We get it, there are a lot of dances that call themselves “swing.” It’s a mess. Reddit user herberjer attempts to sort out the whole thing by putting it all into a HUGE chart. Which is also kind of a mess, but at least it's got boxes and lines. Here’s how herberjer describes it:
A few years ago, LindyPenguin compiled a graphic of the history of swing dance, based on research and feedback from the community. I loved it, but realized that on the whole it could be difficult to follow from one dance to the next, and perhaps could be tweaked to add readability and information. So I decided to re-work it, with help from the generous copyright originally attributed.
Other Stuff We Liked this week:
- Christina Austin posts and essay about all the things that leaders (mostly male leaders) do that make her not want to dance with them again, in “Why I Hate Dancing with You.”
- Skye Humphries and Remy Kouakou Kouame dazzle us again with another killer routine at Stomp Your Feet 2017 in Barcelona from a few days ago.
- For Your Reading List: The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress is "the parallel story of two young women struggling with self-doubt, loss, and redemption, united across generations by a 1940’s swing dress." Available in print and Kindle e-reader formats.
- Lastly, there’s a petition circulating among the West Coast Swing scene to get NASDE competitions to remove the gender restrictions on who can enter in what roles. If you agree, add your name to it.
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