What is this thing, called swing?

Picture is Big Jay McNeely at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1951, by Bob Willoughby. It was...

Why does Lindy Hop have 6 AND 8 count patterns?

Why does Lindy Hop have 6 AND 8 count patterns? I’ve taught a fair amount of classes in my...

An Intro to Teaching Dance

Most dancers that acquire a decent level of skill will be called upon at some point to teach a...

Why Scenes Sometimes Succeed and Sometimes Fail

The collective feeling of a dance community can be magical, or frustrating. Most people who’ve danced for a few...

How to be a better Swing DJ

How to be a better Swing DJ. In my opinion. DJing is a skill. In the hands of some,...
Dance Musings, Music
What is this thing, called swing?
Dance Musings, Dance Teaching, Music
Why does Lindy Hop have 6 AND 8 count patterns?
Dance Teaching
An Intro to Teaching Dance
Dance Musings, Dance Teaching
Why Scenes Sometimes Succeed and Sometimes Fail
Music
How to be a better Swing DJ
About me

My name is Daniel Newsome

I've been loving swing and jazz since 1996. I've run teams, travelled, competed, taught, DJ'ed and performed all over the world. Welcome to my blog on teaching, running teams, dancing, and all things jazz and swing dance related. I hope you enjoy reading, and feel free to join in the discussion.

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