Time for a Lindy Hop blog carnival?
Jerry Almonte has another interesting post on Wandering & Pondering about The State of the Lindy Online Disunion which is well worth a read for those who read and comment on Lindy blogs. Jerry comments:
“I’ve found that very few people are interested or willing to write about larger issues in our scene with any kind of depth. It all seems geared towards newer dancers, even blogs written by the more experienced dancers. There’s a lot of: “here’s a video I like” or “this is an event I went to.” There isn’t that much writing about the dynamics of the scene outside of why the good dancers seem like snobs or the occasional technical dance geekery.”
Guilty as charged! This blog was created as a place to store and keep track of ‘stuff’ rather than a critical thinking outlet. I do occasionally pass comment on other people’s posts but in general I stay away from anything too controversial because:
- I rarely feel qualified to comment
- I really don’t have time/energy to respond to comments
- Dancing Lindy Hop is an enjoyable hobby but entering into a possibly hostile online debate about Lindy Hop isn’t my idea of fun
- I don’t feel as if I have the words get my point of view across
Thinking about Jerry’s post today it dawned on me that I have no idea what the larger issues are within the Lindy Scene. Perhaps there isn’t much discussion about these issues because they don’t impinge much on people who blog? Most Lindy bloggers aren’t scene leaders, event organizers, top flight instructors and haven’t been around long enough to comment on 15 years’ worth of changes within the community.
My favourite blogs deal with dancing technique, Dance Advantage is a favourite, check out their recent post about balance. I would like more instructors to comment about technique and why they choose to teach their basics in a certain way.
I would also like to see more discussion about professionalism, teaching and role of workshops. I’ve been disappointed with the last few workshops I’ve been to. My gripes range from plagiarized material, poor teaching, questionable value for money, wildly unbalanced classes to something more fundamental about how useful it is for beginner/intermediate (balboa in this case) dancers to spend 2 days learning from 4 couples who ask the students to try completely different techniques for exactly same moves.
More discussion about injuries from the extreme of broken bones in aerials practice to the much more common repetitive strain shoulder injuries, the Lindy induced foot and knee operations, the bad backs and the scars from being stabbed by stiletto heels also wouldn’t go a miss. I don’t think my own scene is particularly unusual in mocking people who want to warm up or stretch after a dance but elevates those who dance in vintage clobber, especially footwear, even if it means they can’t walk for days afterwards.
Of course, like most dancers geeky enough to read blogs, I love discussion about the more philosophical aspects of the dance and wish there was more. What does it mean to lead and follow? How to do we adapt a 1930s/40s dance to fit meet the needs of modern dancers? Should the dance evolve or stay true to its roots? What sort of music should be played at a Lindy Hop dance?
Blog carnivals seem like a very old fashioned concept to me but perhaps there are enough Lindy bloggers around to make something like this work now. I suspect if Jerry picked a topic for discussion many of the Lindy bloggers would respond.