Dancing in LA over New Years

tsb

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#61
LindyLuv said:
I had a great time at LindyGroove last night - wow, what a huge crowd. I'm not that used to going to non-weekend dances with that many people! :p
tsb - not sure if I saw you (or danced with you for that matter!) Oh well :(
i didn't dance very much as my ankle was bothering me so i only danced with a few people that i already knew. had i had a way to identify you, i would have tried to find you. but with the number of decent dancers (who tend to dance closer to the stage) i', sure you got your fix in.

LG is generally that crowded every week.

i think i forgot to mention that the derby (in hollywood) will be open on sunday night. i forget who's playing but roscoe (with the shaved head) is in charge of that dance side & dj's during the band breaks. the derby used to be THE place to go for swing but dancers don't drink so now sunday is the only regular night for swing there nowadays.
 
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tsb said:
there tend to be quite a few [spankies] at LG. if i come stag & there's fresh meat (so to speak) i tend to let them all try and mark their territory, then get in a dance near the end & let them discern for themselves what makes a good partner & what dancing can feel like. more often or not i end up walking them to their car at the end of the evening. it may seem kinda spankie-ish on my part but my overall motive is that they not get scared off and never come back - for those genuuinely interested in dancing (& not spankettes - i've encountered a few of them, actually)...
:lol: Very amusing. Do you mean the spankies scare them off?

tsb said:
if you're into trying to educate them, do a reverse whip; make it feel like an underarm pass - and when they pass you and are turned and still moving away step across and use their momentum to complete the whip. a lot of them will look amazed and if they ask, tell them "THAT's what a whip should feel like".
Good idea. Since I'm not a solid lindy hopper I will probably do that move without the comment. I don't think it would be well received :wink: .
 

tsb

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#63
tacad said:
tsb said:
there tend to be quite a few [spankies] at LG. if i come stag & there's fresh meat (so to speak) i tend to let them all try and mark their territory, then get in a dance near the end & let them discern for themselves what makes a good partner & what dancing can feel like. more often or not i end up walking them to their car at the end of the evening. it may seem kinda spankie-ish on my part but my overall motive is that they not get scared off and never come back - for those genuuinely interested in dancing (& not spankettes - i've encountered a few of them, actually)...
:lol: Very amusing. Do you mean the spankies scare them off?
it's mainly the first timers who show up on their own. i've observed that certain types of guys pretty much prey on them. (i suppose i might even dedicate a portion of my PhD thesis to that.)

there's an older guy who basically looks like a gnome who frequents the derby more often than LG. i've observed him pick on certain types of beginners - foreign born asian women in particular - and dance with them putting them in pretty uncomfortable holds & putting his hands in places where they wouldn't go with any experienced dancer. in general newcomers don't know what to expect & asian cultures in particular tend to be repressive when it comes to women & how they're treated - standing up for oneself is not a natural behavior. plus they don't know that dancing 5-6 dances in a row is also boorish behavior. i've never seen any one of those women return to that venue. and that's bad for dance - from a purely selfish standpoint the person who left may have otherwise become a terrific dancer that i wold have enjoyed dancing with for the next 20 years...

tsb said:
if you're into trying to educate them, do a reverse whip; make it feel like an underarm pass - and when they pass you and are turned and still moving away step across and use their momentum to complete the whip. a lot of them will look amazed and if they ask, tell them "THAT's what a whip should feel like".
Good idea. Since I'm not a solid lindy hopper I will probably do that move without the comment. I don't think it would be well received :wink: .
:D

the point is that a lot of social followers don't realize that we leaders need them to hold up their end of the equation to make a lot of moves work.
last night i was trying to do pivot turns with a new partner prospect (we parted as of today as a matter of fact) and she just wouldn't or couldn't give me the counterbalance i needed & i had to fight not to pull her off balance yet complete the turn in time.
 

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