Midwest Lindyfest 2012

Midwest Lindyfest is an event that everyone should experience at least once in their swing dancing career. It’s relatively small compared to the mega events such as Camp Jitterbug, Camp Hollywood or ILHC, but the quality of dancing is quite high, which leads to killer jams, great competitions and good social dancing. Small events mean you don’t get swallowed up in the masses. It’s easier to meet people and find them again for a dance the next night. Smaller events also mean smaller classes, which means dancers are more likely to get some sort of personal attention during class.

In addition to that, there’s a show on Friday night, live music at every main dance, and dancing on a riverboat. Seriously; dancing, booze and live music on a riverboat meandering down the Mississippi River. What more could you ask for in an evening, really?

One thing I loved about Midwest this year was the blocked classes. It is a truly wonderful thing to spend more than just an hour with a pair of instructors, and I’m sure the instructors are happy about it too. Each class was about 1 hour and 40 minutes, so it gave everyone ample time to teach and learn the material for each class.

The very number 1 thing I loved this year at Midwest: class tryouts during lunch. There is nothing more painful than waking up at 9am to be at 10am tryouts and to sweat it out cold first thing in the morning. The dancers trying out hate it, and it looks like the instructors hate it too. Tryouts were at 1pm, the perfect time for the night owls to crawl out of bed and grab food without bringing their grouchy suits with them. And, to make matters better, lunch was 2 1/2 hours long, so it gave everyone plenty of time to try out and eat lunch leisurely. Woo!

The competitions were baller. The competition was steep and everyone came ready to play.

After Christian and Jenny did those hacksaws, the competition was pretty much over. They murdered us! And thanks to Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators for making it quite the competition indeed. They killed it in the strictly.

The Jack and Jill finals were so much fun! Not just to be in, but to watch too. It had a great vibe throughout the entire competition.

Unfortunately, the clips from the show aren’t up yet. I didn’t get to see most of the acts since I was backstage most of the time, but word on the street (and when I say street, I mean dance floor. And when I say dance floor, I actually just mean the lovely Stacia Martin) said there were a lot of great acts this year. So keep your eyes peeled for them on the tubes.

Finally, I want to give a big Heyo! to the organizers, Stacia Martin and her crew. It was evident that every decision they made was meticulously thought out, and I appreciate their passion and hard work to make this such a smooth sailing and successful event.

 

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Rachel Green is an avid lindy hopper, instructor, performer and bad mamma jamma. She's also the co-owner of Rhythm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a community-oriented venue dedicated to Lindy hop and to freelance dance instructors. When Rachel isn't dancing, teaching, or organizing, she's usually picking pennies up off the ground or trying to win at dutch blitz. View all posts by Rachel

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