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  1. Highlights from ILHC

    August 30, 2011 by Jo

    1) Watching the Junior Division!! They were amazing. Videos coming soon!!

    2) Showcase Division:


    I am kicking myself for not seeing this live (I missed it by 25 seconds). This must have been unreal!! Sitting in the kitchen watching this was still an emotional experience, so I can only imagine what it must have been like being in the ballroom during this momentous occasion. While watching the video, I was screaming and hooting and hollering for them!! I actually shed some tears in honor of their awesomeness. Fuck, this totally touches my heart.

    SOOOOO many people have talked about doing something like this, yet they actually put it together and threw down! Uh, the blue balls experience of them doing Balboa instead of swinging out left me wanting more. Thank goodness they finally provided the much needed release by teaming up and swinging out!!

    3) Cabaret:

    Dargoff showing us the importance of good hygiene. And lemme tell ya, sex sells!

    Tips & Tops and their newest routine:

    Nothing quite like Man-on-Man + hat-on-hat dancing if you ask me! Well done Gentlemen, you were wonderful.

    Everyone!

    The ending is my favorite part. I LOVE Footloose!

    4) Classic Division:

    In my eyes, Tommy & Alice won this competition. Their choreography is stunning, easy to understand yet still complex, exceptionally well danced, beautifully performed, and they both make the other person shine. To me, this is one an example of one of the best partnerships out there today. You two are such an inspiration!

    For more on the Classic Division, click here!

    5) Nathan Bugh in the Solo Charleston spotlights. Genius I tell ya!!!

    6) Champion J&J:

    This one knocked it out of the park for me! I’m always super impressed with how Peter is able to dance with the ladies of any size and still retain the integrity of his movement. Uh! Check out his kick ups at 0:37, his spin at 1:09, and how they play off each other at 1:25! And Alice is just amazing! Favorite moments by her: swing out variation at 0:22, her swivels forward at 0:57, and her shapes on her Rocks at 1:43!

    Otherwise, the dance between Andy Reid and Mia Goldsmith just flowed. It was magical. Honestly, I couldn’t remember anything they did after the dance was over other than being swept away by how well they connected to each other and the song. Oh yeah, and the dance with Todd and Frida was ok (I’m being sarcastic)…….it was fabulously hilarious!!!

    7) Pro-Am

    This cat has been dancing lindy hop for a year and a half (or something close to that). How ridiculous is he?!!! Uh yeah……wow is right!

    Isn’t she fabulous?! Sasha Gross was in the Junior’s Program and she killed it!

    8) On a personal level:

    Getting 2nd place in the fiercest Classic Division I’ve seen in the Lindy Hop world. I was told the difference in score between Kevin & me and Skye & Frida was only one judge which means there was someone who thought that was a first place routine! Looking forward to seeing the score sheets!

    Taking 2nd place in the Solo Charleston contest! Normally I try to prepare by creating routinelettes so I have something to fall back on in case I go blank in a contest, but this year I just didn’t have time to get any together. I spent some time working on my lines using the Big Apple choreography, but otherwise, that was just me dancing (*chin up…..very proud of myself). Would love to see the scores on this one as well!

    Having a blast in the Champion Strictly!! We had to battle our way out of prelims and since Kevin and I haven’t gotten to train the way we’d like (he’s been injured), we decided to fall back on the ol’ personality thing. Thank goodness we had Baltimore’s support!! I don’t remember much about the prelims other than doing swing outs across the entire crowd (crowd pumping anyone?) AND having our seamless room take-over thwarted by the ever-so-gorgeous Pontus and Isa. Luckily we didn’t completely run into them…..our awesomeness was just slowed down.

    Fortunately, Kevin and I made it to finals which gave us the opportunity to crowd surf the Baltimore contingency!!!! The second half our our second solo starts with The Move of the Weekend, The Chase, and ended with us hurling ourselves on top of the crowd!!! Glory in it’s finest red & blue outfit if I do say so myself!!

