“I Want You Back” Performance at BluesSHOUT!

When Myriam and I set out to choreograph to this song, we didn’t expect any real kind of reception and were just more than happy just to work on our dancing. So I’m super grateful that so many of my peers are sharing our work and giving us so much love because I really feel that this routine really represents us – not only as dancers but as human beings as well.

BluesSHOUT! 2014 Videos

Just recently returned from the awesome trip, nay, pilgrimage to BluesSHOUT! and all I can think about is how fast I can post these awesome videos that I’ve been watching on loop on the flight home! Check them out below:

BluesSHOUT! 2014 – Strictly Invitational from Hamfats.ca on Vimeo.

BluesSHOUT 2014! – Solo Cuttin’ from Hamfats.ca on Vimeo.

BluesSHOUT 2014! – J&J Invitational from Hamfats.ca on Vimeo.

BluesShout 2012 Roundup

This is my BluesShout roundup post! Wahoo! The first half of the post really is just all the vids that I shot while there. Everyone loves watching dance videos right? I’m sure most of you blues fanatics have already seen my BluesShout videos on Facebook but here they all are just in case. I would really appreciate if you guys/gals are able to post the names of the performers and competitors (and what order) so I can appropriately tag them.

The second half of this post are some notes and musings about my blues dance process for the past year in regards to “training” in blues dancing. A lot of people I know in the dance community are real naturals for getting things in a dance context. Sadly, I’m not one of those naturals. My way of offsetting my cumbersome self is to take lots and lots of notes (even though most of it usually is incompressible). Fun times.


Links: Strictly Slow – https://vimeo.com/44703513 || Strictly Fast – https://vimeo.com/44837774 || Performance 1 – https://vimeo.com/45007643 || Performance 2 – https://vimeo.com/45021947 || Performance 3 – https://vimeo.com/45023260 || Open Jack and Jill – https://vimeo.com/45034699 || Pro/Am (Lead) – https://vimeo.com/45208230 || Pro/Am (Follow) – https://vimeo.com/45205350

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Post-SHOUT Quickie

Quickie post. Just got back from Minneapolis this evening from the awesome Shout party. Wish you guys/gals had been there (you know who you are, boOoOOO!!1). The first dance on Thursday night was on a paddleboat from St.Paul and it was by far one of the coolest experience I have ever had in the blues dancing universe. Should’a been there!

I was going to go through the vids I shot but forgot how many there were until I downloaded them to my laptop. Saw the number of files in LightRoom and promptly got lazy. The file size limitation of video DSLR needs to be solved asap by Canon or Nikon because having dozens of one gig videos numbered DSC_xxx sucks big time. I did manage to piece together the strictly slow competition before deciding that eating and watching The Netflix would be a better way to finish off the day after being stuck at airports. Check out it below:

BluesSHOUT 2012 – Strictly Slow from Hamfats.ca on Vimeo.

Edit: Also now the strictly fast:

BluesSHOUT 2012 – Strictly Fast from Hamfats.ca on Vimeo.

The weekend was fairly productive for me: 1st place in Jack&Jill with Jenny, 1st in Pro/Am with Joy, 2nd in Champions division (sayyyy whaaatttthefak) with Ruby Red, and finalist for solo hip thrusting. Next year I believe that I won’t sign up for so many competitions. While it’s fun and better than sitting around watching, I barely had time to eat dinner during the weekend and was constantly rushing from one venue to the next. Most of the competitions started on time during the first band break which meant that you had about two hours from the end of the workshop to the dance to drive back, change, re-pack for the evening, and eat. Oh well, small price to pay to get on The Youtubes right (note: *sarcasm*).

Great event though and certainly the most organized one I have ever been to. It’s kind of heart-warming to think that my first real blues event was four years ago in Chicago.

More to come about BluesShout on an undetermined date ;-).

– Randy

Things to Work on After BluesShout 2011

Really great dancers from BluesShout 2011

Really great dancers from BluesShout 2011

Big dance events, especially big competition dance events have drama all their own, and while BluesShout 2011 at times seemed to be a whirlwind exercise of mental fortitude, I came out of BluesShout with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to actually learn how to dance. The following blog post are some of my notes after this great event.

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