Things that made me smile this week

Ok, so even though I am “trapped” in Europe, there are still a lot of great things about this trip.

1. I am staying in a nice B&B where there is internet, my dance partner, and Juan & Sharon.
2. We are within walking distance to a dance studio that has mirrors and sound systems in the various rooms, and there is time during the day we can use it.
3. Because I have internet access, I have had the resources to work on my website. Yeah!!
4. I found some great videos online:

Lin Yu Chun Sings Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’

Wow-e-wow-wow. This is made better by the fact that his hair is so awful! But man, what a voice!

Beyonce singing “At Last” for the Obama’s first dance.

This makes me proud to be an American. I showed this clip to Juan and I was in tears afterwards. Beyonce is wickedly talented, has a stunning voice, and is singing live for the US’ first black president. What an outstanding moment in history (and entertainment).

On a completely different note, the Best DUI Ever!

With a hitch kick and a yee-haw!!

5 thoughts on “Things that made me smile this week

  1. Monday says:

    I can definitely think of worse things than being “trapped” in Europe… like being stuck with finals (story of my life right now). πŸ™‚
    I’ve been following you for a while, but so far have had nothing interesting to say, but I saw your 2010 schedule and just had to introduce myself. I’m a college student who has very recently become involved in my college swing scene. It’s small but took my very limited knowledge and has expanded so much. I hadn’t even known there were swing conventions until ATLX this year. And now I can’t stop.
    I was recommended to this blog for resources, I laughed at videos you have posted and enjoy hearing about your travels. Basically, you’re living my dream. πŸ™‚ I joke that if I could get paid to do anything it would be to travel the world, swing dance, and get paid to write a blog about swing scenes around the world (I’m going to college for Communications so I have to work that in SOME how). So… I guess that makes you my hero. πŸ™‚
    I see that you’re planning on going to Lindy Focus in December? My friends and I are working toward that. Any time we talk about future swing dance events, we always get the most excited about LF in Charlotte. ATLX was our first but we certainly don’t want it to be our last. But when I saw you were going to Lindy Focus I got really excited!
    Sorry to come out of the blue like this, but I thought it was finally time I say high. πŸ™‚ <—If you haven't seen it I think you'll enjoy this.

  2. Jo says:

    Hey Monday,

    I remember running off to dance events in between midterms and finals a few years ago and let me tell you, I am sooooooo thankful every day that I am done with school. Just wait until your out….it will be great! But make sure you finish school (just in case you thought about running away to become an International Lindy Hopper before you got your degree), don’t leave early!

    I live an awesome adventure, but it’s not as glamorous at is looks from the outside. I think many people would like to have my job, but when they find out what it actually entails, I think they change their mind (or become more specific with their wish). Haha.

    I will be at Lindy Focus in December. I haven’t been officially asked, but I am pretty darn sure I am going to be there. Michael and Jaya are great organizer and it’s a pleasure to work for them. If you have time, you should also head over to Southern Belle Swing Bash (check the calendar). It’s a weekend dedicated to followers. I think you’d dig it.

    There’s never a bad time to say hi. Thanks for finally getting around to it. Good luck with finals and just know that it will all pay off in the end (if you don’t already feel like it is).


    Awesome video link, btw. And this comment also made me smile. =)

  3. Monday says:

    I didn’t realize how my comment sounded until I read your reply. No worries about continuing college. I’m here until I have at least one degree in my hand. I still don’t know what I want to do and certainly swing is becoming more and more popular on my list, but I’m still figuring things out. =)

    Besides, I’m not ready to go out into the real world yet. I have no doubt that there’s a catch with what you do. (There’s always a catch.) But I’ve always said that if you do whatever you really love, the catch won’t be that bad. (Hopefully.)

    Whatever I’ll be doing, I definitely will continue swing even if it is not my career.
    I have looked at SBSB, and I’ll make my decision as soon as prices come out. (And if I can get anyone to come with.) If I come, I’ll definitely say hi!

    Any way, I’m glad my comment made you smile. =) You may see me comment more now that I’ve said hi, but now I must get back to dreaded Statistics. *grrrr*

  4. Jo says:

    Hehe, actually, it didn’t sound like you were goign to drop out of school, I just didn’t want to miss an opportunity to get up on my soap box! (I also know a number of people that started and never finished and I thought I should share their advice even though it wasn’t requested =D ).

    Fabulous! Keep on dancing and I am sure I’ll see you around on a dance floor somewhere. Good luck with Stats.

  5. Terrance says:

    Hey Greg, thanks for comtmneing. I can understand the pedagogical search (and I hope you can forgive my assumption). The discussion happens a lot, and was an aspect of my discussion. I went through the exact same experience. In Orange County 2007, Shesha Marvin was teaching rock the follow on 1 (or maybe the follows automatically rock) while Jerry Jordan was teaching lead the follow forward on 1. After I understood where everything was going, I wondered what the advantage of one over the other was. There’s two aspects of the answer, as I see it.First oriented to novice follows, I still stand by stepping in place unless led in a direction. The instructor is immediately telling the novice follow that to pay attention to what the lead is leading. The idea of connection and frame is a difficult one, as you point out. Starting it sooner is better. Instructors can lead footwork rhythm drills, frame drills, connection drills, etc. Students need to dance to integrate the knowledge. But it’s all foundational knowledge, and should be presented.Teaching a novice follow to walk in a direction without a lead in that direction feels like a bad idea to me. Where does the list of directional assumptions end? How long is it? Where is it recorded? If someone doesn’t know assumption 12-b, does that mean they’re bad? Does it open up the potential for an entire group of people to just have a slightly different set of assumptions and create a schism? Isn’t is simpler to go with something like step in the direction led? As for crossing assumptions, I don’t know why a novice follow coming forward on count 1 without a lead in that direction is any better than a novice follow rocking on count 1 without a lead in that direction. Both are awkward. Neither involves listening on the connection.Second, oriented to novice leads, I think we should teach to lead the follow forward on 1. That way, when doing a swing-out, the lead can use all eight counts do to the move. If the novice lead leads a rock on 1, then the then entire swing-out happens from counts two to eight.Here’s a question: How many leads/follows can take both series and do it both ways? Could we discuss that as being an advanced beginner skill?Here’s another question: For every 10 brand new people who start a beginner lindy hop series, how many eventually get to the point where they feel comfortable leading/following either a step forward or back on count 1, depending on the context of the situation? Perhaps we could call that a skill of the Proficient Lindy Hopper? Maybe a discussion of raising the number of novices who become proficient should be more important than the direction on 1.Ok, there’s my 2am brain-dump thoughts. I might have omitted smileys throughout. I don’t mean any of this to sound harsh or accusatory. Though it probably does sound opinionated.

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