Lindy 500

Hey Gang,

Here is a link to the video break down of the cupcake (I know it’s not on the DVD that we had for sale).

Ok, what else?

Here’s a link to a quick write-up about the weekend.

BIG, HUGE thanks to Sommer & Dorry and their crew. They take such amazing care of Kevin and me and they are a pleasure to work for. Nina & Michael, thanks for being our “local instructors”. And to the DC Crowd: Thanks for coming out to Baltimore to dance to The Cangelosi Cards and hang out!

Oh, ahahah, let’s see if I can remember some of the skits Kevin and I referenced while teaching. If you haven’t seen these clips, please watch them now. Very quotable.

MAD tv – Bon Qui Qui at King Burger “…but don’t get crazy.”  “I will cut you!!”
Blades of Glory


Eep, it’s been so long that I don’t remember what other movies Kevin and I pulled quotes from. If you remember one, please let me know and I’ll update the post!


Camp Jitterbug 2010 Competitions

What an outstanding set of competitions this year!!! Holy cow.

Jack & Jill Finals

1st: Mikey Pedroza (OC) & Laura Glaess (Austin, TX)
2nd: Eric Bertrand (Montreal, CAN) & Stacia Martin (Minneapolis, MN)
3rd: Andrew Hsi (OC) & Mary Freitag (OC)

Lindy Couple Finals

1st place: Pontus Persson & Frida B.
2nd place: Nick Williams & Laura Keat
3rd place: Michael Darigol & Brittany Johnson

I had such a great time watching this competition! Every couple out there danced their ass off and the crowd freaking loved it! Fuck…..that was lindy hop.

Charleston Finals

Winner: Jessica Lennartsson (Sweden)

Swing, Brother Swing 2010

I must applaud Silvia for putting on such a wonderful event this year. Swing, Brother Swing was originally a boogie woogie event, yet billed as a lindy event, and has finally turned the corner and has become a proper lindy event (thank goodness). I’d say the biggest change has come from the clientele; three years ago there were very few, if any, Italian lindy hoppers, and now they number in the low hundreds. The ex-boogie dancers can’t escape their roots, but the new slue of beginning and intermediate dancers are truly lindy hoppers (in the sense they have no other dance background).

Silvia and Bruno are the organizers of Swing, Brother Swing and put countless hours into turning their boogie event into a proper lindy hop extravaganza. This year had a lindy-only line-up of instructors: Steven & Virginie, Dax & Alice, Mike & Nina, Joseph & Trisha, Joel & Valerie, and all the Killer Dillers: Kevin & Jo, Sharon & Juan, and Nathan & Evita. What a great group! From my perspective, it was fantastic to have my entire team there as well as some great friends. One of the highlights of the weekend was on Sunday night after our late dinner. Mike, Nathan, and Kevin had their instruments out and Nathan and Evita sang along (yup, Nathan does both). Sharon kept rhythm with some brushes; Dax and Sarah social danced; Mindaugas, Alice, and I worked on moves; Juan went back and forth between dancing and watching videos; and some Italians watched the spectacle in awe. The group just clicked and we had a blast! Definitely one of the best late nights I’ve had this year.

So the teaching line-up was solid, and so were the DJs. Silvia brought in Swingin’ Swannee (from Berlin) and Mindaugas (from Lithuania) to DJ when we didn’t have live music. They played some great stuff….stuff I think most of the Italian scene hadn’t heard before. To top that off, we had The Nine Pennies and The Nine Pennies Big Band, with whom the Killer Dillers performed live. They’ve come a long way since Kevin and I first danced to them in 2008. Roberto, the director and composer for the NPBB, did an outstanding job of writing out 9 songs for the show we did on Saturday. Given, he’d written out the score for The Big Apple the year prior, but still….that’s a ton of work!

So here’s the run down of the show. On Saturday, each Killer Diller taught 2 classes, did a double rehearsal, and put on a live 30 minute show to the Nine Pennies Big Band. For us as performers, this was a huge opportunity. This was our first show to a live band in Italy! EEEEKKK!

Some challenges that made the show all the more exciting:
1) We all live in various places and subsequently have very different travel schedules
2) Because of that, our rehearsal time as a group of 6 is extremely limited (6 hours total this weekend. Last group rehearsal was in December for Lindy Focus)
3) To top it off, we have to do choreo via video (eek….what if we weren’t perfect on video? What if we weren’t specific enough? etc.)
4) We were not able to get the music before the show, so we had to assume what we’d be performing to was going to be similar to our recordings
5) When we did our run throughs with the band, not all the members were there, so we weren’t quite sure what the final sound would be like
6) Due to an Icelandic volcano erupting, I couldn’t get back home and get our costumes together. Evita and Nathan had to scramble around NY and find something suitable. Needless to say, they found better costumes that I originally did.
7) During a live show, anything can happen: the band might play at a different tempo than in rehearsal, the solos sound different, costume pieces don’t do what they’re supposed to, lighting might be in the wrong spot, etc.

