Swing dance your way to health and happiness

With so many bands it’s about their ego. But we’re just servants to the dancers; we wouldn’t be anything without them.” ~ Heather Ellison, of the Savoy Swingers

imageI was looking at some pictures of the dancers at one of our concerts this year and thought about this post. We luv our dancers so much. They are so into the music and so appreciative. They swirl, they jump, and they even sweat to the swing jazz from our band. Our fav dance teachers come from the Eastside Swing club. We know many of their favorites like:

  • Jump, Jive, and Wail
  • Zoot Suit Boogie
  • Sing, Sing, Sing

And the roar of the crowd when we finish one of these songs often brings “goose bump city” to me.

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We should consider every day lost in which we do not Dance at least once.” Nietzsche

I won’t even pretend to go into the science and health associated with why bouncing to the music is healthy. I suspect part of the benefit is associated with the shear joy some people have when they are dancing. What I do know is that when the crowd is dancing and cheering, the band so gets into the music and the recordings show we often sound much better.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra), and enjoy time with family and friends.
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