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16Aug/113

The Evolution of Working as a Swing DJ

Posted by Reuben Brown

Memories DJ Booth

My initial brainstorming of things to write about for a new Jive Junction included a piece on how DJing has changed since I got into the craft. It sat dormant until yesterday when Julius’ piece on changes to the scene as a whole inspired me to finish it. I’ve got a couple years on him, dancing wise, but I probably starting DJing right around the time he started to really get into the dance, 1998. Let’s take a quick trip back and remember what it was like to be a DJ back then…

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15Aug/119

Lindy Hop Since 1998 – A Personal View

Posted by Julius

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In January of 1998 two landmark events occurred in my life.  I closed on a house, and a few weeks later I started taking swing dance lessons at the Third Street Academy of Performing Arts near the Beverly Center.  Shortly after that I had a laminate floor installed in a room of my house expressly for dancing, so you can see what my priorities were.

I'd been suckered into seeing Eddie Reed at the Rhino Room by a coworker.  I distinctly remember Albert Alva, Chris Dawson, Paul Lines, and Eddie in the Quintet that night.  I remember being shown Charleston, and I think in the rotation I got paired with Adrienne from Orange County, whom I know to this day.  (There aren't that many vintage-wearing, super tall, super thin women in the dance scene so I'm pretty sure it was her.)

What blew my mind that night was seeing Denise Paulino and Jeff Beauregard doing Lindy Hop in all its flashy glory compared with everyone else doing East Coast swing.  I'd been a fan of swing music for years though not well versed in it at all -- seeing people actually dance to this stuff was pure magic.

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