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


I like to wander around the globe dancing…

Some personal information:

  • Nicknames: Apache, ‘The Kid’, Mc-Lovin Albao
  • Gender: Male
  • Dances (That I focus on): Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Collegiate Shag
  • Occupation: Programmer

What This Blog is About:

I mainly started this blog to share my experiences in traveling around the world swing dancing, in addition to having an outlet to write which I have neglected for a long time.

In this blog I will focus most of my time on my obsession hobby of swing dancing.  I had the unique opportunity, due to being a native of Southern California and attending college at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) to visit and dance both on the West Coast and East Coast of the United States for a little over the last five years that I have been a swing dancer. However these days I am based out of Boston, Massachusetts where I still dance and travel more then I probably should. I also run a dance studio these days called Boston Lindy Hop with other badass local dancers.

I will also focus on my experiences as a consumer/participant, in addition to an producer/organizer of how event planning and organization related to swing dancing. Having experience organizing workshops and regular classes/dances for my local college swing dance club as well as visiting different events/venues across the United States, I will probably touch on things I have learned and my views of what has worked and hasn’t.

I hope you enjoy your time here.

Thanks for stopping by,


12 responses

  1. Woah! I really like your blog Apache! Do we know each other? On your site you say you dance in So Cal sometimes. Anyways I’m RSSing you!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:37 am

    • Thanks for the compliment! Also we do know each other, I am the Penn State student that is usually wearing the straw hat at Strutters. I hope the move to new venue in Placentia goes well!

      January 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  2. Hi there, I just read your blog and it was awesome. I was there in Oberlin, OH in 2008 and taught a DJ workshop for the swing club.

    Anyways, I have a monthly newsletter that goes out in our scene., I would like to feature the first few paragraphs and link it back to your blog post here.

    Check out the other blogs we’ve featured over the last year and a bit.

    So, I would like to ask for permission to republish in part your blog for our October 2011 newsletter.

    Thanks for your consideration and for writing something that we all can relate to!

    David Trinh
    Waterloo, Ontario

    September 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  3. seth

    Wow, just found your blog. Kinda freaked me out, im off camera in 4 different pics on your blog, from ILHC, Lindy500 and the Balti-qurqe party. I did enjoy reading your posts.

    December 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    • Perhaps you are so good at photobombing you don’t even realize it.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  4. Hi! It’s always great to have so many resources listed in one place. Thanks for including Mark and I as an instructional video. If you get a chance, could you update my name on:
    It’s Shauna Marble not Dunlap. Thank you so much! Keep bloggin!

    January 16, 2012 at 3:29 am

    • Edited, thank you for the correction and the video!

      January 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

  5. Hey! I just found this blog today and love it! I just moved from CO to Pittsburgh and found myself thrown into teaching here in Pittsburgh. Luckily I am teaching with an experienced teacher and am definitely learning how to teach as I go.

    Now, I have been asked to teach once a week at a Summer Day Camp (without my experienced co-teacher)… and I’m teaching 4th to 8th graders. I am wondering if you have any suggestions on teaching such a young audience??

    Thanks for your posts, they are encouraging!

    April 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    • Ruth, thank you for your kind words!

      I can give you advice from my experience teaching high schoolers but take it with a grain of salt because it is still for an older age range.

      I found that teaching a younger audience it is essential to always keep the class moving and to constantly have fun. Charleston is always great material that a younger audience seems to enjoy. Stick to a lot of movement and music, also try not to get on the talkative technical side.

      I hope that helps!

      April 28, 2014 at 1:58 am

  6. Hey Apache, enjoying your posts. Is there a way to get notified when you add a post? RSS feed or email list? Hmmm, I think I just figured it out by posting this comment. 🙂

    June 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

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