A relatively new dance venue for the Swing crowd has opened in SF. It’s in a Market Street bar called “Local Edition. Only half a block from BART, it’s easy to get to from Oakland, and the music starts at 8:00 on Tuesday nights. I can dance for a couple of hours, leave at 10, and be in bed by 11. A live band attracts a good crowd of dancers most weeks. The only drawback is the floor, which is unfinished wood, so rough that dance wax doesn’t make a dent. My plastic soled shoes that I use for dancing on concrete are perfect, though!
A couple of weeks ago while I was waiting at the BART station, a Hip Hop duo was playing music and dancing. I was reviewing a new balboa move and appreciated the music. When the train arrived, the dancers got on too. Using the hand holding bars, they performed an acrobatic routine with considerable skill before passing a hat. They were the second hip hop train performers I’ve ever seen on my BART travels. I felt blessed to have been on the right train to catch the show and it made my day.
There has been some controversy about dancers on the subway systems of America. Not everyone likes it and some consider it too dangerous. A subway crowd is a tough audience. These people did not opt for a show so they have to be good enough to please an audience that has it’s own separate agenda. In this video, the dancers are good enough to win the attention of their audience. Busking is hard work and there are no guarantees. Check out this New York crew:
New York sports a lot more of these subway dancers than we do here in the Bay Area. In this video on BART, the dancers are not nearly as spectacular as the New Yorkers we just saw. The unforgiving audience is totally ignoring them.
My Tuesday night experience was somewhere in between. I loved it and so did some of my fellow travelers. Others ignored, or even frowned at them. I hope if any of you are lucky enough to catch this kind of spontaneous performance will at the very least give the dancers your attention.
And if you’re in the Bay Area and want to catch some great music and watch some dancing, or join in yourself, check out the swing nights at Local Edition. Don’t dance yet, but wish you could? Give Steps On Toes a call and get started now!
By LaurieAnn Lepoff
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