Exhausted, but I got some confidence back, mostly because a dance crush of mine said that my dancing has been revolutionary since we last danced (apparently 1.5 weeks ago, of which I have no recollection!).
PS if you ever get the chance to see Frida in person, do it, because her swivels are devastating.
A couple of us were rehearsing this routine, but because we were 4 guys and girls at the time, I followed. That lift at 2:44 though? I'd never practiced it as a follow before, and let's just say I learned how dangerous it is for a guy to be in that position.
I'm going to choose interpret that the other way... but basically my unfamiliarity with the lunge right before left too much space between and my lead (we're supposed to be body-connected), which led to something of a collision between his thigh and my crotch. It didn't make me double over in agony, but I wasn't 100% for a few minutes after that.
I've been having more fun at blues again, I'd gotten a little bit stuck in a rut but somehow the weekly socials have been super fun these last few weeks.
I've got a month of teaching lindy coming up next month and then a month of teaching blues after that's finished so I'm reasonably busy.
Then there's a solo jazz workshop this coming weekend now that I'm looking forward to although I think it'll be somewhat difficult.
My lindy has been a little bit messy recently because I've been on a kick of really enjoying rhythm variations and making different rhythms with my feet which means that I end up not caring that much about the "proper" footwork and it can make things a bit untidy (but also super awesome when it works). I've given myself permission to juts carry on having fun with that for now. Can't learn how to do it without interrupting the lead and stay super responsive without practice.
THE JITTERBUG is the one dance which spells youth, vitality and the sheer joy of living more than all other dances.
There are hundreds of regional dances of the Jitterbug type.
A favorite with young New Yorkers is the Lindy Hop.
Arthur Murray. 1947
I've gathered that it's SUPPOSED to be fun.
I keep trying to talk people into going to the Wednesday evening swing event here, but with no success.
Yeah...I've gotten to the point where if I don't dance that much, but the dances I have are mostly good ones, and I have fun socializing in between, that is far more fun for me than dancing a lot but having it be mostly crap.
I watched two guys dancing together, and they were utterly amazing. They didn't do much typical social lead/follow (although they were connected), but more along the lines of call/response, where one guy did something and then his partner responded similarly. They were basically battling, and throwing in so many moves from outside the swing vernacular, it was just awesome.