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  • R.I.P. Jean Veloz (1924-2023)

    The legendary Californian Lindy Hopper Jean Veloz passed away Sunday, Jan 15, 2023. She was 98. Jean Veloz was born Jane Phelps on March 1, 1924 in Los Angeles. From a very young age she wanted to be in the movies. As a teenager, Jean learned SoCal’s local swing dances (“Swing,” Bal-Swing, and Balboa) and […]

  • [Classic Air Steps] Primordial Air (Lifts)

    This is a new series, [Classic Air Steps] breaking down the names of the original Air Steps of the pioneers of Lindy Hop from the 1930s-1980s. This essay is the prequal to the series, briefly discussing pre air step movements referred to as lifts. Before there were air steps in Lindy Hop (where the flyer […]

  • The 1951 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page. (This is essay 17 of 23.)

  • [Classic Air Steps]: Intro & Ace-in-the-Hole (Candlestick)

    This is a new series breaking down the names and history of the original air steps of the pioneers of Lindy Hop from the 1930s-1980s. What’s in a name? An air step’s name is a surprisingly useful thing. When you’re trying to figure out what air step you’re about to execute with your partner, how […]

  • Lindy: The First Generation

    Venmo (Click here) PayPal (Click here) We here at Swungover used to refer to the first generation of Lindy Hop as “The Dark Ages” due to the lack of footage we, and the mainstream Lindy Hop scene as a whole, had of their dancing. Over the last decade, however, passionate researchers and YouTube have unearthed […]

  • The 1950 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page.

  • The 1949 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page.

  • The 1948 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page. Executive Orders & Dancing In late July of 1948, little more than a month before the 1948 Harvest Moon Ball, President Truman signed executive order 9981 — it ordered the integration […]

  • The 1947 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page. NOTES: As we go into the great Lindy Hoppers of the 1940s and 50s, a frustrating aspect to research has been the lack of information on the women dancers of this […]

  • The 1945 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page. (Limited footage for this year) So far, the only footage of the 1945 HMB we have seen is of the servicemen’s division. Victory & Dancing In April of 1945, the man […]

  • The 1944 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page. No footage for this year So far, we have not seen footage of the 1944 Harvest Moon Ball. We assume there is some out there in newsreel archives, but until it […]

  • The 1943 Harvest Moon Ball

    Venmo: @bobbyswungover This is part of the Harvest Moon Ball essay series. This is the shorter snack-sized version. For a more in- depth look at the HMB and Harlem at this time, check out the Geek Out version here. To see all the Harvest Moon Ball essays, please visit Swungover’s HMB page. A Strange Year 1943 […]


PAST ARTICLES

As you read, please remember these articles span the time from 2009 to the present. They are of their time and the swing scene at the time of writing. Though many of their ideas are still valid, there are others that are not reflective of my current values in Swing dance.

Contents

The Original Jitterbugs

GENERAL

20 Original Lindy Hoppers Every Beginner Should Know (Or At least See Dance)
Al Minns: A Dancer’s Dancer
Breaking it down: Al Minns Around-the-World Charleston (Video)
Long Live the King: Frankie Manning Homage
A Way-Too-Brief History of Balboa
The Definition of Jitterbug
The Deal with Stripey Socks
The Deal with Keds
The Story of Mata Hari
Random Balboa Geek Discovery: New Information on the Venice Beach Clip
Savoy Style vs. Hollywood Style: A Fight to the Death (Hopefully?)
Savoy Vs. Hollywood Footnotes
Pinning Down the California Routine
Random Lindy Hop and Balboa Geek Discovery: Bal, Swing and Lindy from the Waist Down (and Something Possibly Amazing)
UPDATE: New Discoveries on the Waist-Down Dancing Clip
A Few Random Clips
For Hal (Tribute Article to Hal Takier)
Frankie On Film
My Favorite Year: 1938
Swingjugend: The Real Swing Kids
Why Frankie.
Happy Birthday Jewel McGowan, Queen of So-Cal Lindy
R.I.P Ray Hirsch, Great So-Cal “Swing” Dancer
The Savoy, Clarified
The Venice Beach Dress (video)
Venice Beach Clip essay
The Mysterious History of the Tranky Doo
R.I.P Ann Mills
Long Live the Queen: Norma Miller Tribute (w/ LaTasha Barnes, Mickey Davidson, Tena Morales, Alexis Davila, and Shana Weaver)
R.I.P Izzy Hignett
R.I.P. Irene Thomas
The Pieces of Individuality

