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Family Ties .... Really? Part 2 regarding "Alive and Kicking"

The Family Life in the Real


Back Home to Harlem: The 2017 American Lindy Hop Championships (ALHC)

In this post we interview Paulette Brockington about The American Lindy Hop Championships coming Home to Harlem in October 2017. Tickets go on sale soon -  May 1st.  So heres a bit of an inside scoop, and more importantly HISTORY that we don't want to get lost ... and that we want Harlem and others to know :>)
What is the purpose of the American Lindy Hop Championships  (ALHC)?

ALHC's original purpose was to provide Lindy Hoppers a fair  and unbiased platform where they could compete, take class, network and enjoy away from other dance styles that looked down on them.
When did it start?
It started in anger. I was at the 1997 US Open. The event played one swing/Big Band song on Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, just before the Lindy, they called on the Lindy competitors out on the floor for their warm up song. They played Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing".  It turned into a jam because duh how could they dance well in their division when they were blowing the…

Harlem's most famed dance is in "Alive and Kicking": But wheres Harlem and Why? Part 1

APRIL  5th  2017 The VIEWING of  "ALIVE and KICKING"   at CITY COLLEGE, NYC With Talk Back/ Q & A
  PART 1 

Alive and Kicking is a 2016 Americandocumentary film about swing dancing directed/produced by Susan Glatzer. It  gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while delving into the history.  We meet the dedicated dancers and witness their energy, drive, sacrifices, challenges and successes as they make the time to perfect their craft for the dance they love...
A dance that was made famous during the 1920's in Harlem at the legendary Savoy Ballroom: How apropos that this film have a showing in Harlem! 
Out of all of the four NYC screenings of this film this was the one I was looking forward to being at.  I was hoping for a diverse audience - and honestly for more of my people to attend - and it "balanced out".  Present were Lindy Hop/Swing Dancers, second generation Harlemites interested in the culture; s…