Dancer-made video no.one million: the Harlem Hot Shots (Sweden) in The Call Of The Lindy Hop
TONIGHT at the Petersham Bowling Club:
6.30pm beginner lindy hop: hello charleston, how you doin
8.00pm Intermediate lindy hop: closed position of win. Let’s put all that technical work of previous weeks into a nice, simple sequence.
Dancer-made video… Tina and Juan from Argentina (though Tina is now based in Melbourne! Yay!) promoting the Swingin’ Festival in 2012.
Last night we had a very enjoyable class focussing on using simple steps to mark out musical structure. What?
We learnt about phrasing, finding the beat, and finding 1 or 8 in the music. And we used a simple vocabulary of steps to explore these ideas with our bodies. Musical structure: we pwn you.
Best of all, though, we used partner work. Most important thing: dance each step with confidence, as though you are showing your partner a step, and simple is perfect. Don’t try to trick your partner with difficult or confusing movements.
…wait, were we lindy hopping or solo dancing?
For phrasing practice, here is ‘Bearcat Shuffle’ by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Cloud of Joy, featuring Mary Lou Williams on piano.
NB Solo jazz doods, we are having an open practice for peeps wanting to practice for the SLX solo jazz comp tonight. Be there are 8.30pm. Or come at 7.30pm for the class which is looking at phrasing and improvisation (ie things you need for a solo jazz comp) 😀