Here's a final video from the 2009 International Lindy Hop Championships that I wanted to share. This is by the Swedish team "Top Notch." Although this only got fifth place, I thought it was artistic, inventive, entertaining and very difficult. They used the space well, had a variety of formations, and showed tremendous musicality.
The difficulty of dancing to Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" can not be overemphasized. Written in the very esoteric 5/4 time, traditional lindy hop, which is danced typically to four beat / eight count rhythms, just should not work here. And yet, Top Notch just totally kills this section and makes it look effortless. I can't imagine trying to lindy to that song.
And then they transition to a killer swing song to show off their swingout, charleston, and aerials skills. I love the Thriller choreo toward the end! Very impressive stuff.
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What? Lindy in 5? DISQUALIFIED! Oh wait, we’re not at ALHC.