Blog Updates for West Coast Swing and Hustle
Swingin Into Spring 2013 - Group Results
Thanks to the 41 dancers that came together as part of the SwingShoes Group at Swingin Into Spring!
The 30 minute break between workshops is one of the best things I've seen at an event. It allows for people to review what they learned, ask the instructor a question and still get to the next workshop in time.
This event is also a great way to bring the entire Connecticut West Coast Swing (and some Hustle) community together. It's this camaraderie and synergy which is so important to the social fabric of any good dance environment.
Best of all, Swingin into Spring allows local dancers to dance in the Jack & Jills (random partnerships) and the Striclty Swings (with your partner) in a comfortable and positive environment. Congratulations to all who had the courage to compete in the Jack & Jills or Strictly Swing divisions.
*If you were part of our group and would like to be mentioned (and are not on this list), please send an email to me and I will update this list.
Boston Tea Party 2013 Review and Group Placements
Boston Tea Party 2013 was another fun weekend of dancing and socializing. This event combines West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop for one of the best times in the New England area. Many of our dancers danced in the Jack & Jills, attended our group dinner and social danced until the wee hours of the night (or the next morning).
Dance captured on video
It might be awkward to hear this, but I'm not often thrilled by my own dancing. Don't get me wrong, I'm very proud of my accomplishments in West Coast Swing, Hustle and 25 years of dancing. But it's not often that I see a video of myself and say that it looks as good as it felt.
MADjam 2013 Review and Group Placements
MADjam 2013 (Mid Atlantic Dance Jam) was an amazing weekend of West Coast Swing and Hustle in the Washington DC / Virginia area. There were approximately 1500 people in attendance and it had the feeling of a rock concert, complete with full purple lighting effects and fog machine. There were more professionals on staff at this event than I've ever seen at any other dance event. If you like taking workshops, this event offers more choices than almost any other event on this side of the country.
Returning to Closed
Over the last 60 days, Anna and I have been guiding the Int/Adv West Coast Swing class through a variety of movement vocabulary. These pattens and ideas are meant to augment leaders repertoire of movement and create recognition for the followers.
2012 Year in Review
2012 was a year full of growth and good times for Hustle and West Coast Swing. We explored new teaching locations and met many new dancers. Our community fun times are extremely memorable and are all interwoven into our dance experience.
We had a great time choreographing new routines to some of the most popular tunes on the radio and on the West Coast Swing circuit. We ended up using one of those songs as part of our now-famous Showcase at the Ailey Citigroup Theater.
We also hosted an amazing and very well-attended New Year's Eve event.
Happy 35th Anniversary to Doug & Mary
Doug and Mary Holaday have been dancing Hustle and West Coast Swing with us for over 7 years. During that time they have been a part of our shows at the Crystal Theater in Norwalk and The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City. They have been a main part of our Connecticut Dance Community.
Swingin New England 2012 - Review and Placements
Swingin New England is one of the classic, great West Coast Swing events in the Northeast region. It has been around for 15 years and continues to be a warm, welcoming event for newcomers and professionals alike. Because it is so friendly, it was a great place for almost 30 dancers of our West Coast Swing community to attend together. Our fun times included many finalists and placements in the Strictly Swings, Jack & Jills and crazy Bookends divisions; an awesome group dinner and lots of late-night social dancing.
West Coast Swing to Gangnam Style
This month, Anna and I wanted to choreograph our West Coast Swing advanced dance class in Norwalk to a really fun piece. There are times when we want to choreograph to Blues or R&B to bring out the essence of Swing, but this month we wanted to be more carefree.
Swing Niagara 2012 - Review and Placements
Swing Niagara was a great event. There were people from Canada (Toronto and Montreal), Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) and, of course, upstate New York. It covered a base for many people who love to dance but generally have to travel to the Boston, Chicago or New York City area to attend a good-sized event.
Showcase 2012 Reviews
From the Examiner.com:
The most endearing award goes to Novoa’s “West Coast Swing & Hustle Showcase” which spun off the comedy and undeniable popularity of the song “Call Me Maybe.”
From Kat Wildish (the Producer):
I trust and believe in you and what you do!!!
Thank you for stealing the show with that special sarcasm & attention to detail that touches everyone in that dance place...