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I make videos on YouTube. Sometimes I post stuff here, too. (And I reblog pretty much every pun I see. You have been warned.)
BISEXUALS ARE NOT CONFUSED
Bisexuals are not confused
BISEXUALS. ARE. NOT. CONFUSED.
BISEXUALS ARE NOT CONFUSED
bisexuals are not confused god this is like the easiest concept ever you piece of shit douchewagon why can’t you just fucking accept it it’s absolutely infuriating
idk im kind of confused on taxes??
BISEXUALS ARE ONLY SLIGHTLY CONFUSED ABOUT A FEW THINGS
LIKE TAXES AND AP CALC AND THE OCCASIONAL RIDDLE
"Bisexuals are not confused God."
Assuming you're not done with the "talk all night about dancing" (and if you are that's cool), what are you currently working on as a lead and what are you working on as a follow? What are you working on as a dancer overall? (And are they even different aswers?)
My inbox is always open to talk about dancing! Or non-dancing. Whatever you want. Even totally random things like Community, ATMs, or Pokemon. Especially Pokemon. Send me Pokemon things.
So, there is some overlap in what I am working on, but I can also break them down into different categories.
As a lead, I am working on incorporating more moves into my dancing (I know a bunch of moves, but I tend to fall into the trap of doing only a few of them in every single dance [which is not really a bad thing, except that it can get boring]). I also have the bad habit of making a small circle (a “reset”) at the end of my swingout. I’m not sure where I picked that one up, but it only started in the last couple of months.
As a follow, I am currently working on some of the overall fundamental things, like staying on the line (surprisingly difficult if you’ve never had to do it), turning technique, and some of the basic stylizations. However, I feel like my swivels are pretty boss, if I do say so myself.
Overall, I am working on my solo jazz, including working my solo jazz into my partnered dancing. I am also working on my musicality, both macro and micro. Lastly (and embarassingly), I’m working on actually asking people to dance. About a year and a half ago, I reached a point where everyone was constantly asking me to dance, to the point that I rarely got a break, and I fell out of the habit of asking people to dance. Now, I’m told, many of the beginners (who make up the majority of our dancers), are actually intimidated by the fact that I’m good, and they don’t ask me. So I’m working on making sure that I ask people to dance. (HashtagIntrovertProblems)
Also, as always, I am working on my DJing. But I’m also working on my teaching (as well as teaching people to teach, which is actually a rather different skillset), as well as doing everything I can to learn about sound equipment (and acquire my own personal equipment).
Well, any time we’re both at the same event, we’ll have to make sure we spend a lot of time introvertedly not asking each other to dance. :P
Also have a swivel-off, because my swivels bring ALL the boys and girls to the yard.
Any chance you'd post a list of your favorite swing dancing resources? Like, sites/videos for tutorials/lessons, shoes and clothes, music, and any other miscellaneous things that might help. I haven't danced in years (and I primarily did tango/ballroom) and my husband can't dance. I want to get more into swing and he wants to learn. Thanks!
Tutorials and Lessons:
LindyHopMoves : Totally free. Broken down by topics and levels. Sometimes only demos the move, sometimes explains how to do it.
iDance : Not free. But only about $2 per video, and always explains how to do the move in addition to showing it.
Alphabetical Jazz Steps : I love solo jazz. Learning solo jazz will totally make your dancing so much cooler, and is good to work on when you don’t have a partner.
Shoes and Clothes:
I wear Keds Champions most of the time. Bobby White has a writeup about them here. Aside from Keds, Many people wear Aris Allens. I also have one friend who swears by a European brand called Bleyers. Generally, anything which has a suede or leather bottom is good, although you can also buy moleskin for just a couple of bucks and attach it to a pair of shoes. (I don’t know how good that last one is, as I have never done it.)
Well, there’s always my blog. Aside from me, there is Yehoodi Radio. There is also DJ Chrisbe’s DJ blog. There are a few more websites that are specifically about DJing, but I think that you are more looking for music to listen to? In that case, just google some of the names that you find on any of the aforementioned resources.
Jo Hoffberg’s blog.
Mentioned previously, but Bobby White runs Swungover.
Any of the tumblr hoppers (look to the previous post where I tag them).
LindyLibrary is always fun.
Other than that, I would say to travel to events and take lessons wherever you are. Lindy Focus is always fun, but any exchange or workshop is going to be good.
I’m so glad that you are getting into swing dancing! :D
Reblogging this for later reference.
In follow up to the question on your pros/cons of your scene: What would you suggest for a college scene that is in a similar place as well as losing its teacher (of ten years) at the end of the semester?
Learn as much as you can as fast as you can. But don’t stress. After all, a quarter of your members next year won’t even know that you had that teacher the year before. The scene will live. The most important thing is to make the scene as good as you can. Travel as much as you can, and take lessons. Bring that information back to your club, and teach it to your members. In a college scene especially, it is really important to remember that people are there to have fun and make friends. So provide plenty of opportunities to do that. Go out to eat after the dance, go out for karaoke, have movie watching parties (Swing Kids is always good, especially when served with alcohol), have blues parties after the dance. Just do fun things, and provide plenty of opportunities for people to feel involved. Many of your members are there because they want a club to be involved with during their time at college. Be that club. Have plenty of volunteer and hangout opportunities, but most importantly, make friends with the people who are at your dances.
I agree with this 100%. But I can’t resist chiming in with my two cents, because I ran a college swing scene for several years:
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