Favorite Videos 2010: Lindy Hop Teams

Just a word about wording.  The title means what it says, says what it means.  This is just stuff that I like, and is by no means meant to be any sort of definitive compilation of the year’s best performances.  I like dancing, and I don’t always have a good reason for stuff I like more than others.

The intro is here and social dance highlights are here.

I also just figured out how many of these posts there will be.  The magic number is 9, but that includes the introduction.  Although I haven’t quite figured out what to call them.  They will encompass the breath and diversity of the current practitioners of American Vernacular Jazz Dance.*

The Last Bounce – The Harlem Hot Shots

The Harlem Hot Shots rock out to an immense crowd for the last show of the Swedish dance company, Bounce.  Just epic.

Camp Hollywood 2010 Team Division – The Fly Rights

Speaking of rocking out, The Fly Rights here do a great job with one of the most over-used competition songs out there.  I love the crowd reaction that really gets into the routine.  I think there needs to be more yelling in Lindy Hop.  Here’s My Camp Hollywood overview.

Festival de Jazz de Montréal – The Ninjammerz with Caravan Palace

Rocking out is what everyone was doin’ this year.  Honestly, I’m a bit divided on this one mostly because I don’t care for the music at all.  But I have to give the Ninjammerz credit for coming through with a big time performance in front of a big time crowd.  Plus this is a pretty slick, pseudo music video.

Oldschool Battle 2010 – Harlem Hot Shots Vs. Sreets ‘R’ Us

Like last year, there were just too many highlights from this showdown between the Harlem Hot Shots and the hip hop crew Streets ’R’ Us, so I’ll start with this and you guys can go check out my full overview if you haven’t already seen it.  Interesting tidbit from Yehoodi, apparently this was a benefit in order to support a project to keep at risk youth off out of trouble.  Go Hot Shots.

Seoul Hoppers & Bubz

Korea is the country to watch in the next few years.  I’ve been keeping an eye on them for awhile and they’re starting to come into their own.  Check out this clever variation of the Australia Routine that Faltesek has been pimping out for the last year.

ILHC 2010 Team Division – Groove Juice Special

I really liked this routine even if it placed 5th, but the competition was pretty stiff.  The choreography stood out for me and it was performed with a lot of great energy.

The Midnight Rounders at The Stadshuset

File this under “taking advantage of your surroundings.”  Check out the dude in the vest as he makes good use of this very unique performance area.  Along with the lighting and the angle of the camera, it’s a pretty dramatic setting. This looks like one of those corporate gigs that a lot of dancers tend to phone in, but these guys are killin’ it here.


Think about where all these kick ass routines are being performed: Sweden, the US, Korea, Canada, and here we are in Lithuania.  If you told me even five years ago, there would be a thriving scene in Lithuania, I’d swear you were smoking crack.  But here they are keeping up with the rest of the world.

BYU Swing Kids 2010

I wanted to include this because the tempo here is blistering by any standards and these kids do a pretty good job of keeping the pace.  Great job!

ABQLX 2010 – The Shim Shammers

This is one of those random routines that when I found it, thought it was pretty effn’ cool. It’s an example of a piece that I like for no specific reason.  I just enjoy it for what it is.

Hawkeye Swing Festival 2010 Hoosier Hot Shots

Here’s another one that pleasantly surprised me.  Honestly, I see so many videos that stuff tends to blur in my memory after awhile.  But I really get excited when I see quality dancing come out of places that I don’t expect it. Korea I get.  Sweden I get.  Even Lithuania.  But Iowa (by way of Indiana)?  I also appreciate the injury update in the video.  I cringe when I see stuff like that and I sleep better at night when I know someone isn’t still hobbling around.

*just for the record, anytime you see me use this term, I almost always mean it in the hipster-est sense of the phrase.  Partly because I think it’s ridiculously pretentious, but I don’t have a better way of describing all the dances that include Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues, etc.  Damn you, English language.


  1. Nalla Kim said,

    December 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Falty and Korea Lindyhoppers ROCKED~!!!! 🙂

  2. Sarah C said,

    December 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

    To quote Peter Loggins when we first met in Omaha…

    “You chicks are from Iowa?!?!”

