Ryan Martinsen

Down The Avenue and to the dance!

I just visited Down The Avenue for the first time today. Can I just say how happy I was to read her post Swingin’ Again? And no, that’s not because she “swings” like that, which I don’t think she does. :) That wouldn’t make me happy. This is swing dancing we’re talking about here.

when you close your eyes and listen ‘to the music,’ the moves are irrelevant because rhythm overtakes you. It swallows you. You become it. It becomes you. You’re no more alive than when you reach this plateau.

I couldn’t have said it better myself! I enjoy all the styles of swing dancing I’ve tried, but Lindy Hop is by far my favorite. The reason for that being the music. The Lindy Hop music (Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, George Gee, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, Louis Prima, etc.) does something to me. Or rather, it swallows me. I become it. It becomes me. :) Renee, if you’re reading this, don’t wait another 5 years to go dancing again! If I happen to be around San Francisco this time next year I’ll make sure to get a few ‘swing outs’ with you for your birthday jam!

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