If you keep up with the lindy hop community at all, or have Facebook friends who do, or are in any way connected to it, chances are you know about Sarah Sullivan’s brave, well-written, and honest account of her extremely damaging relationship with Steven Mitchell, an international instructor and friend to many. If you haven’t read it, as well as at least a good portion of the comments, do so now. Be warned that the main story and many of the comments discuss sexual assault in various forms. Some are more detailed than others, and some are more extreme, but they’re all terrible and deserve our attention.
Hi guys. I know it’s been sort of a long t…holy crap, I just looked, and it’s seriously been almost a year. That’s criminal.
Well, anyway, after almost a year of no updates, I was inspired to write by a friend’s Facebook post. She’d been feeling bored by dancing and was wondering if it was time to take a break. I’ve seen this sort of thing a lot in my six years of dancing (Sunday was my lindyversary!), and I often see a lot of the same advice. None of it is bad advice, but it tends to be pretty one-note. Basically, almost all of it seems to revolve around ways to dance differently so it stops being boring. Like I said, it’s not bad advice, but it’s like answering every relationship question with tips on how to spice things up in the bedroom. So I wanted to write something that explored some of the other aspects of l’ennui hop, as well as offer some suggestions about how to approach it. Continue reading