She is an avatar of Balboa footwork, elegance and improvisation, continuously pushing through to new achievements — in dancing and in life. Not only that, her personality is topped by vintage clothes, a golden surname and a dive-all-in approach. But there have been struggles too. In this interview Mia Goldsmith Halloran reveals challenges and shares advice on how to live and dance without hesitation. Balboa dates back to the 1920s and it grew out of an organic evolution, neither planned nor with rigorous ballroom-style explanation. The same goes for Mia Goldsmith; she never strived to become a dancer. Sure, she liked...Read More
What ingredients are needed to create a roaring party? Frank, lead singer of Frank Martini and his orchestra, lists all the necessities: 1. The music. Play only real old school swing, so you don’t have to worry ’bout any untz. 2. Pick the right venue. When you walk through the doors you want to enter a ballroom from the 1920’s. A venue like the ”Hall of Mirrors at Grand Hôtel, Stockholm. 3. Let loose. That will create a permissive atmosphere for all. DecaVitas partying at Party of the Century 4. Collaborate with talented artists. At Frank Martini’s Party of the Century you can be sure to be entertained...Read More
Become a strong and independent follower – three advice from Åsa Heedman: Stick your neck out and put yourself at risk. Use your body and capture theextremes in positions. Show your personality and your phraseology. If you want your expression to be strong, you have to stop being cute. Dare to be raw and strong in your expression. Roar like a tiger, don’t be a mouse! “Puttinutt” is not for you.Don’t ”just” wait to be led. Be an active participant in creating. Try adding your own rhythms and expressions as you follow your lead. Follow without ”just following”, meaning: never try to predict...Read More
Three qualities that characterise ÅSA HEEDMANS’S favourite lead: 1. Steady with clear indications, no micro managing. A lead should not dictate what to do, that’s my least favorite thing. 2. Musicality is very inspiring. When leads have an ear for the music, are rhythmical and play along with the music, I like that. 3. Interact! A great lead makes me feel interesting as a follower, understands that we’re dancing together and values what we do as a team. Get to know Lindy Hop powerhouses Åsa and Daniel Heedman Photo: from Harlem Festival by Imantas...Read More
1. Clear references. What are your favorite expressions and who are your favorite dancers? Make sure the answers are clear to you and keep it in focus. That helps you how to express yourself. Now make it yours! 2. Simplify! The answer to everything. Especially as a lead. Don’t stress out about leading different stuff, do what you know and do it well. 3. Go all in! Put your soul into it. It sounds simple, but in fact, it’s a big challenge, something we work hard on every day in our classes. Get to know Lindy Hop powerhouses Åsa and Daniel...Read More
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