The Stomp, November 4, 2017

While all the cool people were dancing to live street music in St. Louis this weekend at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, I was home in Michigan spinning tunes for my friends at the Stomp in Lansing! I had the opportunity to teach a drop-in lesson with my teaching partner from Hillsdale, and when it turned out that most of the class already knew six-count basic, we quickly regrouped and turned it into a lesson on six-count circles, tuck turns, inside turns, and inside pass bys. Our students did really well – I’m so proud of them!

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I took first set, and I started out with some energetic tunes – “Let Yourself Go,” “I Love Being Here With You,” “Sunday” – to get the room moving. People seemed to chill out about twenty minutes in, so the songs got gentler – “Perdido,” “My Heart Stood Still” – and I almost cleared the floor with “A Jumpin’s Something.” (The energy picked back up, though, so it was okay.) The new song here is “Booze Brothers” by Count Basie, which is a great tune with a punchy rhythm that really fills the floor (for alllll five minutes and seven seconds of it).

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We got to bring two freshmen from Hillsdale to the Stomp with us, and they said they really enjoyed it. (Fist pump.) I hope we get to return soon!

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