I’m in Washington DC for the second annual International Lindy Hop Championships, one of my favorite swing dance events of the year. A few hundred of the best lindy hoppers from around the United States and from countries from around the world are gathered for a fun competition and dance weekend at the Crystal City Sheraton.
It’s 4AM and I’m giving up for the night. I’ve already seen some incredible dancing in the Strictly Lindy, Classic, Balboa, and Solo Charleston divisions. It’s always inspiring seeing people push the envelope on these dances with so much creativity and expression. And then when the competitions are over you get to dance with them!
The highlight of the first night for me was seeing several bad ass New York dancers represent in the solo charleston division, particularly Evita Arce, Nathan Pugh, and Mike Jaeger, who all tore it up! And of course, Skye Humphries and Frida Sagerdahl always blow me away with their combination of technical skill, creativity and playfulness.
I’ve got some of the first night jitters, feeling a bit shy about asking strangers and “rockstar” dancers to dance. I hope to get more into my groove tomorrow before I compete in the Advanced Jack and Jill division. I have no illusions about winning or placing, I just think it’s more fun to be in the Jack and Jill than to watch other people compete.
For now, I need to get some rest. It’s going to be a great weekend!