Well, James and I have been off the map for a while… or I guess you could say we have been all around the map.
We have been back in the states for exactly 1 week. Our holiday took us to France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. We didn’t get to dance as much as we’d hoped for, but we were doing so many different things that we were so tired and we wouldn’t have had the energy.
We did find two spots to do a little dancing. We went to a small little club in Paris. It was in an underground cellar where they had a live French band. There wasn’t a whole ton of people dancing (maybe 15) but the spirit was fun, and I got a couple of great dances in.
I danced with this older gentleman, he was tiny, but it must have been from all the dancing he does. We danced to Sing, Sing, Sing which was crazy fast and long, but it was a good time. We were so hot already, and all the dancing made us hotter. James got talking to a nice gentleman about swing dancing in Paris. He had said that West Coast swing has just recently become popular, and that people were really starting to get in to it. We danced for a while, but had to leave early so that we could catch the metro back to our hotel.
The other night of dancing was at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen Denmark. Lovely! There were tons of people dancing there to the live band. They were all dressed in retro attire (well not all, but most of them!). There were many many different levels of dancing in the people at tivoli. James got talking with a woman he danced with, and she said that there is swing dancing almost every night somewhere in the Copenhagen area. How fun. If only we would have figured that out sooner. Something we didn’t expect was that much of Europe shuts down at around 7 pm. We could have been dancing all the time!
Like I said, last week we arrived back in the United States. We had every intention of dancing Friday night at Omaha Jitterbugs (the local swing dance locale) but we were both so exhausted when James picked me up from the pool that we went home and ended up crashing somewhere around 9:30 pm. Bummer!
We are definitely heading to the dance tomorrow. We have gotten back on the band wagon of dancing every day, and we started this week. The goal right now is to refine our lindy hop, and to bring up the speed a bit. We are going back through videos of our time last summer in Wichita where we took our first fast lindy class. Back in the time, we thought that 170 bpm or 180 bpm was really fast, and anything faster than that made us fall apart. In the past year, we have been able to bring up the comfortable fast speed into the 190’s and even 200’s. The smoking fast tempo for us right now lies around 240 bpm. We can do about 8 8 counts of this and then we start to fall apart, but never did I think I would be able to do swing outs this fast. We have done little snippets every day of dancing to smoking music. last night we went through some intermediate videos and learned some simple tandem charleston moves. It’s great to mix some ease and fun with the hard work. We are slowly easing back into working on our dancing every day, and I am really going to work on blogging every day and taking videos and things to make the blog better.
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I would like to work on some warm up routines as well. Think Zumba, but swing style. Sometimes I have no motivation to work out, and I think this would motivate me, and also work on my dance steps. I will keep you posted on how that goes.