Missing in the swing community–3 things

When starting swing dancing Jamin Jackson saw a flaw in the lindy hop scene. This three things he noticed:  Lack of professional dancers with his background. “Most major influences I noticed at the time were international teachers who started their dance journey in Lindy Hop. They were experts at preserving and replicating classic movements from the founding artists of the past. I felt my experience as a modern vernacular dancer would galvanize a culture shift toward individual creatively – building rugged individualism on the historical foundation.“ Need for a simple duplicatable teaching approach. I compare this concept to riding a...

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Did John F. Kennedy’s murderer dance LINDY HOP?

Beside dancing at Minsk Lindy Exchange Lennart Westerlund stumbled across several questions concerning Lee Harvey Oswald. Did the accused murderer dance the Lindy Hop? Was it him introducing the Lindy Hop to Belarus back in 1961? Karl Lennart Westerlund embroideres his thoughts concerning the subject in this cronicle.  In the early 1960s, the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald, later accused of assassinating American president John F. Kennedy, spent a few years in the Soviet Union city of Minsk. At the time, Oswald was a young American ex-military man with communist ideas. His personality was an enigmatic paradox, a mixture of...

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Review: Mother City Hop, Cape Town

The weekender Mother City Hop in South Africa took place for the second time ever in March 2017. According to Peter Ståhl from Stockholm, Sweden, it was a success. This is what you need to know before next years event – and why dancing in Cape Town will bring you a new perspective. What made greatest impression during Mother City Hop (MCH) 2017? – The relaxed and friendly atmosphere amongst local dancers, visiting dancers, organizers and teachers. Also the classes in local dances Pantsula and Gumboot, teachers and students were really focused and engaged. You been before 2016, what is unique about MCH? – Yes,...

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written by: Karl Lennart Westerlund The sound of jazz is a witch’s brew of uproar and syncopation, of flaming youth and urban American street life of the seductive jazz age. The sound of jazz is a wooden rollercoaster, a King Kong aeroplane, a homeless dog, an unbaptized child and an uptown traffic jam. It’s vertical, horizontal and diagonal, it’s upside-down, inside-out and it spins round and round. It often sleeps all day and sneaks* around all night. By nature jazz likes to hold hands with diamonds and furs, but behind the scenes it fraternizes with hoodlums and thugs. Its sound...

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Review: Move Your Bottom Valencia

It was some weeks ago but Move Your Bottom (2-5 March 2017) still make Daniel Morillo Almiralls heart and bottom beat. He is an energetic tap- and lindy dancer and travels a lot to experience weekenders and camps around Europe. This is his why you should not miss Move Your Bottom (MYB) in the Spanish town Valencia next year. Cover photo: Sara Pista  What makes Move Your Bottom unique? –  From my view, MYB were so good! The fact that the venue for workshops and for the parties were close was a plus, that’s not always happening. A high percentage of participants were from...

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