And great suits. This is why I always say a black suit is almost only appropriate for funerals (and working in the Secret Service). Check out how much character their brown, navy, and mid-gray suits give them.
Dancers: Juan Villafañe, Max Pitruzella, Dax Hock.
Max & Annie in the Invitational Strictly finals at ESCD 2011.
I am usually not a fan of pre-choreographed segments in Strictlys, but Max and Annie pull them off so well here. And each bit looks like it could have been socially led (which, in my opinion, follows the spirit of a Strictly competition).
They also do a wonderful job of switching up their tone and tension, sometimes multiple times within only a few counts. I feel like Max’s extremely granular control somehow continues to improve.
Scott & Laura in the Invitational Jack & Jill at Midwest Lindyfest 2011.
MWLF was an amazing event for many reasons, but the one that stands out to me is its size: it’s a relatively small, extremely approachable and manageable weekend. During the Invitational Jack & Jill, it was easy to feel like you were part of the action, and not simply watching a performance (check out the heckling from the crowd during the intro to this video).
I’m normally not a fan of beginning a social dance with swing-outs, especially with a good 90 seconds for the piece, but Scott makes it work well here: some relaxed no-triple-step swing-outs to complement the main melodic line of “I Found a New Baby”, and then he moves on to other ideas. After the B section (where they make great use of the space), he swings out again—a bit more intensely this time—as the melody returns.
I love how Laura takes the loose pop turn at 1:10 and starts rocking out to the violin pattern, followed by some really badass camel walks. This entire dance is great, but the solo part really stands out for me.