Whitey’s Lindy Hop & Harlem Lindy Hop Specific

A Gaze into A Day at the Races
Al Minns: A Dancer’s Dancer
Breaking it down: Al Minns Around-the-World Charleston (Video)
Long Live the King: Frankie Manning Homage
Why Frankie.
Long Live the Queen: Norma Miller Tribute (w/ LaTasha Barnes, Mickey Davidson, Tena Morales, Alexis Davila, and Shana Weaver)
Norma Miller Interview: Through the Clips.
Norma Miller Interview: Growing Up Next To The Savoy
Norma Miller Interview: The Hard Questions
Savoy Style vs. Hollywood Style: A Fight to the Death (Hopefully?)
Savoy Vs. Hollywood Footnotes
Pinning Down the California Routine
Made in Carolina: The Charleston (??-1928)
Birth of Lindy Hop (1900s-1929)
Video 1: The Birth of Lindy Hop (1900s-1929)
Video 2: The Dark Ages (1929-1937)
Golden Age of Harlem Lindy Hop (1935-1942)
The Pieces of Individuality
Mildred Pollard AKA Sandra Gibson
Willa Mae Ricker, patron saint of respect for Lindy Hoppers.
Joyce James AKA Joyce “Little Stupe” Daniels ISDFNKA #5
Frankie On Film
The Deal with Keds
The Mysterious History of the Tranky Doo
The Swung Furies: The Subway
The Savoy, Clarified
9 Clips of Classic Black Lindy Hoppers Who Aren’t Whitey’s
9 Clips of Classic Black Lindy Hoppers Who Aren’t Whitey’s (Geek Version)

SoCal Lindy Specific

Savoy Style vs. Hollywood Style: A Fight to the Death (Hopefully?)
Savoy Vs. Hollywood Footnotes
SoCal Swings (1935-1939-ish) (Balboa/Swing/Bal-Swing/etc.)
Lindy Comes to SoCal (1937-ish-1945)
Incredible Follower: Irene Thomas
Special edition: Swing Memories: Calling Irene Thomas
Genevieve Grazis, the lost follower (AKA Jenny Gray)
R.I.P. Irene Thomas

Balboa Specific

WHO’S WHO IN (PURE) BALBOA
WHO’S WHO IN BAL-SWING FOLLOWERS
WHO’S WHO IN BAL-SWING LEADERS
SoCal Swings (1935-1939-ish) (Balboa/Swing/Bal-Swing/etc.)
Lindy Comes to SoCal (1937-ish-1945)
Venice Beach Clip 80th birthday essay
The Venice Beach Dress (video)
Random Lindy Hop and Balboa Geek Discovery: Bal, Swing and Lindy from the Waist Down (and Something Possibly Amazing)
UPDATE: New Discoveries on the Waist-Down Dancing Clip
For Hal (Tribute Article to Hal Takier)
R.I.P Ann Mills
A Way-Too-Brief History of Balboa
On the nature of Pure Balboa
R.I.P Izzy Hignett

R.I.P. Roy Damron

“THE OLD TIMER” ESSAY

Part 1: A Classless Dance
Part 2: A Release of Energy
Part 3: Inside and Outside the Box
Part 4: “The Only Count I Know is Basie.”
Conclusion: Making Noise

INCREDIBLE FOLLOWERS NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT

Mildred Pollard AKA Sandra Gibson
Irene Thomas, sassy brunette.
Special edition: Swing Memories: Calling Irene Thomas
Willa Mae Ricker, patron saint of respect for Lindy Hoppers.
Genevieve Grazis, the lost follower (AKA Jenny Gray)
Joyce James AKA Joyce “Little Stupe” Daniels ISDFNKA #5

