Category: learning

  • The revivalist narrative will not die.

    I keep coming across white organisations telling a ‘history’ of lindy hop that gives ‘the revival’ pride of place. ie white people claiming the modern lindy hop world as their own altruistic work. So the term ‘revival’ is problematic because it implies that lindy hop was dead (replaced by rock and roll and/or bebop) before […]

  • A practical covid management plan that is socially responsible

    I’m currently working on a covid management plan for a dance school. I’m quite enjoying the process. Here’s the process: –The Plan– Restating the org’s values Which helped me understand how and why the org would develop a covid policy, what issues to focus on, and how to implement it, Which ensured we were all […]

  • Promoting your dance or jazz music business online

    Here are some things I’ve learnt about promoting dance or music related businesses online. I’m not a marketing specialist, but I am a media studies specialist who’s been promoting dance events online for about 15 years now. You need a website. You need an email newsletter. Why? With both of these media, you are the […]

  • Spreading stuff in families, workplaces, and other networks

    “Lock Down Smarter, Not Harder” (DANIEL REEDERS 24 AUGUST 2021) is a really great article by a very clever friend. Of course, as soon as I read Daniel’s original tweets on this, my brain started thinking about the way dance steps/styles travel between communities. Dance steps are units of meaning, ways of communicating ideas, who […]

  • Doing antiracism in lindy hop

    I’ve been chasing down as many of the antiracist groups in the lindy hop world as I can find. I want to make a list here, so people can have it as a resource. And by people I mean me, and by have, I mean share. I’m thinking the groups that are specifically anti-racist in […]

  • triangles

    I’ve just asked myself ‘what is the optimal pitch for an A-frame roof in a location* that gets snow’? I have never lived in a climate where this sort of snowfall is likely or possible. And I have never built a house…. …out of anything but paper. I’ve just spent far too long googling ‘what […]

  • Black music, white bands: Racist discourse in lindy hop institutions

    Eric Heveron-Smith fb post 25 June at 05:47 A question was posed on a Facebook group called Swingopedia, and I have decided to finally voice my answer. Hey, it’s quarantine, I don’t have any gigs to lose right now… “I’ve noticed that music trends in the global swing dance community have changed, since I started […]

  • What is Black?

    A friend on fb mentioned that it’s tricky to get a handle on how words can be used in different ways in activist literature, and it’s even harder to negotiate this stuff when you’re trying to learn about a particular social justice topic with the goal of doing activist work. She made a really good […]

  • Slavery in Australia

    CW: slavery, race, violence. This article contains disturbing images. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this article contains the names and images of people who have died. The Australian PM Scott Morrison said on Thursday morning (on 2GB) that “It was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in […]

  • Do some teacher training!

    Ok, dancers, another thing you can do, while you’re not allowed to lindy hop because you might kill someone. Do some teacher training, on your own or with your teaching team: Learn about the history(s) of dances, and how you will integrate that into your classes so it’s fun and useful, and not just a […]