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  1. Inspiration Weekend – Class Follow Up

    March 7, 2012 by Jo

    Hey Students from Inspiration Weekend,

    Kevin and I had a freaking fantastic time at Inspiration Weekend 2012! Thanks for participating in the workshop and being an awesome group of students. I’ve had a number of people as me about the class material that we weren’t able to get to, so I wanted to follow up with you and direct you to one of the many places you can go for more information. :D

    Whether you’re a beginner or advance dancer, there is a charleston transition for you:

    This lesson, part 6 of 6 on the Advanced Charleston Transitions lesson pack, teaches a fast paced and stylish routine that works you through each of the transitions in this pack. Breakdown includes everything you need to know to tie these movements together plus some bonus tips for understanding how to interpret footwork!

    For Spinning and Turning:

    An in depth explanation of technique and corresponding drills for improving your spinning control and increasing your number of rotations. Footwork, torso torque, arm use and spotting are all addressed.

    If you want even more information, here’s another pack you can check out!

    A few more blast:

    Beginners, here are a set of Intro to Lindy Hop clips that might appeal to you.

    Ladies from the Intermediate Track, some of you asked about swivels – check them out here!

    If dance clips aren’t your sort of thing, but DVDs are (shameless plug), you’re in luck! Kevin and I have 7 new DVDs coming out in the next two weeks that just so happen to cover some of these topics! More on that to come.

    Again, than you to all the students, dancers, and organizers that help support the scene and keep the inspiration flowing!


  2. I Charleston – Berlin

    August 21, 2011 by Jo

    The videography work and the direction of this video is awesome!

    Musik: Good Night Circus : http://www.myspace.com/goodnightcircus

    My favorite part is when people are dancing on the cement blocks (1:54) and with the guards (2:10). Gaah, I want video doing that!

    The question is, when are the Ninjammerz coming to your city?


  3. Preparing for Solo Charleston at ESDC

    June 15, 2011 by Jo

    What are you watching? What’s inspiring you?


    Adam, you are as fabulous as they come! Thank you for reminding me that pink is a great color on guys AND the skating is freaking awesome! Oh yeah, and….uh….Frida rocks my socks off. Need I say more?


    Janna, you are amazing – you and your energy.


    They have been awesome for such a long time.


    Oh. My. Goodness. What fabulous lines these boy have!! Gentlemen, if you have long limbs, these are the people to watch dance. Woo-wee!


    Hurley is a ball of sunshine, as always! I mean really, have you ever seen a more mega-watt smile on anyone other than a super model in a print ad? John, I have one word for you: ridiculous.


    Chance!!


    What a dance off! I saw it live and the place was going bonkers.

    GAAAHHH, I get an adrenaline rush just thinking about the competition coming up this weekend! Are you ready? I’m not :D

     


  4. Crazy Rhythm Challenge 2011

    March 7, 2011 by Jo

    Last year I was in France around the end of February and I was incredibly sick. I had just picked up bronchitis and walking pneumonia and I was dying. OMgoodness, it was awful. This year, however, I had the luxury of being alive and had a fabulous time dancing with the French. In case you don’t travel internationally and/or haven’t made your way out to France yet, there are some incredibly great dancers there. It’s impressive. Sharon and I judged the leaders in the J&J that weekend and I think everyone of them were great dancers. There were….26 of them. Rad. Needless to say I had an incredible time social dancing!

    Kevin and taught 6 partnered class (2 for each level) and then 2 solo classes. We did leading and following rock steps, triple steps, and weight changes in open position and close position for the beginners. With the intermediates, we did our “Touch Me” class which is a progression of 7 moves. In the top level we showed the difference between walking, triple steps, syncopated rock steps, and bouncing and then built on that by adding in turns. Kevin also taught solo jazz and a hat trick class and I taught solo jazz and a burlesque class. More on that later.

