Category: justice

  • 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 […]

  • Why watch something you hate?

    I’ve been thinking about this question: ‘why watch things you know you’re going to hate?’ There are lots of personal reasons – boredom, the pleasure of a hate-watch, curiosity, keeping up with trends, I’m not the only person watching the telly in my household, etc etc. But I also try to keep abreast of things […]

  • A known offender is teaching at a local event. What do you do?

    A known offender is teaching at an event in your area. What do you do? I’d probably think local. You can’t change the entire world, but you can be useful to local people. You know you and your mates won’t go (because you know who he is and what he’s done), but do the people […]

  • 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 […]

  • How much will you pay Black dancers; how much will you pay for Black art?

    One of the things I’ve thought about a lot over the years, running workshop weekends, is how much we pay teachers. My general policy with paying teachers is that I always pay what they ask (I never bargain them down), I always pay teachers the same rate (so never paying less to the female partner, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Time lines of Black dance as white patriarchy

    Someone on fb recently asked: “Question: has someone made a visual timeline/lineage of Lindy Hop? Is this a good idea?” I dislike the linear timeline model because: It puts Africa in the past, when helloooo it’s not; It uses a very western hierarchy of value with a particular dance or people as the apex or […]

  • If we talk about Bunnings woman not wearing a mask, we’re not talking about working conditions for Bunnings staff.

  • Sexual assault in the Australian jazz industry

    Gender Inequality in the Australian Music Industry (Part Two) is a bit of a clunky piece, but it’s so unusual to read a male Australian jazz musician commenting on this issue, it’s worth a look. Note that that they contacted 50 musicians, and only 3 replied. I’ve worked with a lot of jazz musicians over […]

  • Masks can’t hurt

    Tl;dr Masks can’t hurt. Wear them. But prioritise hand washing, not touching your face, and keeping distance from others. Unless you’re in the US where shit is out of control. Then wear a mask. Another of Daniel’s great pieces. Again, the unsafe workplaces of ‘essential workers’ are big contributors to transmission. Rather than focussing on […]