Our friend Mandi Gould is (1) Canadian and (2) one of the nicest people we know. So when Mandi goes on a rant, we pay attention. Here she calls out folks who fail to acknowledge the contributions of women to lindy hop, particularly when they are sharing online a dance video:
I've definitely seen a lot of this on my social media feed too. Some fictionalized, but not far from the truth, examples:
- "Wow watch Remy just kill this classic routine!" (ignoring that he's dancing with someone else)
- "Todd's footwork is incredible. #dancegoals " (not mentioning that his partner is probably also doing some pretty great footwork)
- "This aerial unbelievable? How does Patrick even lead this?" (not mentioning the person actually doing the "air" part of the aerial.)
So yeah, don't be that guy! (or gal.)
I'll fess up to being that person too. Like when sharing this picture, I've definitely neglected to mention Ann Johnson, the one actually executing this difficult airstep with Frankie. Very not cool.
A lot of us know this quote referring to Fred Astaire and his longtime dance partner Ginger Rogers:
But I actually prefer this quote about Ginger Roger's dancing:
Original post on Mandi's blog.