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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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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.


Thank You For Your Interest

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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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Skye and Frida

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.

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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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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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