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  1. Lindy Hop Stop-Motion Animation

    December 10, 2011 by Jo

    Oh this is so awesome!!! Max & Annie even look amazing when they are  robots!

    If you haven’t seen the original clip, check this out. What can you tell me about this?


  2. Flash Mob in Denver

    November 24, 2011 by Jo

    This is by far my favorite Lindy Hop flash mob I’ve seen to date:

    Holiday travelers at Denver International Airport (DIA) were surprised with an entertaining treat when a flash mob broke out in Jeppesen Terminal on November 22nd, 2011. Approximately 100 dancers from Community-Minded Dance (cmDance) performed a Lindy Hop to a medley of Swing classics in the airport’s Great Hall in Denver, Colorado.

    Coordinated by cmDance
    Choreography by Ceth Stifel, Heather Ballew, Joseph DeMers, & Lark Mervine
    cmDance creates world-class educational dance and music experiences. The non-profit organization’s programs bring the music and dance of the Americas to Colorado schools and audiences, including Lindy Hop, Argentine Tango, Jazz, and other American Vintage and folkloric dances. For more information, visit www.cmdance.com

    Organized by DIA’s Art and Culture Program
    Today’s dance performance was presented by the airport’s Art and Culture Program. DIA is home to a world-class collection of public art, funded by the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” requirement for public facilities. In addition to its renowned permanent art collection, DIA curates temporary exhibitions, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work. For more information on DIA’s public art program and its temporary exhibitions, visit www.flydenver.com/art.

    Produced by Rich Clarkson & Associates
    RCA is a multi-disciplinary creative agency, based around the core of fine visual storytelling. Beyond our strengths in original photography and video production, our activities range from publishing high quality photographic books to major exhibition design to digital asset managment and project management in the latest rich media applications. For more information, visit www.richclarkson.com


  3. 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?


  4. Tiger of Sweden

    July 2, 2011 by Jo

    Tiger of Sweden, Commercial with Lindy Hoppers

     

    Rad! I want to film a commercial on in front of an Infinity Wall and dance like this! Well done Anders Sihlberg and Marie N’diaye, you guys look fantastic!

     

    Denim Moves / Marie and Anders / Lindy Hop from Tiger of Sweden on Vimeo.

    Among other things, I totally dig the aerial at 1:04.

    Anders or Marie, if either of you see this, I’d love to know the story behind this commercial. You guys were great!!! xxoo


  5. ESCD Classic – new choreography

    June 17, 2011 by Jo

    Earlier this evening, Kevin and I performed our new Classic routine at the European Swing Dance Championships in Barcelona, Spain. We were the openers for the Classic Division. Take a look!!!!

    Yes, the video went up incredibly quickly. Just goes to show what an amazing event ESDC is!

    So we didn’t hit it, and there are a couple of bobbles, but we’re happy with it. The lighter was a colossal failure; I pulled it out facing the wrong direction and couldn’t get it to light. Arg!! But we kept going and were able to leave the floor smiling. All in all, I’m pleased with how we did. We’ll definitely use this routine a few more times and then really see how we feel about it.

    Did you recognize the ending? Can you name what video that is from?


  6. Camp Jitterbug 2011 Contest Results

    May 30, 2011 by Jo

    The results are in and videos are up!! Congratulations to all the competitors!

    Solo Charleston


    Winner: Joanna Lucero

    Jack & Jill

    1) Davis Thurber and Kelly Arsenault
    2) Andrew Hsi and Maéva Truntzer
    3) Juan Villafañe and Gabby Cook

    Strictly Lindy

    This year, the Strictly was done in a new format. Two couples at a time were given one chorus to battle for their life and then the 5 judges decided who lived, and who died (sounds very Roman the way I’m explaining it). After the four rounds of battle, the four remaining couples jammed.

    Battle:

    Jam:

    1) William Mauvais & Maéva Truntzer
    2) Juan Villafañe & Sharon Davis
    3) Nick Williams & Jo Hoffberg

     


  7. Glenn Crytzer – It Don’t Mean a Thing IF….

    May 22, 2011 by Jo

    I ran into Glenn a few months ago while hanging out in Seattle and he’s a super interesting guy. He knows his music backwards, forwards, and upside down and he speaks passionately and eloquently about it.
    When I first started dancing, I could dance long enough or hard enough. I would dance to anything just so I could keep moving and practice this new “thing” I found and needed. It was like I was starving constantly and it didn’t matter what nourished me. Now years later, I have been well feed and have developed a better palate for music. I’ve become more of a music snob and will no longer dance lindy hop to just anything. In fact, I really only want to lindy hop to swing music, not rock & roll, boogie woogie, soul, r&b, bluegrass, hip hop, etc. I will dance other forms of movement to them, but I won’t lindy hop to them.
    Thank you Glenn for writing about why music swings! Click here to read it on his blog
    ____________
    Hi Jazz Fans,

    When I wanted to progress past being an intermediate level dancer, I realized that the next step in dancing was to understand the music, and through this process I started to discover why it was that the really good dancers didn’t dance to certain songs or go out to hear certain bands. There’s a certain feeling in swing music that doesn’t exist in bop or jump blues or 50′s Basie or groovy jazz. It’s really hard to describe in a sentence, but when you discover it, you’ve got it forever and it’s one of the most exciting revelations that life has to offer (IMHO anyway).

