A few weeks ago, I went to an event at Boston Swing Central, specifically the Kind of a Big Deal Weekend. Friday and Saturday nights featured Gordon Webster and his band playing live, and recording a live album! The night was also filled with a Jack & Jill contest, which featured some simply amazing dancers. Not only was it a fun dance, but there were tons of people there, to the point that the place was at capacity! I actually had to wait for a while before I could get in the first night, as I hadn’t bought a ticket in advance, but fortunately, I was near the top of the waiting list. 🙂
Now normally, I talk about blues dancing. This was almost entirely a swing dance, with perhaps one or two blues songs thrown in during the course of each evening. But blues and swing are very related forms of dance, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to do an entry on a swing dance. 🙂 And while I’m certainly now expert in swing, I have always found that much of what I learn in blues dancing is transferable to swing dancing. In fact, one of my friends at the Kind of a Big Deal Weekend commented that my swing dancing had gotten notably better! So that obviously made me feel good.
Another really cool thing was the people at the dance. More to the point, people came from as far as Connecticut and Maine to attend this weekend. And it’s always fun to be able to dance with lots of fun new people! And it also highlighted to me once again how passionate people in the swing and blues community are about dancing. I actually wasn’t even planning on attending the Saturday dance myself, but I had so much fun on Friday, I just had to go back! (Though this time I bought a ticket in advance, so as not to be stuck waiting outside). And of course, I was glad I did; I ended up staying and dancing until almost 2 in the morning! Needless to say, a great way to spend a weekend. 🙂
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!