In September I filmed a music video in Buenos Aires, with Juan Villafane, Dax Hock and Sarah Breck. The song is called Ula Ula, the band is Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, and the film was directed by Hernan Corera. We shot in an enormous green screen studio, with a colourful bunch of characters, as you can see…
Phew, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown 2012 is over! What an amazing festival and championship, with all live New Orleans jazz, so good you want to dance your feet off! Congratulations to Amy Johnson for running another great festival. The competitions were hard work, but we’re really happy with our results – Juan and I took 1st place in the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown itself, undefeated after what seemed like endless rounds of battles. Here’s a few:
We also won 1st place in the Showcase division! Special thanks to the oh-so-talented Ben Polcer for transcribing and arranging our showcase song so that we could perform it with a live band! The tune is “Shufflin’ & Rollin'”, originally by Buddy Johnson. There isn’t any really great footage up yet, but here’s a taste:
I was also very happy to share the Solo Blues finals with my fellow Killer Diller teammates, Nathan Bugh and Evita Arce, and congratulations to Evita for her win!
And also delighted to make the Solo Charleston finals, and congratulations to Nathan Bugh for winning – completely deserved! Nathan, I just love your work!
Aaaaaand, also proud to be a finalist for the Blues division, dancing with the charming Nick Williams:
All in all, not too shabby! Biggest thanks to my darling partner Juan Villafane – as ever, you are a breeze to work with, and a constant inspiration. I love you!
Congratulations to my wonderful dance partner Juan Villafane, for his amazing festival this week in Buenos Aires. It was the inaugural Swingin’ Festival in Buenos Aires, and was a non-stop program of concerts, master classes and a spectacular theatre show featuring Lindy Hop, Tap, Hip-Hop and more. The week was captured by Ana Luz Crespi, beautifully as always:
I was so excited to perform my La Vie En Rose feather fan dance with live music from Juan Nevani and his band, and hauntingly beautiful vocals from Parisian chanteuse Nicolle Rochelle:
And Juan and I threw together a little Lindy Hop number with our good friends Dax Hock and Sarah Breck (Los Angeles):
Here is our new Classic Lindy Hop routine, to Buddy Johnson’s song Shufflin’ & Rollin’! We performed it for the first time at Camp Hollywood in Los Angeles on 28th July 2012 in the Showcase division at the National Jitterbug Championships, and won 1st place!
A million thanks to my wonderful dance partner Juan, I love you! We won trophies aaaaand…. jackets! I’ve never had a winners jacket before 🙂
We also won 1st place in the Classic Lindy Hop division:
And we both placed in the Advanced Jack & Jill as well. Thanks to Nick Williams for jamming with me in the finals!
Well, the World Burlesque Games are over, and what a spectacular week of burlesque. I really enjoyed all the shows I attended, and also loved meeting the lovely burlesque ladies from around the globe backstage. The results are in, and I didn’t quite take out the top place, but came in 2nd! Here is some footage (warning: nudity!):