Like millions of other geeks, I have a huge nerd-crush on Felicia Day, actress / gamer / ubergeek. Miss Day apparently has a new video blog where she goes out and tries all sorts of different skills, from blacksmithing to crocheting. In this episode, Felicia goes out and learns how to "swing dance."
- Felicia isn't allowed to "play the man part"
- She is told that the man is "in control"
- The instructor tells her that "submission is a good thing." WTF?
And of course the steps and the choreography could not be dorkier.
This is made more frustrating for me by the fact that this was filmed in Los Angeles, where there must be boatloads of great lindy instructors who could have shown her all the things that make swing dancing awesome — connection, pulse, explosive movement, joyful expression. Instead, she learned "The Swing."
For non-swing people, that means that Felicia Day learned a dumbed-down, bastardized, codified version of swing dancing that basically takes out everything that is wonderful about it. It's like saying you are going to take someone to Bologna to have taggliatelle alla bolognese and giving them Spaghettios in a can instead.
Felicia, please, call us at Yehoodi at 201-984-SHOW, and I — sorry – we'll straighten this all out.
Hat tip to Mouth for the heads-up!