I met Frankie Manning once at a conference here in Atlanta. He was one of the original Savoy Lindy Hoppers. He is one truly amazing fellow. I sure hope I'm as vibrant and happy at over 80 years old. Is it the swing that does it? You'll really appreciate Lindy if you ever get a chance to meet him. He is still touring around the country.
Yes, there are some really kewl posts, and I keep going back to peruse them now and then. I feel that we have a great cross-culture of dancers now as compared to maybe even six-months ago, so bringing them back up every now and then, may get some "new" responses.
Maybe each of us moderators should try to find one every week or two, and rekindle it. I know SD wants us to "re-think" how we can do things, maybe you have a good thing here???
As far as Swing goes, it's hard to say what is the most popular. If I had to guess, I would say Lindy, but not in the circles I'm around. I see maybe 1 Lindy dancer to every 100 WCS/ECS dancers, but that is only because I go to those kind of events (WCS/ECS). I'm sure if I went to an all Lindy venue, I'd see little or no WCS dancers. Maybe? Kinda? Sorta?
I really love to WCS, but because of what I've read on this forum, I now want to learn the Lindy, just so I can go to more events. Once the Lindy is started . . . on to more Ballroom!
Oh, by the way, I wonder if the WCS is the most popular dance in CA? I've heard that it is the official State dance! Yeah, right???
Jitterbug, definately jitterbug, which includes both ballroom East Coast Swing and club East Coast Swing.
I suspect if you are talking about straight West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop is more popular (ignore the style differences it is exactly the same dance). If you include things like Push, Whip, Bop, Imperial, Smooth Hand Dance, etc. Then "WCS" is much bigger, but truthfully they are all seperate forms of swing dancing with their own unique genesis.
I'd say that WCS and Lindy are equally popular in California, with WCS having a little more of an edge.
Physical beauty and intelligence are great if you have them, but far more important is having internal beauty and emotional intelligence. And there, I think everyone is capable of saying or doing stupid things from time to time. Especially in a medium like this -- instantaneous, cold, and easy to misinterpret -- it's easy to hurt or offend unintentionally. Yes, I do spend a lot of time thinking before I speak, and after I speak, too. The most important thing this forum has, in my way of thinking, is its people and their feelings. That's truly the foremost thing on my mind. Dance is a very close second. I really care about you guys. A lot. You've all become so important to me, even though I don't "know" any of you. So I always try to be careful with everything I say, because I care about how you feel.