Frankie Jaffey

On Monday, January 20th 2020 the funeral of Frankie Jaffey took place at Brandwood End Cemetery. A clear blue sky on a cold January afternoon saw Frankie’s closest family, her partner, and a few close friends attend a traditional Jewish burial that marked the end of her fight with cancer. I first met Frankie not through dancing but through work. A bright enthusiastic lady starting a new job in a secondary school in Chelmsley Wood. With an infectious smile and positive attitude, we soon became friends and eventually, she convinced me I should attend her Lindy Hop class. At this point, I hadn’t done anyRead More →

This was a question I was asked at a social dance a couple of weeks ago. There are loads of resources around this topic in swing dancing but I always thought that they miss one obvious answer: The thing that could improve everyone’s dancing. Listening. Want to Improve your syncopation?  Improve improvisation?  Learn where the breaks are? Understand the structure of the song? Listen to the music. I know what you’re going to say, ‘We do listen to the music if we didn’t then we couldn’t dance’. I’d happily suggest that you’re not REALLY listening. How did the rest of my conversation go? I openedRead More →

Is it acceptable? Is it useful? Is there an alternative? This week in a drop-in class I received some unsolicited (negative) feedback from one of the follows while in rotation. This had some undesirable immediate effects on the rest of my evening. Now, I’m used to feedback on my dancing, especially when I’ve asked for it or encouraged it in a focused practice session or workshop but in a drop class? My opinion is that in drop-in classes it’s not acceptable from other students. Is it acceptable or useful? The instructors/teachers are teaching the class. They have a plan, they are observing and adapting toRead More →