Dance captured on video

Erik Novoa and Sophie dance at MADjam 2013It 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 2012 logoMADjam 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

Erik & Anna in Closed Position during West Coast Coast Swing.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-In-Review-150px2012 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 & Mary Holaday - Connecitcut West Coast Swing Performance Group at Alvin Ailey Ciitgroup TheaterDoug 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-logoSwingin 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

PSY - Gangnam StyleThis 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 NiagaraSwing 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.”

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 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...

 

The Last Show

Showcase 2012 - So Call Me MaybeThe final performance is where you see the final result of all the hard work. At this point, the cast did not have to worry about rehearsals, they knew the dimensions of the real stage, they had felt the energy of different audiences. Now, it would be about hitting it out of the park.

The Matinee

Showcase 2012 - Matinee performanceMany of our dancers stayed in New York City at after their premier performance and cast party on Saturday night. Some stayed in midtown hotels, as we did, others stayed with friends or family. Fortunately, our call on Sunday wasn't until 2pm so there wouldn't be a rush in the morning to get to the theater for our matinee performance.

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