A bit of a misnomer since most of these are done in groups, but I trust that you get the idea.
You can tell I’ve been doing these all at once because my descriptions are getting shorter, but at least a lot of these performances speak for themselves.
I take this as a good sign that dancers are becoming more and more comfortable integrating other kinds of movements into their vocabulary and making good use of them.
Flora Dal Molin, Marcia Bodenmann, Maria Trodella, Nick Akerhult und Tina Foppa – Shuffle the House 2010
This is a clever routine from a group out in Switzerland. The vintage effects on the video is a little gimmicky, but at least it doesn’t get in the way of the performance.
The Harlem Hot Shots – Rehearsals in San Francisco
A humorous take on the One Man Dance.
Three person solo routines are rare, and here’s the second one on this list. Again, nothing terribly elaborate. Simple and well performed. For the most part.
Chance Bushman vs Bobby Bonsey – Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown 2010 Charleston Finals Battle
Two talented dancers pulling out all the stops. Can’t ask anything more than that.
eWa Burak & Lennart Westerlund – Swinglandia 2010 Cabaret.
I don’t think Lennart gets enough credit here in the US for playing a major role in the Lindy revival. He was one of the guys who has been around since day one. Here he is with another Rhythm Hot Shot veteran showing that they still have it.
Jana Grulichova – ILHC Solo Charleston Division
No one knew this at the time, but everyone who was at ILHC this year was in the running for the coveted Baltimore Prize. WTF is that? It’s something the Baltimore dancers concocted to reward the person they felt brought the fun with them. In addition to a nifty trophy, the Baltimore dancers chipped in to pay for this person to come back next year. Yes Max won the solo contest here, and Bobby steals the show a couple of times, but Jana Grulicova demonstrates what it takes to win such a prestigious award.
More Swedish solo stylings from former Harlem Hot Shots.
Gilbert Cadène & Remy Kouakou Kouame – Betty Boop Swing Festival 2010
Some French flavored tap
The Killer Dillers – Jump Session 2010
Of course now that I’ve said that three person routines are rare, I’m now listing the hat trick. This song seems oddly familiar . . .
Adam Boehmer and Ryan Calloway – Boogie By the Bay 2010
Here’s to facial hair themed dance teams.
I have to give Shesha a lot of credit for trying a lot of different routines (later along with Kevin St. Laurent) with this hat theme in a relatively short period of time. But usually something happens in those routines that bust the flow of my enjoyment. So I’ll post the first one that really impressed me.
The Harlem Hot Shots with Swing That Music
This is just a random video, but I really dig alternate angles of performances. This one gives a nice back stage documentary feel of the Hot Shots at work.