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What’s not to love?

What’s not to love?

September 1, 2020
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Two years ago I reclaimed lindy hop dancing into my life. A beginner weekend course (a refresher from the few years I danced lindy hop almost twenty years prior), and then classes for three semesters and social dancing at that. Or… almost three semesters. The spring classes (10 classes constitute a semester) were cut short for obvious reasons (Corona, pandemic, social distancing) after the first three.

Today. The first of the remaining seven classes was held. One and a half hours of dancing. N o t the way it was. But… still. Dancing. The music. The sweat, laughter, struggle and flow. How I love it!

How I hope that we will find ways to make dancing a part of our actively lived culture again. Not to have to be afraid of it. Of being close to others. (Yes, measures were taken. Stay home if symptomatic, of course. No obligatory partner swopping, but if you want to swop, going for smaller groups of 2-3 couples. Wash hands. Sanitize them often. No touching of face. Well. You know the drill…)

Am I crazy for doing it?
Possibly. But I am not sure I’d remain sane n o t doing the things I love doing, not for long…

And here’s a clip of two others who also love it. It’s my favorite lindy clip, all categories.
The ease of these skilled dancers, the fun they have, the lovely music… what’s not to love?

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We need each other

April 5, 2020
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Earlier this week, I got in a Zoom-call with my newfound friend Alison Coates. We are both attending The Creative’s Workshop, and what she’s doing is the type of Nik Askew-films that I’ve been enamoured with for the past… oh, ten years at least? Possibly more? 

Today, given social distancing (oh, how I wish the correct term was physical distancing! Because that’s what it’s about, truly.), she’s experimenting with doing these films online, using Zoom, rather than meeting face to face with a camera in tow. I booked a session with her (you can do too!), and am thrilled at what she managed to do with our 45 minutes. Working out the technical kinks is an ongoing process, but doing that as she goes along is inspiring to me. Not waiting until it all works seamlessly but rather doing that which wants to be done. (And honestly, how much ever works seamlessly unless we do some type of beta-testing?)

The result – had me amazed. Grateful at jumping at the chance to play with her. And me.
Click here to view We need each other.

Oh, and as I was doing my best to do a good set-up for Alisons zoom-call/recording, I was walking around my house trying to find a spot that had
1) good lighting
2) a fairly non-messy background
3) sufficient distance to youngest kid busy playing an e-sport-tournament on his computer
… I ended up in the basement bathroom, picture-proof here:

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