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  Videos of people dancing "the swing"

So I don't want this topic to be cruel or making fun of anyone, but I wanted everyone to share any videos they come across online of people that dance to swing music, but what the're doing is something makes you wonder where they heck they learned to dance like they do . . . (i.e. unique…

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  • Post #181
  • Originally posted Monday, June 4, 2007 (7 years ago)

I agree. It was too good to qualify for this thread.

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  • Post #182
  • Originally posted Monday, June 4, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Capt Morgan"
This is funny! But atleast the guy gave it 110 ! ...from So You Think You Can Dance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPbbDFUfWd0 (wait for after the hip hop routine) :lol:

That was fabulous. My favorite part is the leg wiggles at 3:10. Fabulous.

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  • Post #183
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 5, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "TerpLndyHpr"
I went through this whole thread and could find no example of the Ithaca Jump Swing. So I decided to add one myself. http://www.rso.cornell.edu/swing/Media/sweetheart07.mov Watch carefully and you might catch a glimpse of it. Also watch for a follower's head going really close to the floor.

Definitely some skill. The single person clapping on the odd counts in the beginning is pretty entertaining, though :)

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  • Post #184
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 5, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "TerpLndyHpr"
I went through this whole thread and could find no example of the Ithaca Jump Swing. So I decided to add one myself. http://www.rso.cornell.edu/swing/Media/sweetheart07.mov Watch carefully and you might catch a glimpse of it. Also watch for a follower's head going really close to the floor.

Yeah, that wasn't really Ithaca Jump Swing (except for maybe 1 basic at around the 3/4 mark). Here it is though: http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/kpl5/jump_movie.html

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  • Post #185
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

Nuther Update!

Here is the WORST example of "20s Swing" (I hope they're refering to their age, and not the decade) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncdd5CO1Y4k

This definitly constitutes "the swing". Clearly the choreographer has never seen any swing, not even Swing Kids.

Jitterbug! "This next dance takes us back to when George Michel was still in the closet." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhxYqz6oOtM

...and finall I've saved the best for last (or the worst as it were). I normally don't like to put up peoople that are just beginners, because, hey, they don't know any better (I will normally post something because of what they write as the discription or they do something that just comes out of left field).

But this is definitly the exception!

OFFICIALLY THE WORST EAST COAST SWING . . . EVER!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-AGuTRc8lY

Enjoy!

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  • Post #186
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

I'm not sure the second one had enough actual dancing to count.

I just don't have words for the last one, well other than "fabulous"i. It looks like the girl is totally stoned, they guy looks like he snorted some coke after chugging a bottle of Schnapps shortly before hitting the dance floor.

Any idea if the dude is related to Kevin Van Meter?

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  • Post #187
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

Somebody hold me. I'm scared.

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  • Post #188
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

DOES NOT WANT!!!!!!

Oh my word. Ya know, it's like Rik said on the talk show - it's not about being a beginner and not knowing - It's that you're willing to do a public exhibition of yourself swing dancing and post the video to the internet that makes you a worthy subject of mocking.

Seriously. Almost hit the "flag as inappropriate". That_was_awful. I feel like ashamed or dirty :sayno: --R

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  • Post #189
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

i.....i........don't even know where to start. :sayno: just....no.

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  • Post #190
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

What a well-choreographed fight scene to that awesome song by CPD! Where was the swing dancing you mentioned?

Anyway, I think he won by virtue of having landed a few body blows.

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  • Post #191
  • Originally posted Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

OMG....it's......EFF'S PONYTAIL!!

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  • Post #192
  • Originally posted Friday, June 15, 2007 (7 years ago)

I'm surprised her arm is still attached.

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  • Post #193
  • Originally posted Friday, June 15, 2007 (7 years ago)

I love that the "related" clips include Jam Cellar and ULHS fast finals.

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  • Post #194
  • Originally posted Sunday, June 24, 2007 (7 years ago)

Flashback to 1998 swing dance contest at Stanford . . . where Chelsea Clinton took 2nd place! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ScrOmzi974

sigh I wish there was a better expert to interview in Alaska http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFiVwjxfQfY

"In the 30's, you had to swing to survive" :lol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB1N5w3BPrA

These kids ended up being the coolest kids in school that week (watch for the monkey at 1:02). Anyone else miss BBVD? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFY6Z6pzgKc

Yet more "Country Swing" that apparantly wins contests in Idaho. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1oTcw1q8V4

Who ever Ms. Choy is, perhaps she should have her teaching credential in swing removed (there's tons more videos than this one). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juo_06E-hDA

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  • Post #195
  • Originally posted Monday, June 25, 2007 (7 years ago)

I, for one, am thankful that there's somebody trolling YouTube for new bad ECS clips to make fun of. I've been following this thread religiously for over two months now. People dancing off the beat to Jump, Jive &amp; Wail, flailing and jerking each other around -- it just never gets old! What cracks me up is that they are so oblivious to how much they suck and their music sucks. But even though they suck, they appear to be having fun, which is ironic, because they suck so much that they drive most Yehoodites to tears.

