Friday, 3 October 2008

In the swing of things

I really love swing dancing. Love it, love it, love it. I wish with all my heart I had started learning it five years ago as I could be so good at it by now! However, my best friend Gemma and I are apparently doing extremely well for people who've only been learning for a few months. We went to our first dances a fortnight ago, and actually danced with people not from our class ... and managed ok! So we were very proud. We also dressed up, and I did Gemma's hair for her. It was the first time she has ever 'gone retro'!



I did discover that it's impossible to take good pictures of people dancing, when you're new to photography. Particularly when you have your finger over the flash! ;)


See what I mean?

I'm going to miss it terribly for the next two weeks as I am off to America for a holiday. At least that is a good reason to miss it!

I'm off to Reno, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona with my lovely mum for 10 days. Mum is an author of esoteric books, mainly about angels and self help/healing. If you're interested in such things, please do check out her website. She's attending a course in Reno while I check out the sights, and then we're off to Pyramid Lake, which is a Native American sacred site of some kind. Then to Phoenix, where I'm hoping to meet up with some vintage online friends and do some shopping and relaxing by the pool!

But before I go, I am busy, busy. I am off at 7am tomorrow morning to shoot with the incredible Rebecca Parker, who is one of my absolute favourite photographers, and I am SO excited about it. Worth the early start, for sure. Check out her stunning work on her site, and read her blog.



Then on Wednesday, I am sort of attending, and sort of modelling at the launch party for Nina's Hair Parlour's brand new salon. Nina's been kind enough to mention me in the press release so I am going to be networking my proverbial off. Next step, world domination! I'll try to update again before I go away. Toodle pip!

10 comments:

  1. i'm thinking about learing lindy hop, just have to convince my boyfriend to come along.

    oh, i want to go to the us too, all those thriftshops! and the dollar is still low :D

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  2. This blog is such a treat! Makes me wanna work out even harder to get back my old figure because I have tons of beautiful clothes in my wardrobe that I used to wear before pregnancy.

    You look devine! :-)

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  3. i would sooo love to learn swing dancing! is it as hard as it looks? eek!

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  4. I need to learn how to swing dance. It's on the to-do list.

    And I didn't even know you had this blog! Sneaky! You're bookmarked now, Daaave.

    (I'm on a League of Gentlemen bender!)

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  5. I hear so many women who want to swing dance but their men are letting them down! All I can say is get along to classes anyway - lots of single gals in my class, and everyone rotates anyway. Perhaps if you mention to your boyfriend, Betty Lou, that you are signing up with or without him it will spur him on so he can keep an eye on you! ;-)

    Helena - I have the same problem is you, but thanks to swing dancing, those baby kilos are just falling off! It is sooo much more fun than going to the gym.

    Fleur - why not check out some swing dancing while you're in the States? I'm going to Portland for a book festival in November and the first thing I did was jump on the internet and look up the local scene! I'll be partnerless but will work up eth courage to go alone!

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  6. Looks like fun! And I love the bunting in the background too. It seems I may have finally bribed the Mr into coming to classes with me too. He doesn't have a vintage bone in his body, but he's willing to make me happy.

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  7. What kind of swingdance do you dance? Is it Lindy, Balboa or Shag maybe?
    I learned Lindy this summer, and I'm so completely and hopelesly in love with it. I have never been so happy in my whole life.
    I went to Herräng Dance Camp, a swingdance camp that's been going on for 25 years. During july they have classes in (for example) Lindy, Balboa and Charleston and people come from all over the world to take them! It was truly amazing. Every night it's socialdancing, and I have probably never before stayed up so late 6 nights in a row...;)
    My problem now is that there isn't any classes where I live, so right now I'm longing mad to move to some swing!
    Happy holiday!

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  8. Those are georgeous photos - cant wait to see yours :)

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  9. Betty Lou: Do it! He will love it as well, I guarantee it.

    Helena: I'm so glad you like it! And enjoy being a mama, no point in killing yourself to lose weight, that can come later!: D

    Penny: It really isn't! A good teacher will break it down and ease you in. It obviously helps to dance with a guy who knows what he's doing, but I would say it is easy to learn, and hard to master.

    Beatrix! Hello! Ooh I am adding you to my blogroll, I'm so behind...I didn't realise you had one either. I'll be your wife, too.

    Rachael: what a good idea! Maybe I can even persuade my mum to have a go! :D

    SKM: He sounds like a dream...let me know when you have started!

    Miriam: It's none of those, it's 6 count/East Coast Swing. I have done one Lindy class though as I would like to learn it alongside my style, to make dancing at clubs etc easier. There is a lot of Lindy in London you see! At the class I did, the guest teacher was the man who runs Herrang (I think)! Can't remember his name though...I wold love to go to Herrang though, maybe next year!

    tpd: Thank you! (I put some up! :D)

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  10. Ok!
    Was it maybe Lennart Westerlund that you met? He's one of the founders of Herräng:)
    I know there's a big swingscene in London -it probably is everywhere, except where I live;)
    So, just consider yourself lucky to have so many opportunities do dance!

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