Mike Roberts and Laura Glaess at Lindyfest 2011.

Some really cool folks from Austin, Texas (represent!). They’re awesome dancers, swell people to be around, and they’re married! It doesn’t get more fun than these two. Mike even set up a little Jazz combo in the hallway at one of the late nights and played the ukulele for us! 

P.S. the song (one of my new faves} is Long about Midnight by Louis Prima.

A Bunch of Analogies About the Kinds of Dances You May Experience, None of Which Are Called “The Conversation" →

Oh, The Dances You Will Have! by swing enthusiast and blog personality Bobby White.

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Notes of a Lindy Hopper: For once, I respectfully disagree. What are your opinions on this? →

swingitout:

Tonight I was told by a lead I respected that I should focus on improving my west coast. He told me that my west coast would get better before my lindy and that my lindy wouldn’t improve until my west coast. Another person even chimed in and said lindy was the last thing you should learn. Normally…

follow this link to read swingitout's post about whether learning West Coast will improve your Lindy.

Long-winded Response:

Interesting. I’ve heard this argument before, but insert “blues and/or bal” where West Coast is. I also dislike West Coast, blues dancing, and balboa. My opinion?

I’ve been dancing for about 5 years now, and dancing Lindy for about 3 of those. Before Lindy, I dabbled in East Coast swing, Texas Two Step, foxtrot, Jive, and even Viennese Waltz {none of those competitively or anything, just socially.} Did those dances make me a better Lindy Hopper? Absolutely. Could I have done Lindy without any prior dance experience? Most likely. {Well, maybe not me, I do happen to be quite uncoordinated when not on the dance floor.} But things I learned doing those dances are definitely evident in my Lindy. My sister has been doing ballet all her life, and she clearly swings like a ballerina, if that makes any sense. 

I guess my point is yes, learning West Coast can improve your Lindy. But only as much as learning Tango, or Waltz, or Tap dancing will improve your Lindy. The spirit of Lindy is one of fun, of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem poking fun at the fancy ballroom dances of Upper East Side Manhattan, like West Coast. So why not incorporate some of those dances into your Lindy? Unlike those dances, Lindy has rules that were made to be broken.

Personally, being able to dance an entire song in one style or another doesn’t appeal to me. I just want to DANCE, you know? That’s a trap we Modern Lindy Hoppers can fall into: We get so focused on the “one, two, triple step” that we lose sight of the soul of the dance. {Pretty soon I’ll write a post about a woman who inspired me in this regard.} There’s a lot of technique involved in Lindy, but it is still at its heart a improv dance. That’s why I love it.

So I will conclude this long-winded post by saying: Learn West Coast if you want to. Don’t learn it if you’re like me and think it looks like Swing for squares and chumps. {No disrespect if you love it. Its a lovely dance, and props for knowing it!} Make your Lindy Hop your own!

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Check out this interesting article on Lindy Hop fashion. →

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What the Well-Dressed Lead is Wearing: Hats.

Put A Lid on It!: What’s hot this summer, and how to do it on the dance floor: 

Use your head (and all other head and hat maxims you can think of). Get yourself looked at, look the part, or just look damn good. These hats are seen more and more on the streets, and the dance floor is the perfect place to pull them off with ease.

Two things to remember when stepping out with a lid: First, felt and wool are for fall and winter, and straw is for spring and summer. There will be some exceptions (I’ve yet to see a Newsboy cap in straw…) but that is the general rule of thumb. Second, it’s proper etiquette to remove your hat indoors. But I feel the dance floor is different. Rock that lid all night.

Here’s Lids 101:

 1. The Fedora


Channel your inner classic crooner. Straight from the 50s and 60s, this hat will probably never go out of style. You can dress it up or dress it down. Wear it with a suit or a tee shirt and you make a statement. Some secrets: Straw hats this summer; your head will thank you. When dressing up, set it forward and cocked to one side. When dressing down, tilt it back on your head for an easy going look. Keep the brim small, and pair it with something similarly vintage (suspenders, tie bar, bowtie, etc.). You’ll look like a million bucks.

2. The Porkpie


A few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have suggested this. But then I saw Max Pitruzzella and Nick Williams pull one off flawlessly in the same night. So here it is. Taking its name from a likeness to the British dish of the same name, this hat is round and flat, sometimes adorned with a small feather. Think Buster Keaton, or French Connection era Gene Hackman. These also look great with a suit or a polo. Try an ascot to complete the look. Once again, straw for summer. Save your felt for the colder months.

3. The Newsboy


Golf caps. Newsboys. Gatsbys. Whatever you call them, almost anyone can look classy in one. For summer, find a cotton or linen cap, like the one above. For winter, wool and leather are a go. If you want to update the look, keep it reserved. A lot of excess hat falling around your ears will make you look like you walked out of a Fitzgerald novel (unless that’s what you’re going for. Then by all means baggy hats are for you.)

4. Hats to avoid:

I’ve yet to see a Bowler accomplish anything other than “I wish I could pull this off like Charlie Chaplin.” Grow a Chaplin ‘stache first. Unless, of course, you’re Prince William. That man can wear a Bowler.

The Derby is similar. It can come across as Hobo the Drunk Clown if you’re not careful. If you’re gonna rock the derby, dress it up (never dress it down), go vintage (super vintage) and hold your head high (because you rock.)

Also avoid the Top Hat, the Sombrero, the French Foreign Legion, or the Tri Corner Hat. Trust me on those.

So there you have it. Hats. Of all shapes and sizes. The great thing about all these rules is that they were made to be broken. Maybe you kill in a 10 gallon Stetson. Maybe you’ve got your grandfathers Fez that you’re proud to adorn your head with. Go for it. And hold your head high.

Have a hat you rock?

My favorite place in the world to dance, as of yet.
Caveau de la Huchette, Number 5 Rue de la Huchette, Paris.
In the shadow of Notre Dame, just feet from le quais de le Seine, and with the swingingest atmosphere and loveliest people I met in Paris.

My favorite place in the world to dance, as of yet.

Caveau de la Huchette, Number 5 Rue de la Huchette, Paris.

In the shadow of Notre Dame, just feet from le quais de le Seine, and with the swingingest atmosphere and loveliest people I met in Paris.

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Hurrah! I’m so glad you enjoy it. Anything you’d like to see more (or less) of here? I’m taking requests!

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For those ladies out there who are keen on swing dance and looking good while doing it, check out this blog.

For the dapper fellows, try Lindy Dandy.

Ryan and Jenny at Lindyfest 2011

I know we mostly stick to Lindy here at The Bugle!, but I saw this routine at Lindyfest 2011 and loved it! Watch Jenny’s faces! Too much fun.