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!

World Burlesque Games: 2nd Place in the World Female Crown!

Bonnie Fox by Martin Bond

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!):