Then & Now: Jo & Nick

Seriously, you should “like” the Wandering & Pondering Facebook Page.  Even if you’re not on Facebook yet, you should join just to catch up with that page because I’m lacking in the time for long form blog posts right now, and I already put up six links on the Facebook site.

I should have had time last weekend, but I made the mistake of hanging out with Andrew Thigpen in Baltimore last weekend.  These two things that are dangerous by themselves, but when combined they become combustible.  Let’s just say that line dancing and copious amounts of bacon were involved. Greasy good times were had by all.

Anyway, my issue right now is that I have a few big ideas I want to tie together and the recent “Live to Dance” and Lone Star Championships have provided me with some good framing devices.  I just don’t have the time to make it all coherent.

I think I’ll probably break it up into sections, and hopefully I’ll talk a bit about the Lone Star Championships by next week. Until then I thought I’d point out Jo Hoffberg’s dance with Nick Williams in the Invitational Jack & Jill of that event.

Like the Nina and Jeremy video I posted a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to show this old school video of Jo & Nick drawing each other in the first Champions Jack & Jill at the American Lindy Hop Championships in 2002.

As you can see we’ve all come a long way since then.  I’m just glad to see that they’ve buckled down to take their dancing more seriously.


  1. Tim Martin said,

    February 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Oh come on Jerry, you’ve gotta use the version of the video where you can see Jo go flirt with one of the guys in the audience, which explains why Nick is staring into the crowd afterwards:

    And of course that leads into when Carla flirts with the same guy during her and Andrew’s song:

    I love your blog, by the way! I’m a new-ish reader and first time commenter.

    • Jerry said,

      February 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      Honestly I just chose the clips based on the fact that they were broken up into two parts just to frame the old clip. Thanks for reading.

  2. Kevin said,

    February 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm


    Clearly the bigger issue is Nick’s pants. QUITE a big issue. Like, where did his torso go?

    • Jerry said,

      February 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      I think that’s why he works out so much. Fact: He’s still wearing the same pants these days, but he’s so jacked now that he makes them look small. True story.

      • Kevin said,

        February 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        A true success story. It brings a tear to my eye.
        Or at least it would if not for the massive muscles I’ve grown on my eyeballs.

  3. Freddie said,

    February 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

    What strikes me the most is that the music played in the 2002 sounds more like something for the Lone Star joke round than something that would be used in an actual Lindy Hop competition today.

  4. Jo Hoffberg said,

    March 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    There’s one more video of Nick and me dancing in J&J together. It’s at Camp Hollywood in 2008 and we won. I’ve never seen the dance, but it seems like it must have been good.

    Jerry, thanks for finding that video. Until watching it 5 minutes ago, I didn’t even remember that happening. Thanks for reminding me how far I’ve come 😀

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