How to tie a Scarf

I just got to Europe and burrrrr it’s cold! Luckily I have big winter coat on me for this trip, but the true wardrobe hero for me is my trusty scarf. If my neck is covered, I am one happy camper. But you know what makes me even happier than having a scarf? Well, I’m glad you asked! It’s knowing how to tie one “all pretty and shit.”

How do you tie it?

The Bernie

I just learned about The Bernie last night and it has changed how I look at the world of dance. Kevin and I referenced The Bernie in class tonight and in case any of you from class read this, here is the video that makes me throw my head back and wiggle my body with wild disregard! I’ve also found a great break down on how to do the move…..keep scrolling down!!

 

According to Mahalo, here is the everything-you-want-to-know about this new dance craze!

“This dance was inspired by the “Weekend at Bernie’s” movie series. In the films, the dead character miraculously came alive whenever music played.

Part 1: Forward Walk

Start with a two step, demonstrated in the
Find the Beat lesson. Another option is stepping out to your right with the right foot, then doing very small alternating steps forward, leading with the hip each time. This option works better with the Bernie.

Part 2: Lean

Lean back. When you do this, you should feel the stretch in your lower back and abdomen. Move your shoulders backward and forward, one at a time, alternating sides. During this, your arms should be loose at your sides.

Now, do parts one and two at the same time. Do a right, left, right, left.

Part 3: Head

Lean your head back as though you have a nosebleed.

After you’ve practiced these three parts, do them all simultaneously for the Bernie.

Variation and Combination

For a variation on the Bernie, try leaning forward instead of back, face down, bending at the waist.

After practicing this, try this combination of the basic and the variation: right, left, right, left, variation right,
variation left, variation right, variation left.”

What a stellar teaching video!

So how ’bout it Lindy Hoppers…where can you add this into your social dancing?

How to Support Live Music

I asked Glenn Crytzer if I could re-post his awesome article on supporting live music because I too want you to support the artists that make this world wonderful.

You can find the original post here.

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Hi Jazz Fans,

So often I hear people say “we’ve got to support live music.” Dance instructors often tell their students to support live music by coming out to venues when there’s a band playing, organizers worry about people coming out to “support the band”.

Every effort is appreciated of course, but I think where this phrase misses the mark is that people want to go dancing to enjoy themselves, not to support a something. Telling people to support live music by showing up sends the message “go out dancing to a DJ to have fun, come hear a band to support the scene.” Of course no one MEANS it that way, but it somehow comes across to people as such.

So what CAN you actively do to support live music and share their passion for dancing to a live band with other people? Here are some talking points that you might find helpful:

1. Tell people why you like to dance to live music better than recorded music. The majority of experienced dancers prefer dancing to a live band over dancing to recordings. These are also folks who have a tremendous passion for dancing. Share your passion for this with others. Your students, friends, new dancers, etc. Tell them honestly why it matters to you and why you like it better. People’s authentic passion is a better motivator than anything else.

2. Talk to people about the correlation between improvisation in dancing and improvisation in jazz.

3. Talk about how the band feeds off the dancers energy and the dancers feed off the band. There’s not any interplay like this with a recording.

4. Talk about dancing as the whole experience of dancing, music, fashion and vintage culture rolled together. There’s a reason you own vintage clothes!!

5. Some people are history buffs. Talk about the historical accuracy of dancing to live music.

6. Some people are kinesthetic. Talk about how it FEELS different to dance to real instruments vibrating than it does to a speaker.

7. Tell your audiophile friends that no matter how good a recording is, it’s not the real thing.

8. Tell people that live music nights are THE nights to be out. They’re not just dance practice, they’re social events where you can expect everyone to be out!

9. Tell people it’s what all the cool kids are doing.

In addition to sharing your ideas about why you love to dance to live music, there’s some other great ways to be a supporter.

1. Start a thread or a message about dressing up when there’s a band. People looking sharp means it’s more special when a band plays.

2. Introduce people to the musicians. People are more involved if they know the folks making the music.

3.Be there. Stay home one DJ’d night that week and spend that extra $5 to see a band!

4. Suggest bands’ facebook groups to friends or post a link to a bands’ page as your status every now and then. Facebook lets you send a page suggestion to anyone you want. If you know some dancers not on a fan page of a band you like, suggest it to them. A couple kids at the Century this week were SHOCKED to learn that my band was on facebook. The more folks on our pages the more people who will know about our shows.

5. Side by side with number 4 is inviting more people to a band’s show. Facebook lets you invite people on your friend list to events you’re attending. Spread the word.

6. Read this blog (and others like it!) and learn about music. Re-post stuff you find interesting for others to see too!

Remember, supporting live music is about telling people how much it kicks ass, not about telling them to support it.

The movement is growing!! Viva live jazz!

cheers,
Glenn

www.bluerhythmband.net
band.to/syncopators

Going to Vegas Hair

I’m off to Vegas with some buddies and I’ve know for quite some time how I wanted to do my hair (thank you Febru-hairy! tutorials!)!