“DISCOVERIES” & RANDOM RESEARCH

The Definition of Jitterbug
Random Balboa Geek Discovery: New Information on the Venice Beach Clip
Genevieve Grazis, the lost follower (AKA Jenny Gray)
Pinning Down the California Routine
Random Lindy Hop and Balboa Geek Discovery: Bal, Swing and Lindy from the Waist Down (and Something Possibly Amazing)
UPDATE: New Discoveries on the Waist-Down Dancing Clip

Modern Swing Culture & Teaching

GENERAL

Long Live the King: Frankie Manning Homage
Great Debate: Should Lindy Hop be danced to non-swing music?
A Few of the (Many) Reasons I Love My Partner
The “Heavy” Follower
Finding Out A Team Name
The Jam Cellar Guide to Practicing Aerials.
Inspiring Neo-Swingers to Lindy Hop
The Deal with Stripey Socks
The Deal with Keds
The 2010 Swungover Year in Review
Oh, the dances you will have!
Things I’ve learned about dancing and having a bad back.
Anatomy of a Choreography: “Chimes at the Meeting”
The Etiquette of Stealing
So we made some DVDs for Balboa followers
Implied in the Contract: The Hidden Implications of Doing a Professional Dance Instruction Gig
Josh Collazo on Swing Drumming
In Response To “31 Signs You’re Not An Advanced Dancer Yet.”
A Quick Note on Floorcraft
On Having Fun
I Love You, Facebook
A Quick Note on Training Bands to Play For Dancers
23 Ways To Look At A Competition
John Wooden & Swing Dancing
The Proactive Follower
On #ImprovRespect
How to Move Forward & Create Safe Dance Spaces
Sexual Harassment and a Legend
Recovering from “Whiplash”
The Swungover* Guide to Basic Floorcraft
Build Your Own Practice Dance Floor
Scenes From a Movie Shoot
The Listening Leader
Swungover’s Response to the “Jack & Jill” debate
What’s it like to make a swing album (Podcast) w/ Josh Collazo, JonathanStout, Naomi Uyama, Hillary Alexander, Michael Gamble
What’s it like being Black in the scene? (Podcast) With Darold Alexander, Latasha Barnes, James Agena Georges, Javier Johnson, Breonna Jordan, Mikayla Pryor, and Radeena Stuckey
Consider this: Huh-huh-huh-ho
The Scientist, The Madman and The Mechanic.
The Pieces of Individuality
The Dancer’s Body (Video)
Consider This: Pan-style Teaching vs Lone-style Teaching

DANCE PRACTICE & IMPROVEMENT

The Dancer’s Body (Video)
Practice W/ Bobby Season 1
The Scientist, The Madman and The Mechanic.
The Proactive Follower
The “Heavy” Follower
The Listening Leader
John Wooden & Swing Dancing
Practice Podcast w/ Michael & Evita

COMPETITION & JUDGING

10 Competition Tips (video) w/ Annabel Quisao
23 Ways To Look At A Competition
On Judging (Introduction): A Few Questions
Part 1: The Basic Competition Blueprint
Part 2: Watching and Note-Taking Technique
Part 3: Judging Philosophy 101
Interview on Judging/Competing for Jo Hoffberg

TEACHING & PEDAGOGY

The Dancer’s Body (Video)
Consider This: Pan-style Teaching vs Lone-style Teaching
John Wooden & Swing Dancing
On Education & Individuality
The Pieces of Individuality
Implied in the Contract: The Hidden Implications of Doing a Professional Dance Instruction Gig
What’s it like being Black in the scene? (Podcast) With Darold Alexander, Latasha Barnes, James Agena Georges, Javier Johnson, Breonna Jordan, Mikayla Pryor, and Radeena Stuckey
Interview with Lindsay Longstreth, Organizer of Alternative-Education Swing Events
Interview with Paul Overton of Paul & Sharon
Interview with Tim Vail, Deaf Lindy Hopper
Love & Swing IV: Opportunity Costs
Practice w/ Bobby Season 1 (videos)

