Good times at Blues Blast put on by Swing Dynamite in Ottawa. I feel like I am starting to get to know the Ottawa swing scene more and I was able to participate in DJing, class learning, social dancing, and competing.
I had a lot of fun spinning blues and soul this weekend. People were actually asking me the names of the songs that I was playing! That never happens (I’m awkward in social situations). Admittedly, my blues “all-music” knowledge (har har jk) isn’t as sharp as my jazz or mambo so I was not able to ramble on about musical references as I usually do. I need to start hitting the books again.
There were two competitions for this event – a Jack ‘n Jill blues contest and the Cuttin’ Contest (solo blues dancing). I am happy to report that I placed first in the cutting competition and third in the jack&jills with Miss Devon!
The following are some pictures from the event. To find more pictures navigate to: http://hamfats.ca/photos/shimmy-like-my-sister-kate .
If you are wondering why I am wearing glasses while dancing… oh there’s a story.
1. Taking a blues class in a latin club! Merecumbeeeeee!
2. Our teachers Don and Ria!
3. [Left] “I have a question… what are the people on the right panel doing?”
4. Ria rocks out with her socks out.
5. Teacher Bryn dancing with Don!
6. Chelsea dancing with some dude. They look like they are enjoying themselves!
7 and 7.5. Don shows us clips from the movie, “TAP!”. Cutting contest at its finest.
9. Najet the red rocket.
11. One of the only pictures I have of Damon. I was too busy having my brain dismembered by his awesome classes.
12. I love this Gene Kelly spin.
13. I’m holding the camera while taking the class.
14. [Left] I think I met this girl in Waterloo. [Right] We should have danced more!
15. Oz is awesome.
16. The above photo courtesy of Norman Lansing. A fellow dancer-photographer!
To find more pictures navigate to: http://hamfats.ca/photos/shimmy-like-my-sister-kate .