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

Happy Accidents

About a little over a year and a half ago, I first came across the clip Jammin’ The Blues, which featured amazing dancing by Archie Savage and Marie Bryant.

I immediately got infatuated with the crazy switches he does at 1:05, in which he is almost touching the ground. After I went through a phase that I tried to lead them constantly on the social dance floor.

One night when I was dancing at a venue in California, I accidentally lost my balance and fell to the floor on one knee while trying to do Archie’s switches. Like most men when lost and confused, I pretended nothing was awry and kept going with the move. To my astonishment I found out it worked perfectly on one knee and my follow seemed to have a blast with it.

One quote that really strikes me for these type of situations is from the television series The Joy of Painting,

“We don’t have mistakes here, we just have happy accidents.” – Bob Ross

Who knows, maybe one day your “happy accident” will come in handy…

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Knee switches at the Lindustrial Revolution

One response

  1. Kate

    I think yes, mr. 1st place JNJ…

    September 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm

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