Full placements and scores are now up on the ILHC website. Every year, people have questions about how it works, so I thought I’d do a little preemptive strike with a quick and dirty explanation.
Any event would murder to have any one of these people in charge. We have so many of them on staff that there are seasoned organizers just keeping an eye on the doors. Rather than a clash of approaches and personalities, everyone understands of how they fit in the greater whole. They made my job 5 million times easier. It’s embarrassing to even admit that some of these people answer to me because most of the time they run themselves.
The common thread that unites everyone is simply a willingness to be a part of something worthwhile.
That something is this forum for creative ideas. It takes place in the form of competitions of all levels and formats for dancers from all over the world to show everyone else what they’re about; To show the world what Lindy Hop is about.
But one of the things that I’ve always appreciated about Naomi is the sense of class she brings to her dancing. It’s a big reason why I’ve come to believe that Lindy Hop can be used to legitimately express a much wider array of emotions than what most people typically associate with it (Raw, Bad ass, silliness, etc.) Her Frenesi routine is still one of my favorites.
Yeah, I'm busy again. I have a bunch of ideas for posts, but not a lot of time. Luckily the Lindy blogosphere has plenty of reactions. Online reaction on Facebook to the event itself has been crazy good. Thanks to everyone once again for attending, competing and working the best damn event around. First and foremost, results are now available on the ILHC website complete with score sheets in formats.
I’m glad I didn’t promise to update during the weekend because that would have turned me into a dirty liar. However, I think this ILHC marks a significant milestone in the Lindy blogosphere. When I started this blog a little over a year ago, there were only a handful of Lindy related blogs that updated infrequently, but now the online community is really starting to blossom. A couple of blogs updated during the weekend and a few more posted reactions within days of the event. I’ll recap those when I have a chance. I didn’t post mostly because I ended up way busier than I was last year. Last year was the second one at the Sheraton Crystal City, and we had already gotten into a groove working with that venue. Being in a new place this year brought all kinds of new challenges in addition to all the regular unexpected problems that pop up. I spent most of Thursday and Friday putting out a bunch of brush fires that took out the free time I had last year to post.
So much for updating in a timely fashion. Things are just starting to settle down, but I thought I'd at least share some photos I took over the weekend. I'm not claiming to be much of a photographer although it's something I'd like to get into more. I just got a new camera last month and it's the first time I've owned one in over 10 years, so picture quality has a lot to be desired. A few others were taken with my new Droid 2 phone that I got the weekend before ILHC. All things considered, I figure that this is the easiest way to show you my weekend until I have the time to write up something more substantial. Thanks to everyone coming out and supporting the event!
I haven’t had a whole lot of time to write, so I might as well talk about what’s been keeping me busy. The last few weeks before an event are usually the busiest times for event organizers and now there are just three weeks before this year’s International Lindy Hop Championships. So instead of nitpicking another dance video, I’ve been spending my spare time trading hundreds of emails doing the bidding of my ILHC overlords: Tena Morales, Nina Gilkenson, and Sylvia Sykes.
I met with ILHC co-director Tena Morales a couple of weeks ago who was in town too nail down some details for this rapidly approaching event. Just being in the hotel with the rest of the DC based ILHC staff was enough to get me psyched for August. I visited the hotel for the first time a couple of months ago and this place is so nice that I had to call Tena to make sure I was in the right place. This place is swanky. From the artsy clock in the foyer to the pimp board room where we met. Honestly, it almost feels a little too nice for a Lindy Hop event, but never let it be said that we don’t at least try to class up the proceedings.