When starting swing dancing Jamin Jackson saw a flaw in the lindy hop scene. This three things he noticed: 

  1. 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.“
  2. Need for a simple duplicatable teaching approach. I compare this concept to riding a bike. All you need is peddling, balance and steering to ride a bike. That’s it. How you ride the bike is what I like to call style, and many of the teachers I noticed during my training focused on this only, instead of the mechanics. I feel teaching the mechanics with the intent to liberate dancers demystifies lindy hop, making it accessible to anyone who has the diligence to practice.
  3. Lack of new international dance teachers in the USA. Many of the teachers traveling the international circuit from the states have been the same for over 15 years. Nothing wrong with this if we want to be a big fish in a small pond. However, my philosophy was to inspire massive growth so there are more people who need to be served, which in the end benefits everyone. This again comes from my conviction of not owning swing, but stewarding it for the next generation.

Read the whole interview with Jamin Jackson here.

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