The purpose of this site is to promote the love of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Vintage Fashions.

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I have gathered research and interviewed a number of trusted swing dance sources to help inform many of my posts. I believe an amalgamation of thoughts is more constructive and beneficial than simply promoting my own. However, the posts under the Blog section are my own personal thoughts, interests, and opinions relating to swing dancing. I hope this site can be a resource to swing dancers everywhere and that local LA & OC dancers find it to be especially useful and relevant.


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Why venues should treat students like gold!

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Article By: Sierra Kane

As a senior majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising at California State University Fullerton I have learned that one of the wisest tactics a company can employ is to create brand loyalty among consumers.

For those who may not be familiar with this term, brand loyalty, happens when a consumer choses a brand based on  personal preference towards the brand verses heuristics. Disney is great at this, which is why Disneyland can charge about $400 more for an annual pass then Knott’s Berry Farm or Universal Studios.

“According to Drolet and Patrick Suppes, emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University, there’s evidence that habits play a more active role in decision-making than “rational choice theory,” a very influential idea.” http:/...

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15 Interesting Things About Swing

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Article by: Sierra Kane

1) Bonnie and Clyde were first spotted at a swing dance. Bonnie and Clyde were dancing a very good Lindy and were noticed by fellow dancers. One individual had the police called on them. That night marked the start of them running from the law.

2) Federal Tax law led to the end of the swing era in the 1940s.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323628804578348050712410108

3) There was a time, from 1935–1946, when jazz orchestras dominated pop charts and when influential clarinetists were household names. This was the swing era.

4) Lindy dancing burns anywhere between 300-500 calories per hour.

5) In 1988 Senator Quentin Kopp of San Francisco sponsored a bill to make west coast swing the official state dance of California...

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Best Local Events

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Article by: Sierra Kane

Around Los Angeles and Orange County you can find swing dancing almost night of the week! Sometimes it’s difficult to choose which events to attend. Below is a list my top picks.

Lindy Groove Halloween

Pasadena

Each year they host a great Halloween party with a costume contest. Most of the best creative costumes I have ever seen I have seen here.

Inspiration Weekend

Orange County

This weekend brings in a lot great instructors. You can get a lot of great instruction and social dancing at a relatively low cost. It also boasts fun competitions.

Joe’s Great American Bar and Grill Happy Feet Mondays

Burbank

A great local venue that always has great live music. It’s a bar and restaurant so it’s a good place to bring non-dancers...

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Go from Good to Amazing

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Article by: Sierra Kane

These tips below are intended to help take your dancing to the next level!

Improve your basics

A swing dancers’ basic step is the foundation to everything else in their dancing. Keep the foundation strong by continually working and improving on it.

Practice perfectly

The phrase, “practice makes perfect”, is only true if you practice executing moves and technique accurately and precisely. Be a perfectionist when you practice if you want to improve quickly.

Invest time wisely

Utilize your time well. If you’re at a less crowded venue, where you are not dancing much, you can spend time you would otherwise be sitting out by studying other dancers or practicing your jazz steps in the corner.

Invest money wisely

Ask yourself if, at this point in your dancing, it is ...

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10 Tips for Beginners

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Article by: Sierra Kane

When I started dancing Lindy Hop the most difficult thing for me was to see so many great dancers doing things I wanted to be able do. I wanted to be awesome immediately! Dancing though, like any other sport or skill, takes time and effort. Here are some tips that can help you improve your dancing.

Know the basics well
Know the basics and know them well before moving on. It’s easy to want to get ahead of yourself and start working on those awesome moves and styling, but if you have a good understanding of the basics the fun moves and styling will come more naturally.

Learn from a variety of teachers
Each teacher has a different style of teaching. You will learn different things from each one...

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My Perfect Road Trip

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Article by: Sierra Kane

The movie, “Road Trip Nation”, is a documentary that follows a group of young individuals struggling to realize what they truly want out of life. They decide to take on a cross-country journey of self-realization. Along the way they interview a variety of inspirational successful individuals who offer their wisdom and stories of past experiences, embedded with an assortment of valuable to be taken from each story. The overarching theme in these happy and successful individuals’ lives seems to be that they chose to work towards what they were passionate about which lead to their careers, verses working towards a career so they could use the spare time and resources doing what they are passionate about.