    Not that these videos will actually do the event justice, but here are some snippets from the weekend. And a big Thank You to Anne-Helen and Bernard. Thanks for taking such great care of us and congratulations on finishing the studio 20 minutes before the event started! :D

    The winning team routine:

    Nicolas Deniau & Mikaela Hellsten winning showcase:

    The Charleston final at CRC 2011 with Mikaela Hellsten, Oliv Wan, Fabien Vrillon, Tatiana and Julien Stoehr

    Blues Finals with Julien Stoehr, Gigi, and Pauline:

    It was audience judged and they couldn’t decide who was the winner so they needed one more song.

    Gigi won. Well done missy!

    A fun Hat Trick performance by Bernard and Charly, his son.

    Another showing of Communication:

    I really like performing Communication in that dress. I recently put those tights in my regular rotation and I like them. They aren’t super flashy, but they are subtle and have a little bit of flare.

    Something that made performing in that space kinda fun was that the lights were behind us. While performing, I could see the faces in the audience really, really well. However, when I was judging, I could clearly see the outline of the dancers, but not really their facial expressions. If we are invited back to perform next year, I’m hoping to choreograph something that would utilize the lighting better. The smoke machine and lighting set a very magical, almost mystical atmosphere. Love it!

    Otherwise, I can’t find the J&J footage or the strictly. Does anyone have that?


  5. Lindy 500

    September 10, 2010 by Jo

    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

    Spaceballs

    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!

    xo


  6. Camp Jitterbug 2010 Competitions

    May 31, 2010 by Jo

    What an outstanding set of competitions this year!!! Holy cow.
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    Jack & Jill Finals


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


    Winners:
    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.
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    Charleston Finals


    Winner: Jessica Lennartsson (Sweden)
    ~


  7. Why Lindy hop is Great: These Men

    September 26, 2009 by Jo

    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.



  8. Charleston on Mad Men

    September 4, 2009 by Jo

    Great outfits! Fun dancing.


  9. ILHC Results

    August 26, 2008 by admin

    Champions Lindy:
    1 – Nick Williams & Carla Heiney
    2 – Max Pitruzezlla & Annie Trudeau
    3 – Jeremy Otth & Laura Keat

    Open Lindy Strictly:
    1 – Juan Villafane & Sharon Davis
    2 – Jamie Cameron & Crista Seipp
    3 – Carl Nelson & Joanna Lucero

    Showcase:
    1 – Max Pitruzzella & Annie Trudeau
    2 – Nick William s& Laura Keat
    3 – Kevin St. Laurent & Emily Hoffberg
    4 – Stefan and Bethany

    Classic:
    1 – Zack Richard & Carla Heiney
    2 – Dax Hock & Alice Mei
    3 – Kevin St. Laurent & Emily Hoffberg

    Invitational J&J:
    1 – Max Pitruzzella & Bethany Powell
    2 – Todd Yannacone & Annie Trudeau
    3 – Dax Hock & Marie Mattsson

    Advanced J&J:
    1 – Stephen Jean & Laura Glaess
    2 – Jamie Cameron & Crista Seipp
    3 – Mike Roberts & Kate Hedin

    Team:
    1 – Northern Lights
    2 – Team Canada
    3 – Hot Mess

    Solo Charleston:
    1 – Hurley (from FL)
    2 – Emily Hoffberg
    3 – Juan Villafane

    Pro-Am:
    1 – Lee Tucker & Kelly Arsenault
    2 – Andrew Thigpen & Emily Hoffberg
    3 – Abigail Browning & Nick Williams

    Juniors:
    1 – Ian Herrick & Ellie Hanus
    2 – Derrick Summerville & Sioban Tompkins
    3 – Catalino Lopez & Sasha Cross

    Cabaret:
    1 – Kelly Arsenault
    2 – Rockstep Brothers (Kevin St. Laurent & Juan Villafane)
    3 – Lady with the Fan (Sharon Davis)