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Interactive video lesson plan for: Jam circles kill the fun

Activity overview:

A rant, which will only be completely appreciated by those familiar with swing dance events.

For the uninitiated:

"Jam circle": annoying circle of people clapping and saying things like 'woo' while couples take turns to go into the centre and show off their dance skills.

"Swing out": a standard step in Lindy hop in which both partners whirl around each other.

"Steal": a dance or dance move in which one dancer 'steals' the partner of another, but does so in a way that keeps the dance going, and becomes part of the dance.

For more detail on the opening anecdote, see http://www.lloydianaspects.co.uk/dance/herrang%202012/herrang2012.html

Should this video have been edited down? It was one continuous six-minute take, but I was asked to shorten it for a web-television channel. Should I have kept it pure and one take for the YouTube version? I think that there is a virtue in the truth of a continuous take, and yet six minutes is a long time to sit through an argument that can be made in four. The choppy style, much used by the likes of the Vlog Brothers, seems to be tolerated on YouTube, but not on mainstream telly. One option was to upload both versions, but I think that that would just bore people. One effect of this edited version is to make it seem quite a lot more ranty - my voice leaps from calm to annoyed so much more quickly.


Tagged under: dance,jam,circle,herrang,Lindy,hop,swing,jitterbug,partner,lindy,Dancing,rant,opinion,fun

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