    9) MOVE OF THE WEEKEND: The Chase

    You know the old adage “pink is the new black”? Well, “the chase is the new swing out” according to this weekend. SERIOUSLY, it was a college kids drinking game dream!! I need to watch through 2 more divisions, but I’m confident in saying that there was at least one chase break in EVERY division. I’m even guilty of it myself. I’ll compile a list of people who are guilty of such things and hopefully someone will put a video together of all the Chases from the weekend. *wink wink, nudge nudge lindy scene

    10) Last but not least, just being there was a highlight. Getting to see so many friends, having someone buy me cupcakes (thanks Michelle), having some incredible dances, teaching with two of my favorite people, being asked to work with the future of our Lindy Hop community and having a blast doing so, competing against the best lindy hoppers in the world, being cheered on by the community I love, dancing to extraordinary live music, and seeing the fruits of everyone’s labor were a few of the many reasons this weekend was sensational.

    Thank you to Tena, Nina, and Sylvia for running this event AND to all of their staff; without you the event wouldn’t happen. I’d also like to give a shout out to all the competitors that came to compete this weekend; you are helping lindy hop continually grow and your contribution is duly noted. A huge thank you to all of the people that filmed the event and put video online for the world to see! Finally, an enormous thank you to everyone in the audience; thank you for coming to support and cheering for everyone as they put their heart and soul on the floor. Baltimore especially, I love you. xxoo


  2. ILHC 2011 Results

    August 28, 2011 by Jo

    Pro-Am
    1. Jamin Jackson & Annie Trudeau
    2. Emilie Lesage and Davis Thurber
    3. Mallory Briggs and Davis Thurber

    Juniors
    1. Kevin Tucker and Hannah Abel
    2. Anjelo Bowen-Pomales and Alexis Davita
    3. Cyle Dixon and Alexis Cuevas

    Open Jack & Jill
    1. Gustav Jakobeson and Calico Goodrich
    2. David Lee and Hyun Jung Choi
    3. Augie Freeman and Mimi Terris

    Advance Jack & Jill
    1. Jonathan Tigert and Marie Ndiaye (Sweden)
    2. Mindaugas Bikauskas (LIT) and Gabby Cook (USA)
    3. Kieran Yee (AUS) and Noni Clarke (AUS)

    Balboa Jack & Jill
    1. Adam Speen (USA) and Natasha Devyatkina(FRA)
    2. Patrick Szmidt (CAN) and Moe Sakan (ENG)
    3. Davis Lee and Kelly Aresnault (USA)

    ALL-Star Lindy Hop Jack & Jill
    1. Nicolas Deniau (FRA) and Natasha Ouimet (CAN)
    2  Nalla Kim (KOR) and Teni Lopez-Cardenas (USA)
    3. Andreas Olsson (SWE) and Heather Ballew (USA)

    Strictly Balboa
    1. Adam Speen (USA) and Nelle Cherry
    2. Zack Richards (CAN) and Maryse Lebeau (CAN)
    3. Andrea Olsson (SWE) and Teni Lopez-Cardenas (USA)

    Strictly Lindy Open
    1. John Helveston and Annabel Truesdell
    2. Johan Kolberg and Eleonor Kolberg (SWE)
    3. Augie Freeman (USA) and Alice Pye (USA)

    Advance Strictly Lindy
    1. Alaine Wong (CAN) and Lunou Aamson-Poirot (CAN)
    2. Jonathan Tigert (USA) and Heather Ballew (USA)
    3. Andreas Olsson (SWE) and Marie Ndiaye(SWE)

    Cabaret
    1. The Crazyers (FRA)
    2. Tips & Tops (USA)
    3. Sharon Davis

    Solo Charleston
    1. Olivier Chort
    2. Jo Hoffberg
    3. Sharon Davis

    Lindy Hop Classic
    1. Skye Humphries and Frida Segerdahl (SWE)
    2. Kevin St Laurent and Jo Hoffberg (USA)
    3. Thomas Blacharz and Alice Mei (FRA)

    Showcase
    1. MaxPitruzzella and Annie Trudeau (CAN)
    2. Patrick Szmidt and Natasha Ouimet (CAN)
    3. Dan Newsom and Gabby Cook (USA)

    Champions Strictly Lindy
    1. Skye Humphries and FridaSegerdahl (SWE)
    2. Max Pitruzzella and Annie Trudeau (CAN)
    3. Pontus Persson and Isabella Gregorio (SWE)

    Invitational J&J
    1. Todd Yannacone (USA) and FridaSegerdahl (SWE)
    2. Andy Reid and Mia Goldsmith (USA)
    3. Kevin St. Laurent (USA) and Mikaela (SWE)

    Team
    1. Swingin’ Airforce (CAN)
    2. Swing Connection (CAN)
    3. NInjammerz (CAN)


  3. ILHC 2011 – Solo Charleston

    August 28, 2011 by Jo

    I felt very unprepared this year for charleston, but I figured I’d try and focus on the music and be as ridiculous as possible. Luckily, my poorly formulated plan worked a treat and I made it to finals. Here are the videos from prelims and finals!

