ILHC 2009 – Invitational J&J

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. 😀  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!

What is often amusing about these competitions is that [old] partners can get each other. For example, Jeremy & Laura, Max & Alice, Nick & Carla, and Todd & Naomi.

Winners(?):

1st place: Nick Williams & Carla Heiney
2nd place: Mikey Pedroza & Frida Segerdahl
3rd place: Max Pitruzezlla & Alice Mei

Awesome moments in Lindy Hop

This past weekend I was at Followlogie in Quebec, Canada and during the lunch time Q&A session we were asked what was a great moment in lindy hop for us. It was such a good question that I am going to put my answers here, on hopefully find some links to them.

My awards, in no particular order:

Greatest all-skate of my life time:
– ULHS 2005 – Fast Dance contest. After all the competitors had danced in their heats, there was the greatest all-skate of all time. While balancing on a chair, smushed against the wall, I watched in awe as the 30 couples on the floor swung out to “Jumping at the Woodside” as hard as they could. Not only that, but the audience clapped on beat!! And it was the most amazing thing I had seen to that day.

Greatest swing outs in a jam:
– Camp Hollywood 2008 – Strictly lindy hop finals – Mikey Pedroza and Nina Gilkenson. They were the only couple that made it to finals that weren’t regular partners and they still threw down. We, the competitors, slowly realized that all we were seeing were swingout, and they just kept going. It was an awesome build-up with an even better finish. They went all the way.  Now watch it.

Greatest Aerial-prop moment:
– ILHC 2008 – Showcase Division – Max & Annie. Kevin and I were the first to put the Flying Lotus on the competition dance floor, and Max & Annie were the first to take it to the next level. It was so fucking badass; their height, their timing, and their ingenuity floored me. My god, are they good.

Greatest all-time moment:
– ILHC 2008 – Junior Division. I cried. The audience cried. We all lost it. For me, this was the first moment that I knew there would be a future for lindy hop. These little guys give me hope that the thing I hold so close and dear to my heart will continue to grow. Watch, enjoy, and cherish the moment.