So I haven’t had the opportunity to find more videos in lindy hop and blues of people killing it. But Amber Riley is just FANTASTIC here.
Amber Riley & Derek - Cha Cha - DWTS 17 (Opening Night) (by TheVocalVault)
It’s been a while since I last posted, but never fear, I’m still on the look out for awesome dancers being awesome. Please feel free to submit wicked videos of yourself being awesome any time though!
Hawkeye Swing Fest 2013 Team Competition - CTA Red Line (by siekomonki)
I figure it’s been long enough since my own face was on the blog, and our team recently competed at Hawkeye SwingFest! so I wanted to share our routine. I really love group choreography for it’s ability to highlight people of various shapes and proportions rocking in.
Choreography by Chris Aubin
Aaron And Andrea - My Blue Heaven
This video is a one-two punch of awesome lindy hoppers being awesome. Punch one: tall lady/short dude combinations are super fun. Punch two: preggers lindy hop!
For this routine, they won second place in a talent show. The video starts at 50 seconds in because the introduction is a bit long.
Devona Cartier - St. James Infirmary
When I first talked about starting this blog, there were a few specific videos that I had in mind to reference. This particular choreography by Devona, performed at Boston’s Blues Cafe is one of those. When I asked my dance mentors about dancers I should be watching, Devona’s name came up time and time again. This piece is certainly part of that, with her attention to detail shining through. I’m looking forward to seeing Devona at BluesSHOUT! in just a few short weeks so I can thank her in person for her permission!
(Video by Paul Mandel)
Enter the Blues 2012: Blues Strictly Spotlight (by shaugran)
Shoshi Kreiger and John Joven are both stupendous blues dancers and instructors, and as a Chicago blues dancer, I am happy to call both of them strong positive influences in my early dancing career. Now based in New York, John and Shoshi continue to dazzle in competitions at the national level. And, as Shoshi said when she gave me permission to share this video, neither of them are what one would consider waifish. Check out their rocking spotlight from the Enter the Blues Strictly competition from 2012
Here’s another fabulous group performance with an incredibly diverse range of ladies rocking the routine. The camera in this travels in such a way that you get a pretty good idea about everyone in the scene. Choreographed by the one and only Julie Brown.
Winter Blues Intensive Makin’ Whoopee Performance led by Julie Brown (by siekomonki)
Adrienne Weidert is particularly tall, and in this routine, amplifies that by also dancing on point. You may have seen this routine before, but every time, it blows my mind. Adrienne is a trained ballerina, a dance in which being particularly tall is sought after, and she brought those skills over to lindy hop here beautifully. This video was brought to my attention by the fab Sara Cherny, another tall follow I’m hoping to feature as soon as we find some good video of her rocking it. :)
Lindy Focus XI: “Lindy On Point” - Adrienne Weidert & Adam Brozowski (by jazzartonline)
Thought this might fit the theme, although its far from modern. The first dancer’s name in the famous Day at the Races clip was Tiny Bunch and he was a Savoy dancer who appeared with Whitey’s Lindy Hopper’s once in awhile. -Chris Aubin
Let’s call this the first in a series of vintage clips, since interesting partnerships and a variety of people doing this dance is nothing new, shall we? For bonus Tiny Bunch, check out the last couple in this video, starting around the 56 second mark.
Lindy Focus XI: Blues Gospel (by jazzartonline)
One of the great things about group routines is that they’re an awesome place to see how different bodies can do the same moves and look different but still good. This wonderful blues performance at Lindy Focus does a great job of that. When everyone joins in, nobody looks out of place, despite the diversity in heights and body types represented.
Not that I have the audacity to call myself awesome, but I actually think me and the hubs did pretty awesome for our little performance during our wedding lindy and blues exchange. :)
This tumblr is about collecting videos of lindy hoppers who, for one reason or another, do not look like the average modern lindy hopper/blues dancer/balboa dancer. Taller follows, shorter leads, fatter, skinnier, huge boobs, no boobs, short legs, long legs, broad shoulders, narrow hips, big feet, boys following, girls leading, brightly colored hair, dancers in wheelchairs, dancers in casts - KILLING IT in performances, competitions, or in other ways being amazing on video.
Why? Because when the only thing you see in performances and competitions are bodies that don’t look like yours, it’s hard to remember that it could be you rocking out in front of everyone. This was also inspired by searching “fat lindy hopper” on Google and only coming up with one hit - a hit that was a forum commenter stating that “There is no such thing as a fat lindy hopper.” I know that to be false for a fact, so I wanted to assemble some evidence.
Posts will be curated by (for now) me. I’m a Chicago-based lindy hopper and blues dancer who has been involved in the dance community for seven years who is fat and fabulous. Feel free to submit video of yourself dancing - if the video is not of you, please tell me who is in the video. If a video of you is posted and you feel uncomfortable with it being present, let me know and I’ll take it down as quickly as possible.