Snowball vs Lindy Focus

For many, there were two place to be this new years. If you were in Europe, there was a large chance you were going to attend The Snowball in Sweden or if you were stateside, you were most likely going to head to Lindy Focus in North Carolina. Some quick stats:

 

The illustrious and hilarious Andrew Thigpen served as the MC at Lindy Focus and thought it would be a marvelous idea to send some lindy love from the USA to Sweden. On Tuesday the 27th, he went to the dollar store and bought markers and construction paper so that people could make holiday cards for  particular individuals at Snowball, or for the camp in general. On Wednesday, he overnighted the messages to Sweden and on Thursday they arrived. In response to that, Snowball made this video (below) for the crowd at Lindy Focus.

Not to be out done, Andrew stirred up the Friday night crowd and sent even more holiday cheer to Sweden. What a guy!!

All I can say is: Lindy Focus – Party Time!!!!!!

ILHC 2011 – Strictly Lindy – Advance and Champion

First and foremost, congratulations to all the competitors!!!! Well freaking done bringing your A game!!!

Advance Strictly

Warmup

Spotlight

Adv Finals All-Skate

Champion Strictly

Warmup

I’ll be honest, I didn’t need to make it to finals. When Kevin and I danced in prelims, I felt like we put everything out there on the floor  and was pretty happy with how we danced. I was pretty excited to hear we made finals, but I was also a bit nervous because Kevin and I weren’t as prepared as we have been other years. Regardless, we decided if we made it into the final round by being ridiculous, we would keep up the shenanigans!

Kevin had one of the orange fingers under his sweater vest and around 0:58, Kevin yanks up his vest and let’s all of Baltimore see him in his glory. Like the great partner I am (*toot toot goes my horn), I figure the least I can do is continue to dance with the Baltimore Finger! The audience was loving it!! Well, maybe not everyone, but certainly the Baltimore section 😀

Spotlights

I have to say, there was some really great stuff put on the floor that night. Skye & Frida were seamless as usual. I love watching Todd and Naomi dance together; she is such an amazing follow!! And Holy shit – Pontus and Isa’s aerial was ridiculous (2:12)! And the barrel turn into a Frankie done by Juan and Sharon….sick (3:50)! Pat yourselves on the back contestants, because you threw down. UH!!!

I like the combination that Kevin and I have during our first round out (3:06) but it would have been so much better to different music. Arrrg. AND I don’t particularly care for the shapes I’m making with my arms. AND….ok, so I could get super nit picky but I’ll save it for another time. However…….hahha, I will say, I’m pretty proud of Kevin and myself for crowd surfing Baltimore at 7:18. And by the way, Baltimore, I love you! Thanks for catching us!!!! Andrew Thigpen, sorry about straddling you while dismounting the crowd (or “you’re welcome” depending on how you feel about the whole thing). Baltimore, you made the weekend for me! xxoo

Roxie Heartbreak’s fan dance

Here’s a late night performance from Lindy Focus (not office appropriate):

Uh yeah. Andrew Thigpen did a stellar job pumping up the crowd before Roxie took over. The best view of this routine would have been straight on from the front, but you get the gist of it. Vavavoom!

Why Lindy hop is Great: These Men

This is one of the many reasons I love lindy hop and the lindy hop scene – because of men like this who aim to please!!

Peter “Shoeless” Zellner (in orange) and Andrew Thigpen (in blue) perform a jazz/charleston choreography set to St. Louis Blues by The Mill Brothers.