Last weekend saw us attend the 2018 DB Lindy Hop Weekender in Worcester hosted by the fabulous Colin and Izzy.
Friday night kicked off with a social dance with live music from Gordon Webster and his band. If you haven’t come across Gordon Webster before, then you should especially if you get the opportunity to see him live. Some of the band had had some travel delays so weren’t there but you would not have known there were some different musicians playing. More about Gordon later….
I opted to do the Improver level as a lead for this weekend. Yikes!
There was no need to worry, although at the start of our first class when the instruction was to just dance, I felt like I didn’t know anything or even how to dance at all!
Our first class was with Peter Loggins and Katya Zavrsnik and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The essence of the class was how to dance simply, efficiently and beautifully. Apparently at times I had my concentrating face on – who knew doing step, step, step repeatedly would result in a lot of concentration.
After that first class we had quite a long break which was lovely as I got to catch up with the beautiful Frankie Jaffey.
Our afternoon class was with Hasse Mattsson and Jenny Thomas. I have had the privilege of being in classes with both Hasse and Jenny previously and this definitely lived up to expectation. It was joyful and intense and fun and serious all at the same time! In the words of Craig Revel Horwood: FAB-U-LOUS!
The day finished with a slightly mind boggling musicality workshop from Gordon Webster – fascinating and mesmerizing. He is one talented man!
Saturday night was one of the best social dances I’ve ever been to. The music was amazing, the energy in the room was buzzing. I got to practice my leading (pretty successfully), and got to dance some great dances as a follow. All in all a great night.
We had 2 more classes on Sunday, this time with Nicolas Deniau and Diana Geisler. This was my first experience of having classes with these teachers and they were great. The first class was looking at different variations for the 1 & 2. The second class focused on the structure of swing music and how that can influence your dancing. It was a multi tasking session requiring me to lead some dancing, listen to the music, identify the structure and punctuate the music with our dancing! Another case of concentrating face!
We even got to enjoy some sun over lunchtime and had an impromptu craft class/discussion with Becca, Abi, .
Sunday culminated in an Q&A session with Peter Loggins – who knew he would be zoo!!! followed by the tea dance with some lovely tunes, lovely dances and lovely chats with people.
A massive thank you to Colin and Izzy, and all at Worcester Swing Dance for hosting a fabulous weekend, to all the teachers for some amazing lessons and giving me things to practice, to Gordon Webster and his band for just being wonderful, and to everyone who attended and danced!