Consider Leveling Down

Anyone who has attended a weekend event with auditions or level-checks knows the anxiety and worry that accompanies being held under the microscope, amongst throngs of unknown dancers, under the tightest time restrictions, when you are guaranteed at most a half-second of consideration from your swing dance idols. For many students this is their first […]

Looking back, looking ahead

Recently, I took a private lesson from Catrine Ljunggren, who was visiting from Sweden.  Well, technically I took two lessons.  The first was an hour-long conversation, which could have been more, about how she and other Swedish dancers began dancing the Lindy Hop, how they found Al Minns in New York, how they met Frankie Manning, […]

“Ambassadors” of Lindy Hop

Frankie Manning was known as the “Ambassador of Lindy Hop” because he was such a positive, friendly, and affirming representative of swing dance and the swing community.  Following the month of May where we celebrated Frankie’s birthday month at WNH, I’ve been thinking a lot about the hole that Frankie’s presence leaves in the community. […]

Dancing the Body Politic

As an organizer of an event taking place immediately after 2016 Election Tuesday and all the feelings associated with it, I felt like I should say something about our event this week. These views do not reflect the views of Wednesday Night Hop or its team and are just my personal reflections. I think we’re so […]

It’s Always Never Completely the Lead’s Fault

Things I think about when dancing with less-experienced leads AKA just because they’re new doesn’t mean you are AKA if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate: Balance: Sure, I can pose as a yoga tree with fluttering branches, but can I actually keep my center in an underarm turn without pulling on […]

Ninjas and Unicorns

I sometimes call myself Ninja Gay.  ‘Cuz it kind of creeps up and surprises you.  It’s like that quiet friend who you thought was safely in the next room, but then speaks up suddenly right behind your ear.  And this surprise (honest, expected, inoffensive) happens because of a neat little equivalency we carry around in our […]

Popularity Problems

After an extended absence wherein I traveled to Corolla, NC for The Balboa Experiment, I’m so happy to back home and writing again!  Time to finish up this series on learning modes, and how to succeed in them, but also stay tuned for a very special teaser at the bottom of the post.  =) SOLO PRACTICE […]

A Private Conversation

I’ll admit it: I get terribly jiggly and nervous talking to triple-A instructors.  Or just instructors, period.  It’s taken me a long, long, looooooooooooong-ass time to start acting like a real, live human around them.  Which is funny, because if you’ve seen me on the dance floor, or in life, I don’t hold myself back from new […]

Practice Makes Habit

During the eight hours we drove back from Inspiration Weekend, two of my dance friends and I started reflecting on improvement.  We talked about our strengths, things we wanted to work on, and made solid plans to schedule real practice sessions soon.  Okay, part of the reason was to keep me from falling asleep at the wheel, but it really yielded […]

Attention, Squirtles and Pikachus

I was asked again to emcee for Swingin’ At the Savoy this past weekend and was delighted as always to be the voice of an annual event that has come to mean so much to me.  I’m always working on being a better announcer and a large weekend event is a special kind of energy. […]