During the Friday floor trials, as we were still setting up the ballroom, the guy in charge of the hotel staff peaked at the competitors for the Classic division practicing. At one point we were checking out the room while Carla and Zack ran through their routine. Even though he had never seen Lindy Hop until that evening, he turned to me and said, “Out of all these people, I think they are going to win.” I just smiled and shrugged non-commitally, and moved on to the next thing that had to be set up. Read the rest of this entry »

ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Showcase Division

This is part of a series of posts gathering up all the choice online footage from the 2008 International Lindy Hop Championships.  This year’s ILHC is happening on August 27-30, 2009 and you can register at www.ILHC.com.

Showcase Division

Max Pitruzella & Annie Trudeau-1st Place

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ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Solo Charleston and Cabaret divisions

This is part of a series of posts gathering up all the choice online footage from the 2008 International Lindy Hop Championships.  This year’s ILHC is happening on August 27-30, 2009 and you can register at www.ILHC.com.

Solo Charleston

Hurley Francois, 1st Place
Emily Hoffberg, 2nd Place
Juan Villafane, 3rd Place

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ILHC 2008 Video compilation: Invitational Jack & Jill

This is part of a series of posts gathering up all the choice online footage from the 2008 International Lindy Hop Championships.  This year’s ILHC is happening on August 27-30, 2009 and you can register at www.ILHC.com.

Invitational Jack and Jill

Dancers in each clip in order of appearance:

  1. Mikey Pedroza and Sharon Davis
  2. Naomi Uyama & Peter Strom
  3. Henric Stillman and Alice Mei
  4. Nick Williams and Teni Lopez-Cardenas
  5. Stefan Durham and Jo Hoffberg

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ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Champions and Open Balboa

This is part of a series of posts gathering up all the choice online footage from the 2008 International Lindy Hop Championships.  This year’s ILHC is happening on August 27-30, 2009 and you can register at www.ILHC.com.

Champions Balboa:

Nick Williams & Kate Hedin, 1st Place

Bobby White & Laura Keat, 2nd Palce
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AIR Pt. 3: Birth of The Groove

This is part of a paper I wrote entitled “Artistry In Rhythm: Dialogue Through Dance in the Lindy Hop community.”  Previous and future posts can be found by searching my blog for the category “Artistry In Rhythm”

The “Love Me Or Leave Me Routine” by Minnie’s’ Moochers was probably the first significant routine of the modern era for a few reasons.  First was the venue: the 1999 American Lindy Hop Championships.  This was a time when there were still very few exclusively Lindy Hop events, and ALHC (only the second year of the event) attracted the attention of the bulk of the dancers in the community whether or not they attended.

This was also the time before the proliferation of online videos, and so ALHC videos (tapes!) were at a premium because new material was very hard to come by in contrast to the wealth of videos that can be found online today. Read the rest of this entry »

ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Advanced and Open Jack & Jill divisions

This is part of a series of posts gathering up all the choice online footage from the 2008 International Lindy Hop Championships.  This year’s ILHC is happening on August 27-30, 2009 and you can register at www.ILHC.com.

Advanced Jack & Jill

Preliminary Round

Finals

Laura Glaess and Stephen Jean, 1st Place
Crista Seipp and Jamie Cameron, 2nd Place
Kate Hedin and Mike Roberts, 3rd Place

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ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Classic Division

This is part of a series of posts gathering up all the choice online footage from the 2008 International Lindy Hop Championships.  This year’s ILHC is happening on August 27-30, 2009 and you can register at www.ILHC.com.

Classic Division

Classic Carla Heiney & Zack Ricard-1st Place

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Hip Hop and International Relations Theory

Just wanted to take a moment to point out a few fun yet educational links for all you hip hop fans curious about international relations theory.

It starts off with a blog by author, professor, and director of the Institute of Middle East Studies here in DC, Marc Lynch, killing time by with his blog on ForeignPolicy.com entitled “Jay-Z vs the Game: Lessons for the American Primacy Debate.” It’s a simple yet brilliant explanation of some basic concepts using  feuds between various rappers as examples. Read the rest of this entry »

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