In 2005, my dance partner Shirley and I were invited out to The Last Call with Carson Daly Show, in Hollywood, for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s swing night.
Instead of being one of a number of swing dancers in the audience, the Carson Daly Show decided to put us right up by the stage, and we ended up sitting next to Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends, Kendra, Holly, Bridget and Audrey. This was right before Hugh Hefner came out with his tv show “The Girls Next Door”
At the Velvet Margarita, in Hollywood, Shirley and I were asked to perform a swing dance and demonstrate swing dance flips. The crowd was great and made it a lot of fun to do.
This group of young dancers tear up the floor during the Ultimate Lindy Hop Society finals.Phenomenal speed and choreography, doing moves that amaze the audience.
The video is very entertaining to watch, however, don’t attempt these dance moves without proper instruction and safety precautions.Due to the athletic moves involved, people could be injured trying to attempt these particular dance moves.
I want everyone to safely enjoy the magic of dancing.Start slow, learn a few moves and build from there.Stretching out beforehand, good nutrition, drinking plenty of water will help keep you in condition to dance. Swing on!
I have taught dance classes for over 30 years and there is one common denominator in every class, everyone is smiling.From the highly skilled to the non-dancer there is a feeling of energy, fun, passion and excitement.
There is an exciting documentary coming out, April 7th, called“Alive and Kicking” all about modern day swing dancing.These people exemplify the passion for swing dancing that hundreds of thousands of people around the world feel.
The tremendous thing about swing dancing is that you can do it all ages, even with or without a partner.
I have worked on many routines by myself to Glenn Miller music, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer, even Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself”.There are countless swing dance routines to learn, multiple footwork combinations, then creating special routines to various songs.
Our bodies are designed for movement, not to sit in front of a computer for hours on end, and then finish the day sitting down, watching television, scrolling through social media and filling our bodies with unhealthy foods.
Movement is for every stage of our lives.
The health benefits of staying active are enormous. Dancing is a perfect way to add movement to your day.Try to fit in bits and pieces throughout your day, perhaps while you are getting ready in the morning, cleaning your home, or just set aside some time to work on some dance steps you saw on a youtube dance video.
Get off the couch and be active and vibrant your entire life.
The benefits are incredible. More stamina, better balance, improved cardiovascular and many more benefits physically and emotionally. Get started today!!
The lady in this youtube video is 88 years old.Great moves, high energy and she is having so much fun, a role model to all of us.