Category: Video Of The Week (page 1 of 2)

Frankie & Norma dancing the Peabody

Frankie Manning & Norma Miller dancing the Peabody, at Herrang 1997
Video of the Week #012

Named after New York policeman Lieutenant William Peabody, this brisk dance developed in the ragtime era of the 1910s and 1920s. With long gliding strides and a few syncopation's, you travel around the floor (similar to the foxtrot). When the floor gets crowded or you are just feeling playful, this is a fun dance to bust out!

This clip shows the legendary Frankie Manning, dancing with the amazing Norma Miller and doing the Peabody, the way it was danced back at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem NY. This was filmed at the famous Herrang Swing Dance Camp, in 1997. Frankie was then just 83 years young and Norma was a sprightly 78!!

The song is "Crazy Bout My Baby" by Fats Waller.

Stephen & Chandrae at RTSF 2013

Stephen Sayer & Chandrae Roettig  at the Rock That Swing Festival, 2013
Video of the Week #011

You will find loads of video clips on Youtube of Swing dance showcases (choreographed routines). This is a clip of the wonderful Stephen & Chandrae, performing at RTSF (Rock That Swing Festival) back in 2013. We just love the sheer energy in this routine.

The song is "Dark Eyes" by Jonathan Stout & His Campus 5.

Lindy Hop At The Olympics

Lindy Hop At The 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Video of the Week #010

Back in 2012, some of us had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic games, held in London! Not only did we get to participate in one of the greatest sporting events in the world but, WE ALSO GOT TO DANCE THE LINDY HOP!! Our section was dancing with the NHS as doctors and nurses, alongside actual NHS staff from all over the UK!

It goes to show that dance transcends all barriers, needs no language translation and is enjoyed the world over!

Skye & Frida at ALHC 2005

Skye Humphries & Frida Segerdahl  at the American Lindy Hop Championships, 2005
Video of the Week #009

You will find loads of video clips on Youtube of Swing dance competitions. This is a clip of the wonderful Skye & Frida  competing at the ALHC back in 2005. We just love the playfulness and musicality in this routine.

And check out the moves at around 1:51 into the clip. We told you that doing lots of triples to one side and also just doing hip shimmies are ACTUAL moves! It all depends of when you do them in the music ;-).

The song is "Look A There" by Slim & Slam.

Swing Dancing in Kid Dynamite

Swing Dancing in the movie Kid Dynamite, 1943
Video of the Week #008

Swing dancing has been captured in many movies over the years. In this light-hearted clip you have the famous Dean Collins and Jewel McGowan, along with other dancers, at a dance competition. You can see many different styles being danced here, with the additional 'quirky' moves also being thrown in!!

Skye & Naomi at Uptown Swing

Skye Humphries & Naomi Uyama perform at Uptown Swing
Video of the Week #007

A couple of world renowned Swing dance teachers, performing at a social event for Boston based dance company, Uptown Swing. Also performing are the great Gordon Webster and his band.

We love this video clip because it has lot of lovely little bits all the way throughout the dance, without trying to be flash or fast or energetic ... just full of joy!

The song is "Crazy Bout My Baby" by Fats Waller.

i Charleston London

i Charleston London
Video of the Week #006

The Charleston is a lovely happy dance and a global "trend" among Lindy Hoppers is to film their community dancing in different places, to show off their wonderful home towns & cities.

This is a a fun video that some of us had the pleasure of being involved in back in 2013, of the London swing dancing community performing The Charleston, in various iconic locations around London.

The song is "Sweet Georgie Brown", by Brother Bones (1949) and The Shirt Tail Stompers.


Global Shim Sham

Global Shim Sham for Frankie Manning
Video of the Week #005

Dancers from around the world dance a Shim Sham as a tribute to Frankie Manning on his 95th birthday. The video was edited by Akemi Kinukawa and was screened during the Frankie95 celebration held in New York City over the 2009 Memorial Day weekend.

It features over 5,000 dancers from 22 countries in four and a half minutes of pure joy.

The song is "T'aint What You Do" by Jimmie Lunceford. For more information on this, click  << here >>.

Guide To Basic Floorcraft

The Swungover* Guide to Basic Floorcraft (swing dance)
Video of the Week #004

The dance floor can sometimes get a little crowded so it's always a good idea to be aware of the other dancers and how much space you have / can take up and how you can try and "minimise" bumping into people.

Here's a great video from the guys at Swungover (Bobby White & Annabel Truesdell Quisao) with some really useful tips on floorcraft. Music is by the Mint Julep Jazz Band.

The 1920s Dance Phenomenon

The 1920s Dance Phenomenon that Broke the Race Barrier
Video of the Week #003

A great video compilation from Timeline News, a broadcasting and media production company.

"It didn't matter if you were white, black, green, whatever, as long as you could dance." - Frankie Manning, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.

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