March Mayhem : Part 1

Solo Dancing!

Solo Jazz.  Solo Charleston. Solo Blues.  Tap.  And more…

Welcome to March Mayhem where we will be celebrating a variety of dance styles on film! We’d like to begin with a look at solo dancing – solo charleston, blues, tap and smooth ballroom.  There are many types of individual dances, these are just some of our favorite jazzy routines from movies, contests and live performances.

While partner dancing is an incredible phenomena, there are merits to practicing and absorbing these wild and crazy steps in your own body before they come easily while doing lindy hop or fox trot.  Solo jazz steps are like the vocabulary of a dance – the more you know (and know well) the more you have to say when speaking with someone else.

So let’s get started.  Here are some old classics, inspiration throw down contests, sleek performances and creative rhythms…

Solo Dancing in the Classics

Spirit Moves

Two Men Solo Jazz Dancing

Gene Kelly is Ballin’ the Jack

Fred Astaire Hat Rack Dance

Solo Charleston and Blues Battles

Inspiration Weekend 2012 – Apple Jacks to Apple Jacks

ULHS 2006 Solo Blues Battle

Jivin’ Those Performances

Sharon Daivs takes us to Duke’s Place from Rock That Swing Festival in 2012

Mike Faltesek, Laura Glaess and Mike Roberts Show us the Joys of Solo Jazz

Taps and Tricks

Sammy Davis Jr in his Prime

Eleanor Powell Show us that ladies can Jazz Tap too!

Tips & Tops Tranky Doo with Atomic Ballroom’s very own Shesha Marvin


Want to learn from a creative solo jazz artist and hat trick master! Check out Shesha’s upcoming Hat Trick Workshop on March 9, 2013.

About the Author:

Shani Brown discovered swing dancing in the late 90s as she eased out of gymnastics into a new physical activity. When she moved to Orange County in 2000, she discovered a whole new world of Balboa and Lindyhop - and she's been obsessed ever since! When she's not hitchhiking to dance events across the country, she's probably got her nose in a book...And when she's not dancing, she's probably talking about dancing or watching dancing and being a typical dance-geek.

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