Check this tutorial. Mostly I just wanted to find a reason to post this video because the girl is a crack up!!! Check her facial expressions and how she’s diggin’ on her music and ice coffee!! Love it!

Looks like I gotta get me one of them drawstring …. things. Hahah….I tried. πŸ™‚ Perhaps I’ll end up at a wig store this weekend….who knows?!!

More to come!

Quick List – Febru-hairy

Ladies, thanks so much for all the great comments and for trying these things with me!! Here’s a quick

Day 1 – Double Bun
Day 2 – Bandana
Day 3 – French Twist/Faux Hawk
Day 4 – Pinup Hairdo
Day 5 – Bangs

Day 6 – How to Curl your Hair & Pinup Curls
Day 7 – Hair Rat
Day 8 – Faux Bob
Day 9 – Victory Rolls
Day 10 – Hair and Makeup

Day 11 – French Braid Friday! Intro to French Braids
Day 12 – Inspired by Bernie
Day 13 – Snood
Day 14 – Pin Curls
Day 15 – Big Bun

Day 16 – Bob Revisited
Day 17 – Hot Rollers
Day 18 – Inside out French Braid
Day 19 – Faux Hawk
Day 20 – Victory Rolls

Day 21 – Side Roll
Day 22 – Retro hairstyle
Day 23 – French Twist
Day 24 – Twist n’ Braid
Day 25 – French Braid Friday – ridiculous and amazing

Day 26 – Snoody Victory
Day 27 – Long Hair and Quick Fixes
Day 28 – Make a Bow with your hair

Which were your favorites?

Hair Tutorial – Day 28

It’s the last day for hair tutorial month and I’ve learned so much. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep myself from being so dull with my hair (even though I think hiding under a beret is nice….and a basic ponytail is rather can be rather pretty)!

A few things I’ve learned about hair tutorials:

1) They don’t look very difficult to film. Perhaps I should do one?!
2) People have some UGLY backdrops!
3) There is lots of talky-talky and some of us just want an expedited version. Sigh….just like in dance classes….there are the talkers and there are the make-the-students-dance-ers.
4) People can make funny faces while using hairspray. This makes me slightly insecure about what silly facial expressions I must have that I don’t know about and that my friends are too kind to tell me about. πŸ™‚
5) The definition of long, medium, and short hair is very flexible. Apparently, what I consider medium length hair is what some people consider to be short.
6) I’ll never have hair the right length. It’s either too short or too long for everything! Hahha, perhaps you feel the same way.
7) I keep finding bobby pins in the oddest places!

Alright. Time for our last video. This kinda (eeek….sorta *squint) relates to fashion in the lindy hop scene. We wear bows in our hair, but what if we were to make our hair into a bow!!! I know you’ve always been wondering how to do this, so here’s the tutorial for you!!

In case you don’t have that much hair, fret not, here’s a video with “little hair”. OMGoodness, the Japanese are so cute!!

Here’s two more for good measures. This chick has shorter hair (as opposed to “little hair”) and can still make this happen. No excuses! Fast forward to 3:50 start πŸ™‚

Different technique. I’ll probably use the second one (starts at 4:10) on my hair.

Ladies, I want to see some Gaga Bows at the next few events. I’ll be Stateside in starting tomorrow and will see some of you at Heartland Swing Festival, then at Southwest Lindyfest, and then at Guys & Girls Gone Wild!! I want to see something from this past month at one of those three events. Come show me so we can take pictures together….it’d be very Japanese for us to do that. Peace-su!!

Oh yeah, and if you don’t know about those events, scroll to the top of the page, click on my calendar, scroll down to the appropriate month, and click on the links! Cheers!!

It’s be a Febru-hairy of a month!!!!

Hair Tutorial – Day 23 – French Twist

I super-suck at french twists so I figured I should included them in the hair tutorials. Here’s one of my favorite girls doing it up! Mind you, she has really long hair.

If you have a buddy to help you do your hair (or you just want to hear how to do this in English), check out this tutorial here. I would have embedded it, but the code was taken down πŸ™

Have no fear Ladies-with-Short-Hair! Here’s a quick video tutorial (under 1 minute) on how to do a french twist and securing it with a comb.

I wish I had seen this video before New Years Eve! It would have gone so well with my dress! Oh well…I just had my hair loose….it worked fine enough. See?

Hair Tutorial – Day 22 – Retro Hairstyle

This looks like it should be a pretty quick hairstyle. Nothing specially needed really, just a bunch of bobby pins (and maybe some hairspray if you want some extra hold) and patience.

Load the video and then jump through it. If you can figure out how to twist your hair and pin it so it looks like this on both sides…

….then jump ahead to 2:10 and start rolling the back of your hair. “Like so…”

Rolling the back of my hair seems to take forever! I’ve been told the best way to roll up the back of your hair is start in the middle and then do the sides. Have you heard the same thing? Do you prefer to work from one side to the other? Do you work R-to-L or L-to-R?