But not me! Au contraire, if I ever need to cheer myself up, I just go revisit this thread. Seeing how much they suck is such an ego boost! Especially if they are high school kids -- nothing delights me more than making fun of high schoolers. (For that reason, I think Ms. Choy should focus on teaching swing exclusively. Bad ballroom isn't nearly as much fun to watch as the swing.)

Truly, Capt Morgan, you make this world a better place.

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  • Post #196
  • Originally posted Monday, June 25, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "dnquark"
I, for one, am thankful that there's somebody trolling YouTube for new bad ECS clips to make fun of. I've been following this thread religiously for over two months now. People dancing off the beat to Jump, Jive &amp; Wail, flailing and jerking each other around -- it just never gets old! What cracks me up is that they are so oblivious to how much they suck and their music sucks. But even though they suck, they appear to be having fun, which is ironic, because they suck so much that they drive most Yehoodites to tears. But not me! Au contraire, if I ever need to cheer myself up, I just go revisit this thread. Seeing how much they suck is such an ego boost! Especially if they are high school kids -- nothing delights me more than making fun of high schoolers. (For that reason, I think Ms. Choy should focus on teaching swing exclusively. Bad ballroom isn't nearly as much fun to watch as the swing.) Truly, Capt Morgan, you make this world a better place.

um, thanks?

I'd like to add two things. First I don't troll youtube (trolling implys being cruel to the video poster, which I don't do). Secondly, I don't make fun of the dancers (most of the time), normally it's something funny they have put in their discription of the dance, or the fact that they are put up on stage in a public forum as professionals, or their choreographer/teacher for the complete lack of knowledge about the dance.

I prefer to think of this thread as a commentary on how our society actually views swing dancing. There is a substantial ignorance about lindy hop to a lay person, hence all of the videos in this thread.

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  • Post #197
  • Originally posted Monday, June 25, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Capt Morgan"
...and finall I've saved the best for last (or the worst as it were). I normally don't like to put up peoople that are just beginners, because, hey, they don't know any better (I will normally post something because of what they write as the discription or they do something that just comes out of left field). But this is definitly the exception! OFFICIALLY THE WORST EAST COAST SWING . . . EVER!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-AGuTRc8lY Enjoy!

I know I'm old now, because I saw ECS dancing MUCH worse than this on a weekly basis back in the mid-nineties. I'm not kidding.

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  • Post #198
  • Originally posted Monday, June 25, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Capt Morgan"
OFFICIALLY THE WORST EAST COAST SWING . . . EVER!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-AGuTRc8lY

Her "bloomers" are making my eyes bleed. What a way to ruin a cute dress.

(Though I suppose it's better than some of the alternatives, if she was otherwise unprepared.)

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

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  • Post #199
  • Originally posted Monday, June 25, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Capt Morgan"
Who ever Ms. Choy is, perhaps she should have her teaching credential in swing removed (there's tons more videos than this one). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juo_06E-hDA

Hahaha, that's my high school! And Ms. Choy is my old swim coach! I didn't realize she was teaching the ballroom gym class now (she's a great swim coach, but dancing...?). If the class is the same as it was 7 years ago, they learn the basic step and a couple of turns and variations for cha cha, swing, waltz and tango, focusing on each dance for maybe 3 weeks. For the final dance, everybody picks a partner and a dance style out of a hat and and has find or make up new moves to choreograph a whole song. It was kind of a big deal and you'd see lots of kids practicing in the hallways after school. I had to do "At the Hop" and I remember back leading my partner a lot cause he couldn't remember everything. I'm just glad nobody had digital cameras back then...

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  • Post #200
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 (7 years ago)

It makes my feet sad.

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  • Post #201
  • Originally posted Sunday, July 8, 2007 (7 years ago)

These clips showcase a relatively good swing sense compared to others (like Alex and Nikko...ummmm, i think i need a shoulder reco just after watching it!)

Friendly neighbourhood spiderman...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mRbGN8_URw&amp;mode=related&amp;search=

This clip is from Aussie Dancing with the Stars - Natalie is the professional, Kouta (Anthony Koutoufides) is an Australian Rules footballer. They learnt this in a couple of weeks so it is pretty well done - choreographed by Swing Patrol. We are actually performing this in a couple of weeks time for a bit of fun. It did a bit to raise the Lindy profile in Australia! Nice to see two people who are considered as very fit, puffing after doing the performance too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xEi-Ac35ZY

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  • Post #202
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "beanie"
Friendly neighbourhood spiderman... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mRbGN8_URw&amp;mode=related&amp;search=

Yeah, Moorepark . . .

But they have put out some decent Lindy routines, so there are people there that know what they're doing.

Quoted from "beanie"
This clip is from Aussie Dancing with the Stars.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xEi-Ac35ZY

Decent routine, but makes me sad they called it Lindy Hop and didn't have 1 swing out in it.

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  • Post #203
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 (7 years ago)

We have a routine, to the same song actually, that has no swingouts in it. It was originally designed for a group of dancers (whose swingouts and triple steps needed a lot of work) to pick it up and perform it in 3 weeks. It wouldn't have made sense to put swingouts in there... it would have looked awful! Especially at that tempo. So instead we do breakaway.

