Tag: LA swing

  • Random Lindy Hop and Balboa Geek Discovery: Bal, Swing and Lindy from the Waist Down (and Something Possibly Amazing)

    I recently was looking around stock footage websites when I came across something peculiar: a series of clips of jitterbuggers, several minutes of it, mostly from the waist down. I appears to all be leftover swing-era film footage. At first I thought the clips were simply of random mediocre dance extras, as often happens in […]

  • Savoy Style vs. Hollywood Style: A Fight to the Death (Hopefully?)

    As a professional dance instructor in the time of COVID-19, my income for at least five months of the year has been erased. If you read this article and find it useful or thought provoking, please consider a donation. You will be *literally* helping support an artist, and have my sincerest gratitude. This essay has […]

  • An Index of Basic Classic Clips

    As a professional dance instructor in the time of COVID-19, my income for at least five months of the year has been erased. If you read this article and find it useful or thought provoking, please consider a donation. You will be *literally* helping support an artist, and have my sincerest gratitude. This is an […]

  • A Way-Too-Breif History of Balboa

      2019 —  This Article from 2010 was an early attempt to explain the history of Balboa in a brief way, which was used for some events. Looking back, I don’t think it did a very good job. From what I know now, it  is incomplete and misleading. The only reason I still have it […]

  • A Year of Clips #5: Start Cheering

    Many people can picture Frankie Manning swinging out in Hellzapoppin. But can you picture an original Balboa dancer doing a Toss-out or Lolly Kicks? Try not to blink during this clip, or you might miss one of the most important moments in Balboa/So Cal Swing history. It’s from the enormously long and strange dance sequence […]