Wandering & Pondering visits the GMU Swing Club

I did a thing for the George Mason University Swing Club a couple of weeks ago where they asked me to do a video presentation.  I’ve done something like this a few times now, and it’s always a little weird. Mostly I take this as an opportunity to show some old clips of good dancers dancing really, really badly. But for this, I had to take it a little more seriously an try to string some important life lessons to it, just so it seemed sorta legitimate on paper at least.

I say it’s weird because it wasn’t that long ago when we would hang out on some random weekend night and sit around watching these videos like families watch videos of their camping trips. Now here I am in an institution of higher learning breaking it down for people who weren’t even in high school when many of these videos were recorded.

Recording this presentation was mostly just for me to test my new camera, but the GMU students seemed to enjoy it, and it’s not like I have a regular blog ready to post. So I’m posting this part which has some discussion about various topics that I think would be of some interest to the Lindy Hop public at large.

You’ll have to pardon my rambly nature. Part of it is that I’m not a very good public speaker and the other part of it is me trying to sound somewhat legit about swing dancing. I’m not sure I’m convinced myself.

Also, I embedded links to various videos I talk about for reference. Like I mentioned before, this is after I had shown a bunch of videos, so I frequently reference stuff from earlier in the evening. I would have included that portion, but it was too difficult for me to edit in all the videos and my commentary on top of them. Maybe another project for another time.

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3 Comments

  1. Allen Hall said,

    April 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I have enjoyed W&P, however, as you admit, your audio talk was a bit disjointed, partly because it contained too many unnecessary “like”s and “weird”s..That said, your comments and ideas about the evolution of competitive LH, struck resonance in me. Let me suggest you put them down in writing in W&P, as I would like to comment upon, and, perhaps, enlarge upon them.

    Allen Hall

  2. Andrew said,

    April 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for sharing. Interesting stuff…

  3. dogpossum said,

    May 2, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I like your smiley face!
    That’s all I have to offer right now – will watch and squee properly later.


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