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Dressing the Part at Southwest Lindyfest 2010

March 17, 2010 by Jo

I just took my first trip to Texas and had an absolute blast at Southwest Lindyfest 2010. The instructor lineup was amazing, the energy was great, and as an instructor, the event was really, really well run. What a pleasure it is to work with professional organizers!

Before I came to the event, I wasn’t sure how much dancing I would be able to do. I had recently finished taking antibiotics for bronchitis and brought steroid and an inhaler with me to the event (to keep my lungs open). Needless to say, I hadn’t danced for the past week and wasn’t even sure I could dance, but I still wanted to show well. I figured I would need to find a different way, other than dancing, to set myself apart from the other teacher so I did the only thing I could think of and raided my wardrobe! I probably spent 4 hours trying on clothes before I left. I figured if I wasn’t going to dance well, I should at least look good!

Recently I posted a Bonnie & Clyde editorial on Swing Fashionista and realized that I could replicate this look with little effort. Two pencil skirts, a bunch of V-neck shirts, a beret, and three scarves later, I had an entire weekend’s worth of cute outfits. Here are the two main pictures I took inspiration from:


Friday night Jam dancing with Peter Strom to Jonathan Stout and his rockin’ band!

Saturday night jam dancing with Kevin, getting ready to do an aerial.

Photos from Facebook – by David Holmes

Stay tuned for more to come!!


4 Comments »

  1. Jo, I just wanted to say that you were fantastic this weekend! I’m from Wichita, KS, and several of my fellow dancers and I took classes with you. (I took “Fun and Flashy” and “Intermediate Aerials.”) As an instructor, you’re so engaging and inspiring! As a performer, you’re pure class. I never would have guessed that you were getting over an illness.. Also, I just assumed you always dressed to kill ;-)

    Thank you for everything! I look forward to more classes with you in the future!

  2. Jennifer says:

    The beret and scarf combo was *awesome*. We were all amazed that you kept that hat on the whole time, and I’m sure it was crazy hot under there also! Ah the things we do for fashion :)
    It was great meeting you, and thanks for all the wonderful instruction!

  3. Amelia says:

    Well, you looked fantastic. All weekend, I just kept thinking, “Gee, Jo looks GREAT!” I wore my beret on Saturday night and someone told me they thought I was you. I said thank you! and remarked that I’m quite a bit shorter than you are.

    <3 amelia

  4. Breanna says:

    Saw pictures of your outfits from Lindyfest and thought they were FANTASTIC. You can definitely work the beret :)

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