    Heat 1, Song 1 Heat 1, Song 2 Heat 2, Song 1 Heat 2, Song 2

    Competitors:

    1) Ann Mony
    2) Oliv Wan
    3) Nalla Kim
    4) Nathan Bugh
    5) Sharon Davis
    6) Soochan Lee
    7) Jo Hoffberg

    Warm up:

    Delilah, thanks for doing the Chase Break with me in the contest. It would have been a shame to not add to the amount of Chasing done at ILHC 2011.

    Finals:

    Gaaahhh!! Nathan is soooooooo ridiculously good!!! Check out his first solo at 2:28…….stoooopid good! Nathan, you are a gem. That was one of the most beautiful phrases I’ve seen. You’re genius is undeniable.
    Ann Mony’s musicality is so freaking solid. OMG, what a treat it was to watch her and the musicians converse!

    So, what do you think?!!


  4. 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

     


  5. ILHC Results 2010

    August 25, 2010 by Jo

    Showcase:
    1 – Max Pitruzzella & Annie Trudeau
    2 – Davis Thurber & Claudia Joyal-Laplante
    3 - Patrick Szmidt & Natasha Ouimet

    Classic:
    1 – Thomas Blacharz & Alice Mei
    2 – Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg
    3 – Nick Williams & Laura Keat

    Champion Strictly
    1 – Max Pitruzzella & Annie Trudeau
    2 – Nick Williams & Laura Keat
    3 – Kevin St. Laurent & Carla Heiney

    Invitational Jack & Jill:
    1 – Todd Yannacone & Annie Trudeau
    2 – Jeremy Otth & Carla Heiney
    3 – Skye Humphries & Laura Keat

    Solo Charleston:
    1 – Kevin St. Laurent
    2 – Max Pitruzzella
    3 – Bobby Bonsey

    Pro-Am:
    1 – Oscar Hampton & Annie Trudeau
    2 – Alisha Ruiss & Max Pitruzella
    3 – Eric Lim & Laura Glaess

    Cabaret:
    1 – Jerry, the Hip Hop Specialist
    2 – Naomi Uyama
    3 – Top Drawer

    Advanced J&J:
    1 – Thomas Blacharz & Mikaela Hellsten
    2 – Mike Roberts & Natasha Ouimet
    3 – Andreas Olsson & Kate Hedin

    All Around Awesome and Has Given something to the scene that will forever change it for the better:

    Andrew Thigpen and Karen Turman

    Open Strictly Lindy:
    1 – Jamie Cameron & Gina Helfrich
    2 – Daryl Begin & Jennifer Stout
    3 – Anthony Chen & Rachel Green

    Strictly Balboa:
    1 – Mickey Fortanasce & Kelly Arsenault
    2 – Bobby White & Kate Hedin
    3 – Todd Yannacone & Mia Goldsmith

    Balboa J&J:
    1 – Adam Speen & Mia Goldsmith
    2 – Bobby White & Heather Ballew
    3 – Patrick Szmidt & Nelle Cherry

    Open J&J:
    1 – Mitchel & Lauren
    2 – Elliot Susel & Hanna Sigurdh
    3 – Paul Echevarria & Andrea Gordon

    Team:
    1 – Swinging Airforce
    2 – Top Notch
    3 – The Woodside Jumpers

    If you’d like to see the actual score sheets, please click here! Thanks for taking pictures Patrick & Natasha!

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  6. Favorite Moments at ILHC 2010

    August 25, 2010 by Jo

    If you didn’t make it to ILHC 2010, I am very sorry, because it was one of the greatest competition weekends I feel the scene has had in a few years. Not everyone was able to make it this year – Frida, Zacke, Sharon Davis, Juan, Dax, and Sarah to name a few – but there was still an amazing showing of people. There were so many inspiring moments that I’d have a hard time thinking that anyone could walk away without the feeling of “WOW.”

    People brought their A-Game and that’s all there is too it. In many ways, I didn’t feel like the placement matter….everybody rocked.

    Here are some favorite moments:

    Solo Charleston Contest

    My dance partner kicked ass and won! Not only that, but he had someone do a front flip over his head, and he still won. That’s gotta say something!

