I've been having fun lately posing questions to people while out at dances.
I've found that when asking follows who their favorite professional female Lindy Hoppers are I tend to get a more varied list, with more interesting reasons, than when I ask men the same question about male Lindy Hoppers. Good job, girls.
When I asked Emma Bramer this question yesterday the conversation moved to Jo Hoffberg. Her connection, control, and creativity definitely stand out.
Above is a clip I found a while back on her blog, Jazz It Up With Jo. You'll have to search a few pages back to find the article, but that really shouldn't be a problem if you're into commentary on events, competitions, and even vintage fashion.
She describes this clip as one of her favorite social demo's with Kevin. Pay special attention to the connection they have through their arms. This solid connection is the foundation for many of the interesting and fun movements they perform here, and is just as dependent on the follow as the lead. Hitting the right balance of not too heavy and not too light (the Goldilocks zone) takes practice. It also takes a lead who gives the follow more time extended and doesn't just bring her back and forth at every opportunity.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Does anything else stand out about this demo to you?