ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Junior & Pro-Am 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.

Junior Division


Ian Herrick & Ellie Hanus, 1st Place

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ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Open Strictly Lindy Hop

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.

Open Strictly Lindy Hop Finals Preliminary round

Heat 1 Song 1:  “Solid Old Man” by Duke Ellington

Heat 1 Song 2:

Heat 2 Song 3: “Blue Lou” by Ella Fitzgerald

Heat 2 Song 1:  “Pussy Willow” by Duke Ellington

Heat 2 Song 2:  “A Smo-O-O-Oth One” by Cab Calloway

Heat 1 Song 3: “Them There Eyes” by Louis Armstrong

All Skate:  “Bugle Call Rag” by Django Reinhardt

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Review: “Frenesi” Routine by Naomi Uyama & Matt Smiley at ALHC 2001

My original intention when I started my Lindy Hop paper a couple of years ago was to talk about some of my favorite routines and why I liked them.  Circumstances led me in a slightly different direction which ended up becoming the “Artisry In Rhythm” paper that I’m now posting bit by bit.  I do talk about some videos and why they’re interesting or important, but I never got around to discussing my favorite one.  Maybe it wasn’t that important in the grand scheme of things, but it affected the way that I looked at the dance.

Now that I have a blog, I can properly explain why.  The routine that I’m going to talk about was done by Naomi Uyama and Matt Smiley both originally from the Washington, DC area.  They performed a routine to Artie Shaw’s “Frenesi” at the 2001 American Lindy Hop championships.

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ILHC 2008 Video Compilation-Team 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.

Team Division

Northern Lights-1st Place

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ILHC 2008 Video Compilation: Champions’ Strictly Lindy Hop

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.

ILHC Champions Strictly Lindy Division Final round.

Dancers in order of appearance:

  1. Dax Hock & Alice Mei
  2. Skye Humphries & Marie Nahnfeldt Mattsson
  3. Jeremy Otth & Laura Keat
  4. Max Pitruzzella & Annie Trudeau
  5. Kevin St. Laurent & Ria DeBiase
  6. Peter Strom & Naomi Uyama
  7. Nick Williams & Carla Heiney
  8. Todd Yannacone & Kelly Arsenault

Live music provided by the Boilermaker Jazz Band.

1st song:  “My Blue Heaven

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Artistry In Rhythm Pt. 2: Battle Royale

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 first serious public discussion about the dance itself is also probably the community’s most infamous.  That would be the debate triggered by Ryan Francois’s opposition to the 1999 World Lindy Hop Championships.

It was the first world championship held in America, held at the height of the dance’s revival, and its possible significance escaped no one.  The controversy was over the fact that the championship was operating under the umbrella of the World Rock & Roll Confederation and the perception that they would impose strict regulations upon the contest that would negatively impact the dance and its community. [1]

The debate went on to cover a number of topics from the influence of contest formats on the dance, the artistic integrity of contests, race issues in the community, and even the personal integrity of various promoters and instructors. Read the rest of this entry »

ILHC 2008 Video Compilations

I did a little compilation of all the good videos for Frankie95, so I thought I’d do the same for last year’s first annual International Lindy Hop Championships videos since the next one is coming up August 27-30.

(disclaimer:  I’m helping out with the event, and yes, I would like you to come and bring all your friends)

Like the Frankie95 posts, I went through all the multiple videos of the same thing and picked out the videos with the best angles and recording qualities.  Unlike the Frankie95 round up, which I did day by day, I’m going to break up the ILHC videos by division.  Check out the links below for each one.

We’ll start off with the ILHC promotional video and footage of the jam with The Boilermaker Jazz Band

ILHC Highlights

Jam witht the Boilermakers playing “All God’s Chiullun’ Got Rhythm”

Advanced and Open Jack & Jill divisions

Junior & Pro-Am divisions

Champions and Open Balboa divisions

Solo Charleston and Cabaret divisions

Open Strictly Lindy Hop

Team division

Invitational Jack & Jill

Classic division

Champions’ Strictly Lindy Hop

Showcase division

I’d like to thank the following users for putting up these videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/HSDSswing

http://www.youtube.com/user/Lindybloggers

http://www.youtube.com/user/athigpen

http://www.youtube.com/user/LindyLibrary

http://www.youtube.com/user/ukelelegal

ILHC video round up

I did a little compilation of all the good videos for Frankie95, so I thought I’d do the same for last years’s first annual International Lindy Hop Championships http://www.ilhc.com/index.php videos since the next one is coming up August 27-30. (disclaimer: I’m helping out with the event, and yes, I would like you to come and bring all your friends) http://www.ilhc.com/Registration.php

Like the Frankie95 posts, I went through all the multiple videos of the same thing and picked out the videos with the best angles and recording qualities. Unlike the Frankie95 round up, which I did day by day, I’m going to break up the ILHC videos by division.

