Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown 2012: 1st Place!

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!

Lonestar Championships, Austin Texas

Just had to share a few of these wonderful photographs that David Holmes took this past weekend in Austin, Texas for the Lonestar Championships. It was one of those mad and magical dance weekends, that sometimes can’t be captured in photos, but actually David has really managed it. Here are a few he took of me, and a few of my favourites in general…

Oh and PS: I won 2nd place in the Charleston Battle, beaten only by my dashing dance partner Juan who took 1st! Juan also won 2nd place in the invitational Jack & Jill with the lovely Laura Glaess. Oh and my sister Killer Diller, Evita “Pocket Rocket” Arce, won 1st in the Blues contest, dancing with sexy Jeremie Anderson. Great weekend all round, highly recommended for 2011!!! Congratulations to Scott and Tena for an amazing event!