Lindyworks 2014!

Lindyworks is  Toronto Lindy Hop’s annual weekend of workshop wonderfulness! It’s all about Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz dancing.  Having only begun my own Swing Dancing love affair (began this past spring, click here for that)…. this was my first workshop ever!  I was uber nervous about being surrounded by actual dancers for an entire weekend (three days) of solid dance instruction to challenge and inspire dancers during the day and to practice your newly acquired skills at evening parties that feature the best LIVE swing bands.

Lindyworks 2014

Here’s the only snap I took during the entire 3-day workshop.  Clearly, I was too busy dancing my feet off… 🙂

THE WORKSHOPS:

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The organizers of Lindyworks 2014, along with our fantastic guest instructors:  Evita Arce & Michael Jagger AND Sylwia Bielec & Alain Fragman  Photo credit: KHPhotography

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From NYC, Evita Arce & Michael Jagger

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Evita Arce & Michael Jagger

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From Montreal, Sylwia Bielec & Alain Fragman

Moi… in sweaty-workshop-mode … learning new moves and improving on technique

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Not quite sure what I’m doing looking at the ceiling … perhaps that’s my own ‘personal styling’ of a dance move…

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“Please, Lindy gods, make this room a little cooler…” 😉 Photo credit: KHPhotography

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Love this one…. “I saw you…with her… Wag our finger in unison”...  STOMP OFF! 🙂

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Thank goodness for KHPhotograpy for capturing these moments – all I had to show at the end of workshop day 1, was the following Facebook post:

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Sweaty Workshop Selfie vs. Douvercout House Ready Selfie

Lucky for me and for PPMeow! readers that Kahlil Heslop (of KHPhotography), friend and fellow Lindy Hopper, captured the evening and events perfectly!!!
Here are a few perfect snaps that just make my heart oh-so happy with memories of a fantastic 3-days of Workshops, Competitions, Performances and Social Dancing.
THE COMPETITIONS:
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Check out my gf Erin and her partner Luis (our instructor at Lindy Hop Revolution).  She began in Beginner Lessons with me…and now here she is competing in her FIRST competition!!!  I’m soooo proud of her!!
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They TIED for 3rd place I’m told!  Woot! Woot!  I may have been an extremely vocal cheering section – She is my hero! 🙂
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Check out the hip action on my instructor Luis…He’s Spanish – his hips don’t lie 😉  Photo credit: KHPhotography

ROUND #1

ROUND #2

PERFORMANCES BY ALAIN & SYLWIA: 
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 FOLLOWED BY PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL & EVITA:

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I just love the look on everyones faces!  Still can’t believe I got to social dance with Michael (Mic) Jagger – ha!  He’s oh-so-very-fantastically!  **swoon**

Lindy Hop – the most fun you can have with your clothes on.   😉

For Kahlil’s full photo album of Lindyworks 2014 shots click here.

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Click here for JT Photography’s photo album for Toronto Lindy Hop

Now that you’ve seen “What I Did”….let’s talk about “What I Wore” to the Saturday Night Lindyworks Dance at The Douvercourt House – hosted by Toronto Lindy Hop.

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This lovely dress was on sale at the time I was looking for my the perfect dress for Tiki Lani Lanai with TVS.

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Plus giant buttons and a lil’ collar…..Too cute, right? Profs II-23

 How I Got The Look: Dress from Cherry Velvet Plus; Belt & Shoes from Winners -these were not wore whilst dancing 😉 – and the 50s vintage sweater was thrifted from Goodwill.

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Outfit photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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