On January 22, 2015, my friend and fellow Lindy hopper Sarah Sullivan posted an account of sexual harassment experiences with Steven Mitchell when she was a teenager. Since then several named women came forward with similar experiences with the world renowned and respected swing dance instructor. The response on the whole is overwhelmingly positive, with blaming victims and… Continue reading A Contribution to the Discussion of Sexual Harassment in the Swing Dance Community
That’s right. I got injured on the first night of Lindy Focus, THE biggest swing dance event on the east coast and probably the whole of the North America. I slipped on a patch of wax and landed on my foot the wrong way. I tried to persevere but after a minute or two of… Continue reading Things I Learned While Being Injured at Lindy Focus
a.k.a. Watching myself dance still hasn’t gotten any easier. It’s been 3 months since my last post, and it’s not like I haven’t tried to write. Several times I have opened a post document and started typing something or other. Some funny, some pretentious, all unfinished. And like all dry spells, it only takes one… Continue reading Dancing in the King & Queen of Mobtown Contest
Every time it seems I will go a whole month posting at least once a week, something consumes my whole life and makes sitting down at a computer and type up my latest thoughts and findings about life so much more than a chore. But that does not mean that I have been idle in collecting… Continue reading Competitions in the (Swing) Dance World
So I’m going to do something a little different. This past weekend I went to one of the top recommended swing dance events in the United States: Stompology in Rochester, NY. It was such an inspiring weekend and I took a LOT of notes. So I thought that the best way to talk about the weekend… Continue reading Notes from Stompology
Ever since I became aware of swing dance exchanges and workshops, I immediately compiled a list of events over the next year, asking any dancer I came across for recommendations. And although that list has changed drastically since I started (what with long standing events retiring and new ones popping up left and right), the… Continue reading What Makes A Good Swing Dance Event?
And I mean besides all the reasons that everyone else says: it’s fun, it’s exercise, it’s social. Of course I do it for all those things. I also enjoy the people that seem to be attracted to this dance: outgoing, funny, nerdy people that are on the whole friendly and welcoming to anyone who has… Continue reading Why I Swing Dance