I’ve never been much of a fan of competitive dance, but even I was intrigued by two categories I recently heard about in the Lindy Hop competition scene.
Jill and Jack Dance Contest
The first is a Jill and Jack, in which, like a Jack and Jill, partners are selected at random. The twist is that women have to lead and men have to follow. This is always an option in a traditional Jack and Jill (no rules determine gender when you sign up as a lead or follow) but this is the first I’ve seen in which all leads were women and all follows were men.
It’s not uncommon in the Lindy community for advanced dancers to dance both parts, so I’m surprised nobody has thought of it before. These dancers in the 2014 O-Town Showdown in Ottawa are great fun to watch as they show off their skill in this twist on the traditional Jack and Jill. I expect this to catch on elsewhere!
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Next week I’ll tell you about the other unique contest in the global Lindy Hop world!
by LaurieAnn Lepoff
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