5 Ways to Help You Improvise

Improvising is one of the great skills of Jazz.  Frequently students request help with improvising and ask for suggestions on how to confront their fear.  It’s difficult to explain this and it takes time and experience. You need a collection of skills to make improvising easier.  Here are 5 suggestions from Evita: Vocabulary to pull …

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M&E : 020 Glenn Crytzer, Listening to Music

Glenn Crytzer, specializes in composing new, original material for Big Bands in the style of the 1930’s and 40’s. www.glenncrytzer.com Glenn passionately maintains a regular weekly gig in NYC at the Kola House every Monday night. Big Band Mondays at Kola House Listen as Glenn tells stories about his composing, shares details for what to listen …

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Lindy Hop Swivel Exercise

This is a special announcement for anyone interested in improving their swivels. The swivel is an iconic movement made by the Follow while in open position.  Most often the swivel is taught on counts 1 and 2 of the swingout.  There are many stylistic approaches to doing swivels. I’d like to offer you this powerful …

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Improvisation Fears

“Improvisation, within the context of performing arts, is a very spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation.” – Wikipedia I have a story to share about a recent experience I had with confronting my fear and having to improvise. While teaching at Lindy Focus XV, Hillary-Marie, a fantastic tap dance teacher, invited a few of …

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M&E 017 : Michael Gamble, Lindy Focus and the Chick Webb charts

Listen to a warm conversation with Michael Gamble, one of the event organizers of Lindy Focus, and learn about his journey from dancer, teacher, organizer all the way to musician, band leader and now spear heading the Chick Webb Transcription project.  Also learn how Lindy Focus got started and find out “whose courageous dream” it …

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M&E 014 : FOMO (The Fear of Missing Out)

In this Podcast Michael and Evita confess their own fears of missing out.  They address how they deal with the constant barrage of events, parties, competitions in the Lindy Hop world on social media platforms.  They primarily reference the most recent competition, ILHC (The International Lindy Hop Championships) which was held in Washington DC August 26 – 28, …

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The Best Type of Class

What is the best type of class?  Where and when does it happen? What are the ingredients? This would be a fabulous world wide survey for the Lindy Hop community.  I would love to see the results. I think good classes can happen anywhere, at anytime depending on the teacher’s intention. Is the intention to entertain, …

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Leadership is better taught in the context of Swing Dancing.

  In 2006, I had the fortune of being introduced to David Dunbar.  David is the Academic Dean and co-founder of CITYterm, a high school alternative semester program that immerses students in an experience based learning environment.  Located at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, the program takes students on daily excursions to New York City to research, …

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