Canadian Swing Championships 2014 Mini-Recap

This year’s Canadian Swing Championships was fairly productive for myself and my dance partner Myriam. I placed first in the advanced Lindy Jack and Jill (woo…) while Myriam was in the finals for Solo Charleston and Solo Blues. We also won the Strictly Blues (confetti!) but that was more of us trying to get legitimacy for blues dancing in a swing dancing competition.

Myriam and I also made finals for Strictly Lindy and pretty much BOMBED our spotlights. There is no sugar-coating it – we were pretty bad. We couldn’t really get going with the music and truth be told our nerves got the best of us. We didn’t dance like how we dance and we looked intimidated out there. I’ll probably write an actual post about this topic in the near future – being yourself in the world of competing.

After a bit of mutual pep-talking and reminding ourselves why we are actually here (to dance), the Canadian Showcase finals went a lot better for us and really felt like we were out there showing our dancing. While we were a whisker away from placing (we ended up in fourth), we received a lot of great feedback which I feel will really improve our dancing for the next competition. While it’s not exactly where we want our dancing to be ideally, it’s still a marked improvement from our last CSC.

Lastly, our blues children also was able to place fourth in the Cabaret division with a pure solo blues routine which is a super big deal because again, Canadian Swing Championships doesn’t have any blues dance judges. I’m so incredibly proud of them and I only see good things in the future for our little team. :)

Photos from Marc-Antoine Jean Photographe

Dance as a Team Sport

Being a perpetual student of dance is comprised of many components – dance partners, coaches, mentors and now very recently again, dance troupes. It was not until I came back from my first CSC (Canadian Swing Championship), that I really fully appreciated the benefits of being part of a really dedicated team.

The people you you spend countless hours in the studio with sort of becomes your extended family. You might mess and up and fall (sometimes literally), but the quality of the learning and personal experience is so much richer in the end.

What an amazing hobby we all have.

– Randy