After the Bell: Montreal Swing Riot

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Here are some videos of my experience dancing at Montreal Swing Riot. I have some serious homework to do after this event…

Work on general conditioning and cardio – I was pretty much winded half-way through the event and was hard pressed to recover and catch my breath. Maybe it’s too much blues dancing or too much drinking, but working on my cardio is something that is pretty much essential for my future dance well-being in Montreal. Not only do people dance pretty fast here, but I will also need it for the SCX team (they have a full on show with multiple routines in a row that I will have to perform in February 2013).

Fast dancing (and keeping on rhythm) – I think over the course of the past year or so, I have taken a more lethargic approach to dancing and it was hard for me to keep on the rhythm as the music got faster and faster. I don’t think anyone ever becomes super comfortable with dancing at higher tempos (or what I perceive to be higher tempo) but I should definitely get in some outside help to get me better at this.

Cleaning up basic partner work – with all the social dancing in the city, it’s sometimes easy to just phone it in for dances in terms of technique, leading, and triple steps. Especially for me. Again, gotta work on this.

- Randy


Short Showcase 1 – with Myriam from SCX. For funsies!

Short Showcase 2 – the Shorty George and Big Bea inspired routine. Partnered with Amanda from Toronto. We didn’t really prepare for this routine but I had a lot of fun doing it haha. Also, we super messed up the ending, and the middle part, and a little bit of the beginning.

Solo Jazz – Prelims

Solo Jazz – Finals

Solo Jazz – “Final” Finals – against Myriam from SCX

Strictly Battle – with Myriam from SCX