    Invitational Jack and Jill Lindy – Todd Yannacone & Annie Trudeau

    There are many reasons to include this – like the fact they won – but the reason I do is because of what Todd said before he went out. During Skye’s and Laura’s dance, Skye brought Laura and himself over to the Baltimore Section of the floor. Todd smiled and said that was a cheap shot. Then, when it was Todd’s turn, he not only took the SAME “cheap shot”, but then blew that shot out of the water! He went to the Baltimore corner, showed Annie off to the judges, then to the far corner, and then ran by all the the instructors sitting on stage. Hahaha….very, very amusing.

    Invitational Jack and Jill Lindy – Stefan Durham & Jo Hoffberg

    The dances I have with Stefan are like none other. He is super creative and I dig his lines. Fun Fact: he drew me in the J&J at ILHC in 2008 as well!

    ILHC 2010 – Showcase – Max Pitruzzella & Annie Trudeau

    There are sooooooo many things that can be said about this gorgeous routine. The energy, their creativity, their musicality, their aerials, their….. everything. Congratulations to both Max & Annie on their win.

    ILHC 2010 – Showcase – Andrew Thigpen & Karen Turman

    They killed it!!!!!!!!! Andrew and Karen ARE the spirit of Lindy Hop, according to me. They bring so much energy, heart, and love to the dance, it’s inspiring. I am so honored to have made it into Lindy Hop History this way. For me, this dance will be one to stand the test of time. If only two clips of lindy hop were to survive an apocalypse, I hope it’d be Hellzapoppin’ and this one.

    ILHC 2010 – Classic Lindy – Thomas Blacharz & Alice Mei

    After they came off the floor, I told them I thought they were the couple to beat. What an amazing job they did!!! The choreography is musical and intricate, they performance is stunning, and frankly, the just danced the shit out of that routine!

    ILHC 2010 – Classic Lindy – Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

    I am adding myself to the list because I am super proud of what Kevin and I did. This is our first Classic piece and the reviews we’ve been given were pretty spectacular. What was most noteworthy to me about this performance was that I felt like we had SO MUCH TIME while performing. Normally I have to think about the choreography and focus on the details while performing, but here, I had time to look at the audience, the judges, and Kevin. I just felt like…..it was effortless. That was a first for me. :-)

    ILHC 2010 – Pro Champions Strictly Lindy – Finals

    I thought this was a great showing for the pros AND it was a return to the old school. Kevin & Carla reunited to kick some ass (they took 3rd), Skye and Naomi danced together, and Todd and I competed (we were partners many years ago). It was an old school battle.

    And Finally, the Yes Dance!

    Yeah, this isn’t the one that was done, but I can’t find a link to it. If you find it, please let me know!!!


  7. ILHC 2010 – Charleston and Classic

    August 23, 2010 by Jo

    ILHC 2010 – Charleston Solo – Finals – Spotlights

    ILHC 2010 – Charleston Solo – Finals – All Skate

    COMPETITION RESULTS

    1. Kevin St. Laurent
    2. Max Pitruzzella
    2. Bobby Bonsey

    CLASSIC DIVISION

    Tommy Blacharz & Alice Mei

    Mikey Pedroza and Nikki Marvin

    Mike Roberts and Laura Glaess

    Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

    Oskar Markusson & Mikaela Hellsten

    Nick Williams & Laura Keat

    Joshua Welter & Mélanie Huot-Lavoie

    RESULTS FROM CLASSIC:

    1. Thomas Blacharz & Alice Mei
    2. Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg
    3. Nick Williams & Laura Keat


  8. ILHC 2009 – Solo Charleston

    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


  9. Camp Jitterbug 2009

    June 1, 2009 by Jo

    What an AWESOME time I had this year!!!! But what a surprise, since I have a great time every year I’ve gone.

    Something that was different for me this year than previous years was that I wasn’t a main instructor, meaning I had very few responsibilities. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome that is!! It was great to be apart of the CJ team, but it was a real treat to get to feel like a camper as well. Moving along……Kevin and I taught two classes: “The Follow Goes Round and Round” (we got to do a bunch of technique in the class, and I did the entire class wearing a corset) and an aerial class where we taught the backpack and the crunch toss. The students in the aerial class were some of the best we’ve worked with. What great enthusiasm they had and how well they all went over. :-D

    I must note that the facilities were ridiculously gorgeous. The Century Ballroom is even nicer than I remember it to be; I presume there have been renovations. Kevin and I decided we must own that building (what a surprise…we do that everywhere we go) and picked out where our bedrooms would be and where dance classes would take place. Amazing!!! We’d also take Privya (or whatever the name is) and that entire building. Man, that was a sweet place as well.

