Lindy Hop (Swing dance):
Lindy Hop (the original Swing dance) began in the late 1920s and has since evolved into many different dance forms in the years to follow. Some of these dances are East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, and Jive. Lindy Hop has an 8-count basic patterned step called a Swing-Out, and frequently mixes in 6-count which are often taught separately as East Coast Swing or Jitterbug.
John's 20+ years of dancing all began with East Coast Swing amidst the swing-revival of the late 90's. In just a couple years he went from receiving comments like "you're not telling me to do anything (AKA leading)," to creating new moves and teaching classes. He is a testament to perseverance, experimentation, and geeking-out.
Is it for you?
Jitterbug and Lindy Hop are typically upbeat, joyous and energetic dances with a bit of a learning curve (Lindy Hop more so than Jitterbug). People who practice weekly, can usually find comfort and confidence with Jitterbug in a couple months, where as Lindy can be more like six or eight months. Having no prior dance background when I started around I remember it took me three months of weekly classes to gain enough confidence to ask my first person to dance, and I didn't actually feel calm and in control with my Lindy until about a year after I started learning it.
Where can you find it?
Century Ballroom (915 E Pine, Seattle) - Wed, Sat & Sun
Aria Ballroom (15300 NE 95th St, Redmond) - Fri
Salsa Con Todo (211 N 36th St, Seattle) - 2nd Sat
Where Can you Find It?
Alibi Room (10406 Holman Rd N, Seattle) - Every Tues
Dance Underground (340 15th Ave E, Seattle) - 1st Fri
Salsa Con Todo (211 N 36th St, Seattle) - 3rd Sat
Blues dances are rhythmic, stylish and passionate dances. Where as most dances have a basic patterned step on which the rest of the dance is built, most Blues dances do not have such a pattern. Instead of patterned steps, it uses postures and rhythms in different parts of the body which are communicated through the physical partnership. Its form reflects the simplicity found in the structure of Blues music, while it's flash contrasted by the subtle complexities of the music.
John was first exposed to Blues dancing during the late night dance events of the early 2000s, and has been dancing it ever since. His blues is unique to him and his foundation .....
Is it for you?
Blues is a relaxed, expressive and grooving kind of dance which can appear even intimate at times due to the close proximity some dancers choose to get. It's probably the easiest of all dances to walk into a single class, and walk out with enough confidence to dance a whole night. But its subtlety can often be mistaken for simplicity, and can unnerve people who've been practicing for months and still feel like there's so far to go. Blues is like a mirage in the since that the goal of mastering it can always appear within reach.