Thoughts on swing dancing and Lindy Hop, one word at a time…

T’aint What You Do

Hey everybody, this is Apache and I have decided to jump on the whole lindy-blogosphere train.

This blog will cover my opinions, experiences, travels and insights in what is known as “The Swing Dance Scene”.  Ranging from random events I attend, youtube videos I feel like rambling about or random topics that have a loose affiliation with swing dancing.

I thought I would start off with explaining the reason I chose the name of my blog, T’aint What You Do.

For those of you unfamiliar with the song, it is what the routine known to many Lindy Hoppers as the Shim Sham is performed to on the East coast.

‘T ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it
‘T ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it
‘T ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it
That’s what gets results

Above are lyrics from the song T’aint What You Do. Yes I chose to quote the entire chorus instead of  “‘T ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it” line once for a reason. For me as a dancer, one of the most important things in dancing is quality of movement as some people put it.  Too often (Newbie leads are especially guilty of this.) people think learning the latest flash and trash or acquiring  x amount of moves under ones belt is how one becomes an ‘advanced’ or ‘good’ dancer.

Often when watching competitions or performances, it is what some consider the most ‘rudimentary’ or ‘fundamentals’ of the respective dance, done well and with a personal flair that make me smile and inspire me.

Nina Gilkenson and Mikey Pedroza

The reason for the name of this blog is it is one of my primary beliefs in dancing is the intent and quality of motion in dancing are more important then the moves that are performed in a dance. It is a theme that will probably be prevalent in this blog.

T’aint what you do… its the way that you do it.

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