Tag Archives: Swing Dancing

Body Hurt

My body still hurts…

On the weekend, Wifey and I decided to tackle the Aerials class held by SwingIt.    It was fun and physically challenging – trying to co-ordinate with each other to flip Wifey around.   Shane and Ruth had obviously been doing these for a while and practising because they did them nice and clean.

Aerials are weird..  it’s not all strength.  It’s a lot of timing between each other, and also the mental “I can do it” attitude…  which for some unknown reason I was lacking a little.  Not good!   No accidents, but I think our aerials could’ve been smoother and more successful.

Whoa are we feeling it now!  For the past 2 days, we’ve been hurting all over…

Just so I don’t forget what they look like! (we didn’t take any class review video) –


Hip flip


Similarish to this but entry from side by side charleston

Flip from guy lying down (what is the name for this?)

24 seconds into this:

Too many things on in Perth!

Who says Perth is dullsville??

I was overwhelmed with the number of things on this weekend!   There was just TOO much going on at once – it was hard to decide which one to go to (let alone, afford to go to more than one of these big events/concerts)!!!   Here was the shortlist of what I wanted to go to, but in the end we just went to one:  swing dancing to June Smith as part of the SwingBlast weekend.    At first sight, June doesn’t look like she is a singer, or a jazz singer at all – but boy can she entertain, sing, swing, growl and scat with the best of them!

Human Nature with WASO


Future Music Festival

Hyde Park Fair

James Flynn celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder

June Smith and the Apple Band playing for the SwingBlast weekend


The Nargun and the Stars

Perth Writers Festival at UWA

Amazon Order actually here!!

OMG!! This morning I started to get really anxious.. I had ordered Frankie’s book like a whole calendar month ago, and still it hadn’t turned up at work.  I started scouring the Amazon site for policies on not receiving packages and all.  Anyway, took a trip to the stores here at work, walked through the Goods Inwards log book and saw that something from Amazon did come in for me, like on the 11th of June – 2 weeks ago!!  It was my books!!! aargghghhhhh I could’ve been reading it all now!!!

Anyway, I’ll be busy reading tonight.  I had ordered Frankie Manning’s biography, as well as “Jazz Dance – The Story of American Vernacular Dance” – which may be quite useful for Su too (she’s writing a book on Musical Theatre).

Talang 2007

Woot!  The energetic and kewl Harlem Hot Shots are competing in the Swedish version of [Insert Country] Got Talent.  In Sweden it’s called Talang.

I’ve donwloaded episodes 4 and 6 where they perform.  But the HHS segments are also on YouTube.  This is great stuff – they really went off!!  Pity I don’t understand the Swedish commentary.  I think we should try and find out the time of the finals and phone votes in!!  Judging by the dates of the episodes, the first final should have been aired on Wednesday 23 May.  I’ll have to try and find a torrent for it.

It’s also a really great way to show Lindyhop to the general public – maybe a team in Australia should try this too?

More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talang_2007