Knowing that, here’s the show:

Killer Diller Show at Swing Brother Swing, Bologna Italy, May 2010 from Killer Dillers

Yeah yeah yeah!!!

In regards to the rest of the weekend, the food was great, the company was fantastic, the rooms were nice, we had water, the sounds systems worked, the students were great and our translators were awesome. As an organizer, Silvia and Bruno took great care of us, threw a great event, and were all around awesome. Oh yeah, and the Showcase and Team competition were tons of fun! This year we saw significantly more lindy hop!!


Swinglandia 2010

To be honest, I didn’t think Swinglandia was going to be one of my favorite events of 2010, but it was. Instead of it just being another work weekend, it was a dance and party weekend for me. *smile

My first gig with Kevin was Swinglandia 2007 and it was fun, but rough. Kevin and I had never taught together before meaning we had to plan all 15 hours of classes on top of teaching them and we put together a piece to perform at the cabaret (i.e. long working hours). “Because it was spring” the heat was not on in the rooms, but it was snowing out. At that point in time, I was living in Southern California where it’s typically warm year round and had no need for proper winter clothing. Needless to say, I was fucking freezing almost the entire weekend. To top it off, our room was super janky: the bed was too small for Kev and the “springs” drooped heavily in mine, we had no toilet seat, and someone had ripped the mirror in that bathroom off the wall. Overall the weekend was challenging, but the students were amazing and the energy was outstanding. Now, a few years later, I realize that a camp of that size was perhaps a bit much for me at that time in my career with Kevin.

Swinglandia 2007

In all, Kevin and I had a fun time and we went back the following year. We had a much nicer room and it didn’t snow. Already a step up! Again, the students were great, the food was similar, the music was fine, and the people were fun.

Swinglandia 2008

But this year it was a freaking party! And not to say that it wasn’t a party before, I guess I just wasn’t participating in camp life to the fullest. Highlights of Swinglandia 2010:

1. Dax & Sarah were there. I absolutely adore the two of them and don’t get to see them nearly enough. Getting to pal around with them really made my week. ♥ you two!!

2. The Rhythm Junkies were there!!! Mindaugas, Milda, Vytautas, Dangiras, Tomas, Juste, Marius, Andrius, and Giedrė represented. Not only are they great musicians, but they are awesome dancers as well. How crap, I had such a blast dancing with them! On top of that, their English is outstanding, they have a great sense of humor, and they’re all gorgeous. I think I fall in love with each one of them every time I see them. Girls and guys both! All of them, even the ones that stayed back in Lithuania are absolutely studs! I am secretly (or not so secretly) hoping to marry one of them and work on getting my E.U. citizenship. =)

3. The parties were a blast. Perhaps the biggest difference this year for me was that I partied (what the hell did I do the other years?). I stayed up late, I danced around, I drank, I dressed up, I had a blast! Swinglandia is big on having a theme (similar to Herrang) and this year it was “army”. Oooh ooh, guess who has an aviator outfit? That’s right… me! Here’s a video of an Aviator and someone from Naval Intelligence dancing together:

Yup, that’s Kevin swinging me out in flippers. What a guy!

4. The Jack & Jill. The prelims were ridiculous. We had 60 couples to judge and we started judging at 2am. Let’s just say that was a long night. =) Now the finals….wow….they were awesome to watch:

You’ll have to click on the related videos to see the other 6 videos.

Mindaugas was freaking awesome. He is such an elegant mothertrucker. If you don’t know him, he’s the second leader that comes out. Fuck, check out his swing outs! And Veit freaking killed it!! I was super impressed (he’s the second leader in the second clip of Jack&Jill finals). To top it off, the music was great!!! I want to compete to those songs!!

5. The social dancing rocked. I had such a fun time!! Haha, it felt like I was a camper again and I got to dance for me. I felt like my soul had been fed. I had some great dances with too many people to name, but in particular Dangiras. I don’t think I’ve had that many dances with one person in a row for quite some time. Thank man for putting up with me =)

6. The cabaret! Uncle Aubergine were off the hook! “Дядя Баклажан” [dyadya baklajan] Members include  Jimmy Monahan (George III), “Rhythm Junkies”: Dangis, Tomas and Andrius, and the one and only Fedor Nedotko!

