Check out this awesome video of contestants Matt Flint and Charlotte Scally dancing the lindy hop on So You Think You Can Dance -UK . Choreographed by world-renowned lindy hoppers Ryan François and Jenny Thomas, I knew this was going to feature lots of their signature classic jazz movement, airsteps, and high energy. My only question was were Matt and Charlotte going to deliver the kind of performance that is up to Ryan and Jenny standards?
Overall I think they killed it. You can quibble about some of the styling for sure. But the general energy is happy, swingin' and over-the-top. The airsteps are numerous, pretty difficult, and on the music. Their solo jazz steps and charlestons look great. And the music is actual swing music!
Matt is a tap dancer and Charlotte does jazz, so this is well in their comfort zone. Still I thought their partnered movement looked solid and better than most professional dancers can manage. Very impressed.