Favorite Performances of 2009-Social Dances

Continuing on from my favorite videos from this year.  Check out my previous posts for Lindy Hop couple and team videos.

The title of this one is a bit of a misnomer.  Most of this is competition or performance social dance, but its all still unchoreographed improv dancing at least.

The Pro Lindy finals Camp Hollywood

Check out the right side towards the end during the all skate as two of my new favorite Southern California dancers, Kim Clever and David Frutos whip out 10 consecutive kips, sort of referencing one of my all time favorite moments from the year before where Nina Gilkenson and Mikey Pedroza brought the house down with 10 swingouts in a row.

Frida Segerdahl & Skye Humphries and Max Pitruzella & Annie Trudeau in the Champions Strictly Finals at the International Lindy Hop Championships

I talked about this whole contest in depth in two parts  (Part One and Part Two).  In a contest with the best of the best, Frida & Skye and Max & Annie leave everyone behind in this division with a clinic in the most basic move in Lindy Hop.

Frida Segerdahl & Mikey Pedroza in the Invitational Jack & Jill at the International Lindy Hop Championships

Probably the most blogged about clip from the event.  Mikey is good, but Frida puts on a show.

Todd Yannacone & Annie Trudeau in the Jack & Jill Finals at the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown

Actually it’s just one moment where Todd falls at 0:25, but manages to hold on and get up with the help of Annie without missing a beat.

Nina Gilkenson & Peter Strom in the Invitational Jack & Jill at Lindy on the Rocks

Proving that interaction between dancers doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to a physical lead/follow dynamic.  Sometimes all it takes is a great sense of humor.

Nina Gilkenson & Todd Yannacone at the Grenoble Swing Dance Festival

Usually Todd will unleash a dazzling array of patterns, but here he lets everyone enjoy the best swivels in Lindy Hop.

Naomi Uyama & Peter Strom at the Grenoble Swing Dance Festival

Just a fun and entertaining social dance that makes me want to get up and dance too.


  1. Breanna said,

    December 21, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Absolutely LOVE that clip of Todd and Nina, and I don’t think I had noticed it before. The simplicity is absolutely gorgeous, and it showcases Nina perfectly. I think it also shows off how absolutely elegant Todd’s swingouts are, too, so it works to his advantage as well 🙂

  2. December 22, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Gosh darn it I love Peter.
    BTW. Thanks for mentioning in the lindy bloppers post! haha. 😀

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