Seeing as these two had very limited time to learn lindy hop, I'd say this is a case of the same thing.

You're right about their nomenclature. It's really not a lindy hop routine... it's a Charleston routine with some aerials. But at least this way lindy hop gets more publicity.

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  • Post #204
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 (7 years ago)

Update!!!

Sigh . . . I can't stand what ballroom does to the term "swing" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApNMCQkYE10

More Country Swing! YeeHa! (I figure they don't like footwork cuz it's hard to triple step in cowboy boots.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGrv8BbBFQ4

"Swing 07" (Disclaimer: this is not a true representation of swing in 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBCL7mgtZDk

Basa Nova Baby!!! (minus the bosa nova, plus plastic smiles and stage kicks!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_rxAwPdtvM

And finally . . .

Swing Dancing? What?! I'm confused to the point that my head hurts . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJlH14FPYQA

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  • Post #205
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 (7 years ago)

Oh wow, those are good.

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  • Post #206
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 (7 years ago)

Oh el Capitan, how I admire your ability to repeatedly come up with this dross. I don't know how you do it, and then why to I watch and rewatch these things????

Quoted from "Capt Morgan"
Sigh . . . I can't stand what ballroom does to the term "swing" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApNMCQkYE10

Anyone know what song they're dancing to?

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More Country Swing! YeeHa! (I figure they don't like footwork cuz it's hard to triple step in cowboy boots.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGrv8BbBFQ4

It's at a hair-show! Sweet! Their rhythm is awful, but man would you look at those bangs.

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"Swing 07" (Disclaimer: this is not a true representation of swing in 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBCL7mgtZDk

It's all about the off-camera flashing lights in this glittery funkfest! After hurting my neck for a while I saw the link for the squashed right-side-up version of the routine. Warning, may cause seizures. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qod3yGMEdco

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Bossa Nova Baby!!! (minus the bosa nova, plus plastic smiles and stage kicks!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_rxAwPdtvM

Um, who thought - Hey we'll take an Elvis Presley song about Bossa Nova that's not at all a Bossa and make a swing number? This is strange. 0:10 - since when has the football player chestbump [repeatedly] been in anyone's stage vocabulary? 1:08 - remind me to work this into tandem-charleston so I can look like a dog in heat. 1:36 - Worst SuzyQs of all time.

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And finally . . .Swing Dancing? What?! I'm confused to the point that my head hurts . . .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJlH14FPYQA

If I still did psychedlic drugs recreationally this would be kind of cool. Er, kind of.

--R

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  • Post #207
  • Originally posted Thursday, July 12, 2007 (7 years ago)

Nuther Update

This time I decided to see what i could find on Myspace!

"Description: A pretty freakin' Sweet swing dance me and Jo_ash made up...we're that good." http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=2682285

Squirrel Nut Zippers are performing again (minus Maxwell and Mosher), but sadly student filmed music videos like "the swing" . . . http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=6444794

Pop Lock to Sing, Sing, Sing: http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=1906714

"That's Cool" says some guy . . . (kinda looks like camel hop) http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=2897734

Watch as a scene blossoms away from "the swing" (hopefully) http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=4437033

I'm not in the mood http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=3310446

Title: "Swing Dancing at its finest" http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=2846375

"Swing Dancing Contest"???? http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=6422445

Labor Day Dance Contest in Pensacola, FL http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=3448081

That's all for now!

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  • Post #208
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 (7 years ago)

Wow! No comments in almost two weeks? Don't you guys love me any more? Or just don't like myspacetv?

sigh

Here's some more finds off of YouTube:

More Country Swing Dancing, now New &amp; Improved With AERIALS! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dQPmAPWe60

Video Tags: "Awesome, Swing Dance, Sweet" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwf0ztq0fjo

I'm going to combine swing and merenge, I'll call it "Swenge" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIY6maXCP_0

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  • Post #209
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Capt Morgan"
Pop Lock to Sing, Sing, Sing: http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=1906714

That was probably the most musical dance to sing sing sing I've ever seen, and likely from someone who has not heard it as many times as we have. Bravo!

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  • Post #210
  • Originally posted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 (7 years ago)
Quoted from "Capt Morgan"
Wow! No comments in almost two weeks? Don't you guys love me any more? Or just don't like myspacetv?

OH man El Capitan I am so sorry. There were just so many to write so much crap about! as for these three...

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More Country Swing Dancing, now New &amp; Improved With AERIALS! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dQPmAPWe60

Someone please explain to them this "Rhythm" thing everyone keeps talking about.

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Video Tags: "Awesome, Swing Dance, Sweet" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwf0ztq0fjo

I for one would like to see 23SkidooverShadowAirForce pull off the schweet team maneuver at 1:23.

On the up and up the toss with the leg hook around at 0:56 may actually be the first time I've ever seen that move. Howboudthat

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I'm going to combine swing and merenge, I'll call it "Swenge" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIY6maXCP_0

I call it "I don't know how to dance but I've seen it on TV"

-keep 'em comin. --R

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