Category Archives: Gender & Dancing

Learning through Play, or How the Damsels Saved Themselves

The Damsels are a bit different in mission than some of the other troupes. We’re explicitly not trying to be historical or draw intentionally from old footage or classic jazz movements. We sort of got together just to try new things and push ourselves out of our comfort zones. We made our team slogan an echo of Austin: “Keeping jazz weird.” Over the past 9 months that I’ve been dancing with the Damsels, I have learned so much. That’s really what this post is about: what I’ve learned from the Damsels. Continue reading

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Gender Drama in the Lindy Blogosphere

There has been a blow-up in the Lindy Hop blogosphere having to do with questions of gender.  I speak here about two blog posts in particular.  Nathan Bugh, a friend and occasional partner of mine whose teaching prowess and analytical … Continue reading

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Leading and Following, Dancing and Partnership

Coming off of an incredible week of dancing at Lindy Focus IX, I’m feeling inspired and full of energy for dance in a way that hasn’t happened to me in years.  (It’s an awesome feeling.)  During some small-talk in the … Continue reading

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