Southern Belle Swing Bash

This was definitely one of the best weekends of 2010 for me!

Firstly, Gina Helfrich and Michael & Jaya Gamble were the organizers of this glorious event and did a bang up job. Frankly, they are some of the best organizers in the US and if you haven’t been to one of their events, you should go! I know…. you should go to Lindy Focus!!

Teaching Classes

I really felt like I came into my own this weekend. I felt really confident in the material I was teaching and that allowed me to think about how I’d like to deliver the message instead of focusing on what I was going to say. All in all, I felt like I knocked it out of the park. I thought I was funny, witty, silly, sassy, and a bit of an asshole. In fact, I think you could say I was a sass-hole!! Hahah, I think one of my favorite things I told the class was that I aimed to be offensive, but not so much that anyone would leave. 😀 I must admit, this weekend of teaching changed who I am as an instructor. I’ll never be the same again….so THANKS M&J and Gina!!

I’d also like to give a shout out to Kevin, my awesome dance partner, for teaching the Jumps! class with me and being my knight in shinning …. er…. jeans. Kevin feels like home base so when I teach with him, it just feels easy! And let’s not forget about Andrew Munoz for being a fantastic leader and teaching partner in my other two partnered classes. Andrew was very brave to agree to teach with me. I only gave him 3 minutes of prep time for each class and he killed it. A great teacher in the making, me thinks!

Performances

I had a really fun time putting together a piece with Carla and Laura and they were such champs! The choreo wasn’t finished until Sunday the week before and I wasn’t able to put it on film to send to them until Tuesday. That just goes to show what professional ladies those two are!!

And speaking of professional ladies, the ever so love Miss Sharon Davis threw down a performance at SBSB. Check it out!

Yes, yes, yes, she wasn’t on the bill because she wasn’t teaching, but the event was THAT good that even Sharon came all the way from Australia for it……heheh, ok, so that’s not entirely true. She was in the general area and she came down from Pittsburgh to have some weekend fun. 😀

Here’s a video from the Solo Charleston Contest:

1st place: Ms. Breanna Perry
2nd place: Jesse Hanus
3rd place: Morgan Lee Kestner
4th place: Lindsay Longstreth

For whatever it’s worth, here is video of the Instructor Jam we had at the beginning of the weekend.

If you had thought about coming but decided last minute you weren’t going to come, I am sorry that you missed such a stellar weekend. It was a rocking good time.

3 thoughts on “Southern Belle Swing Bash

  1. Irena Spassova says:

    This is incredibly late (this event is already so last year 😛 ). But I want to say thank you. As a student in (most) of your classes that wonderful weekend, I can say that you helped me so much in learning to be a better follow, in turning and in adding my own little variations to the moves I know and love. I can honestly say you finally made swivels click in my brain. So, thank you for being awesome. I very much look forward to seeing you when I can scrounge up enough money to go to an event again!

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