Anatomy of a Dance Contest: The Champions’ Strictly Lindy Hop Division at ILHC 2009 pt. II

This is part two of an inside look behind the 2009 International Lindy Hop Championships Champions’ Lindy Hop Division.  You can read part one here.

Champions’ Strictly Lindy Final All Skate:  “Jersey Bounce” by The Boilermaker Jazz Band

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Anatomy of a Dance Contest: The Champions’ Strictly Lindy Hop Division at ILHC 2009 pt. I

I’ve already written quite a bit about this past International Lindy Hop Championships, but to illustrate how complex any one part of an event can be I’m going to give you a peak behind the curtains of The Champions’ Strictly Lindy Hop Division at ILHC 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Q & A with Skye Humphries pt. 4

The following is the fourth and final part of  a questionnaire that Skye Humphries filled out for an article entitled “The Party’s Just Begun” that appeared in August 31, 2008.  It only used a few sentences out of the 12 page response that Skye sent back.   It’s a print magazine, so it’s not available online.   Skye sent this to me last summer just to read. I thought it was too interesting not to share so I asked him permission to post it here.  Since it’s pretty long, I’m chopping it up into four parts.  You can find part 1 here and part 2 here and part 3 here.

Let’s talk about the places where you can Lindy Hop – If I wanted to start, how could I do that?

Most major cities have a Lindy Hop scene.  The best place to start is the internet- finding the local dance and going out.  Of course lessons are a helpful way to get a handle on the basics, but the most important thing is to go out and start moving to the music. Read the rest of this entry »

Random Videos: Swedish MTV Edition

Apparently the Swedes love their Lindy Hop.  So much that different kinds of bands keep using Lindy Hoppers like The Harlem Hot Shots and others in their music videos.

The first one up is an actual swing video from the Carling Family.

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Q & A with Skye Humphries pt. 3

The following is part three of  a questionnaire that Skye Humphries filled out for an article entitled “The Party’s Just Begun” that appeared in August 31, 2008.  It only used a few sentences out of the 12 page response that Skye sent back.   It’s a print magazine, so it’s not available online.   Skye sent this to me last summer just to read. I thought it was too interesting not to share so I asked him permission to post it here.  Since it’s pretty long, I’m chopping it up into four parts.  You can find part 1 here and part 2 here, and part 4 here.

In the last decade, swing dancing in general has seen a surge in popularity – what accounts for that?  Can you explain the time line?

Well certainly Neo-swing in the 90’s gave a certain form of the dance and music a new kind of visibility.  Clubs put on Swing nights, young people flocked to bars and clubs and dance classes. Read the rest of this entry »

ULHS 2009 Video Index

This page is just to help me keep track of this years’s Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown goodness.

Note that I’ve updated the ULHS 2009 Round Up with three additional blogs I’ve found about the event this year.

ULHS 2009 Round Up

ULHS 2009 Videos: Battle Footage

ULHS 2009 Videos-Friday Choreography Showcase

ULHS 2009 Videos: Saturday Evening Competitions-Solo Jazz and J & J

ULHS 2009 Videos: Sunday Evening Competitions

ULHS 2009 Videos: The Fun Stuff

ULHS 2009 Videos: The Fun Stuff

Here are some random miscellaneous various clips that people have put up to give you a little flavor of the sights and sounds of ULHS 2009.

Baseball game between Musicians and Dancers

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