This inspired me to devise a road trip of my own...

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Trending in Lindy Hop

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Article by: Sierra Kane

Swing dancing teams

Swing dance teams are on the rise. In 2012 at Camp Hollywood three teams competed. In 2013 there were over twice as many, and other areas are seeing similar increases.

Booing Nick Williams

People do this out of respect for him. He’s simply too good, it’s not fair.

Blogging about dancing

Ironic, isn’t it.

Lindybombing

Dancing in public for fun or to show non-dancers what we love to do.

Swing Dancing Memes

Yes please.

skymeme Trending in Lindy Hop

Sky babies

A term for Lindy Hoppers who imitate Sky Humphries.

Discussions about gender norms

More and more swing dancers are bringing up a wide variety of interesting arguments about this topic.

Lindy Hop videos on YouTube

Everyone is filming and posting these days. Competition videos, tutorials, demos, recaps, etc.

Competiti...

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Great Local Instructors

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Article by: Sierra Kane

Many local swing dancers know that in Southern California we are spoiled with a large community of advanced social dancers who regularly go out dancing. I believe this is because Southern California is the home of the “Pros”. Many internationally recognized professional Lindy and Balboa teachers call Los Angeles and Orange County their home, and we are happy to have them! No matter what level you are at every dancer could benefit from the occasional group or private lesson. Below is a list of a few highly recommended local instructors.

Great Teacher:

Laura Keat- Laura is one of the best at communicating the focus or emphasis of each lesson. She helps you really feel like you have comprehended the material and have something to take away...

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10 of the Best Dance Camps

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Article by: Sierra Kane

ILHC

Best Competition Camp:

ILHC is a great event to attend if you are interested in competitions. They have a variety of leveled competitions so you can see where you stand among the rest. Here you can also watch some of the best of the best compete. They also offer a juniors division for ages seventeen and under with separate competitions and classes.

http://www.ilhc.com/

Lindy Focus

Best Variety of Dances:

This camp offers something for all types of dancers, with full tracks in Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Blues. Also, if desired, you can “supplement your Track with Add-Ons (Various levels of Balboa, Blues, Jazz, and Lindy Hop, Charleston, Cross Training, Music, and more)”. Because this event is so popular a lot of great dancers show up.

www.lindyfocus.com/

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How to Find Vintage Treasures Thrifting

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Article by: Sierra Kane

I love getting all gussied up to go out dancing. It’s fun! When I see a man in a suit, I melt. If it’s a vintage suit I turn into a marshmallow in a campfire! And who doesn’t love a finely clad female? Looking good comes at a price, and unfortunately for swing dancers, with popular shows and movies like Man Men, Boardwalk Empire, and The Great Gatsby, the prices are on the rise. These seven tips will help you find fabulous treasures at thrift shops so you can start fires in all your on-lookers’ hearts!

Look Where Others Aren’t:
The best vintage jewelry I own I bought at a consignment shop in Milwaukee. It consisted mostly of antique furniture, dishes, and knick-knacks, but I decided to check it out anyway...

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Is YouTube Causing Lindy Hoppers More Harm Than Good?

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Article by: Sierra Kane

As each new form communication develops, it enhances the public’s social knowledge of swing dancing, which in turn promotes the growth of the dance. Swing dancing was initially spread interpersonally from soldiers during World War II with the help of radio waves. Then we saw the visually dissemination of swing on television in the 50’s. Now, the primary source speaking to the public on behalf of swing dancing is YouTube. YouTube has helped swing dance to continue to advance and thrive globally, “one of the largest emerging dance communities is in Seoul, Korea with over 5000 dancers in 14 venues” as of 2012 and it is growing rapidly, according to http://www.atomicballroom.com/blog/2012/11/27/swing-dancing-around-the-world/

YouTube has been key to the pro...

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