7. New friends. I had such a blast (hahah, are you seeing a trend?) with so many new people. Wow, I dig that side of the world. Thank you to all the people that made Swinglandia happen, the staff, The Rhythm Junkies for holding it down, George III (Jimmy Monahan) for killing it on the clarinet and being one cool cat, Vitalii and Oksana for hosing Kevin and me, and Dax & Sarah for being awesome. xoxoxo

Southwest Lindyfest, videos

Here’s a video of mine and Kevin’s teacher performance.

It’s under 2 minutes, but that was the best I was able to muster after Bronchitis. The steroids and inhaler I was using really, really helped. Thanks doc!!!

Some other great moments captured on video:

Friday night Jam:

Saturday night Jam:

The hotties from The Silver Shadows

Skye and Frida just killing it!

The Silver Shadows doing their Frankie Tribute piece:

Alexander McQueen committed suicide

News of this story broke on Thursday, February 11, 2010.

Lee Alexander McQueen , born in March 16th 1969 in Hackney, London. He started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention of becoming a fashion designer.McQueen attended Rokeby School, also he stayed as apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes and later the famous theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans.

In 1994, he applied to London’s most prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He received his Master degree in Fashion design and his graduation collection was completely influenced by fashion stylist Isabella Blow (she committed suicide in May 2007). For years she was his best friend and she was responsible for McQueen to change his name, from Lee to Alexander, his middle name.

McQueen was known for his extravagant, avant-garde runway shows. He became “the hooligan of English fashion” and earning the title “l’enfant terrible”. However, he was elected in 1996 to be the designer of Givenchy.
His run through the house of Givenchy was not very successful, caused controversy, as a step in Autumn 1998, which showed on the catwalk car-robots spraying paint over white cotton dresses, and the model Aimee Mullins, double amputee, striding down the show on intricately carved wooden legs. He finished his days at Givenchy in March 2001.

For his enormous creativity, he was the youngest designer to win the title of “British Designer of the Year”.

The collection, McQueen, was released on 11 October 2007. He opened boutiques in New York, London, Los Angeles, Milan, and Las Vegas. Many celebrities have used his clothes in large events such as Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and lately we have seen his collection worn by Lady Gaga in her videos and live shows.

McQueen’s death comes days after the death of his mother, Joyce, and almost three years after the May 2007 suicide of his close friend Isabella Blow, who discovered the designer and helped launch his career. The designer was so upset at his friend’s death, that he dedicated his spring-summer show at Paris Fashion Week 2008 to the late Blow.

More pictures:

McQueen’s Ballerina Pump

Met Dress from 2003


Pre-Fall 2009 Collection

Alexander Mcqueen Spring-Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Camp Jitterbug 2010

Camp Jitterbug Flyer

Doesn’t Sharon look amazing?! I am so thrilled that The Killer Diller’s very own Sharon Davis on this year’s Camp Jitterbug flyer and on the website header:

The photo on the flyer was taken during her tribute act to Josephine Baker in last year’s Jump Session show. Josephine, being one of her all-time greatest inspirations, has inspired numerous costumes that take up a great amount of space in Sharon’s luggage.

Josephine Baker Banana Skirt Josephine Baker

The 2010 Camp Jitterbug details are:

Camp Jitterbug & the Jump Session Show 2010

Memorial Day weekend

May 28-31st 2010

Seattle, USA

And this year the Jump Session show will feature all six Killer Dillers! Myself and Kevin, Juan Villafane & Sharon Davis, and Evita Arce & Nathan Bugh will all be attending Camp Jitterbug, performing in the Jump Session Show, competing, and teaching some classes! Without a doubt, Camp Jitterbug is one of the greatest events of the year. Don’t miss out!

Here is the trailer from last year’s Jump Session show. If this doesn’t make you want to be there, I don’t know what would:

List of Camps & Exchanges for 2010


Lindy Hops the Öresund, Copenhagen

Late Night Jump, Tampere

Moscow Christmas Dance Camp

South Florida Lindy Exchange, Miami/Fort Lauderdale

Utah Lindy Exchange, somewhere in the state…

Sea Swing Sensations Cruise, Long Beach —> Mexican Riviera

Lindy Hop Argentina International Festival, Buenos Aires

Camp Swing It, Seoul

Swing Camp Oz, Adelaide


Uppsala Winter Camp

Winter Jump, Oslo

Swingin’ in the Rain, Liège (Belgium)

Rock that Swing Festival, München

Crazy Rhythm Challenge, Toulouse

Goodnight Sweetheart, Welvyn (UK)

Leapin’ Lindy, Bern

SparX, Cleveland (Ohio)


Ljubljana Sweet Swing Festival

Scotland Swing Storm, somewhere in the country…

La Santa Swing, Lanzarote

Queen City Lindy Exchange, Charlotte (North Carolina)

