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15 Interesting Things About Swing

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bonnie_clyde

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.

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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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LGHalloween

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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good-to-awesome

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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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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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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