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Update on ILHC 2010 #1 (3:44 a.m. Friday Night)

August 21, 2010

**The Vibe at ILHC is electric. Everyone seems to be in a really good mood, and it’s a great feeling to walk around in.

**We missed most of the day’s talks/workshops and the Lindy Prelims, which looked like it could have been the dance floor at a Glen Echo Boilermaker Dance, there were so many couples on the floor.

**The classic division was tonight, and included roughly 3,453 couples, all but four of which didn’t choose a Slim Slam and The Cats and The Fiddle song. In fact, I’m surprised someone didn’t mash a Slim Slam song with a Cats in the Fiddle song.

I don’t know why, but every now and then, certain competitions just get a crapload of people to sign up. Some years, there’s 30-something teams. Other years are big Showcase years. This year, Classic was the thing. And all of them were solid performances, making the judging that much harder, I’m sure.

** The Balboa and Charleston were also tonight, but as I was in them, I can’t accurately describe the enjoyment the audience had watching them. The Balboa competition, however, has grown greatly since its first year, which if I recall correctly, had something like five or six couples. This year, two heats of prelims, and a final with eight awesome couples.

** As I mentioned, we showed up late tonight, and missed the competitors meeting, which at EVERY OTHER EVENT is not a problem. At ILHC however, that’s where they hand out the numbers, it’s where you register for contests, and it’s where you want to be if you don’t want to bug the organizers, which, let’s face it, you want to do as little of as possible on such a busy weekend. Just so you know, DON’T MISS ILHC competitor’s meetings.

That’s pretty much it for the first main night. The Boilermakers were doing their usual great performances and dependable numbers, and I thought Naomi Uyama, who sang with them, was particularly good tonight.

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