That sound? That sound was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor. Two dudes, an invitational Jack and Jill, and some DAMN FINE ambidancetrous dancing.
[Plus it’s playful and fun and funny and not just played for laughs that two dudes are dancing together and it’s a real conversation and I just really like it a lot]
Gorgeous video of beautiful Lithuanians swinging out in a pretty location. Happy Friday!
I’m convinced that if I keep showing awesome lindy hop videos to my roommate he’ll eventually come to a swing lesson.
Sass levels through the roof in this one. Amazing.
Physics of Swing
Awwwwwv look at little Todd gettin it
I love this clip. Todd’s all like “aw yeah crazy stuff” and Naomi is just chillin’ as usual, as if dancing like this is just the easiest thing in the world.
“My question is about movement, styling, and grace. I’m as tall or more than most leads, and have a pretty muscular build as well as a pretty masculine way of walking and holding myself generally. My dancing has become more graceful in some ways, but looking at myself in mirrors during the weekend there were definitely a lot of moments when I felt ungainly. Hyperfeminine touches are not things that feel very natural to me, and I don’t want to put on a false personality, but I would like to minimize awkward postures and develop a better way of holding myself. How should I work on this to develop my own style of holding myself?
Trying to get more mirror time is something that I’ll definitely start doing, but what are other ways that dancers tend to develop their own personal style? Do you know of any awesome tall (NOT the willowy ones!), muscular, or androgynous follows that I should study to pick up tips from?”
A follow that I met recently sent in this question and I admit to being a little stuck when it came to finding an answer. The best that I have been able to come up with is Laura Keat. I wouldn’t say that she is androgynous, but I don’t think she is hyper-feminine either. Her dancing is powerful and strong but graceful too. She is also a tall follow and I definitely wouldn’t classify her as willowy. I hope she is sort of what you were looking for? There are tons more videos, this one just stuck out to me as a good example!
As far as developing your own personal dancing, I have one major pet peeve when it comes to tall dancers. I wish they would all learn to dance their height! Maybe it’s because I’m short, but I love tall dancers. A tall dancer with great posture just instantly grabs my attention. So, I definitely thing you should continue working on your posture. The best tip that I can give you for that is that you shouldn’t turn on dance posture when the song starts, you should aim for having great posture all the time. It’s a pain in the ass when you first start working on it and you may be sore after dancing that way for the night. But when it becomes natural, it can fix a lot of problems, especially with the visual aspect.
When I committed to working on my personal style, I started by isolating part of my body and working on one at a time. It’s a great idea to work on these ideas in conjunction with solo jazz. Learning to move your own body, independently of a lead is a really important skill. Plus, hooray solo dancing! And, it can be much simpler to think about arm styling as it relates to Suzie Q’s or the Shim Sham than just dancing in general. But, obviously, the same ideas can be easily applied to partnered dancing.
- Arms & Hands - I tried out basically every styling that I could find and found that most of them felt awkward on my body. But I found several that work for me and I still play around with new options when I see another follow trying something that grabs my attention.
- Legs & Feet - Aside from working with rhythms and practicing actual solo moves, I have spent a fair amount of time exploring different types of movement here. I worked on kicks, holds, poses, swoops, jumps, etc. Sometimes I just put on music and dance but I also spend a lot of time on the internet, (DUH). And I watch a lot of videos looking for inspiration. When it comes to other people’s variations, my goal is almost never to recreate an exact movement, but instead to re-interpret what I saw in a way that feels natural to me.
- The list could go on and on, but I think that’s a good place to start. (More ideas: Head/Shoulders, Hips/Butt, and Core.)
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"Saw the question about tall follows and wanted to submit my suggestions!
First—love Laura Keat, obviously. She is fabulous and dances in a feminine style that is all her own, with definite strength to it. She’s also roughly my height, if I remember correctly, so she’s not all that tall (5’6”-ish).
Suggestions—there are lots of tall willowy follows, several of whom have a really neat not-overtly-feminine aesthetic to their dancing, like Gen St. Lo (Montreal) and Brittany Johnson (Seattle). Check it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTI2m48Oitg
There are also a few tall, less-willowy follows that fit the bill. One of my favorites is Marie N’diaye (Sweden). Marie’s dancing is vicious and athletic in the BEST way, and always reminds me of old clips like the Spirit Moves or Hellzapoppin or something, she’s got that sort of badass aesthetic:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOPrLUjBwiw
Lastly, there are a few follows who might not be that tall, but who definitely dance with an aesthetic that is not strictly feminine and graceful—like Casey Schneider (Seattle), who has always had an athleticism and rhythm to her dancing that I love, or Amy Johnson (NOLA) who is definitely graceful but not typical or predictable in the movement choices she makes. Both are absolutely fabulous dancers and people, and even though neither of them are very tall, per se, they definitely use their bodies in interesting ways that can be fun to try out when you’re looking for an aesthetic of your own. It’s like how we all try to be Frida or Laura Glaess for a couple of dances until we figure out we can’t be them, and have to be ourselves, instead. Here’s Casey (first out with Nathan) kicking some ass at Lindy Focus this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TYeQTYi6ks
So hopefully that’s helpful for all those tall and/or androgynous and/or athletic followers out there who are looking for a little more modern inspiration!”
I’m not sure how tall Giselle Anguizola is (she’s definitely not short) whose dancing is also more edgy, powerful and rhythmic rather than dainty and feminine.
Also the other Frida (Borg) of the Harlem Hot Shots whose dancing is very athletic and….Swedish, though she’s not that tall.
When I saw this adorable photo by Mark Glenn Studio on the page of The Original Prohibition Clothing Company (https://www.facebook.com/Prohibitionclothing/photos/t.1034310114/514764508652971/?type=3&theater), I could not resist sketching it XD. These two adorable people are Brian and Samantha, and happen to also be phenomenal swing dancers. It is so much fun to watch them dancing, and just as fun to be in one of their classes! They’re an absolutely adorable team
So just some more sketchy digital coloring of pencil sketches. Its a relaxing break from digital paintings- i just find them alot less stressful haha!