    Hell yes we are! Iowa dancing is alive, well and growing. And when you don’t have the luxury of being spoon-fed your lindy hop by a fleet of pro instructors what you get are auto-didactic dancers who savor every dance they get, and work damn hard for every inch up that learning curve we go. Also, most of the women here can lead. 😛

    Thanks for the round-up! Love the blog, always. 🙂

    • John Holmstrom said,

      December 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

      Heh… But we were from Indiana!

      Iowa’s got two big events this year… unfortunately within about a month of each other, but hopefully good things will come from it!

      Thanks for the post again! We (Hoosier Hot Shots) had a blast together and we’re honored for the recognition!

      -John, Jon, Chris, Liz, Caitlin, and Mandy

      • Jerry said,

        December 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

        Sorry about that. I thought I made it clear that you guys were from Indiana and that you just performed in Iowa.

      • John Holmstrom said,

        December 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

        Yeah, you did Jerry, I was just teasing Sarah since she was boasting about Iowa and we’re not from there!

        See you at LindyFocus!

      • Sarah C said,

        December 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

        You guys were amazing, Jon! Look forward to seeing you again!

  3. December 23, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Thanks for the mention! We (Groove Juice Special) had a lot of fun performing for you all and everyone’s support has made it totally worth all the hard work.

    On another note, I was MCing at ABQ LX and I think everyone should know that “The Shimshammers” only spent half an hour practicing that routine, seriously. I was really impressed and it really helped round out an already great weekend.

    • Jon said,

      December 24, 2010 at 1:40 am

      for real though, ABQLX was awesome.

  4. Kevin said,

    December 23, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I’m honored that Groove Juice Special made your list again this year. Thanks for the round up, and for appreciating all our hard work!


  5. angie said,

    December 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    It’s mind boggling how the interweb has changed things. When I started half-assed dabbling in swing dancing I had this one VHS tape compilation with a performance by The Rhythm Hotshots and some other folks at one of Frankie’s bday parties. It also had the Hellzapoppin scene, Day at the Races, Jammin the Blues and a few other must haves. I literally watched it hundreds of times until the tape was completely F’d. Then came the ‘purchased’ (ahem) competition videos and bootlegged Herrang tapes. None of which I would have known about had it not been for Frankie teaching in my town and captivating me with his stories.


    Now it’s almost overwhelming how much is available. Jerry, I really appreciate you for sharing the love/geeking out for everyone’s benefit. Top notch choices as usual and it’s also mind blowing how much good dancing is going on in the world. Happy happy happy.

    Oh and a gallon of milk used to be $0.25, too. or something.

    Love from Ptown,
    (Oldie) Pants.

    • Jerry said,

      December 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm

      I remember walking a mile in the snow just to hang out with people and watch videos. Oh wait a minute, that was just last year. Anyway, I remember having those kinds of tapes. Did I mention that Andy Reid loaned me all his old stuff? There are some classic footage just waiting for me to rip into the YouTubes.

  6. Hannah Burtness said,

    December 24, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Yeeeeah, midwest Lindy Hop! 🙂 we’re comin atcha.

  7. Jon said,

    December 24, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Hey Jerry,
    Just wanted to thank you for looking out for new dancers! I know how easy it is to just focus on the best of the best, but you always do a great job of showcasing everyone, and as a dancer in 2 of your vids (Hoosier Hot Shots, and Shim Shammers at ABQLX) I can say it makes us up and comers feel really welcomed and encouraged in the larger community. Bottom line: KEEP IT UP!

  8. daniela said,

    January 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    do you know what song the hoosier hot shots are dancing to in your clip?

    • Jerry said,

      January 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      I asked one of the team members to reply. Let me know if you need anything else.

    • Jon said,

      January 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      We’re dancing to Les Elghart’s “Three to Get Ready.” I haven’t been able to find it online, i came across it on a swing CD i found at an old record store. Good Luck! and let me know if you manage to find it somewhere!

  9. January 7, 2011 at 2:11 am

    […] of this community.  It’s not just about new stuff, whatever that may be.  New is nice, and as you’ve seen there’s a lot of it to go around.  Rather, it’s about experiencing something […]

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