Australia Routine Interestingness

This is from Mikey Pedroza who seems really intent on doing this on every continent.  It’s a routine originally choreographed by Mike Faltesek.

A couple of minor things that caught my eye.  I like the way Rikard Ekstrand recovers from his slip at 0:31. He’s also dancing with a woman listed as Ulrika Ericsson, who I think is an old school Rhythm Hot Shot, the forerunner to the Harlem Hot Shots.

Andy Reid loaned me all of his old VHS tapes and I watched a tape from Hop the Millenium which was an event in Mexico City over New Year’s 1999-2000.   The Rhythm Hot Shots put on a floor show and they were pretty f’n good even by today’s standards.  The Hot Shots in its various incarnations have been a part of this scene since the begining, but it feels like there was a chunk of time around then when they were overlooked here in the US.

Also on that tape is a performance by Rusty Frank and Peter Flahiff from Southern California.  They do a tap dance to a newer version of 24 robbers, but its not Fats Waller.  It sounds really good, but I’m having a little trouble tracking it down.

Anyway, I’m going to try to get all of these videos online when I can.


  1. Breanna said,

    February 22, 2010 at 12:30 am

    All sorts of interesting! I am in love with Ulrika’s arm swing around 1:35 (with some sort of rock step)…so natural, and effortless and it just makes my heart take an extra breath. Both of the Swedes have the same sort of motion going on with those sort of hallelujah rocks in the very last solo bit. Ah!! I get all giddy even thinking about it.

    Would love to see that clip of Peter Flahiff and Rusty Frank, too…let’s revive 24 Robbers so that it can experience another nationwide overplay?

  2. Freddie said,

    February 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Hah, one of those slips that actually ends up looking cooler than the actual choreography. Don’t know if you just didn’t mention it explicitly, but Richard Ekstrand is a member of the current Hot Shots so it was something of an intergenerational Hot Shots partner-up. 🙂

  3. June 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Hi! As Peter of “Rusty and Peter” I can confirm that it is a newer recording of Fats’s original chart for 24 Robbers, but Rusty and I had members of Mora’s Modern Rhythmists re-record it for our act. I don’t think it’s actually available anywhere… =(

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