I’ll update this post with links to each ILHC post as I put them up.

We’ll start off with the ILHC promotional video and footage of the jam with The Boilermaker Jazz Band http://www.boilermakerjazzband.com/

Highlights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I76S-gZ4WBs

Jam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szUfZ_ZyyaE

I’d like to thank the following users for putting up these videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/HSDSswing

http://www.youtube.com/user/Lindybloggers

http://www.youtube.com/user/athigpen

http://www.youtube.com/user/LindyLibrary

http://www.youtube.com/user/ukelelegal

Charleston and/or Lindy Hop?

Check out  these trailers for the upcoming documentary “Everything Remains Raw: Hip-Hop’s Folkloric Lineage” by Moncell “ill Kozby” Durden.  I included one of these trailers in my Frankie95 video round up for Monday, but I wanted  break it out to address a related issue.

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Artistry In Rhythm Pt. 1: Introduction

This is part of a paper I wrote entitled. Subsequent and future posts can be found by searching my blog for the category “Artistry In Rhythm”

“The most important thing you can do is to empower another person to be themselves-even if what they’re going to do is going to be the opposite of what you do . . . you don’t want to teach them a dogma . . . you’re a part of their story.  A lot of times you look at them as if they’re a part of your story. You try to empower them with tools to do what they want to do.” Wynton Marsalis[1]

“I don’t want to feel obliged to play something with the same styling that we became identified with at some specific period . . . I don’t want anyone to challenge my right to sound completely mad, to screech like a wild man, to create the mauve melody of a simpering idiot, or to write a song that praises God.  I only want what any other American artist wants-and that is freedom of expression and of communication with our audience.”- Duke Ellington[2]

Introduction

While we venerate our history through Frankie Manning, Dean Collins, and The Savoy Ballroom, I think our community finds it a little too easy to discount everything that has happened in the recent past.  A prominent Lindy Hop instructor once remarked to me that all the vintage clips he studied were history and dismissed everything else (meaning modern competitions and performances) as just pop.

We celebrated the birthday of the dance’s premiere ambassadors, Frankie Manning, at the Frankie Manning 95th Birthday Festival in 2009.  Unfortunately he passed away a month before the event.  However, he wanted us to celebrate his passing rather than mourn it, so the event went on and included an impressive array of performances that reflected the breath and diversity of a community of dancers that stretches across the entire world. Read the rest of this entry »

Frankie95 Video Round Up-Introduction

I’ve been obsessive compulsively keeping track of videos posted from the Frankie Manning 95th Birthday Festival. This is mostly because I didn’t get to see a lot of it despite being at all the evening events from before start until after finish.

I was looking at the Silver Shadows’ routine and realized that there were 11 videos of it online.  I wanted to determine which one got the best view.  Then I got even more curious and did the same for the other performance videos, the competitions, etc. until I just compiled a ton of information.

I figured that it would be a shame not to share this stuff, so now everything is compiled into these easy to reference blog posts by day/night.

The official Frankie 95 DVD is being produced as we speak.  You can order a copy by going to the Frankie95 website.

Until then, click on the links below and enjoy!

Frankie95 Video Blog Introduction

I’ve been obsessively compulsively keeping track of videos posted from the Frankie Manning 95th Birthday Festival http://www.frankie95.com/index.php. This is mostly because I didn’t get to see a lot of it despite being at all the evening events from before start until after finish.

I was looking at the Silver Shadows’ routine and realized that there were 11 videos of it online. I wanted to determine which one got the best view, and then I looked at the other performance videos, the competitions, etc. until I just compiled a ton of information.

I figured that it would be a shame not to share this stuff, so now everything is compiled into these easy to reference blog posts by day/night.

The official Frankie 95 DVD is being produced as we speak. You can order a copy by going to the Frankie95 website. http://www.frankie95.com/order_dvd.php

Until then , enjoy!

Thursday https://jsalmonte.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/frankie95-video-round-up-thursday/

Friday day https://jsalmonte.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/frankie95-video-roundup-friday-day/

Friday night https://jsalmonte.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/frankie-95-video-roundup-friday-night/

Saturday https://jsalmonte.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/frankie95-video-roundup-saturday/

Sunday https://jsalmonte.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/frankie95-video-roundup-sunday/

Monday https://jsalmonte.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/frankie95-video-roundup-monday/

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