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…
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!
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!
Damn, I just realized how lame I am. I didn’t blog about the International Lindy Hop Championships at all!! Well, actually I did post up some photos over at SwingFashionista.com, but that’s not what I’m talking about…
I’m talking about The Killer Dillers winning 1st place in the team division!
Oh and PS:
1st place Charleston: Juan Villafane (Killer Diller)
2nd place Charleston: Nathan Bugh (Killer Diller)
3rd place Charleston: Jo Hoffberg (Killer Diller)
Filling out the rest of the Charleston finals: Evita Arce, Kevin St Laurent & myself (ie: all the rest of the Killer Dillers)
1st place Cabaret: Evita Arce (Killer Diller) & Mike Jagger (honorary Killer Diller)
3rd place Cabaret: Kevin St Laurent, Juan Villafane & Nathan Bugh (uh yeah, The Killer Dillers)