    Ok, so here is some background which will help piece the rest of this weekend together. The intermingled part of the Killer Dillers (Kevin & Sharon, Juan & me) stayed at my parents place which was totally pimped out. My parents (horn tooting-time) pimped us out royally. We had a car and a Vespa to drive, each couple had their own bedroom, the shower is WAY nicer than the one we have at Hoodstock, there was food in the refrigerator, my mum cooked and my dad made me and Sharon Manhattans. They fucking rock, there is just no two-ways about it. Some other highlights: we ate at Umi Sake House, we had Mighty-O donuts, Juan and Sharon made it to the Charleston Finals and took 3rd in the Lindy Hop competition, and Kevin and I took first in the lindy hop competition.

    Here’s the video of the Lindy Competition:

    The highlight of the weekend was the surprise Single Ladies performance by Bethany Powell, Stacia Martin, Karen Turman. I saw them rehearsing in the bathroom before they went out and it was honestly a bit too much for me to handle….they were far too fierce for the space they were in….thank god they performed on a large floor!! Here’s there performance. Watch and think amazed thoughts:

    Yeah. Seriously. Wow!

    Ooooh, and I almost forgot, the Jump Session Show!! I threw canes to Nathan for his Fascinating Rhythm routine with Kevin and Juan (and unfortunately threw some wild one’s…..cringe), dressed up like a hick for Andrew and Karen’s Howdown routine, and performed “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with Sharon.

    All in all, I had an awesome freaking weekend. I saw my parents and caught up with my West Coast friends, had some brilliant social dances, ate good food, performed in a great show, and won the lindy hop couples contest. Sweet.


  10. Highlights of ILHC

    August 28, 2008 by admin

    This was the most well run event I have ever attended. The people at the registration desk were very quick, efficient, and nice, as well at the people over seeing the competition side of things (thank you Tony and Aurelie). When there was an issue, things were resolved there on the spot, instead of having to deal with more people than necessary. There was no bullshit. It was lovely.

    Competitions ran on time. I think there was one competition we ran a tad behind on, but only by 10 minutes or so. It was amazing – I’ve never seen lindy hoppers be so punctual! The dance floor was great, the hotel rooms were nice, and there was lots of food within a 3 minute walk from the hotel. Fucking sweet. And let’s not forget the music: it was great all weekend long and the sound was nice and full. I applaud everyone who made that event as wonderful as it was.

    Ok, now to the juicy stuff, and in no particular order:

    The Junior Division
    I cried. I totally cried. The first couple came out and I lost it when Derrick did the first move. While watching Derrick and Sioban, it finally struck me why children are truly such little treasures: they mean the future. There is a possibility that if a child learns something, then that “something” has a chance to be past down. Derrick and Sioban mean there is a future for lindy hop. I think everyone shed a tear while they were dancing; I don’t know if it was for the same reasons, but nonetheless, we were all moved by them. Here they are:

    The Solo Charleston Division

    One name, two words: Marty Klempner.
    One color, and a five piece outfit: a red zoot suit.
    One dance, twelve dancers: the Big Apple.
    Now watch:

    One word: Truckin’.

    I have to give props to Max and Annie as well. I give them “The Best Use of Props in a Showcase” award, hands down. Dax threw Max a hat in the middle of the routine, then Annie does the Flying Lotus and takes the hat from Max, whereby placing it on her head, and then Max steals it back. All done in one shot. They didn’t even need a back-up plan! Check it out:

    Finally, I must give mad props to Stefan and Bethany. They are such an inspiration and they thrown down. They never compromise their style, and the just DANCE. They are my movement heros (and will appropriately be at Inspiration Weekend this Labor Day): Just watch them:

    Otherwise, I am super proud of me and Kev doing two brand new routines in about 2 weeks. We’ve never done that before, so it’s a first for us. At some point we are hoping to see our showcase, so if you see it first, send me a link to it! Oh yeah, and I took 2nd in the Charleston contest and I have been out of the solo dancing loop for some time now. I give myself 2 pats on the back.