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See the video by clicking here ATOMIC Ballroom lindy hoppers Luc (age 14) and Kimmery (Age 12) danced in a parade in Seal Beach, CA last night. The parade was hosted by the city of Seal Beach. Ginny Ferguson, another ATOMIC Ballroom swing and salsa dancer, organized Luc and Kimmery to bring attention to her Watersafe swim school based in Fountain Valley, CA. This was the 22nd time that Watersafe Swim School has marched in that parade. Ginny is the founder of NOVA and is the creator of the widely used Smart Fish Method. Dancers Luc, Kimmery, and Ginny are all students of Shesha Marvin, a professional swing dance teacher and president of the OC Swing Dance Club and owner of ATOMIC Ballroom. As a side note, Ginny is the personal swim teacher of Shesha and Nikki's baby girl, Anjali. So, if you see the Kids or Ginny out dancing be sure to throw a high five their way.
Sarah Breck and I were proud to represent Lindy Hop at the US Open Swing Dance Championships in 2009.
In a "Strictly" Lindy contest we improvise to a song chosen by the DJ. Our content must be lindy hop, rather than balboa or Shag, or West Coast Swing. At the US open they have four "Strictly" divisions; West Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, St. Louis Shag, and Lindy Hop. At the end of those contests they top 5 of each Genré participate in a team battle.
We all have good dance days and bad dance days. Sometimes those of us that take our dancing seriously get down on ourselves when we have bad dance day. It's important to keep in mind that these slumps don't make us bad dancers. It may be that we are bad technicians that day but we are still good "dancers". Dancing is an art just like painting.
- Classes are not evenly matched with leaders and followers.
- Many students come alone and would like to meet more than one person.
- Every partner "feels" different. Because partner dancing is based on lead and follow it's a good idea to develop a versatile connection.
- When you go to a dance you will know many partners because you will have danced with them before during class.