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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Put That D%#@ Camera Down!

I’m sorry for losing my temper.  That normally doesn’t happen, but Swing Scene… we need to talk. While teaching at a large Lindy event last month I had to apologize to a class for yelling at them because two different students were filming Evita and me during class.  Rather, I chose to apologize because for …

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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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The Leveling Conundrum

Part I: The Audition We recently received an email from Melanie in Fort Collins, CO (a big shout out to Ft. Fun where I first learned Lindy Hop from the Jumpin’ Jive Cats) regarding leveling at events and the frustration of placement. Ah, the leveling question. In truth, leveling at events is the thing I …

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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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