Weekend Video Highlights: Sylvia Sykes Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Perusing the interwebs and I found the greatest swing video ever.  Before there was Mad Dog, there was Team USA

Seriously, I’ve been hoping for the rest of the world to see this ever since I saw it on a friends copy of the 1991 US Open Swing Dance Championships.  It’s just full of sparkly patriotic awesome from the worlds of Lindy Hop, Balboa, West Coast Swing and Carolina Shag.  It’s pretty all star line up for back then, and even today actually featuring Sylvia Sykes, rare footage of her old partner Johnathan Bixby alongside old school Lindy Hopper, Lance Shermoen, West Coast Swing All Star Mario Robau, Jr. and Carolina Shag legends Jackie McGee and Charlie Womble.  One day I have to find out the back story for this performance.

As you can see, Sylvia has been all kinds of awesome for a long time.  She still has it too, which is how she still gets to teach and perform with the best out there.  Life is rough sometimes.

Balboa with Nick Williams

Lindy Hop with Skye Humphries

More Dancing with Skye

Rolling with the best is why she’s Head Judge at the International Lindy Hop Championships where she’ll also be telling a few stories as part of our new LED Talks.  What is that?  Register and find out.


  1. June 21, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Robau looks like Borat.

  2. Russell Turner said,

    December 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Version which has the audio:

    Would also be interested to find out the story behind the performance.

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