West Coast Wednesday: Miles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham, New Years Champion Swing J&J (2009-2010)
Skip to @1:45 for the goods, folks. WHOOOOOOOOOOAAAAA OH OH OOOOOOOOH OH OH OH OHHHHHHH CAUGHT IN A BAD ROMANCE ….
Sorry. I really, really wanted to find a WCS performance to Lady Gaga. YouTube turned up no showcase routines, but at least I found a competition Jack & Jill video! And they made third place. The whole video is fun to watch (I’ve probably done WCS to Tracy Chapman enough for the rest of my life, though).
I’ve been talking recently about how much Blues and Charleston can help develop your lead and follow recently. But there’s a little more to it—developing your dance vocabulary with other swing styles also helps keep dances more dynamic. I can’t tell you how invaluable it is to be able to toss some Blues movements in with your Lindy during slower songs, or how even being able to do the Balboa basic step can provide a momentary respite in a song intended for fast Lindy. Or a crowded dance floor.
And sometimes, DJs just want to do whatever the hell they want to do (more power to them, I say). Frim Fram will get the occasional nontraditional song—a little bit of groovier WCS-style music here, some pop music over there (though, I haven’t heard the latter at all recently, maybe due to complaints?) I don’t know WCS well enough to be very confident going out on my own to those events, but I’m not opposed to dancing it elsewhere. I just wish a few more people in the Lindy scene dabbled, too!
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