Orlando Lindy Exchange, Orlando (Florida)

Atlanta Lindy Exchange

The Lafayette Lindy Exchange, Lafayette (Indiana)

Lindyfest, Houston

Pirate Swing, Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA)

Vietnam Lindy Exchange, Mui Ne


Swingin’ Spring, Gothenburg

Prague Spring Swing Festival

Woodhop Weekender, Radevormwald (near Köln)

Is There Hop, Zürich

Geneva Lindy Exchange

BritHop London Lindy Exchange

Barswingona, Barcelona

BABBLE, New York

Great Wall Swingout, Beijing

Hullaballoo, Perth Lindy Exchange


Potsdam Havelhop, Potsdam (near Berlin)

Swing Brother Swing, Pieve di Cento (near Bologna)

Swingin’ Méditérranée, Montpellier

Swinglandia, Kiev

Michigan Lindy Exchange, Midlands Fairground

Camp Jitterbug, Seattle


Stockamöllan Swing Festival (Sweden)

CopHop, Copenhagen

Boogie-Bären, Landsberg am Lech (Germany)

Highland Swing, Carbisdale Castle (Scotland)

Amsterdam Lindy Exchange

Swing Crash Festival, Como

Beantown Camp, Boston

Denver Lindy Exchange


Herräng Dance Camp

Kissme, Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA)

Connecticut Lindy Exchange, New Haven

Rhythm Arts Festival, New Orleans

Swingtime in the Rockies, Denver

Camp Hollywood, Los Angeles


Gothenburg Lindy Exchange

Swing i Svaben, Svabensverk (Sweden)

Studio Hop Summer Camp, Toulouse

Arctic Lindy Exchange, Iceland

Porto Lindy Exchange

Lindy on the Rocks, Denver

Seattle Lindy Exchange

International Lindy Hop Championships, Washington DC

Canberräng, Canberra

New Zealand Exchange, Auckland


Munich Lindy Exchange

Edinburgh Lindy Exchange

Dublin Lindy Exchange

Swing Out New Hampshire, Camp Wicosuta

Knoxville Lindy Exchange

San Francisco Lindy Exchange

Osaka Lindy Exchange


Halloween Swing Camp, Stockholm

Lindy on the Edge, Bergen

Vienna Hot Swing Jam, Wien

Lindy Shock, Budapest

Belindy Zena Camp, Genova

Cambridge Lindy Exchange

Rocktober Fest, Columbus, Ohio

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, New Orleans

Sving du Nord, Twin Cities, Montana

Camp Swing, San Fransisco

Albuquerque Lindy Exchange

Menari di Bali Lindy Camp


Waterkant Jam, Hamburg

Festival Swing of Paris

Stir It!, Zürich

Grenoble Swing Dance Festival

Austin Lindy Exchange (USA)

Sydney Swing Festival

Melbourne Lindy Exchange


The Snowball, Stockholm

Lindy Focus, Asheville (North Carolina, USA)

Lindy Loves Soul, Charleston, South Carolina

North American Open, San Francisco

Swingin’ the New Year, San Diego

Lone Star 2010

It sounds like Lone Star Championships was the place to be this past weekend. I’ve been checking out videos on youtube and I have to say, I think I missed out! If I hadn’t been working, I would have been there. Buggar!!! Ok, next year, I am there. This is me saying that once I know the dates for Lone Star 2011, I am blocking out those dates!

So here are some videos that caught my eye:

You have to wait for the “Super” song starting at 2:17. The amount of humping, shaking and hair swirling is fantastic. And to top it off, Naomi has to break it up at the end. Incredible!

Speaking of Naomi, she is just awesome in this! And Todd….holy crap!! So here’s the thing: If you’re an advance-intermediate dancer, you should be able to lead everything he did: swing outs, tuck turns, circles, jig walks, and kick ups, hell….even I can. But what he’s doing is so much more than just those moves. It’s the quality of his movement, the musicality, the simplicity, and the beauty of his dirty style. Now that, my friends, is some fine self-expression!

How cool is this that two partners drew themselves in the J&J (and so early in their partnership)! Sarah is an up & comer in the International Lindy scene and she’s fierce. Just check her out in the second song. Sarah kills it!! Fierce. Can’t wait to see what the girl brings next.

Here’s my girl Evita and the honorary Killer Diller, Michael. I first saw this number at ILHC 2009 and I shed a tear. It’s a gorgeous number and the two of them dance it so beautifully. I guess I shouldn’t expect anything less from two professional dancers from New York. ;-)

And for the last video of this post:

Juan freaking KILLS it in the semi-finals. Tons of people are going to watch the finals, but I think it’d be such a shame to miss this. Movement, musicality, and a muscle shirt…..a-Mazing!