MUSIC

What’s it like to make a swing album (Podcast) w/ Josh Collazo, JonathanStout, Naomi Uyama, Hillary Alexander, Michael Gamble
Great Debate: Should Lindy Hop be danced to non-swing music?
Josh Collazo on Swing Drumming
Interview with Hilary Alexander of the Campus Five
Interview with Paul Cosentino of the Boilermaker Jazz Band
Interview with Jonathan Stout, Leader of the Campus Five
Interview with Glenn Crytzer, leader of the Syncopators Swing Band
Interview with Kyle Smith, Master DJ
The 9-Minute One O’Clock Jump

CONSIDER THIS

On the nature of Pure Balboa
On Education & Individuality
A Leader/Follower Conundrum
Swingjugend: The Real Swing Kids
German Swing Kids, Our closest Relatives?
Huh-huh-huh-ho
Pan-style Teaching vs Lone-style Teaching

LOVE & SWING ESSAY SERIES

I: “To Meet Boys.”
II: Non-Dancing Significant Others vs. Dancing Significant Others
III: Partnership
IV: Opportunity Costs

ON JUDGING ESSAY SERIES

On Judging (Introduction): A Few Questions
Part 1: The Basic Competition Blueprint
Part 2: Watching and Note-Taking Technique
Part 3: Judging Philosophy 101
Interview on Judging/Competing for Jo Hoffberg

DIAGRAMS & GRAPHS

#1: “Friends”
#2: “Neo-Swing”
#3: “Leader’s Clothing”
#4: “Balboa / Blues”
#5: “Non-Dancing Significant Others”
#6: “Partnership”
#7: Lindy at Blues Events
Graph #1: Dancing Ability & Drinking

SWING MEMORIES

My First Lesson
Frankie Manning’s 85th
The Sewanee Swing Society (Building a College Swing Club)
Calling Irene Thomas

SWING ANALOGIES

A dance floor is like a glacier
A good lead is like shouting in a library
A student is like a bad juggler
Balboa is like a poem…(cough)
A good follower is a proactive passenger
Follow up: Random Notes on Leading/Following
Your voice will probably be like a stew, and you probably don’t want it to be a ransom note
Moves are like legoes
Lindy Hoppers are 22-to-25-year-olds
Dips, tricks and small aerials are risque jokes
Swing Analogies: The Artist and the Tool Maker

THE ART OF VINTAGE “MASCULINE” STYLE & FASHION

Introduction
Shaving with a Safety Razor, Lather, and Soap
Ties
Men’s Vintage Haircuts

INTERVIEWS

Interview with Hilary Alexander of the Campus Five
Interview with Paul Cosentino of the Boilermaker Jazz Band
Interview with Jonathan Stout, Leader of the Campus Five
Interview with Valerie Salstrom, Mastermind of the All Balboa Weekend
Interview with Lindsay Longstreth, Organizer of Alternative-Education Swing Events
Interview with Glenn Crytzer, leader of the Syncopators Swing Band
Interview with Kyle Smith, Master DJ
Interview with Tim Vail, Deaf Lindy Hopper
Interview with Paul Overton of Paul & Sharon
Interview with Norma Miller,Lindy Hop Legend.
An Interview with David Rehm, founder of The Experiment.

SWING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Interview: Eric Bertrand
Gallery: Eric Bertrand
Interview: Hilary Mercer
Gallery: Hilary Mercer
Swing Photographers: Jason Swihart
Gallery: Jason Swihart

P-LINDY-X

(Basically, a lot of workout reviews)

Complete P90X Blog (Part 1 of 2)
Complete P90X Blog (2 of 2)
Bobby’s Complete P90X Plus Blog (All 4 of 4)
P90X2: Post 1
P90X2: Post 2


 

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