A month ago we reported that swing dancers Jack Chen, Susan Samson, and Paul Samson were going to be competing on the TV game show “Common Knowledge” soon. Well their episode aired recently and they did great! Not only did they make it to the final round, but they also got to demo a bit of high flying lindy hop. Here’s the full episode below:
Nice work, Paul, Susan, and Jack! (And we had no idea what the February birthstone was either!)
Other Stuff We Liked:
Upworthy has a cheerful piece on how lindy hop exchanges are helping to revitalize city centers, by focusing on their jazz roots, with a focus on “Save the Palladium Ballroom” campaign and the Nevermore Jazz Ball in St. Louis, MO. This is a great example of how a lindy event can give back to the community it takes place in. Take note, swing organizers!
Speaking of preserving jazz history, jazz musician, bandleader, and dancer Laura Windley wrote a long-form blog post on the early jazz history of her hometown of Durham, North Carolina that is worth a read. She’s even create a Google Map with pins on important historic sites in Durham’s jazz history. Great work, Laura!
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