Stompology XII Panel Discussion: "Context and Culture in Jazz Dance"

I'm excited to share that I'll be moderating the "Context and Culture in Jazz Dance" panel at Stompology this June in Rochester, NY! Check out the details for this panel from my friends at Groove Juice Swing below:

With their perspectives gained from dancing and teaching around the world, Stompology instructors Mike Faltesek, Marie N'Daiye, and LaTasha Barnes will share their insights into the historic origins and evolving cultural roles of jazz music and dance. They will be the featured panelists during our Context and Culture in Jazz Dance discussion (moderated by Ryan Swift), which we hope will provide a lively and enlightening opportunity to explore the evolving relevance of jazz—from its roots as a reaction to oppression to a tool of integration—and to delve into its sometimes-fraught contemporary role as the centerpiece of a diverse, world-wide jazz dance community.

Live Episodes are Now Available, Exclusively to Patreon Supporters!

Live at Lindy Focus XV with Andy Reid (Photo:  Alletta Cooper )

Live at Lindy Focus XV with Andy Reid (Photo: Alletta Cooper)

If you've been holding off, there has never been a better time to start supporting The Track on Patreon! 3 exclusive live episodes are being posted today, available only for Patreon supporters!

All Patreon supporters can access the following conversations recorded in front of live audiences at The International Lindy Hop Championships and Lindy Focus:

• ILHC 2015 with Mikey Pedroza
• ILHC 2016 with Michael Faltesek
• Lindy Focus XV with Andy Reid

Live at ILHC 2016 with Mike Faltesek (Photo:  Jerry Almonte )

Live at ILHC 2016 with Mike Faltesek (Photo: Jerry Almonte)

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Hosting "Inside the Dancers' Studio" at Lindyfest 2017

Inside the Dancers' Studio has become a favorite tradition of Lindyfest/Lone Star. Lead this year by Ryan Swift, Inside the Dancers' Studio gives our honored guests a chance to share things about themselves, their lives, their careers, and their art that might not come out during classes. It's a chance to connect with our community's past in a more intimate way than just doing the steps. You definitely don't want to miss it!

DJing at Lindyfest/Lone Star Championships is always one of the highlights of my year, and I am delighted the organizers have also invited me to return as host for their special interview program, "Inside the Dancers' Studio."

This year I will be joined by the one-and-only Jean Veloz and Alde Lewis, Jr.! More info about Jean, Alde, and this year's event can be found here.

I had the privilege of interviewing Dawn Hampton at Lindyfest in 2012 and the honor of talking to Norma Miller, Chazz Young, and Sugar Sullivan last year (left). 

I'm very much looking forward to what we've got in store for 2017.


The Track LIVE at ILHC 2016 with Mike Faltesek!

Django and partner at lunch (via  django_chug)

Django and partner at lunch (via django_chug)

I'm happy to announce that I'll be back doing another LIVE recording of The Track at ILHC 2016 as part of their LED Talks series! This year I'll be joined by none other than Michael Faltesek.

Mike is never short on knowledge, humor, or opinions, so it's sure to be a great talk. (Hopefully he'll bring Django)

If you are going to ILHC, be sure to join us on Friday (8/26) at 3pm in Salon F.

Also, become a Patreon supporter today to submit advance questions for Falty, and have access to the recorded conversation when it's released!