Rennes, France - Thomas Blacharz & Alice Mei (2010)
So update from the last post. I made finals at the Yehoodi Strictly Lindy! Hell. Yes. Dan Repsch and Jenny Sowden went on to win, and a big congratulations to a well deserved effort on their part. Also, I was able to dance with the magnificent Nelle Cherry in Philly this weekend and took a few hours of balboa lessons with her and a small, intimate class of varying levels, which really opened up my eyes about the possibilities in the dance.
Anyway. Here’s another video from the Rennes, France event (which I still don’t know what it was). Thomas & Alice are probably my favorite couple in swing, for their creativity and playfulness in swing as well as the complete understanding of technique that they’re able to explain in their lessons. This particular piece shows a lot of wonderful playfulness with a slower-tempo song. I’ve found that I tend to gravitate toward the slower side of Lindy because of how much more leeway you generally have for playing with the music, though the sign of a good dancer is being able to exploit those playful spaces in fast music as well.
Currently considering doing a top 5 favorite leads list as per swingitout’s list for followers. Could make for a good series of posts.