    Whenever I dance to or listen to a live band, I judge it with a critical ear – I pick apart what I’m hearing and judge what each player’s style is doing to add to or take away from the swing of the band. Over the next several days, I’m going to write about some of the things that I listen for in dance music. If you’re just learning to dance or are looking to step up to the next level, I hope this will help you in your quest as you search for the holy grail of “swing;” if you’re reading this and you’ve already discovered swing, I hope this will help you understand more about what you’re hearing so that when you do or don’t like a band, you’ll have a better idea of why.

    #1 Rhythm of the Train

    It’s really hard to find good rhythm players and I’ve been blessed to play with guys who really get the style. The goal of the rhythm section should be to form a really tight unit that, in a way, emulates the rhythm of a train. Here are a couple great examples. The first is Duke Ellington’s Orchestra from 1930 playing Old Man Blues:

    Now THAT sounds like a train! Here’s a another example, this time from Count Basie’s Orchestra in 1938. Listen to how the Rhythm Section creates the drive and energy of a locomotive, even though they are less expressly trying to copy the exact sound of a train in this one.

    Now let’s listen to Count Basie from 1959 to hear how the music changed away from being dance music.

    The drums in this tune focus on the back beats like one TWO three FOUR, instead of that nice even chug-chug-chug-chug from the 1930′s, and the extended drum solo at the end just doesn’t swing at all, and there are many other places where the whole band syncopates together, breaking the steady 4 rhythm. The focuses of this tune are the crazy ensemble riffs and Lockjaw Davis’s solo. The ensemble riffs now float overtop of the rhythm instead of being a PART of the rhythm like in the last Basie tune.

    Now let’s try some more Ellington and we’ll hear that even the infamous “Take the A-Train” didn’t sound much like a train anymore by the 1960′s.

    You can hear that the 1930′s music has that chugga chugga sound like a train, while the later music is more about the horns. This is, in my opinion, due to the fact that American culture changed from a railroad driven culture in the 1930′s to an automobile driven culture after WW2.

    Let’s listen to a couple modern examples.

    First, something that doesn’t swing!

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling it bad music – I think Diana Krall and her musicians are fantastic players. I am however calling it indisputably NOT swing music.

    Let’s close out with something that DOES swing. Here’s my buddy Jonathan Stout’s big band from LA. Note how Jon on guitar and Josh on drums create that locomotive rhythm. (check out Jonathan’s blog here: HERE)

    I hope this gets you started thinking about what makes music swing!!

    Next time: The Drum Set

    Cheers,

    Glenn

    www.bluerhythmband.net

    band.to/syncopators


  8. The Hot Shots

    March 11, 2011 by Jo

    A Dance Short

    The Call of the Lindy Hop, starring HARLEM HOT SHOTS swing dance company, recorded at CHICAGO swing dance studio in September 2010.

    Dancers in the movie: Frida Borg, Frida Segerdahl, Jenny Deurell, Pontus Persson, Rikard Ekstrand and Sakarias Larsson. The boss: Sebastian Svensson. Produced by Explosiv Film, Mallory Film and Harlem Hot Shots. Inspired by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in the motion picture Hellzapoppin.
    Other members of Hot Shots not featured in this film: Fatima Teffahi, Jessica Lennartsson

    Harlem Hot Shots has for many years focused on the traditional swing dances such as lindy hop, charleston, tap, jitterbug, black bottom, big apple. During the years they have been fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest legends in in the swing community like Frankie Manning, Harold and Fayard Nicholas, Norma Miller, Sugar Sullivan, Dawn Hampton and more.

    To get in contact with HARLEM HOT SHOTS please e-mail info@harlemhotshots.com


  9. Movits! and The Hot Shots

    March 4, 2011 by Jo

    Yeah for lindy hoppers being in music videos!!! Here are some of the top Swedish dancers dancing around, being awesome.

    Starring: Daniel Heedman, Asa Heedman, and Pontus Persson.

    DAMMNNN! Did you see those “trenches”? Holy cow those were awesome. Love the white back drop and the black accents.  And doesn’t the piano player sometimes look like Zacke?

    Starring: Sakarias Larsson, Daniel Heedman, Asa Heedman, Pontus Persson, and Frida Borg.

    Now go support them supporting lindy hoppers by buying their music!!

    Purchase on iTunes Sweden/Scandinavia: http://itunes.apple.com/se/album/samm…

    Purchase on iTunes US/International:http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/samm…

    Stream on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/0HqvOC9…

    The album “Ut Ur Min Skalle” drops March 23 in Sweden/Scandinavia, and April 5 in the US/International.

    http://www.MOVITS.com


  10. Vote for Dax & Sarah

    January 19, 2011 by Jo

    Two of my loveliest, gorgeous, talented friends are currently competing on CBS Live To Dance. Dax Hock and Sarah Breck are doing a fantastic job representing Lindy Hop to the mainstream media and is bring such much needed recognition to a dance form that is under appreciated.

    Please take a minute to VOTE FOR THEM. There are 3 ways to vote for your favorite acts on Live To Dance:

    1) Call  1-855-live-to-5  10 times
    2) text the number 5 to 97979 10 times
    3) Voting online: go here to the website to become a registered user of cbs.com in order to vote. Do this 25 times!

    Voting via toll-free and text message will remain open for 2 hours after the show broadcast in each region. Online voting will remain open until 9:00 am PT/ 12 noon ET each Thursday.

    Here’s a snippet from the show before they made it to semi-finals.

    Now go vote 45 times! xoxo

    Dearest Dax, I hope you back gets better. I know this darn injury has been chasing you for a while. Darling Sarah, keep doing what you’re doing. I wish you both the best of luck. Thank you for representing lindy hop. We all love you. xoxo

    UPDATED: Here’s there performance from tonight