Category: research

  • 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 […]

  • Developing a practical covid plan: What if someone won’t do x, y, or z?

    Today I was talking to someone completely unconnected to the dance world, and they asked what I’d been doing lately. I mentioned that I’d been been working on a covid policy, and it was really interesting because it was a way to talk about flatter power structures (and fighting The Man). I wanted to do […]

  • 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 […]

  • The effects of Long covid on lindy hop

    If you catch covid, you have a 10-30% chance of it becoming long covid. One of the most comment symptoms of long covid is fatigue. If we work with those assumptions, what does that mean for a community of dancers? Let me be clear: I not an epidemiologist, a health specialist, a physiotherapist, or a […]

  • 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 […]

  • paper and stuff at the NLA

    Dance cards? Band posters? Play bills? Printed emphemera (NLA).

  • 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 […]

  • Grey recently asked on fb ‘Ok, Feelings on bell hooks?’ And I got caught up in my response. bell hooks was really important for me as a young feminist in the early 90s. At that stage, most of published women’s studies literature was by white women, and the women of colour who were getting published […]

  • Cognitive load and lindy hop

    Leah Jo linked up this interesting article, ‘Cognitive Load Theory How the cognitive load of a learning task affects a person’s ability to memorize it’ on facebork. It’s very interesting. Fran then asked about the point that because processing more than one type of data increases cognitive load, we should avoid it. I’m not entirely […]