Disco party this weekend at Swinglandia!!!
Here are the sources of my inspiration for this weekend:
And let’s not forget one of the hallmark dance scenes from the 1970s!
Now, let’s boogie!
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?
April 15, 2011 by Jo
I got to hang out with Chris Härm this weekend and we went back and forth with our favorite videos. Here are some of the videos that made me go woo!
These guys are SICK. Really, you just need to watch 20 seconds of this and if you aren’t hooked by then, then don’t worry, clearly this video wasn’t meant for you :D
Show “La Preuve Par 4″ à l’Hotel de Ville de Paris au Préselection du Juste Debout 2010
Chregrapher: Marvin Gofin (R.A.F Crew)
Dancers: Marion Motin (Swaggers, Quality Street), Julie Moreau (Swaggers), Nicolas Medea (R.A.F Crew) et Marvin Gofin (R.A.F Crew)
Music by Raphaël Judrin aKa SoFly
I love what the girls are wearing and the beat. And that marcelled hair!!
Notice that clips from ‘Spirit Moves’ made it into this!
I was SOOO hoping to run into her while I was in Norway, but she’s not from Oslo, she’s from Trondheim. Maybe another lindy hopper can get a picture with her!
September 26, 2009 by Jo
Synopsis: A reinvention of the original Oscar-winning hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame…the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work.
In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student’s passion will be put to the test. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything else that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery.
As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they’ll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed. With the love and support of their friends and fellow artists, they’ll find out who amongst them will achieve Fame.
The cast includes Asher Book as Marco, Kristy Flores as Rosie, Paul Iacono as Neil, Paul McGill as Kevin, Naturi Naughton as Denise, Kay Panabaker as Jenny, Kherington Payne as Alice, Collins Pennie as Malik, Walter Perez as Victor, and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Joy. Their instructors include Debbie Allen as Principal Simms, Charles S. Dutton as Alvin Dowd, Kelsey Grammer as Joel Cranston, Megan Mullally as Fran Rowan, and Bebe Neuwirth as Lynn Kraft.
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Kay Panabaker, Bebe Neuwirth, Naturi Naughton
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
September 10, 2009 by Jo
Here is an article from the 20th September 1943 edition of the New York Times (page 23):
Jitterbug Accepted as Ballroom Dance
New York Teachers Combine It with Lindy for Classes
History was made in ballroom dancing yesterday when the New York Society of Teachers of Dancing Inc, at its September meeting in the Hotel Astor, officially recognized and decided to teach the jitterbug as a pastime fitted to accompany waltz, tango and rumba on dance programs.
However, the jitterbug to be taught this fall and winter to the city’s ballroom classes will not be the jitterbug of the hepcats, Harlem sidewalks or high school fiestas. Brought under professional control and ballroom decorum, the refined movements are joined with the forerunner of the jitterbug, the Lindy, to form the Lindy-Jitterbug, which was demonstrated at yesterday’s meeting by Mrs. Oscar Duryea and Patrick J. Mastrolia.
A committee appointed to study the jitterbug and advise on its adaptability to the ballroom reported that youth was dancing the jitterbug and would continue to dance it, and the fact must be recognized. The teachers were reminded that youth, not dancing masters, decreed what should be danced and since the jitterbug in its essence was an expression of youth, the thing to do was to adapt it to the classroom and a ballroom routine. Therefore the committee put together what seemed to be the general basic steps of the jitterbug as danced by the youth of the metropolitan area.
In 1941 the US entered WWII and brought lindy hop to the world. Two years later this article was written. Once jitterbug was adapted for the ballroom world, it became more mainstream and therefore was more accessible to the white crowd.
For more amazing articles like this, and tons a fabulous tidbits from history, please visit Sharon Davis’ blog. She spent many hours scouring microfilm archives while she was in university to dig them up, so go check them out!! She’s not only a rad chick, but she knows her history and her music and she has a keen eye for fashion!
September 4, 2009 by Jo
Great outfits! Fun dancing.
September 2, 2009 by Jo
I love doing the Invitational Jack & Jills because often times it can be some of the few moments I have to dance with the other instructors at an event. This year at ILHC Peter Strom drew my name and the song. Here is our dance:
The first time I got Peter in a J&J will were at Swingin’ New England in 2007 and we took first. I still haven’t seen that dance, but apparently it was good enough to win. The last time I got him was at Boston Tea party and it was just silly. :-D The awesome thing about dancing with Peter: no matter how much I sit into something, I know I’ll never knock him over. Heads up – sometimes he does “cooter tosses”…..gotta be prepared ladies!
1st place: Nick Williams & Carla Heiney
2nd place: Mikey Pedroza & Frida Segerdahl
3rd place: Max Pitruzezlla & Alice Mei
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September 1, 2009 by Jo
Toot toot!!! That’s the sound of me blowing my, and The Killer Diller‘s horn. The six of us competed in the Solo Charleston Contest and all six of us made it to finals!!! To top that off, the members of the KD’s took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!
1st place – Juan Villafane
2nd place – Nathan Bugh
3rd place – Jo Hoffberg
September 28, 2008 by admin
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Why you should listen to him:
Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements.
September 5, 2008 by admin
Sharon Davis and I put a little blues routine together for cabaret night at Herrang 2008. Here it is:
Ramona was my inspiration ;-D