Category: lindy hop and other dances

  • Leigh Barker Band album

    An Australian bass player transplanted to Paris, Leigh Barker has become the European linchpin of bands like Naomi Uyama’s Handsome Devils and Gordon Webster’s Band. He’s played in many popular dance bands all over Europe, but his own hot jazz band is exceptional. The double album Paris/Melbourne offers an opportunity to hear the two groups […]

  • 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 […]

  • Social media strategies and chillaxing the sales energy

    Reading through a few different style guides by different brands, I came across the Mailchimp style guide. One of the most interesting bits is the discussion of what they post on which social media channel: Mailchimp has a presence on most major social media platforms. Here are our most active accounts and what we usually […]

  • 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 […]

  • Black European Dancers

    I’ve just realised I missed the latest BlackLindy HoppersFund intensive (BOOO) so i thought I’d share this here, so we can all have a look. There are two more left: Dee Daniels Locke on the 30th April, and then Helena Kanini Kiirur on the 25th June. We all love Dee, right (yes), and if you […]

  • Grey is bringing the shit. Again.

    Let’s talk about lindy hop and Blackness – part 1 Grey Armstrong has been writing about Blackness and lindy hop and blues dance for years, and is really really good at it. Thoughtful, topical, and such engaging writing. He’s been writing at Obsidian Tea for ages and ages, and I’ve personally found this the most […]

  • the basics of dealing with sexual harassment in lindy hop

    ok, I have a bit more time to write. ==First off. This work will fuck you up.== I and every other woman I know who’s worked extensively on this topic since 2015 (and before) is massively burnt out, and dealt/dealing with vicarious trauma from this work. Many of us (all of us?) have been subjected […]

  • local v global networks of exchange and infection

    …just some random thoughts from a discussion on fb that i’m posting here to keep track of. If big dance events that were held over new year could collect accurate covid infection stats, it’d be super interesting to compare these with other sample groups. 1 in 5 is lower than omicron in Sydney at the […]